Posts Tagged “Cat”

Show Me a Cat, or a Woman, That Will Fetch a Paper

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Cats are very controversial animals.

It’s amazing how cats can bring out the worst in some people. For some strange reason cats are not a “neutral” animal. Everyone seems to have a definite opinion of cats. They are either liked or intensely disliked. You could see a yak walking down the street and when someone said “Hey look there goes a yak” the response would be a shrug of the shoulders and a comment like “so what, yaks are yaks.”

However, you can see a cat cross the street and make the comment “Look a cat,” and someone will almost always respond with a death threat for the cat. There are many articles written about why people hate cats and almost all are written by cat lovers. They all seem to miss the point and many attribute the dislike of cats to some primal “fear of cats.”

Fear could not be further from the truth. Most cat haters derive their dislike of cats from experience with them. Cats are not very trainable. You never see a duck hunter going out with his retriever cat to bag some mallards. You never see a fetch cat get the morning newspaper, or see a sign that says “Beware Watch Cat.”

Cats have an attitude. They are demanding and tend to ignore any command you give them. Come to think of it, so do most wives.

On the other hand a friend of mine says they are just stupid and don’t have the capacity for learning commands and spoken words like dogs do.

Cats don’t like water and most humans do. This may have something to do with it. You can always take a dog out boating. Dogs love to swim and play in the water. Cats on the other hand, almost never bathe. They sit around and lick themselves. I’m sorry, licking yourself is no substitute for a good soaking bath.  John S. Nichols said, “Cats aren’t clean, they’re just covered with cat spit.”

On top of that, they cough up large slimy hair balls. You would think that cats would learn that eating your own hair makes you barf, but no,they keep doing the same thing and expecting different results.  Sort of like politicians.

Women seem to like cats more than men do. Maybe they have more in common with cats than with dogs. After all, I don’t know of any women who are good at fetching a downed bird.

Dogs are very grateful animals. They will wag their tail to show satisfaction and they will eat just about anything you give them. Cats are no where near as amiable.

Cats wag their tail to show you they are annoyed, and they quite often turn down  the same food they just ate four hours ago. Cats are not reliable sniffers. This may be the reason you never see an officer walking around an airport with his drug sniffing cat. Cats get away with more.

If the cat took a dump on your wife’s favorite rug it would be no problem. You would hear comments like “poor thing, you must be feeling bad.”

But if you just happen to spill some barbeque sauce or beer on the same rug all hell would break loose. Just what is it about these worthless cats that deserves this special treatment? Cats are just not very smart. A cat will whine and want to go outside on a cold raw day only to whine and want back inside 10 minutes later. Then in an hour or less the stupid cat will forget how raw and cold it was and want back outside again.

In my opinion cats bring out the empathy in most right-brained people. Cats, being basically worthless, bring out an unconscious empathy for such a stupid creature. A lot of people are also like that. Not all cats are cast from the same mold. Some cats have an identity crisis and even think they are dogs.

There is no greater cat hater than a cat that thinks it’s a dog, sort of like reformed smokers. Now don’t get me wrong. Not all cats are worthless. Some cats are very good mousers and ratters. Outdoor cats are preferred by most ranchers and farmers for that very reason. I guess most of us guys can learn to tolerate

 Larry Oscar is a graduate from the University of Tulsa and holds a degree in electrical engineering. He is retired and lives with his wife on a lake in Oklahoma where he brews his own beer, sails, and is a member of numerous clubs and organizations.


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Fernado Jemenez is both a Company Driver, Small Fleet Owner

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DSCN0503While the Peterbilt may be considered the Cadillac of trucks with many drivers, Fernado Jemenez will take a Freightliner anyday.  He’s driven both.

Fernado is both a company driver and a small fleet owner. caught up with the Los Angeles-based trucker a couple of months ago at a Pilot Truck Stop  in Vienna, GA, while he was waiting word from dispatch for his next load.

He is driving for I&F Transportation and operating a 2005 Peterbilt, powered by a 470 h.p. Cat diesel, and pulling a 53-Utility trailer with a Carrier reefer unit.

The 40-year-0ld trucker says, “I’m just not happy with this Pete.  It shakes too much; rides rough, and there just is not enough room in the sleeper.  I want to drive a Classic.  I own two Freightliners, and I like them a lot.”

He says the Peterbilt consumes too much fuel and only averages 4.5 mpg.

As the small fleet owner of FJ Transport, he prefers his Freightliners.  His own company uses a combination of working directly with some shippers on loads, while using brokers on others.

Fernado has been trucking six years and wishes the rates on dry freight would pick up, noting that produce loads are paying a lot more.

He had a load of produce from Californa, requring six pick ups that took three days to get loaded.  It was delivered to Pompano Beach, FL.   He deadheaded to Georgia and had been waiting seven hours at the truck stop for his dispatcher to assign a load.

No one said trucking was easy, but Fernado was trying to show patience, waiting on a load to take him back to the West Coast.

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Bully Dog adds Paccar to its supported engines

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Bully Dog is thrilled to announce that the Paccar MX® engine has been added to the group of engines that are available within Bully Dog’s Heavy Duty WatchDog and Heavy Duty GT.   Here is a testimonial from one of our customers about the benefits of using the HDGT on a truck with the Paccar engine.

“I bought my truck new.  It’s a T-660 with the 455 Paccar MX motor.  Right now it has 165,000 miles on it.  I pull a reefer from the Midwest to the East coast so we are loaded going both ways.  It’s pretty flat until you get to PA and get into those hills, but there are some good pulls.  Previously I had been running Cat C-15s so this was quite a letdown in performance.  The stupid thing gets 7.5 MPG so you have to figure if you want to put that money in your back pocket or be the first one to the top of the hill.

Before installing the HDGT, the truck wouldn’t get out of its own way.  Now that I installed the Bully Dog, it’s a lot more aggressive.  When you call for power it’s there.  I would say it’s a 90% improvement over what I had, because you always want more horsepower.  The truck is what I would call snotty.  It has an attitude that was completely missing before and it doesn’t quit on you anytime it sees a hill. It has been a big improvement in performance and I would recommend the HDGT to drivers that are using the Paccar motor.”
Jeff, South Dakota

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Owner Operator’s Smile, Attitude is Contagious

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For owner operator Larry C. Jones it is like being a kid waking up every morning at Disney World.  No, I’m not saying he’s “Goofy”, or even “Happy” of the seven dwarfs, because he’s not short.  And he’s certainly not “Grumpy.”

The 62-year-old  is simply one of those guys who makes you feel better after having spent some time with him.  Always smiling, optimistic, he loves his career in trucking that started in 1984.    He also worked seven years for “Buster Brown” back in the ’70s.

Not everyone could do what Larry does.   His routes are nearly as predictable as a mail carrier’s.  But this is part of the secret to his success.   Larry works and deals with the same people and companies on a year around basis.

For example, the past 28 years  he has worked with Grist Truck Brokers Inc. of Tifton, GA.  The trucker also loves hauling fresh produce and depending on the time of the year is normally loading out of Florida, Georgia, or Tennessee.  He will deliver fruits and vegetables to Reaves Brokerage Co. in Dallas.  Then he will pick up frozen foods in Big D at Sysco Food Services and deliver it to Sysco San Antonio Inc.  In San Antonio he’ll pick up a load of frozen biscuits at Lone Star Bakery for delivery in Jefferson, GA.  It is pretty much the same routine every week.

The trucker receives a fuel charge on both inbound and outbound loads, whether it is hauling produce or frozen bakery products.  He says the surcharge is adjusted at the beginning of every week.

There is little deadheading, or down time — and how could you sit idling for long when you log 250,000 miles a year!  He’s sees the same waitresses, cashiers, dock men etc. on a regular basis.  Talk about first-name-basis greetings!

“I make good money because I do the same things over and over again.  Grist is good to me.  They are decent, good people to work for,” Larry says.  “The folks I deliver to in Texas, they are my best customers.  I have been delivering to these people a long time.  They trust me and know I deliver on time.”

Larry constantly receives compliments on how great his equipment looks.  He drives a 2001 conventional Peterbuilt he purchased in 2003 that now has over 1.7 million miles on it.  It used to be a plain jane, but thanks to a lot of work by Larry and Mark’s Body Shop it is now one customized beauty.

The red Pete with cherry black fenders houses a 550 h.p. Cat engine, with a 10-speed tranny and 300-inch wheelbase.  The tractor pulls a 51.5-foot Walbash speed axle with a 310 Thermo King reefer unit.   The truck has an outrageous amount of chrome both inside and out, including a pair of hefty eight-inch stacks.  The 63-inch flattop sleeper has amenities ranging from refrigeration to a flatscreen TV.

While Larry has one of the sharper rigs on the road, that’s not good enough.  Every two to three years he does a remake of his pride and joy.  In fact, before long he is planning to take off a couple of weeks, visit his buddy Mike at the Tifton body shop, and give the equipment another make over.  Among the changes, laying a wooden floor in the cab.

Larry has promised to send photos when the job is finished — around July.  Look for our flickr posts.

Meanwhile, Larry plans to keep doing what he loves most.  “I’m relaxed driving down the road.  The people tell me how good my equipment looks, and that is what keeps me going.  I love getting out on the road.  I know everybody, even at all the places I stop.”

It may not be waking up at Disney World every morning, but it has got to be the next best thing — although in Larry’s mind, it’s even better.

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