June 11, 2004 -- I unloaded this morning in Mazomanie, Wisconsin. I then reloaded with a Kraft Foods load at Beaver Dam, Wisconsin that delivers late Monday afternoon at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

My sleep patterns have been messed up the majority of the past week, so I took advantage of the extra driving time present on this new load and took a long nap this afternoon. That's one of the things I really like about over-the-road trucking -- I have a lot of control over where and when I stop and what I do with my free time. If I feel I need to take a nap in the middle of the day I usually can. There are very few jobs where this is true.

I've really enjoyed being able to listen to so much of the media coverage of Ronald Reagan's funeral this past week. Reagan has always had a profound effect on me. There's some mysterious "something" present in Reagan that jumped right through the cameras and microphones I cannot put my finger on. Whatever that quality is really moves people. This week we've been awash in Reagan speeches, etc. Whatever that "something" is is still just as present and perhaps even more powerful than ever in the video and audio recordings of Reagan. It's as if this week of remembering Reagan, he and that "mysterious something" is being scattered to the winds to the four corners of the Earth. I believe this week of remembering Reagan in the media is going to have a profound lasting effect on the United States and perhaps the world.

One of the ideas I've been kicking around for this website is writing and posting occasional articles about what I think -- after all, this is my personal world-wide printing press. I have time this weekend and I'm planning on writing an article that sums up my feelings about President Ronald Wilson Reagan.

Update -- the article is I wrote about Reagan is in the center of the top column on the home page of this website.