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Hi Tom. I've read the article about you in Southwest Airlines
magazine and went on your web site and I'm very impressed. It's a
great web site and a blog and I've enjoyed reading it. However, I
have a question that I think only you can answer. Let me explain. I'm
a photographer, based in Los Angeles and I sell my work at art fairs
all over the country. I take my photographs, with my display
equipment in a Ford Econoline 350, super duty. It's a nice size cargo
van, but next to your rig it's like a peanut. I drive about 35 to 40
thousand miles a year, mostly on freeways. The route I take the most
is I-15 to Barstow and the I-40 all the way east , sometimes to
Oklahoma City, then I-44 to Saint Louis. Sometimes I take I-90 all
the way from midwest to Seattle. Anyway, I have encountered a
situation that I'd like to ask you about. Anytime I pass a big rig
like yours, I pass as fast as I can, because I learned that the most
dangerous place on the road is to be next to a big semi truck. You'll
agree that not all the truck drivers are equally good, some are
better then others. Often times I see, as I'm approaching in a left
lane, going about 75-80 mph. there are two or three trucks in a right
lane. And just as I'm about to pass, the last guy moves fast from the
right lane into my lane, usualy at the last second, and then STAYS
THERE! And he 's driving nice and slow, next to the other big rig
in the right lane. And he's not passing or moving back to the right
lane, just driving in the left lane, nice and slow, for quite a
while. And then, all of a sudden, he speeds up , passes and moves to
the right lane. So, what is going on? I've tried to figure it out,
maybe they're not allowed to pass too fast, but I've seen big rigs
zoom by each other, so I know that' s not it. Are they chatting on
their CB radios, next to each other? Why are they blocking the left
lane? I'd appreciate a response. Thanks, Joe Hoynik,
photographer, Los Angeles


Good debates like that make great listening. I was
also interesting in the term floating/synchronizing
gears. I learned to do that during my FS days --
never knew what it was called until now.

In those days (late 1950s) we had a really bad
clutch-rider and he twice blew a master cylinder
seal. When it happened, I had to bring the vehicle
out of the woods with no clutch -- starting it in
3rd or 4th gear...

I started working on the notes for a eye-position podcast...
should have it up in 3 or 4 days.

On the Edwards thing,I hold him more responsible on the
lack of substance in his way of speaking. I recall Edwards'
Podcast411 interview, which was back-to-back with Adam
Curry... almost no substance with the Edwards interview,
while Curry's interview was loaded with substance. It was
an interesting contrast.

They will never admit this, but most politicians have
eye control training. And as a lawyer, Edwards was exposed
to the courtroom consultants that (among other things)
analyze eye positioning.

For this technology to be useful, it must be considered
raw data and gathered in a deductive manner. In other
words, avoid allowing the data to fit within a bias.