Podcast Email #4

Hi Tom,

I recently got a mac computer magazine that came with a disk of programs to try. I found this one program interesting. It is a Wi-Fi locator. You can search by free Wi-Fi hotspots, zip code, provider, or location type like a truck stop. You don't have to be connected to use it. It also automatically updates the database when you are connected.

There are two versions Mac and Windows. I can highly recommend the Mac version it works pretty well, and it's free.

The Windows version has some extra features that do cost money, but they claim you can use the locator the same way as the Mac version without paying. I'm not sure if that's true or not.

Both versions have a world database. so it should work for any road warrior worldwide. I find it useful if I want to make a quick connect to get email.

For the record I don't and don't know anyone who works for this company. Unfortunately I'm not getting paid a damn cent for this email. I just like the program.

I hope the listeners, or you might find it useful.

Be Safe

Gear Grinder Keith

On the subject of body language, in bulgaria they nodd up and down for no, and left and right for yes.

In my experience, if you ask someone a question, and they repeat the question right back instead of answering, I usually take that as either stalling or lying. Usually by asking more questions you can determine which.

here in Norway, staring at the ground is usually a sign if either not knowing, or of guilt. My experience has been that Norwegians cannot take eye contact, if you look right at them, they will look everywhere but right back at you.


If man had evolved from apes, there would be no more apes. Paleo-anthropology is split on the straight line vs parallel groups progressing from Australopithecine (the early fossils) to Homo habilis to Home erectus and
then our group. All life is connected to some degree.

But it's pretty well accepted, for example, that Neanderthals had been on a separate path from Homo sapiens. Recently, they've been able to look at the Neanderthal DNA -- it turns out that we are less related to Neanderthal than
we are to chimps. That was a surprise.

The smart scientific people don't attempt to mix science and religion -- one is based on faith and scripture and one on an evolving system of data gathering... I see them as apples and oranges. Scientists can have a religious faith and someone deeply religious can be a scientist. That would be difficult at best if they were mutually exclusive.

I got another podcast done. Haven't got it posted yet (gotta work outside tonite). If you want a preview:


Hiya Tom!

This is Tucker from Orem, UT (30 miles south SLC, UT). I'm interested in becoming a truck driver. I could call myself Trucker Tucker! :)

I was searching for trucker blogs, thats how I stumbled upon your website. I downloaded your podcasts with "how to become a truck driver" segment. I'm missing part 13, how can I get it? Also is the last one part 16? I have really enjoyed those podcasts. I've listened to them numerous times! Your "sound scenes" are awesome! I feel like I'm on the road with you. Especially podcast
64 where you record your thoughts. I love the feeling I get of "being there".

I watched your video "Inside Tom's Truck" where you give a quick tour of your old Mack truck. Other than the loud buzzing noise, it was great! When I first listened to your podcasts, I was thinking "he should record video". I dont know if you have the equipment or desire, but I think short 5 minute video clips would be sweet! What do you think?

Its about 2am sept 19, and I read a post of you coming through salt lake city. I was wondering If we could meet up, so I could meet with you? That would make my day! I dont know if you will get this email in time, or able to respond in time. But if I could meet you for a least a few minutes let me know when and where and i'll be there!

I want to become an over the road truck driver. Im only 19 years of age though. One of my mother's friends used to be an owner operator. Her and her husband recently sold their peterbilt due to personal problems. If that didnt happen I might of been able to go on a run with them. Too bad. :( There are a couple of trucking schools here, ranging from 2000 to 4500 dollars. I've got the money, but I dont know if its a good idea to do it right now. One of their "recruiters" told me they had only 1 woman who was 19 go through the course, and she has hard time finding work. I was thinking maybe I could drive straight trucks or something like that. Being a male who is 19 (birthday end of july), what do you think I should be doing right now to eventually become an over the road trucker?

This email is getting lengthy I apologize. I have much to ask. You are my truck driver role model. Your truck pictures are my computer's wallpaper. Could you take more pictures of your truck? I dont have the opportunity to get a close look at trucks and trailers, so I would enjoy them. Could you put me on your photo email list as well?

Is it alright if I email you some more to ask questions? I have a cell phone I could give you the number if we can meet up. And maybe I could get a picture with me and you in it? Let me know. Only if you have time or willing. I dont want to disrupt your duties.  You are so cool, and I apologize if I've freaked you out. I just want to let you know that if you are ever questioning whether your podcast is worth the trouble, I want it to be known to you that at least one person has enjoyed it tremendously!

Thanks for everything! I'll talk to you later! Drive safe!

- Tucker

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I really don't care how people get out of New Orleans.

Hello Tom,

A BIG Thank You for all your time in putting up your web site and sharing in
some great information! I have learned much from you and I respect your
thoughts and commentary on so many issues. Loved your thoughtful resentation on the issue of God in a recent podcast.

I am 41 and currently enrolling into the PTDI certified truck driving course
starting Oct. 3 at John Wood Community College in Quincy, IL. Visited their
campus and spoke with the lead instructor and seems they offer a quality
training program. Looking forward to my new CHOSEN career.

Limited to a dial-up service at this time and have not been able to listen to all of your podcasts. I apologize if you may have addressed this and it was overlooked on my part.

You have a tremendous amount of OTR experience and I would sincerely
appreciate your recommendations for a cell phone provider and internet
access on the road. In some of your posts I have pieced together your use of
Alltel for phone and Sprint and WiFi for the internet. Is this what you are
currently using with good coverage for your routes? With your posting activity, it seems you have discovered a GREAT system for staying connected as a coast to coast driver. Would love to replicate what you have discovered
as the best means of staying connected with phone AND internet.

I apologize again with burdening you with this email format for information
but hope that I may receive a reply. Take Care and Stay Safe.


Hi Tom,

Yes Iím still subscribed and listening. Iím finding it very interesting, as a software developer for IdleAire, to hear what itís like on the road. While we do have plenty of people here that are more deeply rooted in the trucking industry, none of our programmers have much of a clue about what your life is like. Since our company really is trying to make life on the road easier for the drivers and much of what we do involves software, I think itís important for the software group to stay a bit in touch. Now Iíve been to several sites and spent days at a time working on the parking lot so donít get me wrong, podcast listening isnít the only avenue, but it is an excellent source of understanding. In fact, tomorrow Iím heading to a new site at TA Baltimore I-95 Exit 57. Then down to the TA in Paulsboro NJ.

Any rate, Iíve been trying to see just how Podcasting could fit for IdleAire and while we donít have excess resources at this time, I thought some time should be spend dabbling in the area. So Iíve uploaded several pieces, some of which I mentioned in my last email. Last week, however, I thought about one of our best sources of content, The Guide. This is a printed piece for us to give drivers so they can stay abreast of TV, Movie and other happenings at IdleAire. I asked Tom Badgett, who has an extensive background in media to just walk through The Guide and record his thoughts. It turned out pretty interesting, especially for a quick one-time run through.

I value your opinion and would be curious as to what you think of this pproach. We do have other ideas that we might try later, but for now this is all we have with the available time, as you can certainly relate.

Also, my wife posted another story at I would think stories would be of interest to drivers. She just came back from a festival where her performance was recorded so hopefully weíll have better quality stuff and more of it in the next few weeks to post.


David Rose

Subject: Hillary Joke

Hillary Clinton goes to a primary school in Ithaca, New York to talk about the world. After her talk, she offers question time. One little boy puts up his hand, and the Senator asks him what his name is. "Kenneth."
"And what is your question, Kenneth?"
"I have three questions:
First - whatever happened to your medical health care plan?
Second - why would you run for President after your husband shamed the office?
And third - whatever happened to all those things you took when you left the White House?"
Just then the bell rings for recess. Hillary Clinton informs the kiddies that they will continue after recess. When they resume Hillary says, "Okay where were we? Oh, that's right, question time. Who has a question?"

A different little boy puts his hand up; Hillary points him out and asks him what his name is. "Larry."
"And what is your question?"
"I have five questions:
First - whatever happened to your medical health care plan?
Second - why would you run for President after your husband shamed the office?
Third - whatever happened to all those things you took when you left the White House?
Fourth - why did the recess bell go off 20 minutes early?
And fifth - what happened to Kenneth?"