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Podcast Email #7


Hey Tom, I read about you today in the Southwest InFlight magazine.

You're my hero--you're actually doing what I've always wanted to do--go on
the road and make a living
meeting interesting people!

Instead I own and operate two talk radio stations in the Monterey Bay
Silicon Valley areas
(fun but probably not as satisfying as what you do...)

In any case, I would like you to be the featured guest on my Saturday
Special sometime soon. Oct 9 maybe? It runs live Saturdays from
10AM to 12 Noon Pacific Time. Hear most recent program and archive playlist
at www.saturdayspecial.com or www.ksco.com

I also syndicate a daily health program called "Dead Doctors Don't Lie: The
Talk Radio Program". Have you heard it?

Best,

Michael Zwerling
Owner, KSCO NewsTalk AM 1080 and
KOMY NewsTalk AM 1340
Monterey-Salinas-Santa Cruz-San Jose
Chairman, ZBS Radio Network
831 477-1999
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Hi Tom,

How are you. I have been home and sick the last few days, bored out of my mind, I decided to check out this Bit torrent program to see what all the fuss is about. I havent used a peer to peer program for 3 years or so, but after reading how this program works I decided to give it a try. so far I havent been able to get it to work. I forwarded the ports they say to forward but it still never starts to download.

last weekend I picked up a new toy, I was looking for a nice mini stereo to have in the bedroom and I came across a jvc stereo that has a built in wireless reciever, this lets me play the music on my pc through a USB transmitter that sends it to the stereo. the sound is great, and the dvd player is also great.

next week I should have my ftp server, I never found that secret life of machines file on your ftp server. anyhow, you are probably in the middle of your time off so I hope you enjoy it. get some good food and take some motorcycle rides.

I am going to moscow in 3 weeks or so, so that has been taking up my time. I will finally get to try out my noise cancelling headphones on an airplane. Work has also been picking up now that the summer vacations are finished.

I like the stuck on stupid phrase. sometimes the reporters have their own agenda and keep asking the same question repeatedly, I wish more of them would get put in their place.

My ipod mini is 1 year old now and still going strong. I am listening to a nice audiobook called the moscow vector. I never thought to do a audiobook review, but actually it is a good idea I have listened to 4 or 5 now and I find it to be a great way to pass the time when travelling.

Next week I will also have the memory card for my smartphone so I will be able to start testing out some applications on it. as well as mp3 files and video

I hope all is well with you,

keep on truckin,

axel

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I just found you site and have been groovin' to it.

Nothing since November? What's up with that?

Seems like we have a lot in common...almost the same laptop: A25-S279.

Are you still at it?

Mike in South America

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cool site!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! well put together. enjoyed reading it.
thanks for sharing!!!!!:)

lawrnece
www.lawrencekulig.net
lawrence@lawrencekulig.net

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Dear Tom,

I read about your site in an airline magazine. I suppose you're getting a million hits and emails now but I'll write on the chance you have time to read this.

The first reason I was interested in the article was because I'm working with a friend to market his invention - the Comfort Cot (www.comfortcot.com) I'm looking at trucking sites and webrings to market it. Mike was a local driver for over 30 years and invented this cot so a guy could get some rest during stops. So far the people who have bought them love them but getting the word out is harder than you might think.

I have a 1996 Honda Shadow ACE 1100 very similar to yours but soft bags and no windshield. I didn't see highway bars which I would recommend in the event you dump it or it gets knocked over. I think they could save both you and the bike from a lot of damage. I just started riding myself the past couple of years. I really enjoy new things and two of the best things I've learned about riding is: 1. Loud bikes are safe bikes. 2. When riding pretend you are invisible. Too many guys get killed by people pulling out in front of them.
The best thing about riding may be getting a hundred or more bikes together for a ride.

I enjoyed the site and was impressed by the scope of it. Keep up the good work.
Tom Hatting Wheaton, IL

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Hey, Tom.....

I got a kick out of the horn blast in the tunnel on Podcast number 137.
Now, that's what I call "Tooting your own horn!!".

Rich from Massachusetts >>

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Hey Tom-Thatís a really nice piece.



My mom now listens to you.



She isnít the best yet at working with the podcast software so I have to go down to her house and load up her iPod every couple of days-but she really likes what you have to say.



Be well-George (And my mom)
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Hello Tom,

My name is Jonny Owens. I recently read about when in a southwest airlines magazine. I found your story pretty interesting. Although my father was not a trucker your story reminded me of him a bit. I am in the used truck consulting business. I try to help truckers (companies and owner/operators) find exactly what they are looking for. I am with Arrow Truck Sales, which spreads across North America with several locations. With our huge network of trucks we can usually help supply the needs of fleets or the guys just looking for one truck. I am interested in advertising on your site, as I can see that you are a down to earth man, and that is the type of customers I love to deal with. If you have any interest or advertising information please let me know. Feel free to call me 909-770-5911, I am in Fontana, CA, truck central! Also I am available by email, so whatever is more convenient. Thanks for your time Mr. Wiles and good luck with your future as well.



Jonny Owens

Sales Consultant

Office: 909-770-5911

Cell: 909-938-3470

Fax: 909-770-5931

E-mail: jowens@arrowtruck.com
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Tom,

Thanks for the link to the Spirit Magazine article! Nice article, I enjoyed reading it! Below is a link to an article from the Airliners.net Trips forum. I thought you might find it interesting. Kind of a sound scene without the sound of a day in the life of a Southwest Airline Pilot!

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/trip_reports/read.main/64819/

Keep those interesting podcasts coming!

Regards,

Vince

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HELLO TOM,

SINCE IVE BEEN OUT OF TOUCH FOR A WHILE I HAVE TO CATCH UP ON THE PODS. I FOUND A VERY INTERESTING FEATURE ON MY WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER THAT I DIDNT KNOW EXISTS. ITS THE PLAY SPEED SETTING. I JUMPED YOUR POD SPEED BY 1.5, WHICH REALLY DOESNT DISQUISE YOUR VOICE BUT SPEEDS UP THE POD QUIT A BIT. VERY NICE FEATURE TO CATCH UP ON SOME 10 OR SO PODS I MISSED OVER THE LAST FEW WEEKS.

YOUR 9/11 POD, EXCELLENT!!!

HOPE ALL IS WELL!
SCOTT- TAMPA
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I am working for Martin Brower trucking as a Yard jockey since I just got my license so far a better Co. then Webster. How is Shaffer Co. treating you? Also
You are known for saying what you think. Can I get you unbias opinion?
http://truckerphoto.com/v-web/bulletin/bb/viewtopic.php?p=42#42
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Tom:

I am an attorney who represents a trucker in a civil case where he has been sued by a pedestrian. I am looking for a trucker named "Tiny" who is based out of Orlando, Florida and who regularly comes through Birmingham, Alabama and stops at the Conoco located on Finley. He hauls refrigerated items (large hams, fruit, etc.) and his truck is a light blue color. This trucker may be a key to defending my trucker client, as he may be a witness to certain events regarding the pedestrian's behavior. Unfortunately, I do not know the trucker's real name. I realize it is a long-shot, but I figured I would ask someone in the know, such as yourself. Do you have any suggestions on how to find "Tiny"? He is a short (maybe 5' 7 ) white guy who weighs about 115 pounds. Tiny apparently rides a route taking him through Birmingham, to Nashville, then Memphis and Mississippi. Any ideas?

Khristi

Tom,

Thanks for your prompt response. I appreciate your taking the time, and I plan to do just what you suggested. Also, I came across your site by accident, and I was very impressed! I've never seen anything quite like it. Your accolades in Spirit magazine are well-deserved.

Khristi

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i am retired lorry driver (trucker) from nottingham england. have read all of the diary from day one with great interest. also heard most of the pods.I have been to usa many times in the last 20 years. usually flying into denver, get alamo rental car and cover around 4000 miles in2 weeks. i recognise most of the towns mentioned in the blog. i talk to many drivers at truck stops on the interstate, and they seem really interested in talking to me. there are lots of questions i wish to ask you , but i wont burdon you with too many at this time. if you want to know how things work on the england trucker theme,i would be pleased to explain. one point , is it your preferance to be paid by the mile OR by hours worked. good luck to you and all at schaffer,regards malcolm ettridge.

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Tom,

Iím sorry to hear about your friendís passing. I was thinking about the death on the internet thing, too, lately. Probably brought on by Derek from Skepticality almost dying a few weeks ago Ė and I had just been e-mailing with him a couple weeks earlier.

I hope youíre able to work through your grief.

Take care man.

Michael Corrino
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i am retired lorry driver (trucker) from nottingham england. have read all of the diary from day one with great interest. also heard most of the pods.I have been to usa many times in the last 20 years. usually flying into denver, get alamo rental car and cover around 4000 miles in2 weeks. i recognise most of the towns mentioned in the blog. i talk to many drivers at truck stops on the interstate, and they seem really interested in talking to me. there are lots of questions i wish to ask you , but i wont burdon you with too many at this time. if you want to know how things work on the england trucker theme,i would be pleased to explain. one point , is it your preferance to be paid by the mile OR by hours worked. good luck to you and all at schaffer,regards malcolm ettridge.

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Hello,

My name is Lauren Vance, a producer with WUSA 9 News, I am interested in interviewing Tom when he is in Washington, DC, Maryland or Virginia. Many of us here at WUSA enjoy reading the blogs and thought it may be interesting to interview Tom about his travels. We would definitively come to a location in our region if this is possible.


Please email or call me when you have a chance. Hope to speak with you soon.

Best regards and happy travels,

Lauren

Lauren Vance
Editorial Producer
WUSA TV
4100 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016
202-895-5555 business
202-271-0147 cell

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Hi Tom,
I just heard you on KSCO. I missed a lot of the program. Where is your base?
I also ride; I have a new 2004 Shadow 750. It's been almost 20 years since I've ridden and I couldn't stand it any longer. I have to admit I've lost some of my reflexes but they're coming back.
I'm 66 and still working; the nest egg I had got used up in the hardships of life.
I am a Christian and I appreciate that you recognise what that is.
I've thought of truck driving but never got into it.
I'm (we) are looking for a place to retire; it's too expensive in Calif and I want to get my wife a decent house to live in. Any thoughts?
It's been a pleasure hearing you and I look forward to your reply.
May God bless you and keep you safe on the road.

Best regards,
Dennis Herrera

Thanks for the quick reply.
Sure, add me to your list.
I'll mention Arkansas to my wife. How are the winters there?
Sounds like the cost of living is lower there which is what we're looking for, and I think that area has a strong Christian influence.

Happy truckin',
Dennis

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Tom;
Hi, I just listened to your broadcast on KSCO, Santa Cruz. My name is Tom Cramer, and I used to do a program at KSCO. I got burned out after about 5 years. Anyway I was a Long haul driver for about 15 years starting back in '76. I drove for a few gypo outfits until I was lucky enough to get into the Teamsters. I went to work for PMT autotransport in 78. If I remember correctly it seems like we were getting around 26 cents a mile way back then, and we went on the clock for loading and unloading. And if I broke down I also went on the clock. That was the best driving job I ever heard of, at that time, anyway.
Your web page looks great, a lot of content. I'm glad I found it.
Anyway, keep in touch, and keep the shiney side up.
Tom

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Greetings Tom,

I just found your website, pods etc. I will be starting driver school November 7th with Millis Transfer at the Hamilton OH location.

My question is why you prefer to pull a refer vs dry box and I heard you mention "washing out the trailer" after unloading? did I understand that correctly? Could you elaborate on how you do this and why it is necessary. Thanks and best wishes.

Bob the wannabe
Griffith IN

Bob Beard
Quotemearate.com
219-714-7628 direct
815-346-5845 fax
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Hi Tom:
This is Michael from Sacramento. I enjoyed your radio program from Santa Cruz. I just wanted to tell you that. take care.

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Tom: Been awhile since my last email. Finally found a way to listen
to your podcast on my cd in the car. I burn it to a CD-R or RW and
listen as I drive.Figured out how to do it today while listening to
your interview with the radio program out of Monterey, Cal. It took
two disks but no problem as CDR's are down to about 15-cents a disk
now. You're going to cost me money if you keep buying things like
your new tv. I have a perfectly good 7 year old tv in excellent
condition, but after listening to your latest purchase I am tempted
to upgrade. Take care.
Jerry

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