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Mid-March, after four days at the annual Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, I was looking forward to my own bed, back home. Even though I’ve never met a hotel room I didn’t like, I was very happy to see my own front door.
Get this: I arrive at midnight, hit the sack and proceed to dream about Randy Travis dating my wife Helena.
I’d seen the legendary singer/songwriter a day earlier, back in Louisville. He was signing autographs and talking to fans first near the entrance to the show and later at the Western Star booth.
The lines just snailed along, largely because he engaged every fan in conversation. Put his arm around the ladies and looked the men straight in the eye. (C&W musicians, I’ve heard, are better at the fan thing than a lot of their pop counterparts. If you have any notions why, share, please.)
This is another reason my wife Helena keeps reminding me that I have my dream job: Trucks, travel, writing, meeting great people, and a home to come back to. Guess she’s right. Again.
I’m pretty pumped that the dream job now includes this weekly blog. Nothing I like more than talking. (I’m like Donkey in Shrek: “What’s the point of being able to talk if we gotta keep secrets?”)
Good timing, too. I’m starting this blog on the heels of MATS and on the eve of Truck World 2012. See lots of you there, I hope.
It’s also the 25th anniversary of Today’s Trucking and, based on the buzz around the halls at MATS, this year’s going to be a good one if you’re in the truck business.
Speaker after speaker at MATS told anyone who would listen that there’d be millions of tons of trucks built and sold in 2012, (240,000 class 8s is the magic number) the implication being that there’s lots of freight to be moved.
Other impressions: natural gas is no longer fringe. Ditto trailer skirts. And especially automated transmissions. Plus all the OEMS are talking about “total integration.”
One more thing — a very last impression from the 10-hour drive from Toronto to Kentucky and back.
Those American trucks sure move out. Some of those drivers must own shares in the big fuel companies because they certainly drive their trucks to drink.
And I’m no Warren Buffet but I’m thinking if those drivers believe the price of fuel’s coming down they’re dreaming in even greater Technicolor than me.
Till next time. Follow me @peter_truck on Twitter. Bet you’d like it.