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Hillman To Do

I’ve seen most of the Top 100 Hillman Wonders. There’s still a few more I want to see. My travel philosophy is that it’s not about where you’ve been, it’s what you have seen, tasted, touched, heard and smelled. You can shorten the previous sentence to experienced. This post is about the Hillman Wonders I haven’t seen but intend to see. The following is a breakdown of those Wonders. I’m going to work on the list during the next few weeks as I get a moment here and there.

Galapagos Islands:

Neuschwanstein Castle: Images. Map. Wikipedia. TripAdvisorGreat castles of the world. It’s 75 miles from Munich, Germany.

Songs

Choctaw Bingo – James McMurtry: Just another Texas boy with a guitar.

Ray Wylie Hubbard – Choctaw Bingo: Just another Oklahoma boy with a guitar.

The Traveling Wilburys – End Of The Line: The Lyrics are, in my opinion, are some of the best lyrics ever written. If I ever got into tattoos, these would probably be recorded on my chest.

The Rolling Stones – Waiting On A Friend

Neil Young – Old Man

Litttle Feat – Dixie Chicken

John Prine and Iris DeMent – In Spite of Ourselves

Sheryl Crow - All I Wanna Do

Rolling Stones - Dead Flowers

Dire Straights – Money For Nothing: I’d be hard pressed to name my favorite Dire Straights song. I also like Sultans of SwingSo Far Away and Walk of LIfe. Money for nothing was, however, a seriously big hit.

Tom Petty – Learning To Fly

Chris Knight – Highway Junkie:

Turnpike Troubadours – Gin, Smoke, Lies: I like 7&7 better. Face it, 4,232,200 views on YouTube is a dead giveaway. It’s the lyrics – trust me. Every Girl is also one of my favorites. Just some more Oklahoma boys in a band.

Robert Earl Keene – The Road Goes On Forever: I’m not sure this is my favorite REK song. Maybe it’s Feelin’ Good Again or I’m Comin’ Home or That Buckin’ Song or Gringo Honeymoon.

Boys From Oklahoma · Cross Canadian Ragweed: Okay, it’s kinda loud at the Wormy Dog Saloon, but maybe that’s good.

Hayes Carll – Drunken Poet’s Dream:

Toby Keith – Beer For My Horses ft. Willie Nelson: I just like the song and this version has a funny video. Just another Oklahoma boy with a guitar.

Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard – Pancho & Lefty: Just another Texas boy with a guitar.

Ry Cooder – Fool For A Cigarette/Feelin’ Good: The most profound one line statement I’ve ever heard is “All the money in the world is spent on feeling good.” This where I heard it. I started listening to Ry Cooder in 1970 but my favorite album is Paradise and Lunch (1974).

Bob Dylan – Mr. Tambourine Man (Live at the Newport Folk Festival. 1964): Very early Dylan. I’m not sure he was even shaving.

Simon and Garfunkel - The Sound of Silence

The Doors – Light My Fire – 1967: Old. TV stuff. Not the best Doors video but it doesn’t drag on and it gives you the essence of who they were in their early years.

Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit, Live from Woodstock 1969: Not the best video but it does show the lyrics and it is from Woodstock.

Garth Brooks Friends in Low Places Live 1990: Just another Oklahoma boy with a guitar.

Otis Taylor – Hey Joe – Rare Photos: It’s the pictures, man.

Paul Thorn – I Guess I’ll Just Stay Married: It’s a little philosophical. Sorta bluesy. Sorta sad. Sorta life.

Reading Lists

These are some reading lists that may be of interest to you. Go out and learn something. Or, maybe just … enjoy.

NPR Best Books for 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013. Nice Lists.

Audible Bestsellers. If you find listening a great way to read a book. Some books are better read.

Amazon Kindle Bestsellers in: Applied Psychology  |  Cognitive Neuroscience & Cognitive Neuropsychology  |  Counseling  |  Creativity & Genius  |  Developmental Psychology  |  Happiness  |  Lifespan Development  |  Motivational  |  Practice Management  |  Psychology – Education & Training  |  Stress Management

Bill Gates  |  Barack Obama  |  Amazon – 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime  |  MA.TT  |

ted.com – 101 Summer Books

OKC Library: Self-Help  |  Self-Improvement  |

Pioneer Library: Self-Improvement  |

Road Trip Urges

They start off small. Very small. They start off as thoughts. Often, they’re thoughts about previous road trips. They don’t last a long time. But, they grow. They happen more often. Pretty soon, you’re conscious of them. That’s when you know. A road trip is in the making. It’s just a matter of time. I reach a point where I start thinking about planning because that’s what I do. That’s who I am.

Rest Stops

Rest Stops

When I was a young man, I road-tripped often. As I got older, the road trips became less frequent until there was a time when I never left home without my wife or some of my children. Then, as the nest emptied, I started to wander a little more. And more. And more. Today, I take several months a year, on average, and I go somewhere. Sometimes it’s in the United States. Sometimes it’s in Europe or Asia or Africa or South America. Next year, in 2018, I think that it will be in the United States in the Spring and in Europe later in the year. This post is the first one for getting my material in order for the trip.

The image that you see on the right is from a Google Map. It’s located here. Actually, there is a whole websited dedicated to the subject. I originally thought it was created by the people who publish The Next Exit, but now I believe it’s put out by Roundabout Publications, a group which publishes material for people who live the RV lifestyle and like to move around a lot.

Truck Research

Medical: All commercial drivers of vehicles in interstate commerce with a maximum gross vehicle weight rating of over 10,000 pounds (4,536 kilograms) are required to obtain and maintain a valid Medical Examiner’s Certificate (ME Certificate) (sic – no punctuation.) Medical Examiner’s Certificate – If the medical examiner finds that the person he/she examined is physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle (CMV), the medical examiner will complete a Medical Examiner’s Certificate and give the original to the person who was examined. The medical examiner will keep a copy of the Medical Examiner’s Certificate on file for at least 3 years. If a driver wishes the Certificate to be in card form, he/she may:

Purchase a separate “medical card” from an industry supplier of motor carrier forms (e.g., State trucking association) before the physical exam and ask the medical examiner to complete and sign it, in addition to the Medical Examination Report form; or
Print the Certificate on cardstock paper. It is permissible to reduce the size of the Certificate.

You need an FMCSA # if you weigh more than 10K pounds and haul hazmat or passengers or non-exempt freight. I’m not really clear at this point what non-exempt freight is. You only need a CDL if your total weight is over 26K pounds. Up to 26K pounds you do not need a CDL but you may need an FMCSA #. I would think an FMCSA # is a good thing and would help you get loads. It seems that there really is a viable market for people with small trucks hauling freight.

The key to making money is getting loads. I made money as a trucker not because I was a great driver. I made money because I had a computer next to me that I programmed to poll the load board I used every 15 seconds and processed what was on the board and then screamed at me if there was a load on the board that looked good. This enabled me to get a better shot at getting the load. All I had to do was to drive and wait for the computer to scream and then glance down at the number I needed to call. It would be even easier to do today. Plus today, I know how to send out emails and text messages from my PC to every broker I can get a phone number from.

Go here: https://www.uship.com/carriers/hot-shot-freight/ – this is a load board for people doing freight with small trucks. I got a login id and logged in. There were 73 loads going out within 100 miles of my house. 25 of them were “Cars & Light Trucks” that needed hauled. Some of them paid upwards of $2 a mile. 8 of them were in the “Horses”  category and were local delivery. There were 499 loads going out within 200 miles of my house. 

Go to: https://www.123loadboard.com/find-loads/oklahoma/all-cities/all-loads and click on hot-shot loads. Apparently, all load boards, and there are a bunch, have a hot-shot section as well as have loads that are less than 10K pounds.

More load boards: Hot Shot Carrier | Expedite Loads | Central Dispatch | Ship My Car

Read: Small truck, big service;

Stolen Bicycle

$300 Reward for Recovery

405-664-8145

Dahon 2013 Mu P8

Dahon 2013 Mu P8

THIS BICYCLE WAS STOLEN IN NORMAN, OK

This is a picture of a bicycle that is the same color and model of the bicycle that was stolen from my home on Thursday September 14, 2017 between 2-3 PM. I really like the bike. I prefer it to my carbon fiber road bike when I ride around town. If you can also drop off the person who stole it tied- up and unconscious with a sack over their head along with the bicycle there can be substantially more money involved.

Rolling Okie

Yes, it is a real lion and yes, I am taking it on an afternoon walk. It’s not a very common photo and I’m hoping that seeing a bike like the one above will trigger your memory into remembering this picture and thinking about my stolen bike. Memories and sights are like that. One triggers another.

Lion Walking

Lion Walking

Kayak Links 450

Level 1
CHICAGO IL
NEW YORK NY
ATLANTA GA
DALLAS/FORT WORTH TX
HOUSTON TX
LOS ANGELES CA
BOSTON MA
DENVER CO
MIAMI FL
SAN FRANCISCO CA
SEATTLE WA

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Level 2
NEWARK NJ
OKLAHOMA CITY
BALTIMORE MD
CHARLOTTE NC
DETROIT MI
FORT LAUDERDALE
LAS VEGAS NV
MINNEAPOLIS MN
ORLANDO FL
PHILADELPHIA PA
PHOENIX AZ
SALT LAKE CITY UT
SAN DIEGO CA
TAMPA FL
SAN JOSE

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The following do not need to be done.
PITTSBURG
SAN ANTONIO
JACKSONVILLE
ST LOUIS
RALEIGH/DURHAM
CLEVELAND

AMSTERDAM
ATHENS
BANGKOK
BEIJING
BERLIN
COPENHAGEN
DUBLIN
ISTANBUL
KUALA LUMPUR
LISBON
LONDON
MOSCOW
NEW DELHI
OSLO
ROME
SHANGHAI
SINGAPORE
STOCKHOLM
TAIPEI
TOKYO
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ZURICH