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Truckcast #73: Disorganized Ducks

Looks like my ducks are not going to be marching along in a straight line today... [powerpress]

Lawn Care Advice

Truckcast #72: Heavy Clouds

From Muskegon to Holland. From Big Rapids to Lansing. And everyplace an hours drive from Grand Rapids; I bring you the Truckcast. Today is no exception. Let's rock... [powerpress]

Back Ordered

Truckcast #71: What Happened Friday?

I started to record you a Truckcast on the 26th, last Friday, but it didn't work out. Let me tell you about... [powerpress]

Truckcast #70: What I Could Tell You

I present you with another installment of the classic Truckcast series. But what shall I talk about... You'll have to listen to find out. ;) What I Could Tell You [esplayer url="http://arohen.com/audio/Truckcast_20130725_070.mp3" width="400" height="50"] The Truckcast: What I Could Tell You mp3 -- duration: 32:41

Are You Lost?

Truckcast #69: Another New Mic

New microphone for this one. Really does eliminate a lot of the 'truckiness' of the Truckcast. Not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing. I think it's a good thing, but I've been wrong before. Check it out and let me know... Another New Mic [esplayer url="http://arohen.com/audio/Truckcast_20130723_069.mp3" width="400" height="50"] The Truckcast: Another New Mic mp3 -- duration: 30:20

Truckcast #68: Independent By Choice

So halfway through this one we change microphones... I'm not sure that's a good thing. You be the judge. Independent By Choice [esplayer url="http://arohen.com/audio/Truckcast_20130723_068.mp3" width="400" height="50"] The Truckcast: Independent By Choice mp3 -- duration: 32:40

The Cool Stuff Theory of Literature

"The Cool Stuff Theory of Literature is as follows: All literature consists of whatever the writer thinks is cool. The reader will like the book to the degree that he agrees with the writer about what’s cool. And that works all the way from the external trappings to the level of metaphor, subtext, and the way one uses words. In other words, I happen not to think that full-plate armor and great big honking greatswords are cool. I don’t like ‘em. I like cloaks and rapiers. So I write stories with a lot of cloaks and rapiers in ‘em, ’cause that’s cool. Guys who like military hardware, who think advanced military hardware is cool, are not gonna jump all over my books, because they have other ideas about what’s cool."The novel should be understood as a structure built to accommodate the greatest possible amount of cool stuff." --Steven Brust

How To Work Better

And remember, whatever you're doing, it's work. It isn't supposed to be fun, that would be something else, but it doesn't have to be miserable. Do the job right. Get the job done. Move on.  

Finally, I Fit In

This may be the only place on earth where this shirt blends in. Doctor my eyes, I've made it to Margaritaville. Thanks to Don and Lisa. Great show. Great fun. Great company.  

Jimmy Buffett / Jackson Browne

Tonight we're going to see Jimmy Buffett and Jacksone Brown at Comerica Park. We have Don and Lisa and an MRI to thank for this. Should be a great show, as I'm a fan of everyone listed in this post... possibly even of MRI's, though, I'm uncertain about my true feelings. We're off to St Somewhere.

Truckcast #67: Where Is My Air

Let me explain something to you here; when it's this hot, leave the air on. Eighty Seven degree indoor air is unacceptable... Where Is My Air [esplayer url="http://arohen.com/audio/Truckcast_20130718_067.mp3" width="400" height="50"] The Truckcast: Where Is My Air mp3 -- duration: 31:06

Truckcast #66: Hot and Exhausted

When I got home last night my air conditioning was off and the house was 87 degrees. There's a rant there, but it's not in this truckcast... Hot and Exhausted [esplayer url="http://arohen.com/audio/Truckcast_20130717_066.mp3" width="400" height="50"] The Truckcast: Hot and Exhausted mp3 -- duration: 20:21

Truckcast #65: Fly in the Truck

Air conditioning is awesome. Must find a way to stay in the truck. It's so hot. Ugh, here's your truckcast... Fly in the Truck [esplayer url="http://arohen.com/audio/Truckcast_20130716_065.mp3" width="400" height="50"] The Truckcast: Fly in the Truck mp3 -- duration: 30:01

Truckcast #64: Prelude to a 3-Hour Drive

Construction, detours, and traffic accidents caused my drive back from Lansing to last 3 hours, 15 minutes... completely unacceptable to arrive home at 7:30 on a day like yesterday. But I recorded a little something for you. Take a listen. Prelude to a 3-Hour Drive [esplayer url="http://arohen.com/audio/Truckcast_20130715_064.mp3" width="400" height="50"] The Truckcast: Prelude to a 3-Hour Drive mp3 -- duration: 29:28

Truckcast #63: Basement Project I

Here's a little story about what I did this weekend. Screwing is involved... Basement Project I [esplayer url="http://arohen.com/audio/Truckcast_20130715_063.mp3" width="400" height="50"] The Truckcast: Basement Project I mp3 -- duration: 30:41

Sunday. Sunday. Sunday.

So, I spent most of the day and evening in the basement working on the bedrooms. All the rigid foam board has been glued to the walls and laid on the floor. The plywood has been laid down in bedroom one and mostly done in bedroom two. It's not secured yet... I was having a tough time with the concrete screws snapping and I decided to find a better solution. I'll do that tomorrow after I finish cutting the last three pieces of flooring. There's a bunch of pictures in the Basement gallery of what I've done. Zachary helped me bring the rigid foam boards downstairs, we carried all 12-pieces at one time. All the heavy-ass 3/4 plywood... yeah, carried all that down by myself while he played video games. Good to have help. Sometimes I'd like to beat him, just for being a.... I'd like to beat him. Let's leave it at that.   That's a Different Strokes reference for all you young'uns. It's a TV show from 1978-1986. I watched that shit. I rock.

Saturday Night's All Right For...

... insert your thing at the end of that title. For me, it's all right for doing some webpage maintenance and texting with old buddies. I know, exciting, right! I may regret it, but I added the Truckcast to Google Feedburner . The basement is coming along nicely. Should have the walls and floor insulated tomorrow morning and the new floor down and the walls up by the end of the day. Fingers crossed. Wish me luck. And just because I haven't given you one today... Here's your Saturday inspirational image...

The New Rampant

I think I mentioned that I was using DesignCrowd to source a new logo for myself and my assorted projects. The site claimed that I would get 55+ designs. I received 49 designs. In fairness to the site, I did cut the design competition short by four days. Because I found one that I liked a lot. Daniel at StudioD put together the winning design for me. I asked for something less traditional and with the type of style found in the new Detroit Lions logo. He came up with a design and with some back and forth suggestions this is what I ended up with: It's a pretty large departure from my old design, but I think it's cool as hell. I can't wait to get the files and start planning on some cool projects involving the new logo.

Basement Project Update

I'm up and going on the basement project... or at least on the two new bedrooms. Have a load of rigid foam board, plywood, lumber, and drywall set to be delivered tomorrow between 12-6, so I'm crankin' on getting the floor cleared. Thanks to Joel for canceling our project this weekend. I've added a photo album to the gallery titled, Basement, in case you want to follow along with this particular project. The photo's are all date named so you can see when what happened. Here's a direct link to the Picasa album. Basement

Truckcast #62: Not Talkin' About My Baby

This one seems to be about bikes and who knows what else... Not Talkin' About My Baby [esplayer url="http://arohen.com/audio/Truckcast_20130711_062.mp3" width="400" height="50"] The Truckcast: Not Talkin' About My Baby mp3 -- duration: 30:41

Truckcast #61: Webpage Updates

I made some changes to the web site and now I'm telling you about them :) Webpage Updates [esplayer url="http://arohen.com/audio/Truckcast_20130710_061.mp3" width="400" height="50"] The Truckcast: Webpage Updates mp3 -- duration: 31:00

Inspired by a Trip to the Bookstore

Truckcast #60: It's A Father-Son Thing

Probably, you shouldn't talk about this stuff on the airwaves... but there are issues that I need to work through, and you are my support network... and it's amusing when I get mad. Take a listen. It's A Father-Son Thing  ( Temporarily removed) [esplayer url="http://arohen.com/audio/0.mp3" width="400" height="50"] The Truckcast: It's A Father-Son Thing mp3 -- duration: 31:28 She can move anywhere in this circle without getting the court involved. There's a 100-mile rule that the court uses. It's 133-miles from his house to mine... Ain't life fun.

Life's Little Decisions

You're Trying Too Hard

Truckcast #59: Was That the End?

So I ended up cutting my day short to go and do some online training and I didn't realize until I went to put this up that I never really ended this one... So in staying true to the Truckcast ascetic of high quality productions I give you this... Was That the End? [esplayer url="http://arohen.com/audio/Truckcast_20130705_059.mp3" width="400" height="50"] The Truckcast: Was That the End? mp3 -- duration: 27:02

The Declaration of Independence; in Case You Forgot

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Gov

Happy Independence Day

Image from Wikipedia. This Image was released by the United States Air Force with the ID DF-ST-87-03719  

Truckcast #58: The One With All the Short Segments

It won't make sense to you now, but it will in 30 minutes, I did lose two segments when the update occurred. But the rest is classic Truckcast material. Enjoy... The One With All the Short Segments [esplayer url="http://arohen.com/audio/Truckcast_20130702_058.mp3" width="400" height="50"] The Truckcast: The One With All the Short Segments mp3 -- duration: 27:14

Not Impossible

Logo Design Contest

So I'm tired of trying to make do with the logo that I have. It's just about right. But it's so damn sloppy and unprofessional looking. I giving the website DesignCrowd.com a try. I'm going to put it out there and see if I can't get someone with real skills to take a crack at it. Just so as you remember this is the best I have right now. Hopefully, I'll have better soon... Also, I pretty much got stuck running around Grand Rapids today. So no Truckcast for you. My apologies. I can't guaranty anything tomorrow either, looking like it may be more of the same. So I'll leave you with something a little bit like this... And, because I'm feeling particularly generous today, I'll give you a little bit from my unused audio files. I call this one: Broken Truckcast . It started life as a Truckcast on 5/10, but I lost the last 25 minutes of audio for some reason that I can't explain. Now it's broken. Enjoy. Broken Truckcast mp3 -- duration: 05:03