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Roses & Razzberries

Lisa Shaw, wife of OOIDA member Eric Shaw, sends out a RAZZBERRY to a driver she saw in Oklahoma recently.

Driving down Interstate 40, Lisa said she saw the driver throw a full bottle out the window. This is, for the most part, a family publication, so we won’t say what the bottle was full of, but you can bet it wasn’t Mountain Dew.

If you must go in a bottle, at least wait until you get to someplace with a wastebasket to dispose of it properly. Unfortunately, there’s a reason the mainstream media refers to those things as “trucker bombs.”


OOIDA member Ron Wallander from Cato, WI, sends out a legal-size ROSE to lawyer Michael Yemc. Ron got a ticket while driving through Ohio and Yemc, an attorney based in Columbus, OH, was able to help him out.

Ron said Yemc knows the trucking laws in his state and is willing to drive anywhere in that state to help out a driver. With so many lawyers looking to make a fast buck by demonizing truck drivers these days, it’s nice to see one on the right side of the road for a change.


A golden ROSE goes out to the Random House publishing company. The company has published a children’s book called “I’m a Truck” under its Golden Books label.

The book follows the adventures of an 18-wheeler called Big Blue Bill as he leads children through introductions to all types of trucks, a construction site and even a truck stop.

We know Christmas is long gone, but it’s never too early to start thinking about a good gift for the little ones for next year.


A belated yuletide RAZZBERRY goes to the Texas Department of Transportation. An anti-drinking-and-driving ad the DOT came up with this past Christmas featured Santa’s reindeer getting plastered at a holiday party, toasting each other with full mugs of beer.

The reindeer were subsequently grounded for DUI, forcing Santa’s sleigh to be drawn by a team of taxi cabs. We’re not sure if drunken reindeer is the right thing to be showing impressionable children, though it does explain why one of them is called “Blitzen.”


OOIDA member Robert Rosner sends out a roadside ROSE to the Lee Hi Travel Plaza in Lexington, VA. Founded in 1959, the stop is one of the oldest in the Eastern U.S. and has been run by Sue and Bobby Berkstresser since 1981.

Robert said it’s his favorite truck stop and he’s been going there since he was eight years old.
“You can’t ask for a better place,” he said. “It’s spotless, friendly, peaceful. Never has security problems. The drivers really respect this place and really like it.” That’s good enough for us, Robert.


OOIDA member Richard Skoglund of Payson, AZ, sends out a hazardous RAZZBERRY to whomever is in charge of the hazmat certification process in Arizona.

Richard was on the road when his wife told him he’d gotten a letter from the Arizona DOT telling him he was due to renew his hazmat certification. The problem? The letter was 15 days late, leaving Richard only a few days to complete the process.

But it didn’t stop there. It took two hours of phone calls just for Richard to find out where to go. After making an appointment, clearing it with his company, then driving two hours to the nearest facility, Richard had to drive another two hours to Phoenix to a private contractor for fingerprinting and the background check.

In all, Richard lost two days of his own time, not to mention the fees for which he was only partly reimbursed. Richard, next time it might be quicker to just drive up to Canada and get a FAST card.


A truckload of ROSES goes out to Staff Sgt. Jared Losh, a marine from Poplar Bluff, MO. During a snowstorm in December, Losh found himself stuck in a traffic jam on Interstate 70 that lasted, by some reports, as long as 13 hours.

During that time, Losh left his vehicle and walked up and down the highway, checking on other passengers and offering bottled water and Meals-Ready-to-Eat – prepared meals made for soldiers in combat – to anyone in need.

It’s good to know there are still Marines like Sgt. Losh out there when help is needed.


“Roses and Razzberries” is written by Terry Scruton, senior correspondent for “Land Line Now” on XM Satellite Radio. He may be reached at