MATS
‘MATS favorite things’

By Bill Hudgins, columnist

Who has ever seen “The Sound of Music” without Rodgers and Hammerstein’s songs being permanently recorded in your brain? Especially the delightful song Maria sings about a few of her favorite things? Here’s Land Line columnist Bill Hudgins’ parody in anticipation of the Mid-America Trucking Show. You’ll be singing this one all the way there.

‘MATS favorite things’

Looeyville, Looaville, Looavull, Luhvull.
Just as long as you don’t call it Lewisville!
Mid-America’s been here 43 springs
These are a few of MATS favorite things:

Shiny new tractors and efficient engines,
Big comfy sleepers and air-ride suspensions,
Transmissions for rookies who aren’t shifting kings
These are a few of MATS favorite things.

Tarpaulin systems for rollerskate haulers,
Smooth-sliding fifth wheels with stout kingpin collars,
Aero attachments from boattails to farings
These are a few of MATS favorite things.

Win a yardstick,
Eat a pork chop,
Gaze in awe at chrome;
You’ll want to see MATS from the bottom to top
And not ever go back home.

T-shirts and yardsticks and free pens for kiddies,
The Friday concert with old trucking ditties,
Magical towels and ways to fix dings
These are a few of MATS favorite things.

Seminars help you run smarter, not harder,
Whether you’re long-haul or just a day carter,
The Paul K. Young Show and NAST dazzle with bling
These are a few of MATS favorite things.

The West Wing is packed with eager recruiters,
And all of them sound like real straight shooters
But check with OOIDA and find out the stringsĀ 
These are a few of MATS favorite things.

Win a yardstick,
Eat a pork chop,
Gaze in awe at chrome;
You’ll want to see MATS from the bottom to top
And not ever go back home.