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In this episode we cover…

– Follow up story to missing trucker

– USPS goes with self driving trucks

– Cop crashes into semi and still gives him a ticket

– Major fundraiser for Truckers Against Trafficking

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Crash involving 4 semi trucks in Tumwater, Washington

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A crash involving four semi-trucks is blocking all southbound lanes of I-5 south of Olympia. Cleanup is expected to continue into the evening commute.

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The Trucker News Channel Episode #073

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In this episode we cover…
– Carrier goes bankrupt
– Troopers hunt for trucker
– Semi dumps beer load in church parking lot
– The quickest way to unload
– Cop plane hits semi trailer
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Viewpoint – Glass Half Full or Glass Half Empty

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Published courtesy ofย Truckers Connection.

Have you ever heard the phrase โ€œMisery loves company?โ€ Boy, is that ever true!

Itโ€™s crazy how negativity can escalate in a group if you let it, how easy it is to get swept up in the less-than-stellar aspects of a situation rather than realize that youโ€™re choosing to drown in the bad rather than focusing on the good. Because rarely โ€“if everโ€”is any situation 100% bad. But what you choose to focus on makes all the difference.

If youโ€™re on Facebook, you might be familiar with groups that you can join to interact with like-minded folks out there in social media world. For instance, Iโ€™m in various groups for my love of reading and traveling, pets or sports. And when youโ€™re in those, you can post and see othersโ€™ posts on the subject, comment accordingly, get tips and tricks, learn things you might now know, etc.

There are multiple groups for Trucking: like โ€œEverything Truckingโ€ or โ€œTrucking: Rates & Lanes.โ€ Thereโ€™s even a โ€œTrucking and Singleโ€ group, if thatโ€™s you.

But beware, many of these groups can go downhill in a hurry if you choose to let them. Some folks out there are only happy if theyโ€™re unhappy. And when theyโ€™re unhappy, they want others to be unhappy. And that snowball is one bound to crash badly.

Iโ€™m in a group for a community where I own a townhome. Itโ€™s in a great gated community with tons of super amenities (pools, etc). When we first purchased, I was very surprised to learn there was not a Facebook group already in place for owners in the community. After all, itโ€™s a great way to ask questions or share info about coming events, and so on. I thought of starting one and then looked at the zillions of things I already need to handle and decided against it. After all, these must be moderated and pretty regularly so extreme comments are addressed or removed, no scammers are present, etc.

But I was delighted to hear that someone else started a group earlier this year for our community and gladly joined. And from there, were my eyes been opened to a lot of things I hadnโ€™t realized. Neighbors claiming the landscaping wasnโ€™t good enough, the trash should be emptied more often, the pool chairs need to be cleaned, the staff is rude, the ownerโ€™s desk doesnโ€™t do what they should, the security gate personnel are unfriendly. And on and on. Now this place I thought was fantastic suddenly took on a different vibe. Had we purchased poorly? Was this a sink hole of real estate vs the investment we thought it would be?

But as I walked around last week, trying to be more objective in my own assessment, I have to say the place was sparkling. Everyone was cordial, doing their jobs. The lawns were mowed, the pool was pristine, the trees were being pruned, paint was fresh. And I thought: man, what are these other owners thinking? Are they SEARCHING for things to complain about? Iโ€™m sure everything isnโ€™t perfect (what is?) but from what I saw, it was pretty stellar. And yet, in that group: complain, complain, complain.

And it reminded me of the adage: Misery loves company. One starts complaining and others pile on and it escalates. And then itโ€™s even harder to be the lone voice saying: Really? Are you really being fair in your assessment or are you nitpicking just to nitpick?

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