Truck tonnage held at an all-time high in September, rising 3.7 percent from a year ago and capping the highest quarter on record, according to a recent statement by the American Trucking Associations. U.S. consumer confidence rebounded strongly in October, hitting a seven-year high as solid job gains raised expectations for economic growth. The Conference Board said Tuesday that its confidence index climbed to 94.5, the strongest reading since October 2007 and the start of the Great Recession a few months later. This month's gains reversed a revised decline to 89 in September from 93.4 in August.
The U.S. economy grew at a solid annual rate of 3.5 percent for the third quarter according to the Commerce Department. The results for Q3 were better than expected, following the 4.6 percent up-tick in Q2 after a terrible Q1 estimate of 2.1 percent due to the terrible winter weather! Many economists are predicting a solid 3.0 percent growth for all of 2015.
Quotable"The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong!"
- Andy Rooney (CBS) 60 Minutes
Ramp/Dock Report: November 2014
Absolute Intermodal, LLC is enthusiastically moving forward with our newest operating entity, All Decks Intermodal, LLC. The All Decks division will be marketing a door-to-door product using the newest intermodal flat deck to help on consistent moves that would normally go over-the-road via truck and flatbed trailer. Available operating locations are currently being formulated and should have pricing and points available by December. Please let us know if you have any interest in this and we can determine the pricing as well as the operating timetable. Mexico and Canada lanes are going to be offered as well!
Lessons from the Past
So with a little literary license, I will attempt a 'Rooneyism' (my word). The topic, "Beer and Hymns" Rooney's segment might have gone something like this__ "Did you hear about the Christian Church of Downtown Tulsa serving beers to the congregation on Sunday night 'Beer and Hymns' gathering? I am sure that God would look down on this effort to bring in more of the unwashed as the epitome of bad marketing! With a three beer limit, I suppose you could get quite a buzz on, no teetotalism here, but how about a bunch of church folk gathering on Sunday night to throw back a few brewskies in the name of Jesus? Seriously...? Can you imagine the crowd with alcohol induced bravado spouting their opinions of what God really wants? Call me old fashioned, but this is just too weird, even for me!"
What has always struck me the most about Rooney is how normal and average he was, and I mean that as a compliment. He was probably the most famous, "normal" person in the world. Andy Rooney died November 4, 2011 one month after his last broadcast on 60 Minutes at the age of 92.He and his wife raised four great kids. Did you know that he was married only once, to Margie, for 62 years, and after she died in 2004 it hurt him so much he cried himself to sleep and couldn't even type her name in columns anymore. So much for his curmudgeonly, prickly wit often confused with cynicism, criticism and cutting bigotry. We can definitely miss the ubiquitous unruly eyebrows and piercing stare into lens of the 60 Minutes cameras.