Friday, August 3, 2007

Dangerous curves ahead?

DISCLAIMER: This blog entry contains a link to material that may not be suitable for younger audiences

Every day at 9:15 a.m., the Land Line and “Land Line Now” staffers gather in the “war room,” where we hash over the day’s top trucking stories and decide what’s going on the Web site and radio show for that day.

Almost without fail, someone brings a story to the table that’s, well … let’s just call it “unfit for publication.” Imagine Jay Leno’s nightly monologue if it only pertained to the transportation industry, and you’re on the right track.

Everyone here is keenly aware of the fact that this is a family publication, and that’s why a lot of stories like this end up crumpled in the trash can, or as meeting-only punchlines. If it’s not too off-color, it might become fodder for the magazine’s “On the lighter side” section, or maybe what we call a “kicker” for the end of Reed’s newscast.

But sometimes, a story’s just a little too weird to let it slip through the cracks, which was the case today. With that, I present this story. Again, this isn’t for the kids to read – don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Kind of gives new meaning to the phrase “Stop means stop,” doesn’t it?