Thursday, October 15, 2009

California truckin’

You would think the Mamas and the Papas classic hit, “California Dreamin’” would be on Joe Rajkovacz’ playlist since embarking on his 12-day journey from OOIDA’s HQ in Grain Valley, MO, to several scheduled stops in California.

But you would be wrong. He and OOIDA Life Member Bill Rode are going down the road in OOIDA’s “Spirit of the American Trucker” tapping their feet to the Philly-sound-inspired disco beat. My source tells me Rajkovacz packed two boxed sets of CDs containing enough disco music to last the entire trip.

Some OOIDA members from Littlerock, CA, dropped by to check on the two at the “Spirit” on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the Petro in Wheeler Ridge, CA. One member said he was disappointed that the “Spirit” truck wasn’t equipped with a disco ball for atmosphere.

While it’s been quite an adventure for the two, there is serious business at hand. Rajkovacz and Rode are in California to visit with truckers about the First Observer program. OOIDA is a subcontractor for First Observer – the Transportation Security Administration’s trucking security program.

The two guys and the “Spirit” are now parked at the Clean Energy Fueling Station at the Port of Long Beach until Thursday; then they are off to set up for the Truck Show Latino in Pomona.

So if you are in the area, stop by, say hello and give Rajkovacz a hard time about his disco music. Just make sure you don’t insult “The Reverend” Al Green.