Wednesday, December 23, 2015

‘Cracked Carols’ – It’s the most wonderful time of the year

Our old friend and contributing writer Bill Hudgins could give “Weird Al” Yankovic a run for his money when it comes to writing parody tunes. At least when it comes to putting a truck-centric spin on everyone’s favorite holiday songs with his (in)famous Cracked Carols.

We here at Land Line and OOIDA HQ have gotten such a kick out of Hudge’s jingles that they’re as much a part of our holiday tradition as eggnog or making Clark Griswold jokes at Mark Reddig’s expense. Over the years we’ve even recorded a few of them in our studio.

This year’s Cracked Carols feature a tune called “Yuletide Freight” to the tune of “The Holly and the Ivy.”

I am hauling Christmas presents and I hope I won't be late.
I am stacked on up to full cube, with this special Yuletide Freight.
On a sleigh with 18 wheels, as the Santa I do roam.
I just hope I'm done by Christmas and this truck will bring me home.

Listen for yourself here.

And just for fun, we dusted off a couple of our other favorites.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Truckers deliver holiday joy

’Tis the season for giving.

Many groups within the trucking community are making that motto a reality.

The Elves and More of Northeast Ohio, as well as XPO
Logistics, helped provide nearly 1,600 bikes to children in the
Akron area this month. (Contributed photo)
The Truckers Christmas Group is dedicated to helping truckers give the gift of Christmas. As of Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 22, the group had generated almost $6,000 to help 12 trucking families have a better Christmas.

This is the seventh year of the Truckers Christmas Group fund drive to benefit trucking families in need. During the seven years, the group has helped 112 families with about $66,000 raised. Donations are still being accepted this year to at truckerchristmasgroup.org.

In Akron, Ohio, a nonprofit group called Elves and More of Northeast Ohio provided nearly 1,600 bikes to kids in need living in the Akron area.

For the 10th year in a row, the elves – in the form of 16 tractor-trailers and more than 100 volunteers – pulled into the neighborhoods this past weekend to surprise children with bicycles, tricycles and toddler gifts.

The annual bike delivery is supported by XPO Logistics, which provides logistical support, in-kind transportation and many volunteers.