Happy Fourth!

I know you’re all eager to get out there and celebrate the 4th of July with all your friends and loved ones, so I’ll keep this update quick. I just wanted to remind you all of a few things that I think are important to remember during this national holiday.

First, the 4th of July is a day where we celebrate our independence as a nation, and the struggles and sacrifices of our predecessors who fought for that independence. This is a time when we come together as a nation, set aside our political differences, and recognize that we are all united under the same flag, fighting for the same cause. Let’s not let our personal politics spoil this holiday. Democrat, Republican, Liberal, Conservative, whatever your leaning, we’re all Americans, and we’re all in this together. Let’s put aside our differences, just for today, and launch some explosives into the sky. What do you say?

Which brings me to my second point. While you’re sitting in your lawn chair with your beer and soda in that cooler next to you, eating your hot dogs, setting off fireworks and sparklers, listening to the national anthem on your radio, playing corn hole with your pals, and posting photos and status updates on your smart phones, please remember that all of these things were brought to you by truckers, many of whom (like myself and my wife) are on the roads tonight, working while the rest of the nation celebrates, so that you can all receive your shipments on time. I hope you’ll remember this next time you see a rig on the road. We’re out here working hard, and we’re working for you.

Finally, and most importantly, please do us truckers and yourselves a favor. Don’t drink and drive. I know many of you will be enjoying beers and other adult beverages tonight in celebration of the holiday. Please be sure you’ve got a plan for how you’ll get home safely. Have a designated driver. Better yet, be a designated driver yourself! Drunk drivers are a risk to themselves and everyone else on the road, including me and my wife. I love my wife very much, and I don’t want her to be the victim of a drunk driver tonight. So please, please, please don’t be that drunk driver. Drive sober, or don’t drive at all.

Thank you. I love you all. Happy 4th!

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