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WIFI ROOLS [Aug. 11th, 2003|11:23 pm]
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It's 12:20 AM, I'm in a truckstop in State College PA, and they have free Wi-Fi. RAWK.
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[User Picture]From: bitterwhiteguy
2003-08-12 12:41 am (UTC)
I'll have to find a link, but there's a company that's specializing in these hi-speed internet terminals/TV/Air Conditioning unit for semis at truckstops that will keep them from having to run their engines while parked on their 8 hours/day required stops. It's pretty freakin' cool, and looks like a giant vacuum tube connected to their passenger window.
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[User Picture]From: bitterwhiteguy
2003-08-12 12:43 am (UTC)
Found it.

Idle Aire
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[User Picture]From: bitterwhiteguy
2003-08-12 08:18 am (UTC)
How would marketing it as helping the environment hurt them? Do you actually know any truck drivers?

The reason they don't focus on that has nothing to do with their audience being for/against helping the environment and everything to do with their audience being corporations & truckers that are trying to save money. Independent truckers are jumping at the opportunity to save $3k a year on gas, corporations love the idea of their fleets saving that kind of money per 18-wheeler as well.
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[User Picture]From: bitterwhiteguy
2003-08-12 12:40 pm (UTC)
I have an uncle that's a trucker, and through him I've met many truck drivers. They're not the most liberal people, but they do like the idea of a clean environment and applaud the efforts of this company. It's not as if they're trying to actively pollute the environment, but they need to run the engine to power the a/c in their cabs for when they sleep hence why they idle the trucks at night at truckstops.

2 things you might have known about truck drivers had you actually met any of them:

1) The vast majority of graffitti in truck stops is done by random motorists, not truckers. As a whole they're a very self-contained group that takes care of the places they use. You don't mark up your workplace with graffitti, do you?

2) Truck drivers are the largest stateside market for romance novels. Many romance novelists have book signings in truck stops, because the turnout is great and the crowd is an appreciative one. That doesn't fit into your neat little categorization, does it?

In the future, I'd suggest getting to know a group before you make generalizations about them.
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