Old Dogs and New Tricks

Things evolve. Deal with it. To paraphase the great Red Greene - I am old. I can change. If I have to. I guess. It does seem that the older I get the harder it is to adapt to changes in technology. You may have noticed the changes to the website. They are designed to make the site more user friendly. Unfortunately, that means that we have to change how we upload our blogs. I had enough trouble trying to figure out the old way - now you change it!

I (we) need to get over ourselves. People don't change things just to be mean. Things change in order to improve. I couldn't upload my text. Turns out the search engine I was using doesn't want to work with this software. Really? So now I have to use the search engine that I couldn't use before, because it didn't work with that software!

Here's the thing. I will get this figured out - eventually.People will help me. It used to be that I did not want to ask for help. These days, I am begging for it. Computers just are not my specialty. My grandchildren are better with them than I am. And yes, I have sought their help. Hopefully, old age comes with some wisdom. Wisdom has taught me to ask for help. Hopefully, there won't be too many sighs on the other end of the phone, because I remind the tech of their mom.

This is not true with just computers. These new trucks have evolved as well. Some of us old dogs have struggled with the new trucks. I could not change the band on the radio for about 300 miles. Worst part was that I was stuck on the weather band. At least Henry was stuck on FM. Eventually we both figured it out. The more I learn about the new technology on this truck, the more I realize just how cool it is. The idea that I can change the crusise control setting with my fingers is incredible - and convenient.

Some of the traits of the new trucks can really throw us old dogs off. The power band is at a lower RPM. The new trucks have more torque than the trucks I learned to drive on. We just have to know where it is and why it is there. One cool thing that I discovered was that at 65 MPH, it is already in the power band. Since it is already in the power band, you don't get that lag at the bottom of a hill. It starts pulling immediately, and because of that it sustains momentum.

When you combine the change in the torque curve with the extra torque, this truck really pulls. That is an awesome thing. Now, if I can just learn how to upload with this new software.

 

 

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Jeff Clark

Jeff Clark of Kewaunee, WI has been driving a truck for 24 years. He has been an owner operator for 11 years.

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I definitely struggle with the computer side of things - but am pretty good with the mechanical side of technology.

April 29, 2017 11:38:33 AM

So, true Jeff. It is difficult to teach an old dog new tricks.

April 29, 2017 8:31:16 AM