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Knowledge at Our Fingertips

Sep 30th, 2016 | By | Category: Geri Roskopf's Blog

My in-laws recently sold their home of 60 years. They had bookshelves filled with encyclopedias,  the Google of my era — only in hardcover book form. Before I boxed up the encyclopedias, I opened one up and could hardly read the tiny print. How did I […]



Interoperability

Sep 23rd, 2016 | By | Category: Geri Roskopf's Blog

The first time I heard the word interoperability was at a Traffic Incident Management (TIM) seminar. I could hardly pronounce the word let alone spell it. The definition of interoperability is the ability of systems – especially computers or telecommunications — to work together without being specially configured to […]



One Action-Packed Weekend

Sep 20th, 2016 | By | Category: Geri Roskopf's Blog

On Wednesday, September 7, eight of us from Wisconsin piled into a van and headed south to Chattanooga to participate in the many activities at the Tennessee Tow Show celebration of the 100th anniversary of the first tow truck manufactured by Ernest Holmes. The weekend included […]



The Unofficial End of Summer

Sep 2nd, 2016 | By | Category: Geri Roskopf's Blog

While the calendar says it is still summer, there are a couple things happening around here that indicates it is the unofficial end of summer: yellow school buses bringing kids back to school and Labor Day weekend. Labor Day was an American Labor Movement introduced by […]



It’s About Time

Aug 26th, 2016 | By | Category: Geri Roskopf's Blog

The 2016 Wisconsin’s Governor’s Conference on Highway Safety was held this week and I am happy to report towers were invited to participate in two sessions – Towing and Recovery – It’s a Dangerous Job and Unified Command and Traffic Incident Management – A Recipe […]



Going for the Gold

Aug 22nd, 2016 | By | Category: Geri Roskopf's Blog

While we may never compete in the Olympics, we can still think like Olympians. Watching Olympic athletes compete, they have what I call an “Olympic mindset.” They share qualities to be champions in their sports, which we can translate into our own lives and allow us […]



Hot, Hot, Hot!

Aug 15th, 2016 | By | Category: Geri Roskopf's Blog

I finally had a Saturday off from work at the shop which meant I had work to do at home – mow the lawn, trimming, pull weeds and then trim the front bushes. It was a hot, humid day but I was determined to get […]



What Catches Your Eye?

Aug 1st, 2016 | By | Category: Geri Roskopf's Blog

When watching a TV program I find the constant interruption by commercials so frustrating. It seems like there are more commercials than the actual program and most them consist of advertisements for lawyers, cars, medication and insurance. Usually I  just mindlessly watch them but my husband takes the remote […]



Here I Come to Save the Day!

Jul 15th, 2016 | By | Category: Geri Roskopf's Blog

As a kid I use to watch the television cartoon show Mighty Mouse which was about a superhero mouse character who use to say, “Here I come to save the day!” While tow truck operators don’t wear capes, have super powers or fly, in my opinion they’re […]



Tow Shows and Vendors

Jul 8th, 2016 | By | Category: Geri Roskopf's Blog

The board of directors of the Wisconsin Towing Association (WTA) realized the importance of all of the vendors who participate in its annual tow show.  The WTA tow show is a small, family affair. I always refer to it as my annual towing family reunion […]