Billy Jones

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All you need to do is shout, “Wackemall” and everything will be better.
All you need to do is shout, “Wackemall” and everything will be better.

If you look at my about page you’ll only see the following “I’m just a retired long-haul trucker who exchanged his rig for pen, paper, and keyboard.” but there really is a lot more to me.

I published my first book, CARROT ON A STICK on April 10, 2000, my son’s 22nd birthday. Sadly Jason is no longer with us, a victim of Childhood Diabetes that took him away at 32. I still miss him every day.

Some of my later books are out of print as the publishers went out of business but in 2006 I published REINDEER TALES


CB Radio tower via FCC https://www.fcc.gov/wireless/bureau-divisions/competition-infrastructure-policy-division/tower-and-antenna-siting

Having spent much of my life as a long haul trucker beginning in the 1970s I was there when the Citizen’s Band radio craze began. Before one of the big 3 television networks did a story on the use of CB radios we truckers pretty much had the radio band all to ourselves. The Federal Communications Commission monitored the band heavily and we had to be FCC licensed to transmit.

CBs were great tools in those days when only 23 channels were available and truckers generally used channel 10 rather than channel 19 as is done today.

When the craze…


I so long to see the changing of the leaves.


Image via Hubble Space Telescope, NASA https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hubble/multimedia/index.html

What if I were to say, you are are nothing without me?

What if I were to say you are not worthy of my love?

What if I told you I can save you?

If I said your life is meaningless without me, would you believe me?

What if I said you will suffer eternally if you reject me?

You must submit to me and obey my laws, always?

You must always observe my commandments?

What if I said you must give to me much of what is yours, and much of what you will ever have? …


Do you remember Stumbleupon.com? I’m not talking about the new Stumbleupon that is merged with Mix.com, but the old Stumbleupon with its browser based tool bar that allowed you to click a button on the toolbar and be magically taken to websites you’d never seen before.

The old Stumbleupon, a discovery engine, was the best designed social media website ever built. From Wikipedia:

Via Wikipedia

So what happened to Stumbleupon? Also according to Wikipedia:

“On September 25, 2012, StumbleUpon released a redesign of its website in beta, and extended it to all users on October 24.[16]

On January 16, 2013, StumbleUpon confirmed…


"The very best way to find your peeps is to read stuff you like!

Then take a second to clap for the story. Oh, and remember, this isn’t Facebook. One clap does not equate to a ‘Like.’ You can clap up to 50 times, depending on how impressed you are with an article. Clap a bit, applaud or give them all 50 for a standing ovation.

Now take it to the next level and comment on the article."

You're right of course. While I'm new to Medium and still hoping to earn my followers I look back at 20 plus years of writing on the Internet and see Medium doing what every failed effort in online publications has ever done-- create an online mutual admiration society that rewards quanty over quality.

Hey, I failed at doing the same thing several times.

Billy Jones

I'm just a retired long-haul trucker who exchanged his rig for pen, paper, and keyboard.

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