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On Tuesday, we had about four inches of snow. While some may have had a fairly easy commute, it certainly was a mess for BAT Account Manager Katy Wilson:

katie-snowdriveThe city knew it was coming but the snow plows weren’t as prepared. In the morning, a commute that normally takes 20 minutes ended up taking an hour. On the way into work, I saw an SUV drive straight off the interstate into a ditch!

While at work, the snow started falling heavily. At one point, there was an alert that police officers would stop responding to accidents unless someone was critically injured.

At 4:30 p.m., it came time for me to leave. On the way home, the interstate was completely snow covered. You couldn’t even see the lanes, so people were just guessing on where to drive.

When I got off on Q Street, there was traffic backed up for a mile. I was stuck and couldn’t take another route home. An ambulance came up behind me and no one could move because we were packed like sardines! That is when I knew it was going to be a while.

When I finally got to the hill on 120th and Q , I saw the culprit of the delay. It was a Grand Prix facing the opposite direction of oncoming traffic. They had completely spun out.

Then a few feet down, a van had side-swiped a smaller vehicle and pushed it completely into the fence of someone’s back yard. People were getting stuck trying to go up the hill and it was a mess.

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After passing four cop cars trying to block off the accident I was in the clear. I made it safely home at 5:50 p.m. which put my total commute at 1 hr and 20 minutes. I white knuckled it the whole way! Let’s just say it was an icy treacherous day in the life!

The President gave his State of the Union, and, yesterday, the secretary of transportation, Anthony Foxx, published his state of transportation. while it did not appear President Obama said much about transportation in his speech, Foxx showed where it fit in.

He said transportation has provided opportunities and innovation, and will continue to.

To read his full blog, visit Transportation.gov.

On-Highway_Diesel_Fuel_PricesAs the new year began, diesel prices continued the downward trend that started in November, but prices are no longer a dollar less than last year’s prices.

According to the Energy Information Administration, this week’s average price per gallon was $2.211, which is 2.4 cents less than last week’s prices and 92.6 cents less than last year’s prices this week.

For more information, visit the EIA’s website.

Last week, we had our Ugly Sweater Contest. We had some interesting entries, and some were even paired with headgear!

The sweaters were so awesome, we ended up with a tie! Rebecca McLean’s tinsel-embellished sweater and Vern Hayes’ bow tie included sweater were the winners.

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joedaMany of the quotes from the trailers of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, speak to the fans about how we feel, or hope to feel about the movie. It’s calling to us.  It knows our eyes. Hope is not lost. We were raised to watch this movie. We are fulfilling our destiny.

There’s been an awakening of sharing Star Wars knowledge, or lack thereof. And, at BAT last week, there was even a discussion about whether it was too early to talk about Star Wars.

We still ended up discussing our favorite scenes and quotes from the previous trilogies. Joe Kier’s favorite part is the now controversial scene from A New Hope when, as he says, Greedo shoots first in the cantina.

Jon Ellsworth’s favorite part is the end of Empire Strikes Back, when the Millennium Falcon is flying off into space. His second favorite is when Yoda is training Luke, and these lines are said:

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Which, of course, since fear is on the path to the Darkside, lead into a discussion of whether or not Luke is evil.

While a few agreed with Jon’s selection, Anthony Harder took a somewhat unique position by selecting parts from the prequels as his favorite. He said he really loves Anakin’s transition from good to evil through Episodes II and III, and his favorite scene was when he murders all the Tusken Raiders in revenge for his mother’s kidnapping and death. Then, he said his favorite fight scene was when Obi Wan was fighting General Grevious.

Meanwhile, some recalled their favorite Star Wars moments from other movies. Steve Coenen liked a Pizza the Hut scene from Spaceballs. Mike Wadja liked when Batman steals the Millennium Falcon’s hyperdrive in The Lego Movie.

And then, there was Katy Wilson and Steve Barnes who had never seen a Star Wars movie.

BAT’s annual Christmas party was held last weekend at the Steinhart Lodge in Nebraska City, and featured the Blazin’ Pianos for entertainment.

A highlight of the night was everyone getting personalized mugs.

“Mine says ‘Newbie’ because I will always be the newbie to everyone,” said Justin Peffer, who joined BAT’s dispatch team in February. “Joe’s and Katie’s were the best!”

Joe’s read, “I can’t adult today,” while Katie’s read “Have a Nice Day” and had an appropriate image to go with the message.

Throughout the night, there were also silent auctions, giveaways and raffles. Prizes included a Microsoft Surface Pro, extra time off, and gift cards to popular places.

“We do this to show appreciation for our staff and everything everyone does all year long,” said Ashley Jankowski, BAT’s general manager.

Check Facebook next week for photos from the event!

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chetBAT’s newest team member may be a familiar face to people in the area. Chet Palmer is an Omaha native who has held several corporate jobs in the Omaha metro area over the past two decades.

The Bellevue University alumnus is willing to grow in his position as an account representative, and his favorite thing about BAT is the knowledge and strength of our team.

In his free time, Palmer enjoys watching sports- specifically, Nebraska football. He also enjoys playing fantasy baseball, reading and spending time with his family.

Ralph Blank presents a check from BAT Logistics to Carole Patrick, the chief development officer at the Stephen Center.

Ralph Blank presents a check from BAT Logistics to Carole Patrick, the chief development officer at the Stephen Center.

BAT Logistics donated more than 1,500 items and $1,140 to the Stephen Center in Omaha, Neb., this week as a result of BAT’s annual donation drive.

Throughout the month, BAT team members brought in non-perishable food, clothing, bedding, cleaning supplies, socks, hats, gloves, tooth brushes, tooth paste, shampoo, soap, and other items for the annual donation drive. Individual team members also donated a total $140, and BAT added $1,000 to the monetary donation.

Stephen Center partners with the community, families and individuals to overcome homelessness, addiction and poverty. Items the organization needed were found on its wish list.

At BAT Logistics, we are thankful for everything we have, including our amazing team members and customers, and do whatever we can to give back throughout the year. Papillion-Lavista Schools Foundation, Alex Strong (Alex Lopez family cancer treatment), Dollar General Literacy Foundation, Southwest Omaha Rotary Club, Bart Sullivan c/o Ohanlon, and Hughes Family Fundraiser all benefited from charitable contributions from BAT this year.

The BAT team poses with the donations for the Stephen Center.

The BAT team poses with the donations for the Stephen Center.

On this Veterans Day, we would like to thank all veterans, especially the two who work at BAT Logistics.

Operations Carrier Manager Anthony Harder served in the Army for about nine months in 2010 as a Multichannel Transmission System Operator/Maintainer. He was medically discharged after suffering a back injury.

President/Owner Shawn Rorie served in the Army from 1986-1989. He was on the flight crew on CH-47D Chinook Helicopters at Ft. Campbell in Kentucky.

For a history of Veterans Day, visit the Veterans Affairs website.

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