"I really want to thank the good folks at Caterpillar for letting me come by. I like it when they say, Team Caterpillar. That's a good sign. It means people are working together for the common good. Maybe that sounds a little strange to the inside-the-beltway crowd, because most of them have never gotten to drive one of these big Cats."

"You know, people like me from Texas, we like to say, things are better in Texas. Bigger too. Bigger and better, like the Bonaduce Burger that you get at the Horny Toad. Laura and I usually end up splitting one, or at least I sometimes give her what's left over from mine. Anyway, when you tour the Cat plant here, it's - I'm having second thoughts about if things are better in Texas.  Maybe they're not. Maybe I've just been living in some kind of crazy dream, and when I wake up I'll be a Peorian. Because I'm impressed by the machinery I have seen here in Peoria. It's big, and furthermore, it's yellow, as yellow as that fabled rose from Texas. More importantly, I'm impressed by the workers I have met who are putting the machines together. It's not easy. Those big Cats have more pieces - or parts, as we call them in Texas - than you can shake a stick at. I'd also appreciate the chance to drive a big D10. If you've ever driven a D10, like I haven't, I imagine it's a cool experience."

"Look at this thing. It's humongous. I don't even know what the heck you'd plow with a tractor this big. Maybe Giant Sequoias. Probably could have cleaned up New Orleans in a couple of weeks if we'd had a few of these big D10s. You know, people say, why would you want to go to Peoria, and I say why wouldn't you. I want to get out of Washington and sit down with folks that are really the backbone of this country. And I wanted to come to one of America's great companies, and that's Caterpillar. Now if I've kissed your asses enough, I'd like to get behind the wheel of this baby."

"Whoa! Look at me, ma, I'm on top of the world! I'd just like to say to the fine folks of Peoria, you all look like ants from way up here. And that's a good thing, because just like the people here at Caterpillar, ants know how to work together as a team. That spirit of cooperation is important, whether you're building a big D10, or just carrying a Frito back to the old ant hole."

" I would suggest moving back. I'm about to crank this sucker up. Make way for the determinator, I'm a big yellow mound of molten... hey, somebody toss me the keys."


2007, Mark Hoback