This week I have been running back and forth between Snowflake, AZ and El Paso, TX. It isn't a bad run. There is no snow. The roads are pretty decent. The places aren't too much of a pain to get in and out of. Actually the paper mill in Snowflake is becoming one of my favorite places to deliver and pick up from. They are friendly. The scales are accurate. They are open 24 hours. They will happily receive or dispatch loads early, and best of all there are tons of empty trailers. The down side is there are no convenient truck stops or even decent places to stop by to eat. My PB and J stores are now running very low and I am really tired of eating them. Hopefully I will get on another route soon. I keep repeating my mantra: "Must pay off debts. This will all be worth it." Maybe soon I'll believe it.
The next bit of news is that Annie will be going to Phoenix. I am working on getting the vet out to get her heath papers done and then on a shipper. She will be there for use for Jenn, and anyone else who would like to play with a very nice Hunter mare. I am relieved that I will not have to sell her. She is a part of me as much as Cody and Morgan are. I am still tossing around the idea of selling Toby, The lady who owns the barn that he was previously housed at has offered to take him. Now I have to decide if I am comfortable with him being used around kids. Hmmm. I'm not entirely sure. He is relatively evil.
I am waiting on another mentor. This time for Flat Bed Fleet. I am very excited to go into this division of the company as the freight is more hands-on, more specialized, and makes me more versatile and therefore worth more. I also really like the idea of spending more time at huge factories and less time at Distribution Centers with hundreds of docks and very angry dock personnel. The people at the huge factories or mills are often more friendly and if not you deal with them less than you do at the DCs. I also detest most retail places I deliver to. The people seem to WANT to make my life as difficult as possible. I honestly don't mind doing more work if people are relatively happy and appreciative of me. At CostCo and Home Depot I find myself in more of a "screw you" attitude by the time I leave. Especially CostCo. I would swear that they require their dock employees to take rudeness classes.
So in the meantime I am running the 400 miles between Snowflake, Arizona and El Paso, Texas. I love my audio books, helping Cody cook dinner over the phone and chatting with Morgy about all the crazy things that have/are happened/happening and listening to them giggle over some silly thing the dogs have done or movie they are watching. I love coming home, and the job isn't too bad though I'd like to be able to bring Cody and Morgy with me more. I am working on it but am having to wade through the Corporation BS at the moment. It will happen. Morgy needs to come see all the cool things with me.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
I am sitting here in a lovely restaurant in Flagstaff, belly full of a spectacular meal and figured I should write something.
I spent most of last week in ice. Most of it on an off-ramp a mile from my delivery in Tulsa, OK trying to explain to the maintenance crews and police why you should clear the ramps BEFORE you clear the highway in storms. They didn't get it. My rear wheels were 3/4 covered in snow and luckily I do have about a weeks worth of food on my truck. Unfortunately I do NOT have a bathroom.
Once I got removed from the snow I had to take my load, which now was so lat it couldn't be delivered, to Oklahoma City. I was then accused of not wanting to run because I refused to head either to Denver into a HUGE storm, Minnesota between two huge storms, or to Chicago which has been shut down for weeks and was getting a fresh storm. I managed to pick up a load back to Denver the day after the storm passed and then picked up another one over here to Arizona but was very disheartened by the fact that Denver had a huge storm rolling in and I got to spend less that 24 hours at home.
Escaping the snow in Denver was proceeded by skiing from the NM border to Santa Fe but since then the weather has been lovely. Off I go to Prescott AZ and hopefully to Phoenix where my medication awaits me. I have to say that I am quite desperate to be reunited.
But while on the off-ramp in Tulsa I did get started on a book. A novel. Wish me lock and I hope the fates have been kinder to you all.
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