that is what you want to do?............
With the local and short runs I have been delivering the past two weeks, I have had to work additional days to maintain a decent paycheck... So, after running Bama, Tennessee and Kentucky, I return to Georgia for an additional gravy run.
I leave the plant with a load of billets and deliver it to Burlington, North Carolina.
There, I drop my trailer and pick up a load of scrap to deliver to our plant in Carthage, Tennessee.
After dumping the load, I return home to Georgia... with the empty trailer.
Considering that all three locations are on a 24/7 schedule, it works out very well, paying over 1000 miles, two drops and can be done at the driver's convenience. Ohhhhh sweeeeeet gravy!!
Upon returning this week, I was offered this option. So I grabbed it. There were two loads of billets to ship and after glancing over the paperwork, I choose the lighter load. (Lighter by one ton)...The total weight was not the problem.(43,000) It was the axles.... The tandems had 35, 500, which is overweight by 1500lbs.
Last week, I made the same run, but it was my trailer that was over weight on the tandems by 2800 lbs... These are very old, worn trailers complete with decades old rust deposits.. After an hour of labor and sweat, I finally got the tandems to slide to a legal weight.
Not this week, baby! So I grabbed the paperwork and stuck it in my truck. Hooked to the load and did a quick pre-trip inspection. It pays to be anal sometimes, and I found TWO flat tires along with three lights that did not work. I informed the mechanic and headed home for a bit to eat and a nice hot shower.
While I was away, the driver of the second billet load arrived and discovered the weight problems with the trailer. But not only was it over weight on the tandems, but it was 82,000 gross. He had the same amount of fuel, an identical trailer, and only 2000lbs more on his load, yet he weighed in 5000lbs more than me... HUH?? So, he is one ton over the legal gross weight for these loads, as we are not permitted to run heavy loads. Because the plant was closed down on the production side for the evening, his load could not be fixed until the next morning.
He then proceeds to ask the boss if he can take the OTHER load. "Sure", the boss replies. The driver then asks for the spare keys to MY truck. After the boss realized what the driver was going to do , he told him that he could not take the second load, because I was leaving with it in an hour.
That driver was going to take my load!!! After I checked it out of the plant, had the repairs made and left for a shower, he was going to unhook my truck and leave with it!!!!! At least the boss stopped him from doing it. And the boss agrees with me that I work with a bunch of bastages!! They are sneaky and conniving!
The last time a driver stole my load, he ended up with two flat tires and other mechanical problems... It cost him an extra 2 days, to make the same trip!
So, yeah buddy!! Go ahead, and I hope Karma kicks your ass!!
Anywho, upon returning to the shop to pick up my repaired trailer (yeah right). I headed off to deliver, but not before I noticed the tires had not been replaced, only aired up!! By the time I got to my destination, they were extremely low again!!! Oh well, I tried, as I do every week. Those stinkin mechanics only halfway patch things anyway. No wonder I get a shitty trailer every week!!
May 30, 2008
that is what you want to do?............
Just thought I would post a few photos from last weekend's adventure....
During the course of the weekend, we dug out an old skateboard that had been abandoned, and commenced to displaying our mad skillzzzzzzz Z.
It seems that Jordan already had the moves and was strutting his stuff.
Bri-baby, on the other had, needed a little coaching After a few pointers, it wasn't long before she had some definite skate boarding babe action going on!!
Towards the end of the event, Bri-baby coaxed me into proving just how crazy I am and convinced me into come down the hill on the board, but I had to abandon ship rather quickly, as disaster was imminent.
OH, and here is just another good looking dude, in a good looking car!!
May 26, 2008
Well, I thought it was those pesky exhaust fumes that were making me so irritable, but it seems that I am wrong. My exhaust leak was fixed with the turn of a screwdriver and yet I am still just as short fused as ever.
And everything is causing me to want to go ballistic. Stupidity, ignorance, redundancy, playing dumb, making excuses....... Everything....
I wish I could figure out what is causing this angst, because it is getting on my nerves along with everything else..
As a matter of fact, this past weekend we had a family cook-out during which I got a little mouthy on more than one occasion. Two of the people who took the brunt of my wrath are very emotional and probably got their feelings hurt, although I did not intend for that to happen.
Usually, I am pretty good at keeping myself in check....... But recently, nah, I just let er rip....I hope this tirade ends soon, because I feel really horrible for being so critical. It just isn't me.
May 25, 2008
You will never guess who was patiently waiting for me to come home last Wednesday night around 2am.....
Okay, so maybe you did. Yep, my furry little feline friend was camped out on my porch nestled all snug in the pillows on the chair. He was very happy to see me and just as verbal as ever. You should hear this little guy. Not your typical mews....
He is some body's baby, as he has been declawed!! The way he hangs about the place suggests to me that perhaps he has been abandoned. Skinny as a rail and starving for attention, he cautiously greets each resident to see if he might score a meal. To think that someone would abandon an animal who cannot defend himself infuriates me. Oh well, as long as he stick s around, I will provide for him.
Who knows, maybe he will make the trip to Bama come October.
May 18, 2008
With freight slowing into Florida, JH (whom I will now refer to as Mr. T, because he IS an angry black man) normally grabs the Philly-Jersey route if only for a week or two. Last time, he damaged his truck by running into a toll booth. Millions of drivers pass through these booths daily...Why he couldn't is a mystery to me. He has been driving 20 years. But I digress......
So when Mr. T takes that route, it's regular driver, AA, opts to run my beloved New England run. I do not begrudge him of this, AA that is.
Word on the street is that Mr. T has been banned from Florida, for behaving like a belligerent idiot to one of our top accounts. With that in mind, I may not see NE for awhile..
Here's hoping he will piss someone else off, and soon!! He has received warning that if he is called in on one more time, he is gone (like a freight train), fired, terminated....Adios!!
The bright side to this tale is that with my touring of the Southern States this week, I will promptly land at my Father's House on Monday evening.. Just in time to celebrate my birthday. Woot Woot!! My Sil and Nephews will be joining us for dinner out on the town!!!
May 16, 2008
May 8, 2008
lot less time of having to complain.... I have conceded!!
Here is a portion of last weeks' load.......
I am wasting my breath. It seems the more I "complain", the worse it becomes.
I reminded the guys on the dock that one particular customer requires his material to be loaded on the rear of the trailer for ease of unloading. After mentioning this three weeks ago, they have loaded his material in the most obscure and perilous configurations. To avoid having the freight rejected due to being unable to unload it, I simply charm one of my other customers into reloading my trailer..... I should NOT have to do this on a weekly basis, AND I am running out of folks to charm.....
This week, not only did they load it in a ludicrous manner, but they gave me a spring ride trailer with no center support posts to hold the load up. The trailer was very difficult to open or close and I have cuts and bruises all over me, just simply from trying to open the damn thing, but I will not complain ever again. My palms are bruised from pushing, and at one point I even struggled so hard, I walked right out of my shoes... That broke the tension in me, and reminded me to stop and laugh a little more. Who knew that when I finally got the trailer unloaded, I would find NINE support posts stacked in the nose of my trailer, unused!! I am sure they will testify that the trailer had support posts, and I am sure they will neglect to mention they opted not to use them!!
Oh well. Rumor has it that I have been given "The Most Difficult Driver To Please" award. Really? I render requests directly from the customer. My own complaints are kept silent. I abuse the customers I deliver to, by repeatedly asking them to reload my trailer.... I should not have to ask.. The load planner stated I have too many demands compared to the other drivers.....Could that be because I have more customers.... A typical Florida delivery has up to FOUR customers per trailer.... My load has between TWELVE to TWENTY every week....... Of course I have more requests......I care that the material arrives undamaged. I care that no one gets hurt unloading it..... I care, damn it!! A lot of our other drivers do not! But seriously, I have more customers to appease, that alone should count for something. Not to mention, I am unloading alot of my load double parked on city streets. Bad place for a load to fall off a trailer, if you ask me...
If a customer has to hand unload every piece of metal, I make the request to not load it underneath thousands of pounds of someone else's material, as they cannot physically remove the obstructed material by hand.... Please place "generic customer's" material on top.... They don't care.... I have to find someone en route to move it!! Can you tell this is infuriating me. I should not have to struggle so hard just to be good at what I do, but they keep throwing obstacles in my way.. I guess that is part of the reason our NE customers love me so... I always take the time to accommodate their individual needs.
Anyways, I just wanted to let out some steam...... I will inevitably be doing all of my bitching here, because I am sooooo difficult....
May 2, 2008
into flames... I've had enough of this world and it's people's mindless games*
On my way to Bama for a quick weekend visit to see family, I was privileged to witness this particular incidence. Ironic, because not two hours before, I had posted on making illegal U-turns on the Interstate...
While traveling through a construction zone rated for 60 mph, a pick-up begins to pass me on the left. Just as he gets about 100 feet in front of me, he brakes hard and makes a left turn into the median. At first, I thought he might have been a construction vehicle, but as I continued to watch his progress, I noticed the item in the bed of his truck jumping around as he crossed the bumpy terrain. Once at the far side of the median, he then swings hard to the left again and reenters the roadway with minimal time to spare before colliding with eastbound traffic. The item in the bed of the truck was one of those vinyl siding cutters, molders (whatever).. Anyways, it is about 12 foot long and completely unsecured (not too mention it had nothing to do with road construction so he was not 'authorized' to make the u-turn) As he made the second left turn his equipment swings wildly out of the bed of the truck and flies into the side of a Big Rig, but only moments before the car behind him ran over it, surely causing an enormous amount of damage. Traffic stopped, but it looked like the driver of the pick-up did not even know he lost his cargo, and he just kept going.....
I wish my brother had witnessed this.......... sigh
*lyrics to 'Pardon Me', by Incubus
May 1, 2008
I love my oldest Brother.
He is a JackAss... (don't worry, I tell him that personally!) and (He already knows this)
You cannot tell him anything! Because everyone is wrong, except him.
Here is an excerpt from a recent conversation....
He commutes 150 miles miles to work and does not have a clue! With all the crazies out on the road, it breaks my heart to know that my own flesh and blood is one of them!!