Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Semi V Car

I was driving to a delivery this morning in Apache Junction. I have been to this site before, a long time ago actually - it's a water pumping station with giant tanks and also additives are put into the water. Anyway, it's a narrow street - but there is a rather large housing complex that this street is a feeder for. In fact, there are only 2 streets in and out of this housing complex, making the street I was turning onto a rather busy one at that.

Well, I'm approaching this side street and hoping no-one comes up to the light from that street so I don't have to bother with the people that refuse to move out of the way. I mean, on a street that narrow, making a right-hand turn, I have no choice but to "take out" the lanes from on-coming traffic. This isn't illegal, either, in fact, you are trained to do this when the situation calls for it.

A late-model Mustang pulls up to the white line to wait for the light to turn green. I've had more than my share of unwilling motorists who simply refuse to back up. The man driving this car was one of them. I swung wide - and stopped -right in front of his car. He sits there and looks at me, I smile back at him - this isn't some ego trip, I actually HATE having to do this just because of the attitudes I get back in return sometimes, but - I have no choice.

He continues to just look at me. He refuses to move. Well, I ain't backing up and the only direction I'm going is forward. I have 160 gallons of fuel in my tank, odds are good my vehicle will far outlast his in terms of sitting there forever waiting for someone to make a move. But really, I am never out to start trouble with people while driving the semi - never. I just sit there and look at him back. He finally motions me to move back to my lane. Yes, I would love to do that if I could. I point at my trailer.

A good minute has passed. He gets this look on his face - indescribable - puts the car in reverse, proceeds to back up - 5 feet. Not NEAR enough room for me to clear his car and finish the turn. Quite begrudgingly, he backs up further. I expected the finger - mostly people do that - he didn't, he was just disgusted that a truck driver had the gall to - follow procedure really - and force him out of his comfort zone. Or pride zone. Or ego zone, whatever.

Again, truck drivers are trained to do that. You are not supposed to drag your trailer wheels over the sidewalk - for obvious reasons. My trailer would have taken out the traffic light had I attempted to simply make an L-turn - as many car drivers think we should be able to do.

You see signs on some trailers? "WIDE RIGHT TURNS" or something similar with a picture. It means the truck needs a lot of turning space to be able to make the turn. The driver prolly isn't wanting to get into a fight with you or make you mad, it's simply that he or she HAS NO CHOICE IN THE MATTER. Were that the general motoring public would have JUST A LITTLE MORE PATIENCE with trucks that are on the road with them.

I truly wish the trucking industry would just completely shut down for a week.
You would be awestruck at what would happen to the entire economy. When's the last time you saw a train pulling up to the loading dock at a grocery store with groceries? Those stores rely on daily shipments of goods to keep their shelves stocked. It didn't come in by oxen pulling a cart.

Do you know how many times a week a tanker truck has to go to each gas station to keep each station's underground tanks filled? A couple of days and they would be done, closed for business. Wal-Empty; Jack-With-Nothing-Box; Emptyway; United No-Fly; Sears - Has Nothing stores. Oh, they might have something left after a week, but it would be next-to-nothing and people would be panicking. Especially for groceries and gasoline.

WHAT, exactly, is it going to take to get people to see trucks and their drivers as their friends, not their enemies? It didn't used to be that way.

Tuesday

In local news - my version of it - Juice and Darnell are going to spend quality time in the local Juvenile Detention hall. Word about such things travels quickly in these "parts". These are the younger brothers of JD - the oldest kid who spends a lot of time at my house playing video games and such with my son. Apparently Darnell has already been on house arrest for some time. These are the 2 boys that tried to steal games from a Fry's Electronics.

The deal with further trouble is that they apparently have been smoking pot, their probation officer puts them through the urine drug testing once a month - and of course it's been "hot" every time for both of them. Their court date before a judge is tomorrow. I expect these boys may find that their free stay at Juvi is not a party and perhaps a short period of time spent in there will give them a change of view about smoking dope while on probation and totally dissing their probation officer in doing such. Well I would call it dissed since those boys know the urine test is going to come back positive for pot use.

Hmmm, well this is an interesting week at work, anyway. When you're regular manager is gone on vacation, it basically means - I - end up doing most everything. Just about guaranteed the guy coming in today will get nothing done around here per se - he will do the invoicing of any tickets that come in but that's about it. I am still attempting to get yesterday's deliveries completed today.

In my own faux pass, I realized this morning that the power reader has only $1.67 left on it. With no hot showers, that could last a long time, but - of course - morning is time to take showers, now isn't it? I'm hoping against hope I get dispatched downtown to do a transfer so I can take a few minutes of my break time, stop at the house and load money onto it. I have Michael to thank for this one - even though it IS my responsibility. The card reader always starts beeping at the $10.00 mark. It will continue to beep until someone pushes the button to stop it. The beeping is the annoyance to let you know that you are, indeed, almost out of power - $10 is enough to last more than 2 days right now - and you'd better do something about it.

Last time Michael did this, I warned him to NOT do that again. So, I figure he needs to pay somehow - I'm sure I can think up some chore that needs to be done that will reinforce the idea of not pushing the button on that electronic device not matter HOW annoying it may be.

Well, I also figure to put a couple hundred on that card this time and not have to worry about it for quite a while.

Work day approacheth. I know of 3 deliveries so far, but I haven't checked this morning. The second delivery is almost nothing in terms of material, that one will be easy. The first one is the huge order from yesterday - it's pulled but not wrapped or loaded. I dunno what the third one is.

I'm outta here.
Ava' good one.
ben

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