Monday, December 12, 2011

Got Hit With A ..............

..................... curve ball this morning at work.  I was supposed to go to a Conway (LTL/less than truckload freight delivery service, nationwide) terminal in west Phoenix to pick up some materials to deliver to a contractor.  Well, I don't go on such runs until I contact the inside salesman on the account and have him verify that the material is actually THERE and ready to be picked up - both are equally important.

Well, the salesman said he would check in an instant message type of thing.  Okay, meanwhile, I realized that after I had entered the building and began getting on with the day's work that it had started raining outside. And raining, and raining - you get the picture.  Well, I got busy with stuff in the will call, there is still a lot to do and no lack of things to get done.

A while later, the salesman messages me back:  Conway, for whatever reason, had transferred the material from the Phoenix yard to the distributor that we buy this particular material from  - to Globe.  That it would be there, in Globe, by 9:00 am.  Yeah, baby and finally: a trip out of town that takes me to the mountains instead of the desert southwest.

It rained the entire trip there and the entire trip back. I got out the Verizon broadband device and saw the thing giving me 3G service all the way up to Superior.  Outside of Superior, on that particular road, you go up a 7% grade in steep canyons and yes, the service went out, but no biggies. At the top, service back again and there is nothing up there, no towns, nothing.  Into Globe - would hope an area like that might have 4G - no go.  Not even Casa Grande had 4G service. In fact, the only place I have found with 4G service is the Phoenix area.

The 3G service is just slower is the only thing - I didn't know what to expect getting that service in terms of what has 4G service and what has 3G service.

Day not done early, I had to take that material to an extremely muddy and wet jobsite, I was surprised anyone was working out in this.

Well, got things to get done.


Monday 12/12/2011

So, it's a challenge.
Get the things that need to be done - done - by the time Christmas Eve Day gets here.
This is, apparently, the day we are doing Christmas at my house - so far anyway.
But, that is completely dependent - usually anyway - on whatever day my middle brother
can get off of work.  That is, if he's even coming.  If he does show up, he best be keeping
off the subject of politics, cause' if he comes over here starting that kind of trouble,
Christmas at my house is going to blow up on itself.

Not that that has never happened before.

So, fun fun.  I haven't even gotten a Christmas tree yet, though all the lights are up outside. My Santas and various other Christmas things are sitting around my living room, though.

Time has run out.  I wasn't really in a writing mood this morning.



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