Thursday, February 23, 2012

Tomorrow's Today

I am going to have to get up early, yet again, for another early delivery tomorrow morning.  They want the product at the site by 7:00 am and that's that.  Well, imagine what it takes to get a truck loaded, strapped down, get the paperwork ready, the thing fired up, the entire shop opened up to be able to get all of it done, pull the truck out, close down the shop in order to actually LEAVE the yard, much less be there at 7:00 am.

No, you can't show up at 6:30 to be at a site at 7:00 under those conditions.  More like, be at work at 5:30 am - and I mean in the door, computer up, signed in and getting paperwork taken care of.

That always, of course, precludes any kind of morning blog entry.

So beit, though with my hours today and starting early tomorrow, I will be leaving early tomorrow as well.  Not that it bothers me, also means an early day tomorrow.

Well, I spent too much time attempting to find old friends and acquaintances on Facebook and looky here: time's up!



Thursday 2/23/2012

I was reading how to avoid getting speeding tickets.
I have finagled my way out of several of them over the years.
Once, going 75 in a 55 zone, not realizing how fast I was going.
I engaged the Highway Patrol officer in a discussion about hunting
and camping and after 30 minutes of getting absorbed in that conversation,
the officer basically came back to his job and said: "Oh, well, please slow down
and be safe out here".  Yes sir.  No ticket, not even a written warning.

Other tickets I have gotten out of the same way, basically. Getting cocky, cranky
or irritable with the officer?  Yeah.

Nowadays?  With any kind of ticket on my record counting against me, I would
have to go to court and at least try to fight it.  Being forced to stay home a day from
work with no pay doesn't exactly sound inviting, but that's exactly what my company
has implement for it's CDL drivers that get any kind of ticket or even just a warning.

That includes in my personal vehicle, not just the semi.  Yes, that puts a lot of pressure
on a person while driving.  There aren't any perfect drivers out there and everyone makes
mistakes in traffic, that's a fact.  It's been 15 months since my last warnings, issued by Arizona
Department of Transportion Highway Patrol and I can't tell you much I do to go out of my
way to avoid them on the highway while driving the semi.  Let them pull someone ELSE over
and do inspections. I had one cruising beside me for quite a while the other day, scary, really.
Get pulled over even just for an inspection and almost guaranteed you are going to walk away
with at least some type of warning.

Whatever.  I can only do what I can do and if something happens, oh well.  I read in the comments
of a news story about professional drivers the other day some dude that stated that truck drivers
are not "professional" drivers but are just drivers like everyone else.  I wonder how much of the motoring
public believes that little gem.  I invite you to get behind the wheel of 80,000 pounds of truck, drive
it all day, every day, stay out of accidents and do that for years and years.  PLEASE do that and then
tell me that truck drivers are not professional drivers.  Uh-huh.  There are definitely some that are not
professional in their driving or their demeanor, definitely.

Whatever the case, work day is here and I must be off to the races!



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