Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Well, I knew I would end up here early in the day - and I knew I wouldn't want to spend 21 hours in a truck with absolutely nothing to do.  If I ever get my own, permanently assigned truck in this company, it's going to get set up with whatever I deem necessary to make it un-boring for extended periods of waiting times.  However, those long waiting times elsewhere I get paid for. Sitting around up here, I do not.

The weather has warmed up substantially, so the number of loads they need up here has dropped accordingly, meaning much less to do.  They no longer need us up here, they have enough of their own drivers to cover this work.  This was what all of this was about - to cover for drivers that needed  time off and for resets for drivers that had run out of hours.  Looks like that is all wrapped up, as an email is sent out daily with everyone on it and what they are assigned to do.

Anyway, I found a cheap - but fairly nice - hotel a few miles away from the University and am camped out here until tomorrow morning.

I have not been sleeping well in that truck. The mattress is very uncomfortable - too thin, old and worn out and the APU doesn't run constantly.  It turns on and shuts off all night long.  It wakes me up frequently.  I've never had a truck where the APU doesn't run the entire time you  have it on. Pretty crappy design.  I'm probably waking up 10 times per night, at least.

So, when I got into this hotel, I watched the rest of a movie that was on, drew the blinds and fell asleep - for several hours.  A fire truck coming by woke me up.  I was startled.  I had no idea where I was. I looked at the clock and thought, what the heck, I"m hours late for the pickup this morning!  It took a minute of looking around to understand that - that is not the case at all lol.

I'm kinda dreading getting out of here in the morning tho.  I saw a truck in here the other day, hence the reason I pulled in here.  But getting out?  That truck could move it's tandems forward and make a much tighter turn.  My are stuck at the very back of the trailer and they aren't sliding tandems.  I was looking at the exit and wondering how I was going to pull that one off, lol.  Not to mention this hotel put up rebar on the turns to keep vehicles from pulling over it.  Well, 3 of them are going to come out of the ground in the morning - it is running over 2 feet of snow, there aren't any plants and it will do nothing to whatever landscaping that is already dead for the winter underneath it.  But to swing wide enough, I'm going to have to go out into the snow on the other side and I'm just not sure how that is going to work out.  Well, I have no choice in the matter : ) I'll get it out of here one way or the other.

So anyway, it's Wednesday night now.  I've got 3 more days, I think, of hauling here and then I get to go home.  I want to finish out the week just so I can get a decent - or some resemblance - of a paycheck. I am definitely not making the money here that I do hauling out of Texas.  There are many cons to being up here, the money being the biggest one of them. 

Anyway, I don't really feel like talking about goals, future and current things elsewhere.  Just gonna chill.

















Uhhh, been a few days since I wrote anything. My third day off in a row.  Hardly surprising since there were 12 trucks in the yard 3 days ag...