Friday, August 24, 2018

Well.  I'm sitting here today thinking, I'm prolly gonna get sent out somewhere tomorrow.  Dunno where, but it will happen.

Manager calls 10 minutes later.  "How early do you think you can leave out of here?".  Huh.  "What do you mean?"  She explains the situation.  Plant in mexico needs Ethylene - now.  Well, you know, as soon as we can get it there.  She tells them we don't have a trailer that can go down there.  We'd have to go down there, pick one up and bring it back up here to load it.

Well we need that.  Lol.  I'm informed that I would have to have an empty back to the yard by noon Sunday.  Now, I would have "thought" about leaving "now" but I was in the middle of things.  I don't just get up and leave in the afternoon unless I am really not doing anything.  Their emergency - that plant's - isn't necessarily mine. I'll do what I can to make it happen, but I have a life, too.

I just agreed to it.  She asks me if I can do it, I'm asking her when I would have to leave.  "Well you're the truck driver, lol, I don't figure that stuff out".  She didn't say that in a mean way or anything, I can figure it out, I was just not in that mindset at the time.  Well, I got into that mindset quickly and figured I would have to leave the yard between 3 and 4 am to get down there in time, take the 10 hour reset and get back up - driving a lot of night hours in the process.

Now I did say the other day that I kinda of like the night hours. I do.  But it really has to work out for me.  Well rested, not in dire need of sleep, not fighting to stay awake. That's not a given on any particular day. 

I'll be going to bed soon - it's only 8:15 pm but to get any kind of sleep, yes, I'll have to go to sleep early. Like in half an hour.  I need to wind down after the fiasco that just took place and God only knows what's going to happen over there tonight.

See, i was in the pool messing around. I put the phone on a stand next to the pool just in case, but it's certainly not any priority in my life to have a phone with me at all times.  I don't normally even have the ringer on, I miss a lot of phone calls.  Kind of like tv, I like it but I don't have to have it 24 hours a day.  Or even half of that. Or even half of half of that. It does entertain me on the road tho. 

Anyway, I saw Donny's truck passing by a narrow window on the side of the house.  Hmm, was Rene coming over? I asked Taylor and James, also in the pool.  Not that we know of.  That's when the thought hit me to look at my phone, so I did. 4 texts from Rene, claiming Donny had "attacked" her and she is bloody and all kinds of crap. I lived with these 2 for 2 years, I know what really goes on.

It was Donny.  Opposite story.  Rene claimed he was drunk. I could tel he wasn't. I know when Donny has been drinking excessively, this wasn't it.  Neither of them have "lives" to speak of, not dissing them or saying they are wastes of space, just how it is.  They are existing.  I live with the people I am living with because I don't want to just exist.  I also have plans.  They may or may not happen, but they are things I am trying to attain regardless. 

This was a he said, she said thing but it was vicious coming from both sides. Likely they got into a heated argument and all hell broke loose, they are both guilty.  They are compatible until - whatever sets one of them off, usually her. She is very unstable, has a lot of junk she is going through physically and facing surgery this coming week.  Their lives are nothing of what I envision at that age and I hope it never comes to it.

But in my mind?  It has come to the point that I believe one of them needs to leave.  Rene loves my dogs, she takes care of them while over there.  But that isn't a reason to keep her there.  Donny will take care of the dogs, just not his first choice.  But he would take care of them, he has several times in the past.  Yes, for me that is a factor considering that place is in my name and I pay $200 per month towards bills over there for the help and I help them out a lot regardless. 

So what needs to happen? I just think it's time one of them left.  Knowing Rene, getting another roommate in there would likely be hell for that roommate.  I don't think she truly understands how well she has it.  She hates men - she's stated that at least 10 times since I met her.  Bad child hood. She needs therapy.  I can't talk her into it, I've tried. Donny is no saint, but he knows when to shut up, not to push the buttons. 

Well whatever. I'm not even going to reply to her tonight. I have at least 17 text messages from her that I have yet to respond to.  Tomorrow, while I'm on the road, I will. Tonight, no thanks. I have to get up very early and I don't need this kind of irritation going on right before I go to bed.  I won't sleep worth a shit. I may not anyway but I'm not going to knowingly engage in something that will definitely mess with my sleep.

That's it. I'm getting up at 3 am, get the show on the road, My dogs will still go over there, hopefully not going to need to talk to anyone but if I do, I'm just going to say I need to get going, we need to discuss this all 3 of us when I get back. And getting back will be Sunday and I won't be in the mood for it. Monday I'm out again, back down to Brownsville.  So, this discussion wll have to take place text messaging if it must.  I don't know where she thinks she's going to go, tho, after having surgery? 

Enough. I'm winding down, time to get thinking about sleepy time, going to literally put this out of my mind. Yes, I can do that. Not worth going into the reasons why I can do that, I just can.

Well, a day off.
I got back to the yard yesterday and the new mechanic was asking me about my truck. It apparently is up next for whatever.

I'll be happy to write you a list. 

The handwritten list took an entire page to write up.  I figured if I was going to get a crack at getting this thing fixed, might as well put all of it on the paper and get it over with.  Still, my manager was saying, "well get your PPE out of the truck and put it in your vehicle or wherever you have access to it because I might need to send you out somewhere". 

Well, I don't want to get into a truck that everyone uses and I doubt any of them do, either.  Anyway, she didn't call me out for a run today and I was rather happy about that - but - it's very likely I'll spend yet another weekend working.  I dunno how good this mechanic is but it should take at least a couple days to get all of this done because the truck also has to go to the Peterbilt shop to have the engine light that's been on for months diagnosed.  I'd rather it take me til Monday, not get into a "strange" truck and just have some time off.

Speaking of that, I have the travel bug in me.  How on earth could you want to travel when that's all you do? you ask.  Yeah, that's all work. Well mostly all work, sometimes I get an opportunity to do something here and there while out, mostly it's drive, sleep, drive.  I have a goal when I leave the yard in the truck: get home as fast as possible.  The fastest route, push it as long as I can and get home faster.  It makes a difference.  Even if, for example, I have a 3 day run that gets me home "some time" on the third day, the longer I push it the first two days, the earlier I get home that last day.  That gives me at least some home time if I get called out again the next morning. 

Anyway, I really need to get back to Phoenix.  My son should be moving tomorrow I think, get that over with and then I'll have 2 options for a place to stay. I'd really like to get to know his wife.  I mean, we have basically never spoken at any great length besides hello and how are you.  She's a bit shy, not exactly outgoing. 

But getting back to Phoenix isn't really what's in my mind: really traveling somewhere, preferably across the ocean, is what I'm looking for.  I have the money, right now, I could take a week to go somewhere - or preferably numerous stops along any given "route" and see the sites. 

Taylor wanted to go with me to London next year, but I don't think they're going to be able to pull that one off.  They have too many financial commitments that really don't leave them much at the end of the day, and that with me paying all of the house's utilities.

Which just came down $117 with DTV wanting us to stay with them and cutting the bill more than in half.  I was on this campaign with them, I didn't even make the call but I know how to work their system.  It was being done on speakerphone, so when we finally got to the right person - that was 3 transfers - and got to discussing it, the lady on the phone said, okay let me see what I can do.  She made some initial offer and then said, wait, let me see what else I can do.  That's the point when I started a discussion while waiting and this lady could hear us:  Well look if the offer isn't good enough let's just cut it off anyway and we can go ahead and get the new package with Fidelity. 

I said that on purpose so that she could hear me, yes.  But it wasn't a lie.  I don't want to see another $215 television bill. Screw that.  There's nothing on TV worth that much money, and if I get the notion to watch a particular movie, such as I did last night, I can just look it up on the internet and watch it through my computer.  Which reminds me, I want to get somewhere around a 30 inch computer monitor and have that separate for watching movies while being able to surf the net. 

Well, a bit of an interlude.  The doggies were stinking badly. The other house? They play out in the dirt, not much grass back there, and they get nasty smelling and looking.  I just bathed them with expensive shampoo, I wanted them to look and smell good.  It's a lot of work to bath a Great Dane and a German Shepherd, Aspyn was more work. Much deeper coat and when I put the water sprayer on a certain setting, fleas started appearing on the surface of her coat.

So, seeing that, I just kept going all over her body and seeing more and more fleas appearing.  Yeah, I went on with it for about 25 minutes until no more fleas appeared. She is going in on Monday for her normal shots, I'm throwing in the extra money to get a 3 month pill as well.  They are both laying at my feet and both are very unhappy doggies. They simply don't like baths, oh well, too bad, so sad.  The fleas are coming from the other house.  The whole neighborhood is infested with them - I know cause' I already tried treating the back yard and they keep coming back.  The only defense is the pills that will 100% keep them from staying on their bodies.  Expensive, but I have no other options.

Decided to go ahead and tidy up my room while I'm at it, washing everything and looking for signs of fleas in here.  Nothing, but still wanted it clean in here. 

Next up: get in the pool and clean out the leaves.  It's an endless problem with all of these trees around. They usually put the cover on the pool, but they didn't last time they were in and it's basically "full" of leaves.  They want to play some sort of pool game in there tonight, I figured I'd spend half and hour cleaning that up and also going to the store and getting the stuff for dinner. Just baked chicken breast with scalloped potatoes and some sort of veggie. Easy to make meal, delicious, cheap, good enough for me. 

Okkkkaaaaayyyyy. That was nice. I was looking at my auto insurance payment last month, $360!!  But I found out that was because it was adjusted for the month I bought the SUV and the next month.  So, the payment is actually $200.  That is much better and something I can at least deal with.  Getting rid of the car will help , tho only minimally, they are only charging me $26 per month on top of the other 2 vehicles to insure it.  I've been getting quotes and no one so far has beaten Mercury.  Once place equalled it, no reason to switch for no benefit. 

Anyway, that's another $160 that I thought I had to pay every month that is now much more manageable. 

Well, I have to go to the store for dinner stuff and lots of other chores I'm going to get done today, Happy Friday!

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