Monday, May 6, 2019

So, trip to Brownsville was "short and quick", I guess.  Lots of trailers in the yard when I got down there yesterday. No free hotel, no detention pay.  Oh well, can't win em' all.  Driving back up today? Just didn't feel like driving. When I'm in that mindset, it's a real chore to get the 587 miles behind me.  But I got it done and back to the other house around 5:00 pm.  Sat around with Maria and a neighbor from directly across the street. Real nice lady, we chatted for an hour and a half and then? Home.  Home - has 4 very young children and 2 married couples living in it currently. 

Not necessarily fond of home right now. Mostly 2 kids - one from each couple - that love to scream and cry constantly are the issue.  I love helping people, but right now? I'm tired and I don't want to hear all of that.  I don't know what those kids are even doing awake right now. It's almost 9:00 pm, they should have been in bed by 8:00 pm.  But whatever.  I agreed to it so I'll live with it. Won't go on forever.  

I admit I'm rather cranky right now.  I've gotten used to have a day or 2 days in between runs.  Tomorrow I'll be on my 3rd consecutive run. That's another trip to Corpus Christie and after that trip, I'll be out of hours.  I'll have to stay home a couple of days, or at least a full day off anyway.  Although the real reason I'm cranky is a lot of missed sleep.  We've had thunderstorms here and going on all night long. The first night, the lightning was striking in this neighborhood. It woke up  at 1:00 am and I basically didn't get back to sleep. 

The night of my last trip, same thing.  Hours and hours of lost sleep.  Last night I slept well but it wasn't near enough to make up for all of that.  

But tomorrow morning? There is a change.  I don't have to be at the loading rack until 1:15 pm.  That means I can sleep as long as I need to and try to get to feeling normal again.  I can attest to the fact that it truly sucks being a light sleeper.


I think it's Monday morning. Whatever it is, now that the dad of the young girls is here, all 3 of them are here. Which meant a lot of noise at 7:00 am.  I had planned on sleeping in but that wasn't going to happen. I'll be out late tonight trying to get down to Portland, TX and getting the trailer unloaded.  If I can get that done, I'm good. Drive the drive back the next morning, get back sometime mid afternoon and definitely have a couple days off, or at least one full day since I won't  have any hours left. 

And I have a lot of stuff I need to get done.  My day off won't really be a day off, but it also won't be spent in that truck.  As it stands, I forgot to pay credit card bills - but fortunately not too late to incur late fees.  I usually get it done on the first.  Care credit is paid down to $595 and that remaining balance is due the end of July. 

My boat aspirations continue.  I've been looking every day.  Mostly for a pontoon boat but a flat deck boat or a large fishing boat would also suffice.  Lots of people want to go fishing and I would likely find the activity more enjoyable with sociable people also there wanting to fish.  But so far, in the price range I'm looking, it's mostly a bunch of barges that need work.  Or they are in good condition but have small motors on them.  I'll just keep looking until I find the "right" on.  Maybe if it needs carpet or a bit of upholstery I'd go for it, but anything needing massive repairs I simply don't have the time for.

Meanwhile, we are back to "feast" mode at work. IE: too much work and not enough drivers or trailers to keep up with the demand.  The whole thing is pretty weird the way it works.  Not having enough trailers tho is totally on them.  They should have dealt with that problem long ago. They got 5 new ones in and then a few more after that.  This is how we lost work, not enough trailers and then not enough drivers.  The trailers are extremely expensive, yes, but they make a lot of money off of this type of hauling.  Whatever the case, my manager just responded to my text asking if there was a trailer in the yard for today's run: Not yet. 

Dunno, but I'll leave in time to get there to hook up and leave for the plant. If there isn't one there, oh well! 

Off to the races. 

Interesting day. Up early - 4:00, jolted out of deep sleep by the ridiculous phone alarm - annoying as all get out but that's the inten...