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Fun With Over-sized Truck Loads

(Alternate Title: Everything you ever wanted to know about over dimensional freight permits on the interstate highway system but didn’t really give a shit about anyways because you’re just humoring the truck driving asshole! Ponderous title, dude!)

What a day today! I’m hauling an oversize and overweight load from Illinois to West Virginia and getting permits for this load are proving to be a serious pain in the ass. Illinois came in fast, as usual. Indiana, on the other hand, always takes forever. And there is so much construction going on that the standard route across I-64 I usually take was totally unavailable to me. Too much construction and too many places that I can’t drive 92,000 lbs gross over. So I had a lovely trip through the back country of Southern Indiana and the tiny, twisty roads of the Hoosier National Forest before I finally got back to the Big Road and another truck stop to await… a Kentucky permit!

Normally Kentucky O/D permits come in pretty fast but, apparently, the combination of the weight and the 11’ 6” width was too much for their crappy roads, so I was rerouted to Indianapolis to catch I-70 into Ohio. Which involved getting a brand new permit… and a two and a half hour wait at a tiny truck stop for the permits to come in and be faxed to me. By that time I had less than two hours of daylight (O/D loads in IN can run from sunup to sundown) left and I’ve ended my day at a Flying J just south of Indy. For all that work and stress, I managed less than 250 miles today and had to push back my delivery a few hours.  I still don’t have my WV permit yet, so it could get worse… Joy.

Some background: Over dimensional loads (loads wider than 8’ 6”, taller that 13’ 6”, heavier than 80,000 lbs) require special permits from each state you go through. They determine if the route is OK and if not, will give you a route that avoids roads that the load won’t work on. Sometimes those routes turn into scenic drives in country and always take forever. You (the driver) must have these permits in hand before you enter the state covered by the permit. Which means someone has to order them and then fax them to someplace (usually a truck stop) where you can pick them up.

You then verify the permits has all the proper info, verify the route, and some permits require a signature on them. Some states even require the signature to be in BLUE INK, except for Alabama which requires RED INK. You are not allowed to bypass any open state weigh stations (chicken houses in CB parlance) and must submit to paperwork inspection if asked.

Like I mentioned before, most states generally let you run daylight hours, which in some states means sunrise to sunset, a half-hour before sunrise to a half-hour after sunset, or a half hour after sunrise to a half-hour before sunset! Luckily the GPS program on my laptop will tell me this info for wherever I am. But not so lucky, winter is coming, the daylight hours are getting shorter and shorter and I got less time to run. I takes me longer to run the same miles and I get paid by the mile, not by the hour.

Oh well, enough of this truckers whining… Here’s Jeff Dunham and Achmed the Dead Terrorist. Enjoy!

Weekly Tweets for 2009-05-31

  • Back on the road, heading to SC… Had a great weekend, saw lots of people I hadn’t seen in a long time. Good times, good times… #
  • The Law is working overtime in TN, handing out tickets with both hands today. Everyone is subject to their attentions, not just big trucks. #
  • Driving under the Smokies (1 of 2) http://twitpic.com/5y392 #
  • Driving under the Smokies (2 of 2) http://twitpic.com/5y3hz #
  • @jinime Awesome synonyms: tubular, gnarly, bitchin’, sweeeeet, zomg. And of course, greeblie… ;) in reply to jinime #
  • RT @isfullofcrap: If I want to see rednecks drive in circles for 500 miles, I’ll go to a sale at a Wal Mart with a really small parking lot. in reply to isfullofcrap #
  • Feeding the ducks at a TS in SC… Then they went under my truck to hang out for a while. NOTE TO SELF: Check under truck before leaving. #
  • Truckstop Ducks – (trying to post pics, but apparently Twitpic is fubar) #
  • Southbound thru the liquid sunshine. http://twitpic.com/601rk #
  • Hiding out for the night behind a WallyWorld, picking up my freight in th am. Got some shopping done, now I can eat! #foodisnice #
  • I just farted so bad it drove me out of my truck and close to the exhaust stack, where I could get some fresh air. TMI, yeah sure… #
  • Reading Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson. But I’m slowly slipping into timewarps and have been rereading a lot… Time for bed, I think… #
  • Passing thru “makin jawjuh” on my way to Texas. Unrelated: Is anyone else creeped out by my avatar? The peanut M&M in my nostril too much? #
  • @Kalli us motherfuckin amurrikun done ruint everthing, huh… ;) in reply to Kalli #
  • @deadvoter Piercing? Not a bad idea! Well, except maybe for the blocked sinus and the inevitable decomposition. Oh, and the blue dye ring ;) in reply to deadvoter #
  • @melissakeyes So far popular consensus is not good. I’ll have to change it soon. I wonder if its lost me any followers? That’d be kewl! #
  • @Kalli LOL! Imagine, if you will, the world DID revolve around the US. Then people in Australia would be flung off into space! ;) in reply to Kalli #
  • @melissakeyes Yes, I’ll have to be subtle with next pic… I know just the one! hee hee! in reply to melissakeyes #
  • RT @verwon: You have got 2 be kidding, why would you post this pic as your avatar? Not going to watch that popup in my stream all the time! #
  • RT @Sternenfee: “if you want me to follow you back, introduce yourself, make yous presence known.” I’m the one snorting M&Ms in reply to Sternenfee #

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Sucker for a Meme #3

I’m even later to the party than Jay G but I thought I might play along. I’m not tagging anyone either but if this moves you to do one yourself, let me know.

100 Thing You Have Done.

  1. Started your own blog. (Back in 2001 I posted my first drivel on a blogspot blog.).
  2. Slept under the stars. (Lots of camping in my youth.)
  3. Played in a band.
  4. Visited Hawaii. (Lived there for five years, in fact.)
  5. Watched a meteor shower. (Many times, usually in the cold clear skies of winter.)
  6. Given more than you can afford to charity.
  7. Been to Disneyland. (Actually DisneyWorld twice. First time when I was in the Navy.)
  8. Climbed a mountain. (Only while driving my truck…)
  9. Held a praying mantis. (Then I lost track of him, I found him an hour later, he’d been sitting on my head the whole time!)
  10. Sang a solo. (Does Karaoke count?)
  11. Bungee jumped. (whaddayou, crazy?)
  12. Visited Paris. (Italy, Spain, Sri Lanka, Kenya, England, Scotland, but never Paris unless you mean the one in Texas.)
  13. Watched a lightning storm at sea. (While in the Navy, over the North Sea, I think.)
  14. Taught yourself an art from scratch. (Photography, I guess.)
  15. Adopted a child.
  16. Had food poisoning. (Everytime I eat at a TA truckstop…)
  17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty. (No, but walked to the top of the Scot Monument in Edinburgh.)
  18. Grown your own vegetables. (Ended up with TONS of tomatoes. I love tomatoes, but not that much.)
  19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France.
  20. Slept on an overnight train. (The only train I’ve EVER been one is a touristy one in Strasbourg, PA.)
  21. Had a pillow fight. (As a kid.)
  22. Hitch hiked.
  23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill. (Here’s the point where I say, No comment.)
  24. Built a snow fort. (In a cemetary in Virginia.)
  25. Held a lamb.
  26. Gone skinny dipping. (Once, with the wife.)
  27. Run a Marathon. (Not this smoker, but I did a 16 mile “Walk for the Whales” when I was a kid.)
  28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice.
  29. Seen a total eclipse. (First one was in Hawaii.)
  30. Watched a sunrise or sunset. (Too many to recount, love them.)
  31. Hit a home run. (I’ve always sucked at baseball.)
  32. Been on a cruise. (If four years in the Navy and two trips halfway around the world count.)
  33. Seen Niagara Falls in person.
  34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors. (Well, my ancestors are from Indiana, so I guess so…)
  35. Seen an Amish community. (Near Lancaster, PA.)
  36. Taught yourself a new language. (I’ve taken stabs at learning Spanish, to no avail.)
  37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied. (As long as a have a place to live and food to eat, I’m satisfied.)
  38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person.
  39. Gone rock climbing.
  40. Seen Michelangelo’s David.
  41. Sung karaoke. (With enough booze, anything is possible…)
  42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt.
  43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant.
  44. Visited Africa. (Shore leave in Mombasa, Kenya. Lovely place, really)
  45. Walked on a beach by moonlight. (Once on the East Coast watching a comet, many times in Hawaii.)
  46. Been transported in an ambulance. (Cut up my finger in the hydraulics of a school bus door as a kid.)
  47. Had your portrait painted.
  48. Gone deep sea fishing.
  49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person.
  50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. (What’s all this bias toward all things french?)
  51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling. (In Haunama Bay, also in Hawaii (of course).)
  52. Kissed in the rain.
  53. Played in the mud. (Just last week… ;) )
  54. Gone to a drive-in theater. (Last one was in Memphis, TN, twenty plus years ago.)
  55. Been in a movie. (But only on Super 8.)
  56. Visited the Great Wall of China.
  57. Started a business.
  58. Taken a martial arts class.
  59. Visited Russia.
  60. Served at a soup kitchen.
  61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies. (I didn’t know I could!!)
  62. Gone whale watching.
  63. Got flowers for no reason.
  64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma. (Only once, I’m allergic to needles and chickenshit besides.)
  65. Gone sky diving. (See #11.)
  66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp.
  67. Bounced a check. (Not on purpose!!)
  68. Flown in a helicopter. (No but I was shot off an aircraft carrier’s catapult.)
  69. Saved a favorite childhood toy.
  70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial.
  71. Eaten Caviar. (Once, hated it…)
  72. Pieced a quilt.
  73. Stood in Times Square.
  74. Toured the Everglades.
  75. Been fired from a job. (Yep, and I deserved it.)
  76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London. (More shore leave fun.)
  77. Broken a bone. (Never, I drink lotsa milk…)
  78. Been on a speeding motorcycle. (Right before it tried to kill me.)
  79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person.
  80. Published a book.
  81. Visited the Vatican.
  82. Bought a brand new car. (Never, in all my years, have I bought new…)
  83. Walked in Jerusalem. (But I walked in Memphis, my feet ten feet offa Beale…)
  84. Had your picture in the newspaper.
  85. Read the entire Bible.
  86. Visited the White House.
  87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating. (Fish only.)
  88. Had chickenpox. (Or so I’m told…)
  89. Saved someone’s life.
  90. Sat on a jury.
  91. Met someone famous. (Jack Lord of Hawaii 50 fame, Hairiest knuckles I’ve ever seen on a human! A few years ago saw Dawn Wells (Maryann) at a book signing in a grocery store (how the mighty have fallen).)
  92. Joined a book club. (Science Fiction Book Club, if that counts.)
  93. Lost a loved one. (too many…)
  94. Had a baby. (Now, THAT would be a trick…)
  95. Seen the Alamo in person.
  96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake. (No, but I’ve seen it in person.)
  97. Been involved in a law suit.
  98. Owned a cell phone. (A must-have in my work.)
  99. Been stung by a bee. (A few times, I’m slightly allergic, but no bad incidents, just more annoying than anything else.)
  100. Read an entire book in one day.(Lotsa. I’m a reading fool…)

Twitter Updates for 2008-10-23

  • Cranky, old fossil dude or hot, hip, new solcialist… Is this what we are down to now? This country is so very fucked, no matter who wins. #
  • First it was flatbedders sitting on their asses waiting for loads. Now van drivers, many pumpkin trucks, in FL bobtail or waiting in t/s. #
  • Haulling misc crap from FL auction yard to IA. Bailout helping somebuy used, rusty construction equipment? Too soon to tell… #
  • @Lileks : My rat terrier is a serial killer of stuffed animals. 100s ‘shuffled off their coil,’ best time, 73 seconds. #
  • Ramen noodles for lunch. Food O Th’ GAWDS, I tell ya… #
  • Politics is invading the Citizen Band airwaves. I never thought the CB could get more ignorant. I’m wrong… #