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Back To Work, Slave!

Tonight, I’m in Michigan. In the AM I’ll pickup a railroad load going to Colorado. Probably shouldn’t go into details, I’ve been endeavoring to keep work and my blog separate (“You gotta keep ‘em separated!“).

Today was a leisurely drive through Indiana and Michigan, it was a nice day with good weather. Tomorrow will bring the start of a nice legal load going to Colorado. But right now, I’m bushed and need to sack out.

Oh and if you haven’t seen this, Star Wars done up in THUMBS:

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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Weekly Tweets for 2009-05-24

  • (beep beep beep) Mrrgghhff… wha? Morning already? Dammit! Whoever invented the concept of time should be hoisted by his own entrails… #
  • On the road heading to corn country, IA. Taking the slow way… Damn Illinois and their split speed limit and their sneaky LEOs. ;) #
  • Crawling pass St. Louis on I270. Been in 2nd gear for a half hour… http://twitpic.com/5hr1z #
  • RT @IMAO_: “I’ve always said the biggest problem with automobiles today is that too many poor people own them. #tcot” harrumph! in reply to IMAO_ #
  • RT @Land_Line_Mag: “I-75 truck blitz WED! KY, OH and MI cops watching for speeders, lane changing, tailgating, licensing cred.” in reply to Land_Line_Mag #
  • Pause for lunch on the way to MO. Some nice quesadillas from Hardees, of all places. Got to head toward St. Louis now #
  • Just popped into the CD: My Brother The Cow, from Mudhoney! Borrowed if from the library last time I was home. Driving music? we’ll see… #
  • RT @IMAO_: “”Nothing lamer than a lemur!” #annoyalemur” Lemurs stink and have no friends. Stupid Lemurs… in reply to IMAO_ #
  • @SubEWL “Trigger finger in barrel?” Either a large caliber gun or small fingers… Safety first! ;) in reply to SubEWL #
  • RT @sween: “Yo momma’s so stupid the Washington Generals came *this close* to beating her.” lol! in reply to sween #
  • RT @cklouis: “there are four baby ducklings in my apartment right now. They shit more than three chinese kids.” Why baby ducks? #
  • @Heydriver Slow in the lowboy heavy haul business. people aren’t buying a lot of heavy equipment now… in reply to Heydriver #
  • @Heydriver yeah, RGN biz is slow. spent 4 days in SC waiting for freight last week. and its hard dealing with folks only open 8 to 5… in reply to Heydriver #
  • @Heydriver my company doesn’t pay layover anymore except for weekends. gotta be done, I guess… in reply to Heydriver #
  • @FartSandwich A multi dimensional hat tilt will also raise your doucheosity. And don’t forget the Ubiquitous Red Cup! ;) in reply to FartSandwich #
  • @TruckerDesiree Karma is smiling at you. cute! in reply to TruckerDesiree #
  • On the outskirts of the wonderful burg of Granite City, IL. Local attractions? Apparently truck stops, warehouses and factories. Location x3 #
  • Spent last 4 hours hanging out, waiting for big PM on the truck. Went to find nearby Walmart Supercenter… Google Maps LIED! #
  • @Korv_N Mudhoney CD turned out not so good. I’m sure they did better work. After that was Offspring, great driving music! #
  • @Korv_N BTW: I’ll check out those music recommendations when I get back to GAWDS country… ;) #
  • @gypsyhooker Madison, IL near East St Louis. I gave up on the search, I was driving the company car and knew others were waiting… in reply to gypsyhooker #
  • @gypsyhooker I’ll try to remember that. Next time I’ll just ask you! Seriously, thanks. in reply to gypsyhooker #
  • @slackadjusterr Was looking for a WallyWorld with food in it… I returned defeated and in shame… ;) in reply to slackadjusterr #

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Freezing Rain

Woke of this morning to the sound of frozen rain tapping on the fiberglass roof of my truck. Has to crank up the truck and defrost my windows before I could take off.  Then it was 15-20 mph up I-75 until I ran into better weather about 50 miles up the road.  No big deal really, I’ve driven in worse.

The folks I delivered to in Ohio were very nice, I was able to bring the entire truck into their shop to untarp and unchain. I managed to drop a dozen or so gallons of snow melt on their nice concrete floor but they were not too worried about it. I did all the untarping but they left me use their shop floor to roll them heavy tarps back up before I left. This is unusual but it was much appreciated.

Now I’m hanging out waiting for my next load, as usual. Hopefully something will come up tomorrow. It usually does…

In other news, my conversion to a Linux-head (is that what they are called?) is progressing smoothly.  For the past three hours I’ve been working on getting Photoshop Elements 5 to work in Ubuntu Linux with the WINE windows emulator.  Got lots  good info from the web and for the most part, it’s working.  Now I’m taking the bold step of upgrading Elements to the 5.0.2 version and that seems to be working as well.  More testing to come, but so far, so good.

Now of I can get my GPS mapping program to install, I’ll be extremely happy and my one day rid myself of the clunky, hanging, crappy Windoze forever!

Off To Work Tomorrow

Hopefully, I’ll be running my truck tomorrow. I’m definitely heading up to the truck in the AM and will be there for the next three weeks. I’m certainly wanting lots of truck loads but I’ll settle for a few.  Just get me moving and making some money.  I can’t do this for another week!

I’ve heard that Schneider, the company that taught me how to drive a truck and employed me for my first two years as a potential “Billy Big Rig,” has shut down it’s training operations and is only hiring experienced drivers now.  When I started in 2004, there was a big need for drivers, not so much now in 2009, especially the way the economy is.

Well, the Schneiders and all the other van pullers are already running, they deals with folks that are usually open 24/7 and very rarely shutdown for extended periods during the Holidays. The folks I pickup for DO shutdown their factories and even then are hit hard by the credit crunch. If people aren’t buying heavy equipment and machinery, I can’t haul it. My low-boy trailer isn’t really good for hauling anything else.

Well, I’m under-employed, but I’m still employed. Now if I can get myself running, I’ll be much better off.

Wish me luck!

Happy 2009: Don’t Drink and Blog

I’m still at home, enjoying the hometime but ready to get back to work. I’ve run out of vacation time so this time off is all unpaid. Must do better planning next time.  If a load does not come up tomorrow, I’m pretty much stuck till Monday…

So I’m blogging and drinking beer but I really wanna drive! Sober, that is…

BTW: New Years resolution? Same as last years… 1024 by 768!

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…)

Out Go The Lights!

I work a second job on weekends at the seafood restaurant my wife works full time at, not exactly in the kitchen, but close. Well, today toward the end of my shift we suddenly lost power and everything shut down.

Working in this place I never thought about all the sounds and noises that I’m bombarded with until they were all gone in an instant. For about a second and a half I thought I had gone blind and deaf at the same time. Then the place erupts in cheers knowing that the working day was surely at an end. We stood where we where, hooting and hollering in the darkness, waiting for light.

And then somebody grabbed my ass…

Time to Change

I read a lot of blogs, most likely a microscopic fraction of what’s out there, but a good representative slice of the spectrum. There are a lot of news blogs, who pretty much point out stories and maybe a comment or two. Then there are the blogrollers, this folks who tell you what all the other blogs are blogging about. A lot of the big blogs, like Instapundit or Dailypundit, are good examples of those two functions.

Davelog is great example of a blog that picks out the silly, the funny and the down right weird that the web has to offer. And we all have seen the war blogs, tracking all the hate and discontent generated on both sides after 9/11.

And the there are the personal blogs, Lilek’s Bleat being the big daddy of that genre (at least in my book), but Beers Across America is a favorite of mine, too. Also high on my list is Blogatelle, she’s got a great mind (and a nice rack, oops, did I say that out loud?) and it’s always enjoyable to read her thoughts. I’d love to have her “do” my website like she’s done so many others, but alas… sucks to be me…

Anyway, I’m gonna change the direction of this blog, I think.

“But Dave?” you say, “What real direction did this blog ever have, anyways?”

Well, none, I guess. I think that was the point! I have times when I’m just blogrolling, then I try to get onto some news stories that haven’t already been done to death by every other “piss-ant prairie pundit” with a blog. You know? I just don’t have time to keep up with all the blogs and certainly don’t have the time, or the inclination, to track news stories about the crappy world we live in. The news these days really drains the spirit, you know. I’ll let the others out there look for me.

“All right Dave,” you sez “so what in the nine infernal levels of hell will you write about?”

Me, of course! That is really the only subject I know so much about. The original point of me having a journal was to improve my writing skills, so that’s what I need to concentrate on. My life isn’t that glamorous or exciting but at least there’s a lot of it. The reason I wanted to better my skills is because I want to be a writer. I’m so tired of computers, service work, deadlines and paperwork. Writing makes me feel good, passes the time in a productive way, instead of worrying about the sad state of the world or watching the mind-dulling stupidity of the idiot box.

My life is probably not going to be all that interesting to the majority of readers out there. So be it. I’m writing for myself here, but I’m not so shy that it bothers me that other people are gonna read it.

But I gotta be me (stop me before I break into song…)!