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Fuel for Thought

  • Be Prepared
    By Dale
    Posted Jan 8th 2010 2:45PM
    Stayed home today due to the bad roads around here. Most of the counties around me are at least at a Level 1 snow emergency. The states around us are bad too, so I just figured it was best to stay home. Watching TV, and seeing all the wrecks around the area, including a 4 fatality horrible wreck involving a bus and a tanker truck, really got me thinking.
  • A Cold Slippery Day
    By Dale
    Posted Jan 6th 2010 5:50AM
    My nerves were frazzled by the time I got back home today. I had a relatively simple run scheduled last night... run over to WV, meet another driver for a transfer, and run it up North of Pittsburgh, PA... a run that would leave me about 250 miles from home... an easy home run. Well, of course, it's a late night pick up, and as I"m heading down thru Southern Ohio, I run into a near white-out, people are sliding around, one goes clear down in a huge ditch beside the road...
  • Workin for a run!
    By Dale
    Posted Jan 4th 2010 5:33AM
    Well, the title of this blog was almost "Too big again!"... I arrived for my pickup this morning, and the box was too big... again! I was immediately into full blown frustration. It was a sealed wooden crate, picked up at a freigt forwarder, and the given dimensions were off by TWO INCHES... just enough that it would not clear my van doors.
  • The Waiting Game
    By Dale
    Posted Dec 29th 2009 3:55PM
    Yesterday's run brought up a good point that prospective expediters need to remember. Many people go out and stay out a long time, and therefore, when they're home, they are out of service. Since van drivers can run much cheaper than big trucks, many van drivers will run back home and stay in service. The thing to consider is, if you stay in service, and go away from your van/truck, you run the risk of missing a run.
  • Short run to Kokomo
    By Dale
    Posted Dec 28th 2009 5:50PM
              Tonight I just got back from a short run over to Kokomo, IN.  Light box, easy...
  • Home for Christmas.
    By Dale
    Posted Dec 27th 2009 9:41AM
    I've enjoyed a few days out of service to celebrate Christmas with my family and friends. It's been rough because it's our first Christmas without my brother. It just didn't quite seem right to be opening presents and having a celebration without him. Making it even harder is the fact that we had presents from him.
  • Fun at the Border!
    By Dale
    Posted Dec 22nd 2009 4:19PM
    As normal, I pulled up to the customs booth, handed the agent my ID, Passport, etc, and he started the routine questions. I don't know if an alarm went off, somebody radioed, or what, but suddenly all heck broke loose, with agents swarming a truck in the lane beside me. The agent looked up, said 'stand by a few minutes', and bolted from the booth. Within seconds the truck was surrounded, and the driver and two passengers were ordered out of the truck, and they 'assumed the position' with agents patting them down!
  • Racin the Storm.. again!
    By Dale
    Posted Dec 19th 2009 4:15PM
    Well, I got to 'race a storm' again.. this time trying to get home before it hit.... I had a nice long run from WV to IL, and as I was driving, I kept hearing about the bad weather coming. As everyone knows, the big snow storm was coming up the East Coast thru WV, VA, etc. I was getting slush rain, and some snow, but wasn't sure how bad it was going to be at home.. so , after resting a bit, I headed for home.
  • Paid to break stuff!
    By Dale
    Posted Dec 17th 2009 4:05PM
    Had a long run over night last night... just a light load going to Buffalo, New York. It's final destination was Quebec, Canada, but it was being transferred to another driver as it was too long for me to take direct. I picked up a place I"d never been, but it would sure be a cool place to work. As I drove back the long entrance road to the facility, I kept hearing a plane that sounded big, and very close! I kept looking for a low flying plane, or a landing strip, but never did see one. I drove on back to the shipping dock, which was situated between some huge buildings. Turns out this was a commercial testing site where they tested jet engines!
  • Home for a Birthday
    By Dale
    Posted Dec 15th 2009 5:30PM
    Today I had promised to be home for my son's birthday dinner, so I was hoping to get a run that would allow me to be back home tonight. It hurts to turn down big runs, but I was just hoping, ya know? It's not like he's a little kid, he's 20, in college, but still lives at home, and who knows how many more 'at home' birthdays we'll have with him. I'm sure before too many years, he'll be getting married, have his own home, and birthdays will spent with his own family, so it's good to take the time now.