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Fuel for Thought

  • Walkin in Memphis!
    By Dale
    Posted Sep 2nd 2009 6:02PM
    Tonight I delivered in Memphis, just a couple miles from Graceland...Elvis’ home of course. After 33 years, people still throng there, and take tours. They even have one of his planes across the street that you can tour. I’m sure, now with the loss of Michael Jackson, they will do the same thing to Neverland. 30 years from now, people will probably still be paying to see where he lived, how he lived, what he really had in there... just a little peek into his live... even if he’s gone.
  • Days Off!
    By Dale
    Posted Sep 1st 2009 2:15PM
    Went back in service, but no runs so far yesterday or today. Had a few offers, but the ones I wanted, I didn't get. My carrier uses a 'load opportunity' system of dispatch to save time. The load is offered to several trucks at once, rather than one at a time. That way, they don't have to wait and see if 10 trucks don't want it.. and it's an hour later before they find someone. Mean while, the customer is waiting. Now, they offer it to several, and out of those who accept it, the one that has highest wait time AND meets all the requirements, AND can get to it on time.. gets the load. This is good AND bad.
  • Regular Customers
    By Dale
    Posted Aug 29th 2009 7:35AM
    This has been a week of short runs.. and last night was no exception. I had a run to Southern Ohio, to a customer I've been to several times. Also, I've travellled the roads many times in my life, as we have family in the area. It was nice to just relax and drive a familiar route, not worrying about making sure I checked directions, planned my route, etc. It was just a small load once again, but the customer seemed kind of confused as to why it was there! Oh well, we just deliver what we're told.
  • From Quiet Country Roads, to the Bright Lights!
    By Dale
    Posted Aug 26th 2009 8:58PM
    It never ceases to amaze me the differences in surroundings I can see in one day working this job. On the way to the pickup, I was on winding, two lane roads.. surround by overhanging trees. One part of the trip, I drove for about 5 miles within stones throw of the Ohio River, and could see boats cruising by, and people fishing from the banks, and small fishing boats. I picked up near a small town called Friendly, and as I left, the moon was out, and it was just me and the trees for a while! Once again, it was one of those peaceful nights, where I just turned off the radio and enjoyed the ride.
  • A Good Monday!
    By Dale
    Posted Aug 24th 2009 5:57PM
    Since this is the beginning of my blog, I guess I should introduce myself! I’m Dale, and I am the owner and operator of a 2003 Ford E350 Van, which is leased to FedEx Custom Critical. Most of my working years have been spent at indoor jobs, including a stock broker for a short while, customer service for a Fortune 500 company, and 13 years in the restaurant industry. I was tired of someone over my shoulder, and being inside all the time, so it was time to get on the road!