Fuel for Thought

  • Cloak and Dagger?
    By Dale
    Posted Nov 13th 2009 3:59PM
    It's still dark out, only about 5:30 am. I'm parked at the side of a small airport somewhere in Illinois. There's no-one around, just me and an old security guard. We're waiting on someone to arrive. We got the call a few minutes ago that they're on their way. I'm not sure what I'm looking for, but the guard assures me, we'll know when they arrive.
  • Frustration
    By Dale
    Posted Nov 12th 2009 2:19PM
    Well, this week has not been the most profitable LOL. I was home for the holiday, and other than that, actually had two dry runs in a row! One I deadheaded 214 miles for, the other 124... to find out there was a misunderstanding with the freight. What's the odds? 100% LOL>
  • Niagra Falls!
    By Dale
    Posted Nov 7th 2009 4:36PM
    Today I got to take another 'Daycation', one of the benefits of driving a van, and doing this job! I delivered this morning in Alliston, Ontario, Canada, and my number one layover option was Buffalo, NY. I had a very nice, uneventful run, and tho I was glad for the money those Canada runs pay, I was very glad to see that border, and be back in my own Country!
  • Tragedy in Texas
    By Dale
    Posted Nov 5th 2009 3:41PM


    Tonight, I’ve been glued to the TV, watching the unfolding revelations of what has happened at Fort Hood, TX. 12 people dead, and over 30 injured, but a disgruntled soldier, who apparently had ideological differences with being deployed to Iraq. The sad thing is, it does appear he was Muslim, which of course now means that people will be distrusting ALL Muslims, or Arabic appearing people again, just like after 911. According to the news report, he was was angry about being deployed to Iraq, and said he, as a Muslim, should not be asked to fight other Muslims. For some reason, he ”˜snapped’, and just walked into a staging area for training graduation, and just started shooting. You just know that now soldiers will be looking at each other, wondering who they can trust, and if another one of their own is gonna get stressed and ”˜snap’ like this.
  • First Impressions
    By Dale
    Posted Nov 1st 2009 11:55AM
    Today, I went to the driver appreciation lunch at FedExCC HQ near Akron. Several drivers showed up, along with members of the saftey dept, and contractor relations. There was a Pride and Polish show, with drivers showing off their nice rides, plus Corn hole games, drawings, etc. One thing that got my attention was a talk from Jason Fredericks. He was talking about how a large percentage of our customers, around 2/3, only use Expedite once a year. Now I see a lot of repeat customers around my area, but I do notice lately that I see a lot of new customers. It made me think about 1st impressions.
  • Back to work
    By Dale
    Posted Oct 30th 2009 11:24AM
    I really had to be careful last night. It seemed the little spike in temperatures the last few days had the deer out in full blast. Coming across I35 from the Ohio stateline down thru West Virginia, I always see a few deer, but last night, I bet I saw 20-25 deer within a 10 mile stretch. It was crazy. I finally just slowed down, and jumped on the CB to let the trucks behind me know what was going on. There's a lot of new construction in that area, as the new location for I35 is being built, so it might have routed them out of their normal habitat or something.
  • The Battle's Over
    By Dale
    Posted Oct 24th 2009 3:43PM
    Well, as I was fueling up this morning to head out, I got the call I new would be coming, but dreaded receiving. The battle is over, Heaven won, and my brother is home. He passed peacefully, and he was ready to go. He had told me Tuesday night that he couldn't go on. I knew he was tired, been fighting this cancer for almost 4 years, and it was enough. I told him I knew it, and that it was ok. Even tho it hurts a lot, I'm glad we got to say our goodbyes properly. So many don't get that opportunity.
  • Closed!
    By Dale
    Posted Oct 21st 2009 3:31PM
    Today I had a run over to the state of Maryland. Very nice run, decent load made the van ride nice. This run was interstate all the way, so no little roads or hard to find addresses to deal with! On the way tho, I saw another in a disturbing trend all around the US. To save money, states are closing rest areas. To the average driver, this may not make much of a difference, but to professional drivers, each closed rest area is a few more drivers who must drive on tired, or risk getting a ticket for parking on the shoulder.
  • What a day
    By Dale
    Posted Oct 20th 2009 6:22PM
    My ”˜assist’ load ended up being my only load yesterday, which wasn’t quite what I had hoped for. But, it’s just the way it ended up, so I’m glad I took it. It’s better to have a little money than none... plus, it paid well for the time involved. Today I had another short run to a small town in Northwestern Ohio...about 30 miles or so from the state line. It was quite an adventure. The load was nothing extra-ordinary, just some machined parts... but as I got a few miles from the delivery, I ran into a detour. After taking the recommended route, I quickly was glad I was not in a truck! I ended up on what appeared to be an oversized driveway, but was actually labeled a County Road!
  • Not much happening today
    By Dale
    Posted Oct 17th 2009 4:20PM
    Today was another day off around the house. I accepted a run last night, but it’s just an assist for Monday morning. I will be assisting a White Glove unit with an unload. Sometimes a driver will be called in for an escort, or just to help unload something that requires extra help. It should only take a couple hrs of my time, including the drive there and back, and it pays well. I could have held out for a long weekend run, but after 3 days home, I just wanted to have something in the books.