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It's a Team's Life

  • Dirty Truck
    By Bob & Linda Caffee
    Posted Feb 23rd 2010 8:35AM
    It amazes me how much our truck wash bill goes up in the winter. A typical truck wash at the Blue Beacon costs between $45.00 to $60.00 depending on what we have done. We often have the truck washed more then once a week.
  • Perspective
    By Bob & Linda Caffee
    Posted Feb 21st 2010 7:23AM
    We are offered load opportunities and we must decide whether to accept or decline. Much of our decision relies on where we are in the queue and what the load pays. We are paid on a percentage bases so each load is carefully considered before we accept or reject the offer.
  • Weather change maybe?
    By Bob & Linda Caffee
    Posted Feb 19th 2010 7:02AM
    We delivered in Illinois then accepted a load from upper Michigan going to southern Indiana. I had checked the weather for upper Michigan and it looked like we might get a little snow but no big deal. Then we thought when we get to our delivery we will be out of this mess.
  • Frankenmuth, Michigan
    By Bob & Linda Caffee
    Posted Feb 17th 2010 4:47AM
    When you have the chance and the time to see something new take it and we finally did! We have driven by the signs for Bronner's CHRISTmas store for the past ten years and we finally stopped. What a great place to visit and I hope we to stop again when the weather is not as cold.
  • Holidays on the road
    By Bob & Linda Caffee
    Posted Feb 15th 2010 5:32AM
    We have two big holidays that mean a lot to us, Christmas and Thanksgiving as they both involve family. We plan to be home well in advance of these two holidays so we can afford to be off duty and not worry that we are not out running loads.
  • Taxes YUCK
    By Bob & Linda Caffee
    Posted Feb 12th 2010 5:39AM
    We try to get our taxes sent to our accountant as soon as possible in February so he can have them done and have them sent into the government before April 15th. Each year there is a little tension on making sure we get home and all of our 1099s are at the house.
  • Packing the right clothes
    By Bob & Linda Caffee
    Posted Feb 9th 2010 8:56AM
    We have found that we need to keep at least one set of good clothes in the truck. We stay out long enough that we never know what we might get ourselves into. If we meet up with someone and want to go out for a nice dinner we something different than jeans and a t-shirt.
  • Too Darn Cold
    By Bob & Linda Caffee
    Posted Feb 8th 2010 4:50AM
    In the morning, if not under a load, I make my coffee, grab my laptop and set it on the steering wheel. The steering wheel is telescoping and very east to adjust for comfort in typing. This works out perfect unless it is sub zero.
  • Snow and Ice
    By Bob & Linda Caffee
    Posted Feb 5th 2010 4:31AM
    What a week after all of our sun in California! We took a load into Wyoming and then headed for Minneapolis, but did not get that far. We had a offer to run a short load over the weekend just south of Albert Lea, MN
  • Cost Per Mile
    By Bob & Linda Caffee
    Posted Feb 3rd 2010 9:05AM
    We are always told to know our cost per mile (CPM). What are our expenses for each mile we drive? Which is the right way to figure this? How do we arrive at this number? The questions go on and on. Is there a right or a wrong way?