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By Linda Caffee
Posted Nov 28th 2019 7:49AM

Recently we were in some freezing weather up north and about 3:00 in the morning (why do these things always happen at night and early in the morning?) our generator started and then shut off with a fault code. Bob hears these things, and I do not notice them. He immediately got up and looked at the generator panel and saw the fault code. Next, he is getting dressed, and I am asking him what in the world he is doing. That is when I found out the generator was not acting right. Bob did not say another word as he donned his winter clothes and then went outside while I snuggled back under the covers.

Bob took the generator cover off and fiddled with something and started the generator again, and once again, it shut off. Next, he did a few more things (I have no clue what), and pretty soon, the generator was running again. When Bob got back in the truck, I asked him what was wrong, and he said he thought the fuel pump might be going out. He undressed and got back in bed, and he was cold! I did my part and did not scream when he got close to me to warm back up.

I thought back over the years of all the times Bob had gotten up in the middle of the night when something did not sound right. He never cusses, yells, or makes ugly noises he gets dressed and takes care of the problem. I really cannot think of too many things that have failed during daylight hours.

One-time years ago I saw Bob almost fly as he leaped from the bed. We were in below zero temperatures, and the wind was howling, and he heard our generator start to gel up. I have never seen him put his clothes on so fast. He got out of the truck to treat the fuel for the generator,  just in the nick of time as the generator did not gel and we stayed toasty warm.

When an essential piece of equipment fails, Bob takes care of the problem, and if he isn’t sure how to fix it, he has become a master at researching online. After forty years, I hate to say I have come to think nothing of him doing this when it is below zero out, as that is what Bob does. This time though, as I was snuggled under the covers, I thought what in the world would it be like if he complained about having to fix things or did not fix the problem. The first thing I would think of is that I would not have my coffee in the morning!

So, I am taking this time to say how thankful I am for Bob and how he has always done the impossible to keep us warm and safe without ever complaining.  I will add that Bob hates the cold and being cold, so it is something he could complain about a lot.

Bob & Linda Caffee


Saint Louis MO

Expediters since January 2005

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