And being behind before I even get started has left me even less time to myself than usual. Witness how few entries I’ve managed so far this month, though I’m rather wondering lately if I oughtn’t to give it up entirely as all I seem to write about is this horrible excuse for life, about […]

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Today I’m getting flashbacks of that unfortunate load of lettuce my trainer Tsotne and I delivered to Maryland. The receiver had re-scheduled the delivery time at the last minute, so we sat for half a day, and when they finally did deign to take our load it was impossible to get into the dock, this […]

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Yes, back on the road after some home sweet home time. More than I’d expected, oddly enough. Had to fly out to California to marry off my flower child of a nephew. Marry off quite literally, as I got to perform the ceremony. No, of course it wasn’t a real wedding, but it was lots […]

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Truckers are the backstage crew that keeps everything moving so the rest of the world can act. They’re not welcome on stage, and of that they’re perfectly aware. Hence they do not feel particularly obligated to follow stage conventions in their own territory behind the scenes. Out in the real world, for example, there has […]

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Remember that mildly disappointing rest area in the middle of Arizona? It’s got a twin, just west and across the highway, on the eastbound side, and it’s not an identical twin, either. The eastbound one has no interpretive asphalt trail, slightly more interesting topography, and, most importantly, no cattle roaming the BLM land across the […]

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Getting this last load to California has turned out to be a disaster more than anything else. My delivery was early yesterday and my next pickup is not until early tomorrow, so all told I will have spent almost three solid days sitting around in this relative hellhole. Then it’s off to Texas. Oh, joy. […]

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Really should have stayed another day at my Arizona oasis. Last night I stopped in the Mojave Desert, which was hot though nicely isolated. Tonight I was planning to stop in Victorville, get up early and deliver this load. No, said my manager; keep on to the TA in Ontario (California, not Canada), because maybe […]

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Usually what truckers complain about, mile-wise, is that they don’t get enough of them. For the past week and a half I’ve had the opposite problem. Ragged, is what they’ve been running me. After unloading at Sacramento I got sent to Salinas for produce. These produce loads are famous. You run around to various packing […]

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After all that nonsense I had to put up with to get my load to Sacramento delivered on time, I ended up sitting around and waiting for over four hours for a shipping manifest to get faxed over here before I could back into a dock. It’s an unwritten rule of trucking that no matter […]

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Nee-kay, you know, that’s Greek for victory, and today I got a teensy little taste of it. I’d gotten started on this lovely run, whose crowning point was that I figured I could time it so I could kill about four hours in the middle of the day on top of Donner Pass. Gosh golly […]

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