Speaking of scenic rest areas, this little stop for the weary thirty-some miles west of Memphis features its own rudimentary botanical garden. I’m amazed at the number of things still flowering this late in the year. And two items especially intrigue me: a miniature palm tree (in Arkansas?) called a Windmill Palm and a low, […]

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In Deutschstunde (The German Lesson), one of my all-time favorite novels, the protagonist’s father, a policeman, is taken away at the end of the war and put into an American internment camp for a time. When he is let out, he goes his old rounds, and at every stop he tells how it was, at […]

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I’m losing my reflexes already. Stopped for WiFi at a Kansas rest area to check email and forgot to post the 10/31 blog entry. Yes, even Kansas has a few hotspots along the highways. Last time I tried this one (I70 mile 338) the signal was so low as to be unusable. This time it […]

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I’ve had enough. Certainly I’ve had enough of the Company, so a few weeks ago I talked to some folks in Nebraska who seemed very nice. Several fellow drivers had recommended them. The Nebraskans say they’ll hire me, and will give me more time off and pay me much, much better than the pestilential people […]

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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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