Friday, April 30, 2010

The Vacuum of Liberalism

Is all in their heads...

Its funny how fast I can get in trouble and get called names, especially if I'm trying. ;-)

By the way, this political blather is here because it directly involves truckers.

As most know I'm pretty active on Twitter, have a lot of friends there and almost as many enemies. I make no efforts to gain ether, they just show up. I have a rule though, I will rarely tolerate a liberal and will NOT tolerate a troll. I just block them and move on. My numbers on twitter are true and honest, I've never used a follow program to inflate my numbers. I really pay little attention to them. If everyone dropped me today I would just tweet to the spammers. (Few of my numbers are spammers, I block them too)

That said, we move on to the issue at hand. Illegal Immigration and the new laws in Arizona. I'm a firm supporter of the new law just because SOMETHING had to be done. We AZ taxpayers are out BILLIONS of dollars paid out to support an illegal population. Schools take a major hit and AZ schools are NOT the top of the heap to begin with. Law enforcement is taxed to the limit and health care is out of control. County and State programs are tapped out and they keep coming.

Enter the trolls;
I talk to a lot of drivers on Twitter, but they make up a small percentage of my "group". There was one, a woman driving husband wife team for Swift transport out Phoenix. Always pretty quiet, asking a few solid professional questions of older drivers and a few firearms related questions of me, (CCW mostly) though I'm no expert on the laws. Recently I noted that she had found a group to play with, all liberals, all trolls. Most of these people I had blocked at some point over the last year or so. Since the passing and signing of the immigration laws her tweets and retweets turned hateful and spiteful, all focused on the "injustice" of a legal move by the state of AZ. She doesn't live in AZ, its not her problem, but others want her involvement.

Then the boycott bullshit started showing up. She was pushing a list of AZ companies to boycott and insisted she was dedicated to the boycott. I decided to block her but being in a nasty mood yesterday I decided on some fun first and a little "point making". Remember who I said she worked for? Swift, based and founded in Phoenix AZ. The most logical question was?

Have you quit your job yet?

The answer is of course, "NO, why should I?" Because if you are committed to this childish boycott idea, you MUST. Otherwise you're just one more hypocrite on the left. Hours of screwing with her produced the same kind answer to the same question. One of her answers, that I suspect was "fed" to her at some point, I'm certain, was right out of Alinski's "Rules for Radicals" To her credit it took her until after midnight last night to call me a name. Being called a name was the first thing I had on my list of goals. I assure you her friends STARTED by calling me a name or ten. Some of the worst trash in trucks came to her aide, but as they are all blocked, I can't see it and I'm not interested enough to go look, but I could tell she was being prompted, at least some.

By the way, that list of companies to boycott that she was pushing? Swift isn't on it. She claimed she would not spend a dime of money in AZ or on a product from AZ, all without have an idea of what she was saying. Example: TRW is an AZ company... Does your car have air bags? Boycott that... Not a clue... However my point was clear, The money she sends into AZ, far out weighs the money Swift gives her in her weekly Easter basket. She didn't get it. No commitment to her own "cause". Hypocrite

This evening, another driver from NC, that I don't even know, (we don't follow each other) ask her the same question. He was immediately attacked by the Twittering Twucker Twat and some little half man calling himself Dr. Dodo or redo or something. (TTT is a socialist that wants a handout that will get her OUT of a truck and out of an honest job, wants to speak for truckers, and be famous, all with 2 years experience in a 3rd rate training company. Dodo is just an idiot that does anything she tells him to.)

The answer? The same, she wont boycott her own company. It wouldn't be convenient I suppose. It showed her commitment to her "cause", and as I determined, it shows she's just one more liberal hypocrite.

I blocked her when I got tired of her. That was my intention from the start as I told a couple of people I ask to watch the fun.

If you have a "cause", even one as stupid and impossible as a boycott of AZ, at least be grown up enough to follow it though.

Half Measures by Half Ass politicians are what got us here to begin with.


Was I an asshole and a bully for treating her like that?
Yeah, I admit it, I was, and I'm fucking proud of it. She wants to run with the big dogs but she never will because she can't loose her wing men.

Big Dogs are solo artists.

Liberalism is a disease that needs to be stomped on where ever you find it. You really don't have to justify THAT.


What you have just read is an opinion, mine. You don't have to like it and there are some that I hope HATES it.

t
Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Parking Ticket

An online friend sent me this and I just had to share it.

Thanks Michael!

Working people frequently ask retired people what they do to make their days interesting. Well, for example, the other day my wife and I went into town and went into a shop. We were only in there for about 5 minutes. When we came out, there was a cop writing out a parking ticket. We went up to him and said, "Come on man, how about giving a senior citizen a break?"

He ignored us and continued writing the ticket. I called him a Nazi turd. He glared at me and started writing another ticket for having worn tires. So my wife called him a sh...head. He finished the second ticket and put it on the windshield with the first. Then he started writing a third ticket. This went on for about 20 minutes. The more we abused him, the more tickets he wrote... Personally, we didn't care. We came into town by bus and saw the car had an Obama sticker...

We try to have a little fun each day now that we're retired..

It's important at our age.

*g*

t
Monday, April 5, 2010

Ever Been Here?

I grew up in the construction industry and made pretty good money at it. I reached a pretty high level in the Phoenix area, was an "in demand" lead for multi million dollar custom homes and few would turn me away as a forman on larger projects like simi-custom to tract home and condos. I was also a damn fine problem solver and could find solutions to almost anything that didn't require tearing it down and starting over. (and I saw a few like that)

I've was a farm kid as well, spent a lot on time on tractors, trucks or various sorts and have an knack for most "machines"

The housing crash in the late 80s put me in a truck full time. I went from an "in demand" electrician, working at the top of my field to working for a placement agency a few hours a week, for half the money. I just made the leap and went to work moving rock. When the highway projects in AZ ran out, I went to long haul.

In 2000 I had had enough, I surpassed 1 million miles in my first 12 years and could hardly stand the looks a truck.

5 years in the computer and service support industry put me right back in a truck. I just can't work that close to people, day after day.

I had a great local job in the Phoenix area, end dump, transfers, supers. Did some lowboy, dovetail and RGN work as well. The type matters little to me. (Knack for machines)

Then came the housing crash, the big one. Sub-Prim lending, selling houses to people that can't make rent down at the local flop house. Greedy land developers overbuilt Phoenix and surrounding areas to the breaking point. There are now more repossessed homes in Phoenix than new ones. Phoenix offers a $15k tax credit to someone, anyone, that will buy one of these places. Places that were pricing at $450K suddenly were going for $130K.

Back in a truck full time.

Now just a few years later, with my parents in failing health and no other members of my family able to or qualified to care for them, I find that I'm going to have to leave the OTR business again.

Helen and I rode around the country together, we only went trucking again because we were able to leave the kids to their own devices. Our "baby" is 6'2" and in his twenties. Our own health issues and the murderous cost of "health care" cost us a house and pretty much everything else. We had nothing to lose in trucking together. I drove, she did paperwork and took pictures of almost everything in the country.

Helen has training and a background as a care giver. She has had to leave the truck several times to deal with family issues. My grand daughter in late 09, now my mom after a long battle with breast cancer is having major issues with blood pressure and 2 4mm aneurysms were found in her brain. Helen is out of the truck permanently, or until the obvious result is reached.

So I get to find a way to disconnect from the industry again. Anyone thinking this is an easy process has never thought it through. I have to move from a earning position with one company to an earning position with another and I have to manage it with out loosing what little we have left to us.

Man, being a responsible adult sucks.

t
Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter still sux

For the first time in three years I have something to do on Easter and it has only cost me a couple of hundred dollars instead of the usual several hundred.

Easter still sux, so it's canceled.



Try to have a good day anyway.

t

-posted on the run using BlogPress and an iPhone.
Saturday, April 3, 2010

Chrome won't get you home.

The Tractor? Mid 2K W900L, lots of Chrome and Lights.
The Trailer? Beautiful Stainless Side, Spread Axle 50 Footer.

The Tires? Massive Super Singles... Bald as hell.

The Tractor and Trailer are MAXED, I mean MAXED. Chrome, all Aluminum polished to where it looks like chrome, the Stainless trailer is spotless.

The Aluminum bottom rail is even polished.

There are at least 100 lights, all LED on this rig.

My point?

There is no money spared on the way this rig "looks", ie... there is no money spared on salving this drivers EGO.

Blow that picture up and look at that tire. Its bald, not only bald, it's illegal by DOT standards and it was the best of the 4 trailer tires.

The tires on the Tractor were still legal, but "just".

THIS is one of the major safety issues I see in the industry.

I have nothing against the fancy, the d0-dads, the "SHINE". but when it takes a front seat to safe, your ass should be parked as a dangerous driver.

CSA2010 will remove these drivers from the road. Those 4 tires alone will get that guy 36 out of a possible 100 points.

You can be sure there are issues that are not as "visible" as these tires are and I noticed them just walking by.

I hate and distrust almost everything I've read about CSA2010. But there will be some good come from it.

We'll get rid of the unsafe driver.

The truck can be fixed, violations corrected, new tires purchased instead of chrome, lights and other shiny shit.

There's not a lot that can be done with drivers and owners with this attitude.

Except parking them.

t
Thursday, April 1, 2010

What we have here...

What we have here is called, in the industry (this one and just about any other) a "Clusterfuck"

This is the back corner of other the Flying J in Peculiar MO. (Hwy 71 just south of Kansas City) If you enlarge the image and look to the right of the headlights, you will see one (1) open parking spot.
To the left you will see the hood of a red truck and the trailer of another. Niether of these trucks are in parking spots, they are parked in EASY spots, outside of regular parking. NO backing or effort was required, I watched both of these and almost every truck in this image park.

The "open" spot is virtually impossible to back into or pull into because of the two trucks on the left.


This will not keep trucks from trying. Truck after truck. The "drivers" will pull up, maybe even set up, then see the angles, the space, recognize the space needed for the tractor to swing and leave. Can't. Be. Done.

This guy tries it, sets up, looks at it and moves on. He finds a spot around the corner up against the building. There's more room up there and he still had a fight on his hands. Honestly, had this spot in the rear been usable, he probably should not have tried it. (not that good) Backing is an art form. Knowing where the end of a trailer is that is almost 65 feet from you, takes practice. Then there is the part that people forget or don't realize for a long time; the tractor has to go somewhere and CAN'T go over the top of the tractor or trailer next to it. (this is expensive)

The "clusterfuck" happens when a driver that does not realize that either the space is impossible, like this one, or that he or she simply does not have what it take to back into it.




We watched several try it. The cluster of trucks and lights you see above was caused by the white truck on the Left, no, not the trailer, the nose of the USA Truck with marker lights can be seen. He spent 15 whole minutes trying that hole, then somehow got twisted around and into the hole he is now in. He blocked the entire lot for 15 minutes.

Why am I sitting here watching? Operations staff that can't plan loads to save their lives (or the retention) of their drivers. I'm done here.

I was rushed here yesterday afternoon, I had time to get here, but could not park any closer than 10 miles to the DC. I won't park on city streets, ramps or in a place marked "No Trucks" or "No Parking". I didn't have time to legally deliver this load. I went in late.

Remember the CSA2010 regs and the fact that aquired points, for ANYTHING, go against the driver. 100 points and you loose your license. Period. This includes parking tickets.

A broken tail light is 6 points. (oddly, a missing windshield is only 1)

I'm on "Elogs", no way to fudge entries.

Not that I would...

Cough...

t

Name this Car...

NO, I don't know what the damn thing is... but I've seen it in books of rare cars.

I'm doing my research, you do yours, maybe we'll figure it out.








Good Luck, the winner gets... (Not a damn thing)

t


EDIT: you can't just say: "OH! Its a Floosyberg Fluten Snoozer" either, Prove it.

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