28 April 2010


It has been a long time since I have not had to worry about anyone but myself.

I have been taking orientation classes here at the Prime Terminal here in Springfield, MO.  I was able to lower my BMI (body mass index) by 1.3 points by losing 20 lbs and Prime relaxed their regulations a bit so we are going to be able to run as a team now.
Not all the time, but enough to make better money, yet still be flexible enough to allow fun side trips with Kaitlynn.
She has been with Grandma and Grandpa since just before Easter and is more than ready to come back on the road.
Herb on the other hand has been driving solo, with his faithful, yet not so bright sidekick Lea, for the week that I have been in class.  He is getting used to, yet not liking the e-log system. (The D.O.T. has taken the log book out of the driver's hands and computerized it so there is NO MORE creative log booking going on.)
I believe this says that they do not trust us and believe we have no common sense.  There is also all kinds of bells and whistles on the trucks that tell the driver that he is too close to the car in front of him, that he is too close to the white/dotted line and will slow the truck on it's own accordingly.  I find this insulting and degrading.  If we are so untrustworthy why do they hire us.  It never occured to me to be offended by these "advances" until they effected me directly and now I am outraged. 
We are becoming a society of take no blame and do it for me.  Is anyone else upset or offended?  Am I the only one who is angered by this lack of trust?

04 April 2010

Happy Easter!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter.

For us it was uneventful,  we spent the night in North Platte, NE and had a short visit with another Prime driver this morning before starting out.  The other driver has two Daschounds and they spent a few minutes playing with Lea, but the size difference made it difficult to play and she doesn't know her own strength so we had to cut it short.

We are heading for Fallon, MT to deliever this irrigation system on Monday.  The worst part is that Montana is Kaitlynn's last continental state to visit and she opted to stay with Grandma and Grandpa for Easter.  We will have to catch it next time I guess.

Looking forward to seeing Wall Drug and the Bad Lands next time through with Kaitlynn, maybe even introducing her to the loacal Prairie Dog population.