by, 02.16.2009 at 09.43 PM (445 Views)
I haven't posted anything for awhile and I've been avoiding the boards. Just a little more contention on those boards than I want to deal with right now, I have enough going on in life. I'm not saying this is a BAD site, but there are always people that want to argue, even when the consensus is predominantly AGAINST them. It gets old. That's all.
Trucker Buddies wrote me an email today asking me to register for this school year?!!!
This school year is WELL underway, what's up? I registered a few months ago. They said they have "a lot of unprocessed registrations sitting on their desks".
Ummm, well what's with that? Well, I didn't cop the tude' with them, I just filled out all the information again and hope to get back with a classroom of kids again.
If you like kids - you might consider registering with Trucker Buddies. They match you to a classroom full of kids and you write back and forth with them. The first year I did it, the class regularly sent me hand made pics - from EACH kid in the class!! It was totally cool. I loved it. I wrote them back and told them of some of the more adventurous things I was into.
It's probably more geared for the OTR driver who is seeing different states and cities and things every day - but - I drive all over Arizona and THAT is enough in itself to provide very interesting stories. I'm a bit of a writer anyway and can make it entertaining for whatever age level of kid I'm trying to communicate with.
So, how's the economy affecting you? Is your company having trouble giving you the miles? I laugh at the conpsirarist drivers who think their companies are doing it on purpose. EVERYONE - including trucking - is feeling this. One of our drivers got the can notice Friday. He's gone. I have absolutely NO job security right now - but then again - who does? I just hope and pray that I have a job to go to everyday, and I get a big smile when I see that the boss isn't calling me in to have "The Talk" with me. Well, my boss doesn't do that stuff anyway, the general manager does the sit-down, see-ya-later stuff.
I have tenants living in my house at this point - my hours have been cut back. I have been continuously talking with the drivers that are coming into our yard with varying loads of stuff - there are few that have good prognosis. Many companies are laying off drivers, parking rigs. Even some are going out. L.A.Yuma is history. I spoke with a driver from Estes who said he is going full-bore and thought the company is doing well.
A LONG list of LTL companies that definitely AREN'T boding well. It's expected. There's less freight being ordered, there's less freight to deliver.
I don't want to live in fear, at the same time, I'm a realist. This is a day-to-day thing and I'm in the same boat with everyone else.
The good side for me? For me, I'm so happy that both my parents (divorced long ago) are financially secure and don't have to worry about money. They go on vacations, do what they want, when they want to. They outright own their homes and only have to pay the yearly taxes. I would SO hate to see either my mom or my dad suffering in poverty and scraping by. Of course, if that were the case, I would have them living with me if they needed it. They are both very independent people, getting very old, and still in pretty good health.
THAT - folks - makes ME happy!