Donner Party Kitchen Staff -- Cookin' up something different...
Sunday, January 20, 2008, 20:50 - Stuff
Posted by Administrator
14 years ago tonight I had my first date with Jennifer.

We had some excellent pizza at Bruno's on a double date with Bo & Tanya, then played miniature golf at Family Fun Center. Neither of us had much experience in the dating world, we didn't know what to expect. We did know that we'd be married. It took only a few hours to figure out. We just knew. :mrgreen: It was a giddy kind of thing. We were totally in love with each other.

After about 3 weeks I had the courage to bring up the 'M' word. We thought it would be better to wait for a little while. It wasn't easy, but I put off asking Jennifer to marry me for an entire 32 days after our first date.
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Important Fuel Update: 
Sunday, January 20, 2008, 13:20 - News
Posted by Administrator
Message on the Qualcomm:

"Effective immediately, CRST has shut off all authorized fuel stops in the state of Georgia. In spite of a slight drop in prices around the country, Georgia has been consistently 10 cents over surrounding states much of which is due to their tax structure. It makes no sense to spend this extra amount so there will be no authorized fuel stops in Georgia until further notice."

CRST has a few thousand trucks that fuel daily. Good move, Georgia. :roll:
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High Value Procedures 
Sunday, January 20, 2008, 12:56 - Stuff
Posted by Administrator
These are the rules we have to follow when we get a High Value Load. Break the rules and they won't give us high value loads. That could leave us parked while another truck gets a load that we should have taken. :evil:

1. Do not discuss your load with anyone.
2. You must have enough hours, fuel, etc to drive 200 miles from the shipper before stopping except to scale load.
3. Teams must have 1 driver remain with truck & hooked to load at all times.
4. Seal must remain intact & trailer padlocked.
5. You are not authorized to take the load thru the house unless approved by dispatch via satellite load plan.
6. If you are going to shutdown for more than 2 hours, you must notify dispatch via satellite your location & reason for shutting down. Any truck sitting for more than 2 hours will be assumed stolen and dispatch will call the local authorities to recover & secure the truck & trailer. :shock:

This is the message we get over the Qualcomm. I couldn't help but to correct a few errors.
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Not a good place for a picnic... 
Thursday, January 17, 2008, 5:25 - Funny
Posted by Administrator

Near Lake Shasta, CA
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Pre-Dawn Raid 
Wednesday, January 16, 2008, 5:49 - Stuff
Posted by Administrator
Picking up a load at 0300 in Portland. It's always easier to pick up or deliver in a major city in the late night/early morning hours. Kinda nice to be the only one on the road. Many shippers & consignees are in very truck-unfriendly parts of town, like downtown. Being able to get through narrow streets while they are empty saves an unimaginable amount of time & hassle, especially when you have to back up a 53' trailer where you really shouldn't be backing up a 53' trailer.
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Chargers Rock! 
Tuesday, January 15, 2008, 19:38 - Misc
Posted by Administrator
Need I say more? 8) 8)

The picture on the right is the San Diego County Administration Building
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Tuesday, January 15, 2008, 18:20 - News
Posted by Administrator
Sitting here in Portland, OR. My load doesn't pick up till 0300, not unusual for this part of the country.

When I set things up so that I could be tracked via APRS (Amateur Radio's Automatic Position Reporting System) I didn't know that I was supposed to add the suffix '-14' (Indicator to the FCC) to my call sign to show that I was a semi truck. I know now. You shouldn't notice any difference.

If you have a bookmark or shortcut set up to show my location, you'll just have to add a '-14' after my call sign.

This is the link to find me:
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I know it's cold, but... 
Saturday, January 12, 2008, 4:07 - Misc
Posted by Administrator
I was sitting outside Detriot, Michagan waiting for my load when I noticed something strange.

This is a building on fire about 200 yards from me. :shock: :shock:
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The Ballot Box 
Thursday, January 10, 2008, 22:44 - Misc
Posted by Administrator
I don't know who I'm going to vote for yet, but Fred Thompson was very impressive in the debate tonight. He sounded the most presidential of all the canidates. I know very little about Ron Paul, but listening to him tonight reminded me of Jimmy Carter.

This is a T-shirt from
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Beam me up 
Thursday, January 10, 2008, 12:42 - Stuff
Posted by Administrator
Just a little reminder, folks. The rule is: If you can see another cars headlights or tail lights, you can not use your high beams!
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Want fries with that? 
Tuesday, January 08, 2008, 0:25 - Junk
Posted by Administrator
Picked up 40,910 Lbs :shock: of Heinz ketchup packaged for Wendy's this afternoon.
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Sunday, January 06, 2008, 19:49 - Misc
Posted by Administrator
I finally decorated the side of my truck. The big vinyl sticker is a NOTW (Not Of This World) Flames logo 8) from the Christian store C28. Of course I had to put my ham radio call sign on the side! :mrgreen: Thanks to Chris at Grafiks Advertising & Signs in Poway for making it for me on New Years Eve. :D

The other stickers are for the ARRL & Comet Antenna.
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Head Game 
Sunday, January 06, 2008, 14:43 - Junk
Posted by Administrator
The blonde mortician asks the deceased's wife how she would like the body dressed. She points out that the man does look good in the black suit he is already wearing.

The widow, however, says that she always thought her husband looked his best in blue, and that she wants him in a blue suit. She gives the blonde mortician a blank check and says, "I don't care what it costs, but please have my husband in a blue suit for the viewing."

The woman returns the next day for the wake. To her delight, she finds her husband dressed in a gorgeous blue suit with a subtle chalk stripe; the suit fits him perfectly.

She says to the mortician, "Whatever this cost, I'm very satisfied. You did an excellent job and I'm very grateful. How much did you need to spend?" To her astonishment, the blonde mortician presents her with the blank check. "There's no charge," she says.

"No, really, I must compensate you for the cost of that exquisite blue suit!" she says.

"Honestly, ma'am," the blonde says, "it cost nothing. You see, a deceased gentleman of about your husband's size was brought in shortly after you left yesterday, and he was wearing an attractive blue suit. I asked his wife if she minded him going to his grave wearing a black suit instead, and she said it made no difference as long as he looked nice."

"So I just switched the heads."
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The Terry Dance 
Thursday, January 03, 2008, 15:44 - News
Posted by Administrator
Only a few people on the face of the earth have a security clearance high enough to know what the Terry Dance is.:wink: I'm doing it right now. :P I was able to get a new cable to allow both computers to talk to each other. :mrgreen:

Turns out my co-drivers flight doesn't get in till late tonight. I made a run to the grocery store down the street & found a computer store. They were able to make me a new crossover cable.

Now I'm going to marinate some pork chops for supper. :mrgreen::mrgreen:
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Oh poop! 
Thursday, January 03, 2008, 3:02 - Complaint Dept
Posted by Administrator
I 'fixed' one of my laptops that caught a major virus a few days before I got home. Now I can't get the two computers to see each other on the network. Big problem, but Im working on it.
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