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On the road again......NOT! 
Thursday, August 23, 2007, 17:11 - Complaint Dept
Posted by Administrator
Hit the road again the other day. Didn't get too far when I realized my engine had issues. Now I'm in CRST's Oklahoma City terminal for repairs to the fuel system. Aarrrggg...:evil:

I'm having some computer issues too. I think I left a very important cable at home.:O Makes it hard to get online. Several crashes on this computer too. I think I figured out what the problem is. My ham radio & the serial-USB adapter are mounted next to each other in the back of my truck. Enough RF leakage traveled along the USB cable when the radio transmitted my position to cause the computer to shut off. :shock: A few wraps around a ferrite bead fixed it.

I've got some cool pics to post, but I'm running on battery power right now. They may have to wait.
You're in my spot 
Friday, August 10, 2007, 17:01 - Funny
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Meet & Greet 
Friday, August 10, 2007, 14:08 - Stuff
Posted by Administrator
Just said hi to John (I think that was his name) who drives for CFI. He was chaseing me down the Kansas Turnpike while his wife was back home tracking me on the internet. He came up and said hi when I stopped at a service plaza to grab some toll $$ He thinks the camera is cool! 8)8) It's nice to meet people who like watching the camera. 8)

Does this make me a rock star? :wink::P
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Ham Radio 
Friday, August 10, 2007, 11:08 - Stuff
Posted by Administrator
"You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat."
- Albert Einstein
Homeward Bound 
Friday, August 10, 2007, 10:38 - News
Posted by Administrator
Dropping a load in Kansas City, KS, picking one up in Topeka, KS & relaying it to Liberty, MO. After that we are going home! :mrgreen:8):mrgreen:

I just found out my 'Secure Parking Request' has been approved. That means I can take the truck home. Gotta pimp my ride! 8)
Hmmm.... 
Sunday, August 05, 2007, 22:43 - Junk
Posted by Administrator
I guess this code has caused problems for other bloggers who posted it. It seems to be the 'unlock code' that allows HD-DVDs & Blu-Ray DVDs to be copied.

09-F9-11-02-9D-74-E3-5B-D8-41-56-C5-63-56-88-C0

Let's see what happens....:twisted:
Busy 
Saturday, August 04, 2007, 4:42 - Complaint Dept
Posted by Administrator
Not much lately to post about, not much time to post it either. We've been running all over the country making money. :mrgreen: My 401k gets fatter with every mile these wheels roll!

Little 'problem' with 5306 though... We took what we needed for hometime and left it in evacuation mode in Missoula when the tranny blew up. It took almost three weeks to get fixed and in the meantime we got a new truck. 8) We made a trip to Missoula to retrive our gear and got what we could before the Freightliner dealer closed. They would reopen at 0630 the next morning, but staying that long would have made our load late. Being the kind of guy I am, I left the rest of the stuff in Missoula so we could deliver the load on time, trusting that we would return soon.

This is where the problem starts. Another dispatcher at CRST reassigned the truck to some other drivers. When Jethro & Goober got there they must have thought they won the lottery. Their dispatcher wasn't smart enough to think that all that stuff they found in the truck might have belonged to the drivers who were in the truck when it broke down and had to leave what they couldn't take with them. :roll::roll::evil::evil::roll::roll:

My dispatcher is still working on getting my inverter, some tools (good luck), microwave, XM radio & some other stuff back to me. The $300 in books were probably thrown in the trash! :evil: I doubt Jethro is the reading type.
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The Road Awards 
Sunday, July 29, 2007, 15:07 - Stuff
Posted by Administrator
Time to hand out a few awards here...

The freeway pattern through every city is different. Some good, some not so good. Here's my opinion of the rundown:

Most Attractive Landscaping Award: Fenix, AZ. Using xeriscape techniques like gravel bedding & well groomed native plants the City of Pheonix has a neat, clean, natural looking freeway system.

Worst Traffic Award: Portland, OR. 90 minutes to go 10 miles, need I say more. Worse than NYC.

Easy Rider Award: Albercracky, NM. Albuquerque is a drivers dream! The freeways are clean, wide, well marked, smooth & well lit at night. Did I mention smooth? :mrgreen:

Which Way Do I Go? (AKA WTF?) Award: St Louis, MO. There are WAY too many freeways coming together in this city. Add that to a not too well thought out plan for joining them and you have a first time drivers nightmare!

DO NOT miss your turn award: Chicago, IL. Chicago has a hotline for truck drivers to call for routing because of the low bridges. Not so much a problem on the freeways. If you miss your turn on a surface street you might have to call 911 to get the police to stop traffic so you can turn around. It really is THAT bad.

Paint Shaker Award: Oklahoma City, OK. I hope you have everything in your truck well secured.

Well Developed Award: Dallas/Ft Worth area. The Dallas/Ft Worth Disasterplex has such a thorough complex of limited-access roads that you spend very little time fighting traffic on surface streets.

There Is No Way In Heck I'm Going To Make That Turn Award: Philadelphia, PA If you've ever driven through Philly in anything larger than a Honda, you know what I'm talking about! :shock:

Don't Even Try Award: New York City, NY I would love to tour New York City in a car. I've been there twice in a truck. If you really, really tried, could you make it worse for a truck driver? :shock::shock::shock:
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Chocolate Rain 
Friday, July 27, 2007, 14:21 - Funny
Posted by Administrator
A friend of mine posted this video: Chocolate Rain on his blog: The Busy Pixel just for me. I think he knows me too well! :P:P


So close, but yet so far... 
Sunday, July 22, 2007, 1:34 - Complaint Dept
Posted by Administrator
Stopped in Missoula, MT to pick up my stuff from 5306. Still need to uninstall my inverter, microwave & a few other things. Most Freightliner dealers are open 24/7. Not this one. They kicked us out at 1730 when they closed.

We should have had plenty of time. We picked up a load at two locations of the same company yesterday. At the first stop half the load wasn't ready. I don't think they had even made it yet. :roll: At the 2nd stop about 30 miles away the shipper told me what she had for me was 'a mess'. :roll: She would also have to unload & reload what I got at the 1st shipper to make it all fit. I hope she got it all back on. :? She advised me that I should 'Take a nap' :shock: When she was finally done it only took an hour and a half to get my paperwork. :evil: Left there after midnight.

Did I mention that I was a little late getting to the first shipper? (not that it would have mattered) I was stopped at a weigh station by Oregon DOT for not having a valid Oregon Permit. The gave me a warning, could have been $475.00. :shock::shock:
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Drive-By GTG #5 
Sunday, July 22, 2007, 0:51 - WN GTG, Stuff
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Was able to have another Drive-By GTG (Get ToGether) in Missoula, MT today. (after Freightliner kicked us out) Laine, Allen & I are members of WidowNet, an on-line support group for widows & widowers. It's not easy to pull off because they are almost always last minute deals, but it worked this time. :mrgreen::mrgreen: While this was the first time we had met in person, it felt like we had known each other for years. Thanks for the buffalo burger! :D

Allen & Laine met and remarried each other on WN.
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6718 Update 
Wednesday, July 18, 2007, 20:28 - News
Posted by Administrator
This truck is awesome! Rides like a Caddy (well, almost), the engine is much quieter & smoother than the other trucks I've driven & it shifts as smoothly as a hot knife goes through butter. (really makes a difference when you have 10 gears :shock: to go through!) Only one minor problem so far. The air bag that adjusts the drivers seat height has a leak, it needs a little boost every hour or so.

It's going to be one heck of a job to get all my stuff set up again. Currently the plan is to make it functional right now, then take it home on my next hometime Aug 14th and rework everything :shock: from the ground up.

Before I take it home I need to get approval from CRST Safety dept. They make sure that it's going to be parked in a safe & legal location. One of the things they'll do is call the San Diego Sheriff's Dept to ask if the location I want to park it is considered a 'High Crime Neighborhood'. My former boss is letting me park it behind his shop.
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No Camera 
Monday, July 16, 2007, 23:28 - News
Posted by Administrator
Sorry, but I won't have the camera up until I retrive the hardware from 5306. Every once in in a while I can hook it up and refresh the image. I can't run both compurers at the same time for more than a few minutes. Can't keep both charged. Also having trouble getting them networked without the cable.

I'm working on it.
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That New Truck Smell 
Monday, July 16, 2007, 21:04 - News
Posted by Administrator
Just picked up my new truck!!
:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 8) 8) :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

I'm in 6718 now. A shiny new '07 Freightliner Columbia! :mrgreen: 8) :mrgreen:
Tilt steering, never smoked in, clean & a working transmission. It has 25,411 miles on it, so it's not really 'new', but that is the equivalent of just a couple thousand miles on a car. We'll be stopping in Misoulla, MT to pick up our stuff from 5306.
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Happy Birthday! 
Sunday, July 15, 2007, 22:10 - Rebekah
Posted by Administrator
Rebekah had her first birthday party today. I think she had a good time. :mrgreen::mrgreen:


I'm hitting the road again tomorrow. I'm not sure when I'll be able to get the cam back up. My truck is still in Missoula, MT.

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