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Home Sweet Home 
Saturday, July 26, 2008, 0:28 - News
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I'm living in the middle of a huge avocado grove. Squirrels everywhere. Quiet, safe, nice neighbors, great landlord. Couldn't ask for more!

I'm renting the first floor of a three story house. It's built into the side of a mountain. My place is essentially a large one-bedroom apartment with it's own entrance, bathroom & kitchenette. I have access to the main house to use the real kitchen and laundry when needed.

Two and a half years ago when I became a long-haul trucker everything I owned was very hurriedly packed into boxes and stuffed into a storage unit. Now I'm trying to undo that mess. It's a slow, sometimes intimidating, process, but it's coming along.
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Radio Station KI6FCI 
Sunday, July 20, 2008, 23:59 - News
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I kinda carefully brought up the subject of installing an antenna this afternoon. My landlord, Karen, was totally cool with it! :mrgreen: I don't know exactly where I'll set it up on the property, but I'll make sure it doesn't block any windows.

I have my Operating Position just about set up, I'll be posting pictures soon. Awesome set up, custom 24" x 72" desk covered with an ESD safe conductive rubber pad. This is one sweet set up! Everything is within easy reach.
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Bee Cool 
Friday, July 18, 2008, 1:06 - News
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OK, it's been a long time since I posted. Sorry. I've been busy moving into me new home, buying a new car & learning my new job. Whew!

If you haven't figured it out, I'm a beekeeper now. Monday & Tuesday I was out in the field pulling honey, which is when you remove the boxes of honey filled frames from each colony at a bee yard. Yesterday & today I spent extracting the honey from the frames. Probably the messiest job in the world. It takes 3 men to run the extracting machine. We each have a 5 gallon bucket of water to rinse our hands in every few minutes, no drying, honey doesn't stick well to wet hands. Also, this is the core of the business, the machine runs fast, you have to work full speed to keep up. It's loud, dirty & hot (everything is plumbed with hot water pipes to keep the honey flowing) work, but the challenge is kinda fun. You gotta be on top of your game.

To make it more fun, today the hoses that fed hot water to the vibrating knives burst, twice, spraying me from head to waist. Not hot enough to burn, but annoying. When something like that happens it's a minor emergency, as any water in the honey is a major problem and can make it unsaleable. Plus, the machine was down for an hour for repairs.

Oh yeah, I got stung in the middle of my left ring finger. A bad place to get stung. Hurt for a few minutes, no problem. But it swelled for a few hours. A hassle, but fine now.

I'm pooped, later I'll tell you about my new digs.
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Bee Trailer Park 
Friday, June 27, 2008, 2:34 - Misc
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Getting Buzzed 
Friday, June 27, 2008, 2:26 - Misc
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Friday, June 06, 2008, 15:25 - Funny
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This is an attachment point on NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft used to move the shuttle across the country.

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Reminds me of high school... 
Friday, May 30, 2008, 5:07 - Funny
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Check this out: INDEXED
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Guard Duty 
Monday, May 26, 2008, 2:07 - News
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The way my church's building is set up, there are separate entrances for the main building and the part of the building used for the children's classrooms. Not the best set up, but it was an existing building and that's how it worked out. While it hasn't been a problem in the past, we have somebody sit outside the classrooms' entrance as a preventive measure to make sure nothing bad happens. I wish this wasn't a concern, but that's the world we live in. :(

This morning I had the duty for the first service. (we have two services on Sunday, too many people for one) My niece Rebekah was in class, there was no way somebody was getting past me! :wink:

Being able to do this is just one way my life is returning to normal after being gone for two and a half years. :mrgreen: The separation from the people who I care about & who care about me took a greater toll than I realized. It really hit me today that this is where I need to be.
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Lunch time 
Saturday, May 24, 2008, 22:10 - WN GTG
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We had our monthly SoCal WidowNet lunch get together today. WidowNet is an online support group for widows & widowers. We met at the Mission Inn in Riverside. Good food, great friends. 8)
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I wonder where the hose is? 
Monday, May 12, 2008, 19:23 - Funny
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All good things must come to an end...  
Tuesday, May 06, 2008, 18:12 - News
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You may have noticed that the truck cam has been down for a while. Sorry, it will be down indefinitely.

I am no longer a OTR truck driver.

Feels like a great weight has been lifted from my shoulders. It was a lot of fun for 2 1/2 years, the experiences were incredible, but being on the road wasn't taking me where I needed to go. I'm going home.

Where do I begin:
5-7 weeks away from home at a time, missing family, church, holidays, birthdays, friends, everything. Being on the road was separating me from everything that is important to me.
OTR driving is a sleep-drive-sleep-drive cycle that continues day after day without break for weeks at a time. OTR truck drivers don't have weekends.
Working more than 70 hours a week for not-quite-the-money-they-said-I'd-make is rather discouraging.
Even with making as much real food in the truck as I could, there is still a lot of junk/fast food involved. I have 40 more pounds to lose since I left.
Then there is always the fun of finding and, usually, training compatible co-drivers. Not to mention every time you go to sleep in the winter, you don't know if you're going to wake up to your inexperienced co-driver rolling the truck over in the snow.
There are some less-pleasant aspects of OTR driving I won't miss, like bathing every few days, peeing in a bottle in the sleeper & being propositioned by lot lizards while parked at a truck stop.
I hope to meet another woman someday and settle down. You can't meet anybody on the road, much less build a relationship.

I've started using the phrase 'while I was gone' when referring to things that have changed around town.

I started my new job today, delivering for a local floral wholesaler to florists & supermarkets. I actually *gasp* got out of the truck, walked around & interacted with real, live people several times today.
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I'm going home 
Tuesday, May 06, 2008, 18:10 - Misc
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This says it pretty well.

Turn up your volume
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Good stuff 
Thursday, May 01, 2008, 13:55 - Stuff
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My truck is still stuck in Fontucky, my co-driver jumped ship, and my cell phone is on the fritz. Not too worried about it. Changes are afoot. Can't talk about it yet, but it's all good.
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Nine years 
Tuesday, April 29, 2008, 23:07 - News
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It's been 9 years today. I still think about Jennifer every day. She made me a better person. It doesn't hurt the way it used to, but it still hurts. Some things you just can't change, dead is dead.
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Stuck in Fontucky 
Tuesday, April 29, 2008, 21:38 - News
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Maintenance took my truck hostage yesterday, doing a PM & fixing this & that. The new front shocks are nice. My co-driver hasn't shown up yet, should have been here yesterday morning, looks like he abandoned ship. Just ran some city work today. If he's not here in the morning, I'll be looking for a new co. Not the way to make money. :?
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