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fried chicken and coffee, they're making me mean
i'm ready for my close up mr demille
Location: Lodi, Ohio

I got going about 2am this morning. After locating the empty trailer in Beavertown, PA I headed to Clearfield, PA to get loaded. I made it there about 9:30 AM and as luck would have it, they weren't going to be able to get to me for a while. This is usually a drag, but this morning it was welcome - I was muy tired. The three hour nap I got to take was quite nice. Hit Lodi with about an hour left on my driving hours for the day and decided to call it quits. I'll head out a little after midnight and finish up the drive to Richmond, IN.

Any of you who have visited my picture gallery in the past couple of months may have noticed that it looked like shit. That's because while I was off with the broken leg I made a half-assed attempt to clean it up and make it all purdy with a java-based gallery maker I found last spring. Today I'm finishing that job... uploading right now are the 5,000 some odd HTML files and jpegs that comprise the Official Soopageek Photo Album. I know you're impressed.

One thing nice about the TA here in Lodi is they have a Starbucks inside... I can get a decent cup of coffee and some Krispy Kremes for my wakeup-and-go chow and get on my way. I think right now though, a shower and some Popeye's chicken is in my immediate future, followed by some LJ reading and maybe a nap.

I'm having a blast reading tundraguy1979's journal. He just started his journal and incidentally, he just began truck driving school. His daily entries have been about his woes learning the skills he's going to need. If one of the reason's you read my journal is you like the inside scoop on the truck driver routine, you might want to consider checking out his journal and see what it's like to start at the very beginning. He's only got a few entries so far, so it'll be easy to start from the beginning and maybe by having an audience, it'll motivate him to write about it more frequently. So if you want to know what it takes to get a Class A CDL and drive OTR (pre-trip inspection test, yard test, road test, and HazMat endorsement).... check out his journal.

Speaking of writing about trucking, I'm thinking about starting an LJ community dedicated to detailing road life. I figure I would cross-post my phototravel journals there and, off the top of my head, invite kaseymoe to do the same with is wonderfully detailed accounts of life as a slip-seat driver.

Maybe I'll get that going tonight.

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Count me in on the trucking community thing. And I'm going add him to my friend list too...we all need to stick together eh?

Thanks for the great plug for my LJ :) It took me hours upon hours to read your journal from start to finish, but you've been driving long enough to really provide some good insight into what trucking might really be like. If my collection of thoughts over the next few years turns out to be nearly as interesting and insightful as what I've read in your LJ, I will be quite proud. I don't have many interesting pictures to post, but I might ask if I can take my digi camera to class one day and post some pics of the backing exercises we do. Your photography expertise has also inspired me, now I just have to motivate myself to do all this :)

i recommend getting a small digi you can shove on your pocket and keep with you at all times... i started doing that when i really got into the picture taking... so if i see something, i can just shoot it...

what you mentioned is exactly WHY i started keeping an online journal... i've had this LJ for about four years, but i only really started using it when i began driving. i thought it'd be fun to document my experiences out here, not only for myself, but for anyone else who cared to read it :)

yep. they blocked the soopageek web page. saying port 2096 is not accepted.

that sucks... port 2096 must be a common port used for webmail or something rather than the standard 8080... they must block them all by default....

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