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training days
i'm ready for my close up mr demille
Locations: Erie, PA

So I have a computer out here on the road again, which makes it nice for reliving bordeom and keeping touch with folks, especially you may LJ lovelies, but time is now becoming an issue because I have begun training new drivers for my company.  When new truck drivers come out of their respective truck dirinvg schools, my company sneds them through a training period with an experienced driver so they can learn the ropes and get additional practice and help with their skills "in the real world".  This is what I'm doing. 

Paul is my first student and I couldn't have asked for a better first one.  I could tell from day one that he had a pretty god grasp of the skills, he just needed some fine tuning.  He's been on board now for a little over four weeks and should be done in about two more, before he gets his own truck. 

What this means for me is that I'm spending more time rolling rather than sitting.  After the first couple of weeks that a new student is one board, dispatch begins giving you more miles - the sort of miles that requires two people to complete and get the job done.  The average driver drives about 2000-2500 miles per week.  The second week Paul was on the truck, we covered about 5000 miles.

And of course, I get paid for all the miles driven, my compensation for being a trainer.

I went kinda nuts this past weekend spending my first really big paycheck.  I was so in need of new clothing that I think I may have single-handedly caused inflation in Lexington.  My apologies to the locals, but now I've got some spiffy new duds, some seriously awesome shoes, and hole-free underwear.

And of course there is the laptop....  I'm having a love affair with a piece of electronics.  This morning while waiting to get loaded I played GTA: Vice City for about 3 hours - while sitting in the passenger seat.  For those of you with laptops already, I'm sure you find this amusing, but it's cool as hell.  I sat in a Dunkin Donuts last night and balanced my checkbook!

Anyway, after some showers and a small break Paul and I are getting back on the road - we left Massachusetts this morning and have to be in Manawa, Wisconsin by noon tomrrow and it's my turn to drive. It seems like I always end up with the Ohio leg of our trips.


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i got my laptop six weeks ago and despite having issues with heat, the wifi hardware, and the shitty cdr they put in it, i'm so so SO in love. it's so great to sit on the sofa or out and about on campus and be online. i still get a little tingle every time i do it.

i can't imagine the PC GTA games run any crappier on a laptop than they do on a desktop either ;)

i haven't been thrilled with the cd-rw/dvd combo drive they put in this either - i can't get Nero to recognize it :(, although having the dvd part of it is nice..... the heat is a little troublesome but nothing i can't handle... i also am not happy with my wifi card, it seems i got much better range out of my USB adapter that i used with the PC, but it could just be my imagination... i guess if nothing else i could drag out the USB adapter when i'm in the truck and just use the card when i'm mobile....

ewwww. Breeding grounds for cops.

at least they've raised the speed limit for trucks up to 65mph on the turnpike... and that's what i've been driving all week... tomorrow i'll hafta come back 'cross 70... slow slow slow

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