Sitting in southwestern Indiana waiting to begin the third circuit of this North Carolina daily-run. It's been a good week for mileage, though, I must say. Which is good for stormodacentury: we got the message this morning that I've been authorized to drop him at the next terminal I'm through. We'll complete this circuit and be assigned something for the beginning of next week. I've gotten with my dispatcher to let them know that I need to get through a terminal. With a little luck, Stormo should be in his own truck by early next week.
Which means for the next week I will have the truck allllll to myself, until queenkatieett joins me the last week of June. It will be a nice break. In other related news I found out something which hasn't made me happy. I was beginning to become really excited about the prospect of taking a cross-country trip, even more so after learning that Katie had only been west of the Mississippi once. Crossing the country at ground level is an amazing experience. Unfortunately, I've learned that there are only two runs left on the account in this area which go to the west coast any longer, and both of them are two-day timetables requiring a team. So going to the left coast is out. I'm so bummed about this. It looks as if we'll at least attempt a trip to Colorado which I've been assured is still doable by my fleet manager.
I'm also bummed about this on a larger scale because this means I'm going to be stuck in this area of the country so long as I remain on this account. One of the things which always appealed to me was the best of both worlds sort of vibe to this account: I could be home every weekend but when I wanted to, I could take a load out west just for the occasional change of pace. Now I know why I've been stuck with these east-coast runs every week for the past three months. So, it presents a dilema for me. On the one hand, I enjoy the hometime and the account is really laid-back in general, making it a breeze when it comes to my every day existence, but at the same time, I'm going to miss having the opportunity to travel beyond the mid-west and east-coast. Right now in my mind, the former trumps the latter... but maybe there is some other account or division in my company which could still provide me with both. I guess I will have to consider shopping around.
Things have been... interesting... on certain fronts as some of you are well aware and others may be able to guess. But I'm largely uncomfortable with spilling the contents of my private life into these electronic pages without some serious filtering, so that's all I will say for the moment about that.
Once I finish all this "lost summer" summer business I've been writing about, I have an idea for a spoof that I want to try. I'm fond of parody and have tried my hand at spoofing various LJ-memes of the moment and even spoofing one of my trainees. But I have an idea for spoofing someone's entire journaling style. I've already spoken with my intended target (xianxu) about my devious plans. Her intial reaction was slightly mixed but I think I convinced her that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery... and I think she fell for that line. ;-) Unfortunately, there are only a handful of people on my f-list who will appreciate the subtelty of the parody, but I shall do it none-the-less.
But I'm wondering if I will have the energy to spoof any of the rest of you. It could be fun, but I'm not making any promises.
On the topic of memes, I have been occasionally tagged in these games and only on rare occasion do I actually follow suit. To anyone I've ever sleighted in the past, my apologies. I am not tagged for any of this nonsense currently and, while this is the case, it may be an appropriate time to state, please don't. Every now and then I see one that looks like it would be fun to participate-in until I see the last part which usually says "Put this in your own journal" and then I scroll on by. I don't offer this as any sort of judgement on folks who enjoy this, I just have a gut reaction to anything resembling a chain letter. If I see something that looks like fun I play. But I guess I resent being made to feel like a bad sport for not reciprocating in my own journal so, why bother?
Gracious, I sound like an asshole.