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Location: Dallas, TX

I came to the company terminal in Dallas to pick-up a split load that I was to have in Menomonie, WI by 6pm tomorrow.  The Dallas terminal is one of our "full service" terminals which means it has a "safety lane", whereby all trucks are required to go through for a quick look over and any periodic maintenance which is required can be performed.  Since I had just been in the shop in Indianapolis last week for preventive maintenance, I assumed that any other maintenance which may have been due would have already been addressed.

But that would be too easy.  Instead I got tagged for alignment and air filters.  The air filters I can understand, but since they just put two brand new steer tires on the truck last Thursday, you would think they might have gone ahead and taken care of the alignment if it was only a week away from being needed.  The inefficiency of large corporations never ceases to amaze and irritate me.  Now I''ve been stuck here for 8+ hours waiting for the truck to get into the shop.

The plan had been to drop Johnny off near his home en route to Wisconsin for his hometime.  Instead he opted to go ahead and take a bus out of here since the wait was going to be so long.  I already have met my new trainee.  His name is Irwin and he only has 30 hours to complete his training.  Third ringer in a row; makin' my life easy.

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Menomonie? Must be Menards :)

That's what I thought at first because I do a lot of things for Menards on these cabinet runs... but it's not.

it's WalMart :)

Oh yeah.. its right around the corner from the truckstop there.. Quik Trip I believe..

What kind of name is Irwin?!

I am not intimidated by the mighty hulk hands!

You will be once you get a spanking.

Admittedly Stupid Question

I would have thought a front end alignment would have been automatic every time the front tyres get changed?

Re: Admittedly Stupid Question

You'd think, huh? Like I said, that'd be too easy and make to much goddamn sense.

Re: Admittedly Stupid Question

Yeah, why make it easy?

Dude, the WalMart Distribution Center. I know it well (I worked there between my Freshman and Sophomore years of college).

Wave as you're going past me again, as I'm living in Elk Mound with Maw and Paw now. :)

One of these days I'll get to stop and visit you.

I get the air filters ..and I understand the alignment.. but instead of making you set still they are making a big deal out of something that can be fixed in a short while..like when you arnt under a load

few weeks ago I had a fuel tank strap brake and cost me around 2 hrs of PA drive time to fix it ..Then they had my truck at the shop (Ohio)and did a PM..the next week a strap on the drivers side broke cost me 6 hrs and a visit from the Hazmat spill team ,Firetruck and the E.M,T's...wouldnt you just go ahead and replace all 4 at once?

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