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LARM the n00b
ast night I met LARM for the first time at the terminal in Allentown. He was done with his orientation, but there was still the formality of him being released and assigned to my truck. Apparently, the n00bs finish orientation as a group and become eligible for getting onto trainer trucks. He took advantage of a free motel room for the night and I parked at the terminal until all of this came to pass.

I woke up this morning and there was still no message authorizing me to pick him up. I called student assignments and within a few minutes had permission to put him on the truck. I called him to let him know I was on my way. After getting him and making a quick trip to a local supermarket, we had trip information: loading in Gap, PA bound for Akron, OH. I opted for driving to the shipper and after loading, back out to the Tollroad. I don't like to throw too many things at the n00bs at once, and prefer for their first time behind the wheel to be open highway.

However, it wasn't ideal conditions. By this time, it was beginning to get dark. There were high winds and we were under a light load and snow was spitting from the gray skies. I stopped at a service plaza west of Harrisburg. We switched seats and I gave him a crash course on the cockpit guages and switches before letting him begin. Soon, we were snaking through the parking lot on our way to the on-ramp. While his shifting wasn't flawless, it was better than most as he climbed through the gears. He shifts a little fast, like you would a car, not allowing enough time for the RPM's to drop, so there's a little crunch as it goes into gear. I suspect he'll iron that out soon enough. He has good lane control, he's patient, and is conscious of his mirrors. These are basically the things I look for the first time a student drives. I can already tell that he's going to do well. On top of all of this, he's confident and not nervous, two qualities which can take days for some to achieve.

After dropping this load in Akron, we're picking up a load in Columbus and heading for California. I don't know if a split is planned or if they want us to take it all the way. It's not due there until Tuesday, but if I dont think we can make it there by Monday, I'll probably ask for a split: not getting there until Tuesday makes a tight timetable for being back home by next weekend. A lot depends on how well he's still doing by tomorrow. I'll re-evaluate it more and see how I feel about it, and how he feels about it before making a decision.

We spent the day talking about video games, music, and movies. Basically, we probably have nothing else to talk about now. We're getting a long great though. LARM has created a LiveJournal and wrote his first entry in it last night, complete with a self-portrait. This saves me the trouble of posting my usual first-day photograph. I thought some of you might be interested in seeing the entire ordeal from the student's perspective. He also hasn't seen much of the country, which might be interesting to read about as we make our first cross-country trip.

You can find him at chasinghighways.
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> making a quick trip to a local supermarket

Looks like "the plan" is in motion, good deal B-)>

Off to check out your new trainee's journal...

Yes, I'm being a good little hobo. I did splurge a little and bought a pound of Greek pasta salad at the deli counter. It looked so good, although at the moment it's not exactly agreeing with me. *brrrap*

Hey, there is a point where being alive ≠ living. Good food happens to be one of those wonderful things about living ... one must enjoy to live.

Everything in Moderation, Especially Moderation. ~~Napalm %-)>

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You're not THAT old! Dirty, maybe.

Become a trucker, become a trainer, and train cute guys all the time. Sounds like you have a new career!

I'd do him, too, if that makes you feel less alone!

I didn't think Genya was that cute though.

P.S. LARM is going to be in a hotel in Frankfort next weekend... :^P

He's cute and I love his user name. So I added him. Damn you and your cute students, I do agree with the person in the above comment.

I just have a f-list filled with horny sluts, don't I?

Not the slut part for me, but the horny part, yes! But, is that a .. bad thing? :]

Not at all, it means you're alive. Is there anyone who isn't horny?

Personally I love sluts. Guy sluts, girl sluts. If more people were sluts the world would be a much happier place.

I don't know. But, if they aren't horny, I don't think they are living, true.

So, what is Soopa's dictionary meaning of a slut?

People who are easy and/or promiscuous. That's not to say that they aren't discerning, ethical, or responsible. I think there'd be a lot less kooks, stress, and pent-up aggression in the world if everybody was getting laid on a regular basis.

I'm feeling pretty aggressive right now. I need some assistance.

...or, failing that, if everybody had a drumset.

it's funny that you're forcing LARM to LJ-blog as part of his training. "a real trucker takes his coffee black, and blogs his road experiences, son. better start early."

tell LARM to check his friends adds for me.

what is with your hair in his photo of you?!


I'm in sore need of a shower and I don't own a comb. I have a really oily complexion so when my hair gets oily, it gets all matted.

It's arguable I'm also becoming in sore need of a haircut.

it's so weird to me that i look so completely different from that photo now.

i can't even remember that me, really.

Wow. I agree with the above sentiment. He is cute. And also appears to be genuinely 24ish. Which makes me genuinely a pedophile.

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