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he report of my death is an exaggeration.

I've been inconsolable for a week because no one had LJ-nudged me. You can thank navygreen for giving me my first ever nudge. As a result of my phishing expedition a couple of years ago I had grand plans for your fuckers. Anyone know where I can unload several pounds of thermite and magnesium powder in a hurry?

For those of you not following LARM's journal, he's going to stay with me an extra week since my company is short on equipment at the moment. They're going to pay him extra as compensation, of course, I get the luxury of having a good, and cool, student on board for a while longer. Last week, we were afforded the opportunity to drive by the Oregon Shoetree, which was the first I had ever encountered. I had never been back to it in all these years and my only photos of it were taken with the really awful camera I had at the time. It's nice to finally have some quality photos of it.

This past weekend was spent at home, spending time with welfy and socializing with friends and family. On Saturday, Welf, LARM, and I went to Cincinnati to meetup with Patty and her beau to see Doug Stanhope perform. After the show he was gracious enough to pose for a quick photo with us in the foyer of the club. Patty sent me a text message the next day to let me know that Doug was in a car wreck later that night and apparently is in pretty bad shape. I haven't been able to find any news about it anywhere but hopefully he'll be okay. With the possible exception of Lewis Black, I can't think of another comic working the American club circuit right now that matters as much as Stanhope does.

On Monday, while I was spending time with my kids, Welf visited with janietrain. When I was done with the wee-Soops, I joined them only to discover that brianjedi had joined the festivities at some point and a game of Karaoke Revolution had begun. Somewhere, there exists a really embarassing video of me doing "Respect" that will likely grace Welf's journal in the very near future.

I may have been mistaken in assuming that the new Modest Mouse album would be the album of the year if my current last.fm charts are any indication.

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Now I gotta find time to read your journals. What's been goin' on?

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Initially I was going to give you additional details regarding the incident however which included a total of five people, I have changed my mind as I'm not going to get into a flame war with you since you seem to know it all about Werner and wish to stereotype all truck drivers as whiners, moaners and groaners and it could never be Werner's fault and they could NEVER break any laws.

BTW, FYI Qcomms in daycabs work a wee bit different than in road trucks... and the next time you hit marco 19, take a look in the upper corner of the screen, you will see your ID number....but you should already know that.... you're a trainer.

Later Soupa.....

They must be vastly different because the only time an employee ID number is shown on the Qualcomm anywhere is in a returned logs or payroll message, or a copy of the message sent where the ID number was required. Macro 19 is Swap Completed, so unless daycabs are just assigned an entirely different set of macros (which I can't fathom a reason why they would), I don't see why an ID would be involved with that macro at all. How do Qualcomms work differently in daycabs than OTR trucks?

If Werner is breaking laws, then file a lawsuit. I've never said a company wouldn't break the law, but if that's the case then seek legal recourse. I don't have to know all the details of five people, but what law did they break?

The funny thing about stereotypes is that they're often grounded in general truths. The trucking industry suffers from a turnover rate of 121%. That's higher than the turnover rate in minimum-wage restaurant and retail jobs. Granted, some of that is due to people giving the industry a try then quitting the industry completely, but a lot of it is due to job hopping. Lots and lots of job hopping. Are all truckers whiners? Of course not; but it's safe to say that given turnover rates as high as it is for a professional and skilled industry, that a majority of them are continuously looking for greener pastures and never satisfied with what they have.

This observation wasn't aimed at your husband. He's been with Werner for 16 years. That's several lifetimes in this business. The observation is meant to explain the reasoning why trucking companies keep the playing fields reasonably "level". Drivers as a general bunch are hard to keep happy, and with as fierce as the competition is in driver recruitment and retention, a large company is going to institute and employ policies and practices which they think will keep the most people content, even at the risk of ticking off and losing a minority, even proven, loyal ones.

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