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fter getting Sally fixed last week, I acquired a new student. His name is Sam and he's been around trucks most of his life, but never had a CDL until now. Werner only gave him 105 hours to do for training. He's a bit of a good ol'd boy from Delaware; a self-proclaimed, reformed hellraiser and loves NASCAR. Yee-haw. Put him in a wife-beater, sweat pants, and flip-flops and he could co-splay as Carl. He seems to be a nice enough of a guy though, just not someone I can relate to. All the really tacky clothing and crap they sell in truck stops? This is the guy that buys that shit.

With only 105 to do, I won't have him for very long. In fact I may not even have him for all of his meager training. Since leaving home today, I plan to stay on the road until Easter. Part of the plan is that, I'm going to get myself routed to the Omaha area by Monday for the sole purpose of getting Sally doctored-up at the McMullen shop. I'm going to have the alignment done, the windshields replaced, a water-pump replaced, and - drum roll please - a head gasket replaced. Yup, I'm getting oil in the water. Not a good sign. I talked with the mechanic at the McMullen shop and they can do all of that work except the alignment. Having them change the head gasket will save me a bundle over having it done at a dealer.

With all of that work that needs to be done, especially tearing down the motor for the head gasket, I'm likely to lose several days of work... at least. Which is fine, it's work I need done and I'm scheduling my time there in anticipation of it, but I'm sure Sam won't be interested in sitting for several days, especially after having just sat for 3 days in Frankfort while I was on home time. We're playing it by ear and if I'm only going to be down for a couple of days, he might wait it out with me. But honestly, I see this being at least 3-4 days of down time so I imagine he'll try and snag him a different trainer out of the Omaha terminal.

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I'm going to have the alignment done, the windshields replaced, a water-pump replaced, and - drum roll please - a head gasket replaced. Yup, I'm getting oil in the water.

Oh, fuck it. That really, really sucks. I feel like I cursed it by us talking about it. :(

When you talk about replacing windshields, you mean the glass? like the windscreen? Are those replaced routinely on trucks?

I've had numerous cracked windshields over the years, but this winter season seemed to be particularly rough. I have huge cracks on both of the windscreens and both have intersecting cracks. The Dept. of Transportation doesn't like that very much. I've been trying to hold out and get past the winter season before replacing them when the amount of sand/rock/salt flying around on the roadways has died down.

I left a rather large (bytes-wise) present for you in the root directory of your FTP space. A great big ol' zip file of those things I found other the blankets we discussed. Enjoy... and lemme know what you think of it. :)

The Dept. of Transportation doesn't like that very much. I've been trying to hold out and get past the winter season before replacing them when the amount of sand/rock/salt flying around on the roadways has died down.

How often do you have to do ...uh, they call it machinery here... where you present your truck for mechanical inspection by Transport and they certify it?

Oh, thank you very much for the other, my brother! I will bring that down at work this week and observe and let you know. Much appreciated. I've still got to get the new Modest Mouse and give that a listen - I'm keen to see what it's like.

Are you two talking Navajo code talk?

Hehe... just talking about somethings that require a little discretion in an unlocked entry. ;-)

Are you under surveillance by an **AA or something?

He's under surveillance by the **AA, whereas I'm under surveillance by AA. We both have to be very careful.

Put down the brewski and back away slowly.

Not to my knowledge, but there's sense in being cavalier about these things. :)

Ooh Mavis, I think I see what it is!

Oh, Mavis!

It's not just the yearly inspection required in most states - it's also the random roadside checks that always seem to pop up at the worst possible time. And even when everything's kosher and you don't have anything to really worry about, it's still a hassle.

I seem to have been a magnet for them lately. I've had like, 3 in the past 6 months. I'm talking full-on, dude-on-his-back-with-a-ruler-measuring-brake-linings. I dunno if everyone is seeing more of them due to some increased enforcement in general or if it's just been a conincidence for me.

WOW. That sucks. I had a paperwork inspection last week, but I've pretty much been waved through everything else recently. I've been driving a single axle for the past few months, so I think that might help - they know they're not getting me for weight for sure, and the truck and trailers are all in pretty good shape, and look it.

The D.O.T. requires that an annual inspection be performed on all commercial vehicles. Additionally, they or any law enforcement official can perform an inspection on a truck any time they like. Weigh stations are typically the site of these random inspections, but they can occur anywhere. I was given one by a state trooper at a roadside pull-out on two-lane highway in Nevada a few months ago. More recently, I got inspected by Nebraska D.O.T. at a weigh station a couple of weeks ago, which my previous student LARM captured some pictures of. While going through a Maryland weigh station with my cracked windshields a couple of months ago, they had me come inside and he wrote me a warning because he had noticed them as I was going across the scale.

Damn. You were in Albany? So are we this week.

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