It ain't pretty being easy... (soopageek) wrote,
It ain't pretty being easy...

to train or not to train

So's I wake up this morning and there is a message on my Qualcomm asking me if I am interested in becoming a trainer on this dedicated account I run.

Just like that out of the blue.

Hmmm. I've given it some consideration before. The pros and cons usually look something like this:

1) More money. Trainer/trainee trucks are typically operated like teams - higher miles/longer runs and the trainer makes ALL the mileage pay while the trainee make a flat fee. Trainees can be in training up to 8 weeks and after the first couple of weeks, they can at least drive out their 11 hours every day with little to no supervision, only on the harder things like backing, etc. Once they are at that stage, the truck can roll pretty much 24/7, one person drives, one person sleeps. That earning potentnail has not escaped me - nearly twice the miles for the half the work? How sweet is that?

2) Another person in the truck from time to time would help break the monotony of travelling alone. Plus just the abiity to meet people would be interesting.

1) I'd hafta find some place to ditch my cat the weeks of the year I have a trainee on board, which presents a problem since I don't really keep a residence nor do I really know anyone who would be willing to take her in sporadically for weeks at a time. This truck has beome her home as much as it is mine.

2) I've grown very accustomed to doing whatever I want, whenever I want. Being a trainer would be a commitment to having another person in that equation at least 6 months out of the year. I would have to make space for them, physically and mentally to accomodate them.

I told them I'd think about it and let them know the first part of next week. Actually, if it weren't for the cat situation, I'd probably do it. It's not like I couldn't decide later that I don't want to do it anymore. Any o' you Lexingtonians want a part-time house pet?
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