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Update from the Fontana Terminal

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

goofing off

Hi! It’s Brenda updating again. We visited my Dad the other night at the Fontana Terminal. It was great to see him and check out his new Kenworth. The overall consensus is that it is SMALL! But not too small for my Dad to cook himself an entire meal in! Below is photo of him showing me his meal he cooked. I don’t remember what it was but it did have salad and vegetables and stuff. My Dad is the BEST. He also knits, but you knew that already.

my dad shows me the dinner he cooked yesterday entirely in his truck

After we poked around his truck and took a bunch of photos of ourselves in the truck yard, we went out to dinner at The Olive Garden. It was CC’s birthday and I wasn’t about to miss out on that photo/blog opportunity.

the whole blurry family

The lighting in the restaurant was horrible and I hate to use my awful flash so here is a photo of CC reenacting her birthday wish. I didn’t catch the first wish since my camera was not shooting when I was pushing the button down. Don’t you hate that? I’m so glad my family doesn’t mind their lives being blogged and they will even pose for me so I can get the shot that tells the story.

cc fakes a wish

It was a fun night. After lots of hugs and Mom taking five million years to reorganize Dad’s stuff, we left him so he could get some sleep before heading to Calgary, Canada with a haz mat load. HAZ MAT!!! Actually it was just paint but still it sounds pretty scary! Heading over the border with highly flamable materials… sounds like a job for TOM the Trucker!

an update from the road…

Saturday, December 1st, 2007

Hi! It’s Brenda again. My Dad called me this morning and here is his news:

1. The new truck is a Kenworth, called it a “KW”. Lovingly called an “ant eater” because the nose slopes down like an ant eater… though he’s not sure. The ant eater could be a different model. He likes the truck. It’s very quiet. The cab is super narrow.

“If mom goes with me, I can reach over and unlock the cab door.” (I thought he was going to say he could lean over and kiss her but he didn’t say that.)

2. He headed out with the truck on Monday to Reno. Then turned right around with a load back to Fontanna. Nine hundred some miles.

3. On Wednesday, he headed to denver with $500,000 worth of computer equipment. That’s half a million dollars worth of equipment! He had to drive 200 miles before he could make his first stop. This is company policy so theives don’t chase the truck. How scary! They require that you have to a full tank, a full log book and have eaten your meal.

4. From Denver he picked up a load of dog food heading to Buckeye Arizona, just west of Phoenix. From there he will head to El Paso Texas for Monday. That will make about 3200 miles for the week—which is good.

5. He found some free wifi at an Indian casino but wasn’t able to upload any pictures… something wrong with the laptop. He did check his email though.

And that’s all I have for now. Happy Trails Dad!

Pictures as promised

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

1/2 of 'Slippers' !

Here are the rest of the knit project pictures as promised. You can also see my old truck I sold last year and the last truck I drove before I started working at the Fontana Terminal.

A strange thing has happened since I have been on forced vacation. I am enjoying myself! I’m not making any money sitting around knitting, doing gardening, helping with the laundry and loading the dishwasher, etc. but after being on the road for 10 years, then leaving every morning at 5:00 to go the the Fontana terminal and not getting home till 7:00 pm every night, it is kind of great to just be HOME!!

I have to mention also, my wife really needs me here. I am not sure if I will ever go back on the road like I was before. I have to go back for a while for two reasons. I have to make some money to keep food on the table. Also, I am only 17,000 miles away from 1,000,000 accident free miles, which is an important milestone in anybodies driving logbook. I should be able to achieve this in only about two months of driving.

So, what can I do that will generate some income, let me be home most of the time and still let me be involved in the trucking industry?

SAJ had the answer. She said “Dad, why don’t you start an ‘Ask Tom the Trucker’ column”? What a great idea!

I Googled ‘Truck driving Info’

What I got was several web sites touting different companies and a couple of sites describing truck driving in general and providing a list of about 100 trucking companies interested in drivers. That is all well and good. I’m glad there is a place where someone can go to at least get some information.

I would like to be in there also with a place where someone can ask some questions and get an honest answer.

I would like Werner Enterprises to be a sponsor if they are interested. I have only worked for Werner, so of course I would recommend anyone to Werner. Werner has been a great company to work for. They have always been fair with me, but I would rather the blog or answer column be just an honest place to get honest answers instead of a commercial web site obviously trying to recruit drivers.

Does anyone have ideas for a name for this adventure? ‘Ask Tom the Trucker’ seems ok but maybe there is a better idea lurking out there!

If this could work, I would be able to make use of my experience as a 10 year driver with nearly 1,000,000 accident free miles, a year as a Safety Specialist at our Fontana terminal teaching the Orientation class and working everyday with drivers, along with working everyday with Management in Omaha NE, our headquarters. I think this gives me a unique qualification to help people find answers. And… I could be HOME!!

What do you think?

I am looking for some serious feedback before I start this venture.