Archive for October, 2007

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.

Blogging on a regular basis…

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

My daughter, most of you know her as SAJ, has challenged me to write a blog every day for the rest of my vacation/healing from hernia surgery time.  That is quite a challenge since I seem to write a post about once a year.

I understand the benefit of every day blogging.  Nobody is interested in reading your blog if it only gets changed once a year.   It isn’t really for lack of things to write about,  it seems my head is full of stuff I could certainly write about.  It’s just getting it from my head to the computer screen in a reasonably interesting blog that will be worth reading.

So, here goes…

I’m not even sure where I am going to go with this blog, I have three different subjects squirming around in my head like three siblings screaming to be in the front of the line.  We’ll see who wins out.

I suppose I should address a request that I received a few weeks ago.  Someone wanted to know what was my latest knitting project.  I have three of them,  squirming around in the knitting bag my wife made for me to keep my projects off the floor and somewhat organized.  When I look in the bag, I have to decide if I am going to work on the slippers for my wife (I have one made, but it takes two to be labeled “slippers”), the baby blanket which is almost half finished (I guess you could say the slippers are “half finished”, and I’ll have some pictures uploaded as soon as I learn how to run Flickr properly), or the other set of slippers I want to start, because my wife doesn’t really like the ‘one’ slipper and I have a new pattern in my head that I want to try.   You see, my wife’s feet are always cold,  always.  It doesn’t matter if it is 110 degrees, her feet are cold.  That is a problem.  Now, they aren’t really cold, they just feel that way to her.  So I have to knit a pair of slippers that she likes and will wear.

The blanket, though is what I am really enjoying.  I have never tried this difficult of a pattern.  I am doing it in seed stitch with alternating sections of solid purling.  It is supposed to be ‘beginners’ level and I’m sure it is, but for a truck driver who just knits because it is relaxing and doesn’t normally require serious thought processes, this has been a fun challenge.  Again, I will have some pictures uploaded asap.

I had better say something about something that I am sure is running through at least somebody’s mind out there… ‘Is this guy normal??  He knits?  He drives trucks?’  Yes I am a very normal ordinary man who loves to fish, loves to drive truck and I have found that ever since SAJ came out here one weekend and wanted to learn to knit, and I remembered what my grandmother taught me when I was six, I really enjoy sitting on the sofa and knit away.  It doesn’t matter if I am knitting a slipper or a blanket.

Oh I just remembered.  A few weeks ago I started knitting a handbag, a purse I guess it should be called.  I finished the main body of the purse, I just need to sew it together.  Somehow I haven’t gotten around to that part yet.

My wife is sitting in her recliner next the the computer as I type away.  She says, “You know, every blog doesn’t have to be a long blog, you could write short blogs…”    She doesn’t understand.  I have these three siblings squirming around in my head and I have only let the first one have out.  There are two others screaming how unfair I am, giving the knitter blog first place.

Well, you all will have to wait till tomorrow.  I will introduce the ‘Ask Tom the Trucker’ column.

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

What a motley crew

Yesterday was my last day at the Fontana Werner Terminal. As a kind of going away thing, we donned Werner shirts and posed in front of one of our trucks.

I have a lot of great memories of my year at the terminal. I will surely miss everyone.

My thanks to all my friends.

Post Surgery… Thanks for the wonderful comments

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

It has been about two hours since the surgery and everything went A-OK. I took a pain pill because the nurse said I had to but I’m not in any pain at all. It was only for a small umbilical hernia. I wasn’t able to pass the physical so I could go driving so I had to have it done. It looks like I’ll only be down about 2 weeks and then I can drive. I just won’t be able to lift over 15 lbs for six weeks or so

Brenda has been such a joy to us since the day she was born. She was a breach birth so she didn’t even have the cone head most babies have. As they were wheeling mom and baby across the hall from delivery to nursery, they called me over. Brenda was cooing… she had her little lips pursed and was going “Coo… Coo…” She has been a happy kid ever since. We love her very much. Never knew what a kid she would turn out to be!

One other thing… When we would go to a restaurant, Brenda would immediately turn her place mat over to the blank side and start drawing. At the end of the meal she would present her masterpiece to the waitress.

In high school and her first year at college, we tried to get her to take art classes. She said she wouldn’t have a chance, the other students were so much better than she was. So she majored in Mass Communication, which was a good field for her, but her last year she took an art class for the fun of it and found to her surprise… she loved it and she was the best in the class. (we knew it would be that way all along but how do you convince someone till they find out for themselves!!)