Another day of sitting around. I wish there was more to do in Jackson, Tennessee. Continue reading “Phase 2, Day 6: Are We There Yet?”
This morning the shop informed us that the ECM wiring harness would have to be built from scratch since there were none available. They informed us that they have no idea when the truck will be ready. Continue reading “Phase 2, Day 5: A Little Bit Louder and a Whole Lot Worse”
Called the truck shop this morning. They said that the ECM harness they ordered, which was supposed to be delivered today via FedEx, is actually on back-order, and that they have no idea when it will actually arrive. Continue reading “Phase 2, Day 4: Fourth Verse, Same As the First…”
This morning I called the service center to ask about the truck, and they told me the ECM was bad and they’d have to get an ECM harness, which they didn’t have at the shop… Bottom line: the truck won’t be ready today. Continue reading “Phase 2, Day 3: Hurry Up and Wait, Pt. 3”
I woke at 6am, went back to the service station, and checked our truck back in. The check-engine and engine warning lights are back on, and the driver’s side speaker doesn’t work. Continue reading “Phase 2, Day 2: Hurry Up and Wait, Pt. 2”
Woke up after a good night’s rest, pumped up and ready to roll! Truck assignments were scheduled for 12:30, so I found a seat outside where I could enjoy the beautiful weather and waited for the time to roll by. Continue reading “Phase 2, Day 1: Hurry Up and Wait”
Woke up this morning at 6, got breakfast, talked to the hotel staff. Asked if I could just stay in the room instead of checking out and having to spend the whole day doing nothing at the terminal, only to check right back in again afterwards. They said they would look into it. Continue reading “Phase 1, Day 19: Seeking Mr. Right, Pt. 2”
Woke up at 6 this morning after a restful sleep at the hotel. My roommate was a trucker who’d driven 500,000 miles in the same truck. That truck was his home and his livelihood. But when he came to renew his DOT physical, he was disqualified from driving due to health issues. So he was pretty disappointed, being unable to keep driving the truck he’d had the last four or five years. Thankfully they’re likely to give him a job with the company as a dispatcher so he doesn’t have to quit, but being chained to a desk instead of rolling down the highway isn’t something he’s thrilled about.
I’m going to be searching for a Phase 2 partner today, and I’m hoping there are some good candidates. The man I spoke with yesterday is going to take his re-test today, so we’ll see how that goes, but I still want to “shop around” some, see who else might be available.
10:20am. There aren’t any great candidates yet. In truth, there aren’t any candidates at all. The guy I spoke with yesterday is still waiting to take his test, and since there aren’t any other candidates, I’ve been spending the day sitting around waiting. I’m considering returning to the hotel until I get word that there are more people to choose from.
Well, nobody is taking their upgrade test today. It rained pretty hard and the yard’s a mud-pool. I don’t see how it’ll be much better tomorrow, but that’s when everybody is going to be taking their tests, so I’ll check into the hotel for another night and see what happens tomorrow. I’ve talked to a couple other guys and found some good potential, so if they pass their tests tomorrow then I might have a decent pick of the litter.
2:15, I’ve been sitting around all day talking with other trainees and truckers, waiting to return to the hotel. We’re on our way back now, and I’m looking forward to sleeping, eating, and giving it another go tomorrow.
After lunch, I returned to the hotel, then swiftly fell asleep until well past dinner time. I had intended to pick up another free buffet pass, but I was too late to attend the safety video required to get the ticket, so I wasn’t sure if they’d give me one.
When I approached the front desk, I said “when’s the next safety video? I think I slept through the last one,” and the lady didn’t even reply, she just tossed me a meal ticket. Apparently I wasn’t the only one who’d come in begging. So I made my way to the Sirloin Stockade for dinner. I tell you what, I hope I get paired and hit the road soon, or all this free buffet will start to show, namely around my waist and my face.
Dinner was good, as always, but I’m getting restless. I want to get back on the road and start making money again. I’m not getting paid when I’m waiting for a partner, but there’s nobody available yet. We will see what tomorrow brings, and Monday after that. Hopefully I’ll be on the road again Monday… wish me luck!
I’m going to wrap this up for tonight, pick it up tomorrow. Until then, goodnight!
Today I woke, packed my bags, spent two hours on the practice range, then turned in my paperwork to upgrade to Phase 2. Continue reading “Phase 1, Day 17: The Day of Reckoning”