“And then it happens all at once and unexpectedly. That is how things happen, I suppose. You pack your bags and find yourself walking yourself home.”
― Shannon L. Alder
It rained last night but not so hard that it could even come close to what some would call a Gully Washer. As I slept in the warmth of my truck, which I had earlier parked at a Wal-Mart, and while the wind blew hard rocking the vehicle with surprising fury, I slumbered away the night hours dreaming of a homecoming which was soon to be realized. I can think of nothing that is more comfortable than the security of a warm bed and blankets while listening to a storm rage outside.
Ellen and I have been enjoying a dedicated run which has seen us home every weekend for the past few years and I had become completely comfortable in the routine. With Ellen at home recovering I have been running on my own which is a completely different kettle of fish. For one, I haven't had to worry about my hours at all while on the dedicated route and our logbooks reset while we were at home on the weekend. I have been running well and my ability to keep moving has been dictated by the number of hours picked up on my recap, that is the hours I recover as they are returned from last week.
At least for two or three days I will not have to worry about miles and logbooks because while in McAllen last week I hilited, that is I requested to go home, and they have 8 days to get me there, today is day 7. I had expected a run home last week when I was assigned a Pennsylvania load from McAllen but I was asked to forgo the trip home and run all the way, which I did. Now I am in Salina, Kansas where I have just delivered a load of Lead to the Exide Battery plant and am waiting for the load that will take me to Joplin.
One pleasant surprise on this trip was that the Kansas Turnpike Authority now recognizes Pikepass which is the Oklahoma Automatic Tolling solution. I didn't have to reach into my pocket last night when I ventured along the Kansas Toll road east of Salina. I am pretty sure this is old news to those who haven't been running the same route every week but to me it was new and as I said, a nice surprise.
Okay, so I will be taking a few days off at home and being reunited with my wife will be wonderful but it will not all be relaxation. While in Joplin I will be trading my truck for a new one. It will be nice to smell the new truck smell again. As anyone who has ever driven one of these things will know, there is more to changing trucks than might be expected. Moving all of our personal things, unhooking the CB Radio, adding chains to the new truck, etc. etc. etc. is very time consuming and by the time it is done I am sure I will be ready for a long hot shower. Thankfully the weather is a little cooler right now but I have done the work before in the blazing heat and that isn't fun at all.
Over the past few days I have been listening to reports from Paris and am saddened by the loss of life. Having been to Paris a number of times I can visualize the sites but still find it hard to overlay the images in my memory with the carnage wrought to that amazing city. The French can be pretty rude and we often joke about that fact but at times like these I feel that laying aside the jokes is the right thing to do. Our thoughts and prayers are with the French and with all of those who lost loved ones to the awful thing that is terror.
Today France is pounding the enemy in it's home base, surely a righteous answer swiftly delivered with rage upon those who would assault peaceful people in this way. Revenge is sweet but will the world gather to once and for all rid ourselves of such people after vengeance is satisfied? Even as the blood in the streets of Paris leaches into the pavements, here in America we are releasing detainees from Guantanamo and are planning to bring thousands of refugees from Syria onto our shores. There is no chance that a terrorist will not be among them as is the case with one or more of the terrorists who did their vile work in Paris, at least two of them were among the refugees escaping the war in Syria.
Another demonstration of the great job you are doing Government.
To quote Ron White, "You can't fix Stupid!"