Hello down there.


The above photo is a satellite view of a granite or limestone quarry in Illinois, near the Indiana border.

As you can see, Interstate 80 crosses the vast open pit and is supported in two areas by “pillars” holding the road up.

The first time I went over this huge hole was while riding with Joe. Scared the bejeesies out of me. Heck, everything scared me in 1999.

Traveling across the bridge you don’t see much of what is below, except you do know you are traversing a big pit.


We delivered trucks in the Chicago area this morning. Tomorrow we are picking up trucks out of Fort Wayne, Indiana and taking them to Fargo, North Dakota. Brrr brrr brr. The overnight temperatures in Fargo are going to range from 25 to 32 this coming week. The daily highs will be in the mid to upper 50’s.

Yes, you can hear it now, can’t you 🙂

This week and next we will be in for some massive temperature fluctuations. Leaving Fargo we will be staying in the colder climates while traveling to Cedar Rapids, Iowa taking trucks to Orlando, Florida where it is sunny and 89 degrees.

Leaving home in shorts and sandals we have changed to long pants and socks and shoes.

I grew up with people saying “shoes and socks”. My addled brain has always had pictures of socks over the shoes.

Is there a familiar saying in your life that, when taken literally, is backwards to what is meant?

Thank you all for leaving your comments on the Road kill legislation. I got a kick out of everything you guys said. I appreciate you all.



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I am an over the road truck driver in Drive-Away Transport part of the year, and the sole bookkeeper of this operation the other part of the year. I do a lot of whining until I can get in my craft room and play with paper and glue. View all posts by Message In A Fold

2 responses to “Hello down there.

  • gardenpinks

    Wow that is some quarry! Hmmmm think I’d be terrified of drivng over that big pit too, just knowing it was below me would be enough:)

    We always say shoes and socks too! Strange isn’t it however a few years ago right at the end of December we had some peculiar weather. It had been very cold and frosty and then on New Year’s Eve it rained heavily, the water froze solid as it hit any surface and was extremely treacherous. Some friends told us later that they were going to a party nearby and to walk safely they actually put socks on over their shoes!! It worked too especially the thick woolly ones:)

    When our local councils first started putting speed humps on roads to slow traffic down the humps were called sleeping policeman; an item came up on the news on the radio about someone running over these sleeping policemen at high speeds – Ruth and Jill who were around 9yo at the time were horrified!
    They used to think whenever anyone mentioned they were moving house that the people were literally picking up the house and moving it 🙂

    Love and hugs
    Lynn xxx

    • Message In A Fold

      Great bits there Lynn. Children are such a pleasure. They think literally and out pops the greatest things from the inner workings of their minds. While your daughters were in distress over the thoughts of a policemen being run over they would not have understood what adults found so funny in being run down. Poor darlings 🙂 I got a chuckle out of the house moving bit, as well. That conversation had to have lasted longer than just a minute or two explaining the contents were the only things moving and not the building.

      Say now, the woolen socks over shoes on icy paths is genius. Someone ought to create some “booties”, like surgeons wear over their shoes in hospitals. Pull the woolen booty over shoes to keep from slipping around on ice. There are products here that have elastic bands attached to strips of metal with prongs protruding. The elastic goes around the ball of the shoe while the prongs dig into the ice and snow to keep a person from slipping.

      Thanks for sharing Lynn 🙂

      Love you – Leslie

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