A crack in Joe’s confidence

I truly mean a CRACK, and Joe’s confidence took a hit.

This trip is his first without me for the winter season.  It has been a trial for him, physically and emotionally.  He had about 200 miles left before delivering when he encountered an immovable object.  A concrete pad.

Cracked bumper

Cracked bumper

He was backing into a spot between two other trucks in the hotel parking lot.  Keeping track of some yellow steel barriers making sure to not hit them by backing in too far was his main goal.  Little did he know the concrete pad would be the thing to cause damage to the back truck’s bumper.  Crack it right in the center.

Concrete pad and steel barriers

Concrete pad and steel barriers

I helped him call around to find a Kenworth facility that would fix the bumper before he delivered the truck.  All of the dealerships with body shops were backed up in work for the next two weeks.

Joe delivered the truck, letting the people know that 15 minutes away was a body shop that would have a bumper for them to replace the one he damaged but it would not happen right away.

Poor Joe.  He was devastated.  We both pride ourselves in taking care of the trucks we move.  Even the ones that look like they will implode at the first pothole in the road.

When he called me that night to let me know of the bumper damage my poor Joe was sure he was going to be fired right then and there.  Adding to his worsening trepidation was the cost involved in replacing the bumper.  Everyone he called told him the cost would be around $3,000.  Worse was the fact that all the places he called could not get him in right away to fix the bumper.  The part would have to be ordered and shipped, then it would have to go to the paint shop which would take about two days to paint and dry, then it would have to be mounted on the truck which would take another six hours.  All of this, he was told, could be started in two weeks.

My Joe was beside himself with misery and I could do nothing to make him feel better 😦  I could not even be there to wrap my arms around him 😦

The next morning he called our dispatch office to inform them of the damage.  The chewing out he expected to get didn’t come.  He also was not fired on the spot.  Next was to face the owner of the company that bought the trucks.  That went better than Joe expected and I was pleased to hear his confidence back when I talked with him later that same day.

After delivering in Akron, Ohio Joe deadheaded to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to pick up two trucks going to Grand Island, Nebraska.  Yesterday afternoon he called to report it only took him 2-1/2 hours to fully hook up.  He has shaved off a half hour from his time in Dallas and he is happy.

Later in the afternoon he called to tell me about his next bit of mayhem.  The bottom step of the truck he was towing danced around on the step hanger.  He found a safe place to pull off the road and go back to see why the step was loose.  The bolts that hold the step on were missing.  That is something he would not have known EXCEPT had he crawled under the truck to inspect the underside of the step assembly.

Loose step

Loose step

A Highway Patrol officer stopped to see if he needed assistance.  Joe told him what he was doing and was assured he had stopped at a good spot and to take his time in getting it fixed.  The officer told Joe he admired him for stopping to check on the step.  Had it come off the officer could have driven over the step and put a tire out.  Joe told the officer that was not the worst of it.  Had the step come fully loose, as light weight as it is, it could have flown into the windshield of a passing or following motorist and killed someone.

The step is safely inside the back truck.  It will be reattached at the dealership in Grand Island after he delivers it.

So far this first week for Joe being out by himself has not been a very good one, to say the least.  He did get a bit of good news.  The truck company in Akron, Ohio has sent an email to our dispatch office praising Joe for the work he does for them.  They don’t want to lose him and are going to fix the bumper “in house” to keep the costs down.

I am really proud of my husband.  He has ethics and faces problems with honesty.  He takes responsibility for things and does not go the easy way like other drivers do.  Saying it was like that when he picked the truck up or some other foolishness.  He has a reputation he is protecting and I’m so proud to be his wife.

While Joe is off being a road warrior I am going to take advantage of the flat surfaces in our home that I’ve cleaned off.  I’m going to be filling them up with the stuff from my craft room.  That place needs a good purging, cleaning, and organizing.

My craft room

My craft room

What a mess!

What a mess!

Yikes, it just keeps getting worse

Yikes, it just keeps getting worse

I hope to be able to get this done today.  It definitely WON’T be the Flylady way that is for sure.



About Message In A Fold

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

4 responses to “A crack in Joe’s confidence

  • Maureen Mathis

    Flylady is NOT ALLOWED in your room. It’s yours and yours alone. I think organizing and moving things around is almost as fun as crafting! It feels good, so you just go ahead and enjoy it!

    I’ve had to take some things OUT of Kelley’s room that I had put in there to create a make-shift crafting space to make room for her things while she’s home from college. She was very kind about it, but doesn’t seem to understand why so many “things” are needed, and wishes that her room was still her own. She understands that it’s not reasonable to expect it to remain untouched when she’s only home for 4 or 5 weeks a year. It will be hard to get anything done while she’s here, but I probably wouldn’t have time for it, anyway. But there’s no telling what I’ll do to it when she goes with Charlie and Shannon to Alabama for 5 days, and then immediately leaves for week long road trip to a Christian college kids’ conference in Atlanta with her friends. I’ll miss her, but bring it on!

    I’m glad that Joe is able to find solace during this difficult week with the knowledge that he is a man of integrity, and that it doesn’t go unnoticed. Even though he misses you on the road, he knows that you need the time off, and it will make the homecoming that much sweeter! And you’ll be happy and in a much better mood, having a tidy, clean house and crafty projects and videos completed. A happy wife makes for a happy life, right?!!

    • Message In A Fold

      You are too funny 😀 Poor Kelly, and Poor You 😦 Both of you caught in the limbo of time and place. Kelly probably felt like she was being phased out and you probably felt like you were caught trespassing. It is good she is home for a few weeks. The two of you can get caught up on the comings and goings of family and you and Kelly can share stories of college days 😀 It will be all to soon before she takes up residence somewhere else permanently 😦 Shannon will probably be thankful of the time she gets to spend with Kelly while they are traveling with Charlie. He gets to have time with his girls, too. You have a really great family and I’m envious 🙂

      What is that saying bandied about now “If momma ain’t happy, nobody is happy”? Yes, the pressure is finally easing up. Next big push is going to be the paperwork. But it won’t be so bad this time around and I have you to thank for that 😀

      Enjoy your time alone. You will have your friend to tend to, your Mom to check up on, your son to keep you company sometimes, and your classes at Michaels. I’m still planning on coming down to you after the holidays are over.

      Love you – Leslie

  • gardenpinks

    Glad Joe wasn’t fired nor had to pay out big bucks to get the truck repaired and that all turned out well for him. He will be glad to get back home!
    Just hold on Leslie whle I throw a few things into a suitcase and I’ll be there in a flash to help sort out your craft room 😀 You will soon have that lot sorted and back under control. Your desk does look interesting though, I’d love to hunt around amongst that pile of goodies 🙂

    Love and hugs
    Lynn xx

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