One month. 30 days.
Miles traveled in 30 days – paid and deadhead – 10,173.
2034.6 gallons of fuel at $4.00/gallon is $8138.40
27 hotel rooms at an average of $65 per night is $1,755.00
60 meals (2 per day for both Joe and I) for an average of $40 is $2,400
We are both exhausted and road weary. We are home long enough to do laundry, sleep in our own bed for two nights, make some repairs to my boom, and get ready for the next round of work which begins tomorrow (Monday – July 2, 2012) driving to Fort Worth, Texas to pick up three trucks going to Oakland, California.
My temper is getting short, the heat is making both of us sick, and all I want to do is go to bed and stay there until hell freezes over.
My iPhone is hacking up fur balls right and left. I can’t take photos any longer. The audio books I have on my phone has taken up over 3 GB of the 8 GB total. Where the rest of it has gone to leave me with 191 MB I can’t fathom.
The thought of getting back in our pickup and being seat belted in for the trip to Fort Worth – less than 200 miles – is enough to make me want to rebel. Find a job close to home that won’t pay the kind of money that we make with all the crazy miles we drive is pretty tempting right about now. Knowing that Joe will be the one to hit the road and drive the crazy miles keeps me from losing my mind and doing something drastic.
Some days I really dislike this job. Everyday I am thankful for this job, some days less thankful than others. It is times like these that I need to drag out my “Gratitude Journal” and take a look at it. Kind of like an “Attitude Adjustment”.
The winter months will come soon enough and I will be knee deep in paperwork to do our yearly taxes. Joe tells me that we will be home for three weeks near the end of July and I can get a head start on the paperwork.
I have not answered the comments posted to this blog. I apologize to all of you that have left comments and they have been ignored. I appreciate everyone of you and am very thankful for your friendship. That crazy iPhone acting up has been the largest problem I have had with answering your comments. It has decided that I need to put in my Password for each comment I reply to and I have forgotten what it is 😦 This has been remedied and I will get to your comments as time permits today.
There are people today that have no home to go to. The fires that have ravaged Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and other parts of the US have been devastating. Homes and businesses have been consumed by the flames. My prayers go out to all who have suffered such great losses.
A police woman in Denver, Colorado has lost her life through the selfish act of one person. This police officer was tasked with making sure that all the citizens who came out to a park in Denver to enjoy the Summer Concerts were comfortable, and able to enjoy their picnic meals upon blankets covering the ground as they listened to the various performers. One damn fool walked up the officer and shot her in the head. That dirt bag has deprived a 12 year old girl the safety and security of a home with her single mother, school, friends, and extended family. This little girl has had her life turned upside down because of one thoughtless sh*t head.
The police woman was a co-worker and friend of our future son-in-law. I, for one, am grappling with the injustice of our legal system that allows gang members the rights to run amok. Endangering the lives of everyone else. Our society, as a whole, has allowed this sort of thing to happen. The rights of the few have overshadowed the rights of the many. The dirt bag has been caught. My faith in the justice system is nearly non-existent. Take one idiot out and there are many to take up the empty space.
As you can tell, I am having little success with getting my mind and body into a better state of affairs. This will pass and I will get back to my old self. The frustrations of the past month have taken over my frame of mind and I need to get it righted. So for now I will focus on the things I need to accomplish in order to get out the door and back to work tomorrow.