Are you a problem solver?

Here is an “Are you a problem solver?” question.

The scenario is this. It is Friday. You have to make a delivery before noon in Jacksonville, Florida. Next is to get yourself and equipment to Lakeland, Florida before close of business, which is 5 pm. Further you have to do inspections of four trucks, plus get them moved off of the dealership property by the time the gates will be locked for the weekend.


You have successfully delivered in Jacksonville 20 minutes past the time window allotted for the next pickup in Lakeland.

The GPS indicates, at a driving speed of 68 mph you will arrive in Lakeland at 4:30 pm.

One hour into your dash to Lakeland one bank of the fuel injection system goes out. Your speed has been reduced from 68 mph to 45 mph. The vehicle is struggling to maintain the 45 mph.

You have to make a decision to solve this problem. It can be done. The four trucks in Lakeland can be off the property on Friday night since the people there will wait only until 6 pm for your arrival and departure.

What would you do?

Our solution to the problem will be made known in a follow up post.



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 “Are you a problem solver?

  • aspot2stamp

    Hey Lakeland was where we lived at in 1989 !! We went there for Brian’s job with Schwans ice cream and frozen foods. Small world 🙂 Did you have a nice Birthday? Oh I loved your post about the house alarm system gotta say you don’t have a dull life, always some exciting stuff going on 🙂 Will be waiting to see what the answer was……
    Love ya

    • Message In A Fold

      We seem to get to places you had previously stomped around :-). Small world is correct!

      There is always something, ahem, interesting going on in our life. The highlights are necessary lest you think we lead a quiet life 😖

      How was your camping trip. Everyone free from spider, squirrel, and other unwelcome bites I hope 😉

      How is the new baby and mother doing? Hope they are both well.

      Love you – Leslie

  • gardenpinks

    I bet you and Joe have become the world’s best problem solvers with having to deal with these sorts of things on a regular basis. The only thing I can come up with is to get the staff of the dealership to push the trucks out through the gates before they lock up! However there are probably hndreds of reasons why this can’t be done that I know nothing about 🙂
    Love and hugs
    Lynn xx

    • Message In A Fold

      You have come up with the right idea. Get the trucks out of the fence 😉

      Lynn, this job is full of educational enrichment 😑

      Guess if this job were normal and boring there would be no reason for a blog I suppose 😉

      Love you – Leslie

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