Just busy

2009 April 20
by Stace

No, we haven’t fallen off the face of the earth, or been involved in anything tragic, thankfully. We’ve just been busy … and annoyed. It is generally true that when we are busy, we are annoyed. Add in that They Who Must Not Be Named have been particularly disreputable of late, and our annoyance has shot up to a higher level.

Like many trucking companies right now, TWMNBN has been enacting a number of “cost-saving” measures over the past year or so. They’ve gone into high gear in the past several months. While I recognize that times are hard, and that businesses must do everything they can to survive, I’m just fed up with some of the changes being made at TWMNBN.

Several of these moves I consider to be downright immoral, taking advantage of people who clearly don’t understand their options. That I continue to work here, makes me feel party to the immorality, and I seriously do not like that feeling. I’m having a hard time accepting that my labor is profiting this company. It’s a sticky moral issue, and I don’t like it one bit.

Okay, so I’m not responsible for other people’s choices. I know this. And I’m not responsible for other people’s lack of knowledge. I know this, too. And yet … I hate being a part of an organization that is taking advantage of some good, hard-working people, whose only mistake is putting trust in their employer.

I want to give notice and to buy my own truck so badly, I can hardly stand it. But it’s not the right time, and we don’t have enough money saved. I’ve been telling myself forever that we will get there, eventually. It just never seems any closer.

At least freight is picking up (hence the being busy comment above). I’m happy to be getting more miles, but with the changes in pay, of late, I’m not taking home much more money. I know I should just be content that I have a job. Too bad I’m not easily made content.

On a more pleasant note, I have been having some fun, new fantasies of late. One is that I’m at a truck stop, and a blazing mad trucker stomps up to me:

PO’d Trucker: That’s it! I’ve had it!

Stace (who believes strongly in placating large, angry men, though little ones can kiss her ass): Oh? Why is that?

PO’d Trucker: This job is for shit. Only a complete fucked-up idiot would be a trucker. I quit!

Stace: Oh … uh … sorry to hear that.

PO’d Trucker: I’m calling my wife to come get me and my shit. You see that truck over there?

PO’d Trucker points at a lovely, purple Volvo 780 parked nearby. Sunlight glistens off the metal flake paint. It looks brand new.

Stace: Yeah.

PO’d Trucker: Give me $10,000 and it’s yours. I’ve got the title and I’ll sign it over, right now.

Stace: Oh, come on. You don’t mean that.

PO’d Trucker: The hell I don’t. My father-in-law gave me that truck. He just gave it to me to try to ruin my marriage, that ole son-of-a-bitch. I wanna see his face when he hears I gave it away for 10 grand.

Stace: Maybe you want to take a bit to think about this.

PO’d Trucker: It’s a 2008, about 100,000 miles on it. Still under warranty. Got a tricked-out cab and an APU. You want it or not? 10 grand. I’ll take a check.

Stace: This is insane.

PO’d Trucker: Hey, you don’t want it, someone else will. Hey! You over there! You wanna buy a truck — cheap?!

Stace: Now, now, let’s not be hasty. Just let me get my partner out of the truck. She’ll need to have a say, too … Hedon! Get out here! And bring my checkbook!

Oh, the sad, sad impossible fantasies to which I’ve been reduced. I would like to point out, however, that at least I restrained myself enough to make it a regular Volvo, and not an uber-extended wonder-truck like Salena’s and Eddie’s truck. In some strange way, it makes the fantasy more believable.

Gads, I think I’m going crazy. Damn you, TWMNBN! (You can’t see it, but I’m shaking my fist in the air, probably in the direction of TWMNBN headquarters).

Sigh.

10 Responses
  1. 2009 April 20
    Belledog permalink

    Whew. Welcome back.

    Yeppers, having a moral conscience can be a real headache sometimes, particularly in an economy without the usual options. Perhaps your company’s management had theirs corporately removed at their last executive retreat.

    Maybe you can assuage yours down the road by discreetly learning up other drivers on their options.

    Good to hear that freight is up, and hope you are enjoying some of the busyness and exertion too.

    Mostly good to hear that you are well, if aggravated by bad employer sportsmanship. Missed you!

    captcha: grill bluebird

    Kind of grim. Makes me think of Gi Gi Roxx’s truck grill. (She wrote a post on topic.)

    Watch out for those bluebirds today! Alternatively, hope they are delish.

  2. 2009 April 20

    Missed hearing from you.

    I know what you mean about the trucking companies. I didn’t see very many trucks on the road last time I was out. It is sad, really.

    I did see a tricked out uber truck the other day, It was a bed bugger – other than being painted orange it was a 12′ condo. Amazing.

  3. 2009 April 20

    brad and i feel your pain!…it’s getting to where i almost dread the coming of an infoline update, coz i’m pretty sure we won’t be liking it…we’d like to do the same with getting our own truck, but, like you guys, it’s just not in the cards for us right now….bummer….glad to hear the fantasy generator is workin tho….stay safe out there!

  4. 2009 April 20

    @Belledog – You just got to love it. They promise you the world….big trucks, bonus,scales, even little run books, monthly truck wash…etc. But then the BIG econmy thing. Yes, there is a problem here in the USA but how does cuttting back on the drivers pay and comfort make it better? If you are a single driver the smaller trucks are okay I guess. But as a team driver I find it almost a safety issue to be cramed into a small truck. And taking your incentative away, how does that make for a good driver. If the company does not care then why should the driver. Don’t get me wrong, our driving (my team mate and I, to whom is my wife) habits have not changed but our attitudes have. This recession BS is pretty much that as far as I can see. The malls are full, the building is still going on and the trucks are still going up and down the highways. Yes, there is a problem, and it needs to be fixed. But taking things away from the working class is not the answere…I am just saying….Brad

  5. 2009 April 20
    Belledog permalink

    I hear you, Brad. Wherever did these trucking company honchos decide they were airline executives? Sounds like the same deal. Bait and switch and balance the books on the backs of “labor”. Although cannot believe the trucking industry allows its management team the egregious golden parachutes and compensation the airline industry had become famous for.

    Drove to central Virginia last week. Probably saw 10 Swift trucks during the 90 minutes (each way) up and back; a few Werners; what seemed to be moderate to normal truck traffic for that hour.

  6. 2009 April 21

    You might have been flying under the radar, eh, but then, so have I…remiss at visiting at being a good blogger myself, reading and leaving comments. Sorry to hear your fantasies are just that, fantasies – well, maybe for just the moment, as for working for the man? I have to admit. I gave that up oh, maybe 20 years ago. It doesn’t make it any easier working for yourself (well, not in my case) I’m about to lose weight – very soon!

  7. 2009 April 21

    Belle — Hmm. Grilled bluebird. Have to be an appetizer.

    Decorina — Orange, huh? What a shame. Was it one of those moving trucks? Many of them are orange. Seems like most of them have the big cabs, too. Must be the extra pay they get for lumping all that furniture around. At least, that’s what I always figured.

    RuthAnn and Brad — We’ll all just have to hang in there, I guess. For now, eh?

    Alex — Yeah, we owned a small business once, and in many ways it was harder than working for someone else. I think my experience there made me a better employee later, since I understood some of the things the boss was going through. Those were small businesses, though. I can’t seem to find much understanding for these big corporations. I think maybe it’s because they are faceless, and ridiculously huge and nonsensical half the time, or at least it seems so to me.

  8. 2009 April 22

    Certainly more at stake for small business owners but the reward is well worth the effort.

    best,

    Chris O.
    Referral Key
    “Your Trusted Referral Network”

  9. 2009 April 22

    C’mon….please buy a truck? Pretty please. You can totally do it. The way you two run miles, shit, you put us to shame. And if you think you make money over there? Come over here!!

    If you give me your address (Gi-Gi did and she can vouch that I didn’t come visit her….or you can give me PO Box, whatever, I will mail you a bitchin’ video that will make you WANT your very own large car.) You guys would ROCK the big truck. And if not for yourselves….think of all the room Maggie would have. C’mon – how can you look at that little face and NOT get her a bigger place to play? Huh? Huh? Huh? ::puppy dog eyes being used as I type this::

    Anyway….nice fantasy….I know exactly where you’re coming from!

    CAPTCHA: Income Snoopers (Shit! How did they know what we were talking about???)

  10. 2009 April 24

    Salena,

    Ok, you’ve convinced us. :) Actually I am leaning that way and am thinking maybe this time next year will be our time to strike. If nothing else we owe it to the dog. :)

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