It was a weird day. Randy must have been lonely or bored or something because he kept calling me, but we kept losing the signal or he'd come up on some construction or something. And he asked why I never call him...huh? I thought we had that straightened out already(?) I told him (again) that I'm thinking of him all day long but I don't want to disturb him while he's driving. So he said he'd talk to me later and I just did my thing here. Later he called to tell me that he was almost done driving and asked if I was watching where he was. He sounded a little disappointed when I said I hadn't checked it in about 8 hours but, geez, I can't just sit here and watch the computer screen all day. He said he'd be done driving soon and would call me back, so I sat and waited and waited and waited. I had barely talked to him when all of a sudden he "had to" go. Then I got a bunch of weird, garbled up text messages (he can't find the backspace button on his new phone), and he's feeling self-conscious about talking in the truck again. I thought he was over that already. I'm so confused. Apparently there's a fine line between letting him know I care and being a pest, so I've been erring on the side of caution. And I'm not sure where that line is anyway.
Hey there experienced truckers: Is it normal to get a little "wacky" when you haven't even been on the road that long? ;)
The one thing he did tell me was a silly acronym for the company he's working for. But he couldn't remember the other ones the trainer told him. So I went and looked some up online and, for anyone (like me) who hasn't seen them before, here they are:
CRST: Can't Read Simple Text Caution Really Slow Truck Caution Really Stupid Trucker Crash Roll and Stunt Team Can't Remember Sh_t Crash Ready Student Trucker Crashed and Rebuilt Schneider Truck Cruising Real Slow Today
DIGBY: Did I Go Broke Yet
ENGLAND: Every New Guy Leaves After Ninety Days
JB HUNT: Just Been Hired UN-Trained Just Beginning to Hold Up Nation's Traffic
MCT: Mexican Chicken Trucks
MDR: Mississippi Drug Run
MILLIS: Maybe I Like Lying It Sideways
PAM: Pi_s And Moan
PRIME: Park Right In the Middle of Everything Please Remember I'm Missouri Educated Please Remember I Mortgaged Everything, I Need Cash
ROEHL: Rolls Over Every Hill Last
PST: Pot Smoking Trucker Pretty Stupid Trucker
PTL: Pathetic Truck Lines Part Time Layover
ROADWAY: Really Old Ass Driver Working Another Year
SWIFT: Slow Wagon In Fast Traffic Stop Whining I'm F-ing Trying Sure Wish I Finished Training Sure Wish I had a Faster Truck Slow Women In Freightliner Truck
WERNER: We Employ Rednecks (Retards) No Experience Required We Enlist Rookies No Experience Required
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Randy is still doing great with the driving, but is having massive difficulty remembering the Qualcomm macros. Crap, how I wish I hadn't always taken care of everything involving electronics, computers, and anything with "buttons"...I take some responsibility for making him helpless with that stuff. I'm sure he'll catch on soon, he is being bombarded with so much right now.
The rest of this is personal stuff so if you don't want to read it, click off now. :)
It's been a whole month since Randy left, and it feels more like 6 months to me. :( We have NEVER been apart for this long, and it's even more difficult than I thought it would be. At least when we were separated several years ago, I got to see him in court for heaven's sakes. ;) I need to get that man a laptop with a webcam (and hope he keeps it away from all liquids). It wouldn't be the same, but it's better than nothing.
I miss EVERYTHING about him, even some of the bad things, and a whole bunch of stuff I can't mention on here. ;) I already warned him that I'm going to be a little "clingy" when he comes back (whenever that is), and he's o.k. with that. I've lost 14 lbs since he left...I need to learn how to eat when he's gone or I will be the only compulsive food hoarder suffering from malnutrition! I have an unnatural fear of running out of food, but I need to stop saving it and start eating it.
When I used to go out and get boring office jobs, I always joked with my co-workers about how tedious jobs slowed down the time so nicely. Usually time goes by so fast but it has, once again, slowed to a virtual crawl. Thank you OTR Trucking, my life feels really long now. ;) I remember that happening in high school too, and I'll bet it's even worse in prison.
He tried to make it easier for me today when he made me angry by doing some "bad stuff" with the money. It worked nicely, I didn't miss him at all today. ;) But I'm getting really good at the "truck driver wife" thing, because we just calmly discussed the problem and it's all good (for now).
Anyway, I have a whole new perspective and a much deeper respect for all of the spouses of truckers and members of the military as well...my deepest sympathy to all of you, sincerely.
OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.
The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.
Randy just started phase I CDL training out on the road with his trainer. It's a lot of pressure but very exciting at the same time to be on the road
It's my husband's second day of CDL training on the road running team with a trainer. Life on the road is a lot of stress but still very exciting.
Phase one CDL training is about half way over with and it's a roller coaster of emotions. Some days he loves his new trucking career, but not others.
Randy and his road trainer returned to the CDL school and took advantage of some down time. There was a crazy DUI incident at the school this week.
CDL training has been very tough and now Randy is about half way through. The stories are amazing and learning to drive truck is stressful as can be.
Life on the road has been difficult for Randy, and having a husband that's an over the road truck driver is horrible. He's due for home time soon.
Over the road trucking will really test your relationship and the time away will magnify any problems your relationship has by a thousand times.
CDL training has been more pressure and more difficult than we expected. Getting your CDL is no picnic. In fact, it can be grueling at times.
by Brett Aquila
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