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Old 12-22-2011, 09:11 AM   #1
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Well, "gang" - things are slow here!
("I've got, too much time on my hands"!)
Since the resident "Bard" here - is probably, lost in some "Catacomb" or
closet -
(No, no!! - don't use "Milk-Bones" to mark your trail - the dogs will eat them!!!)
(Remember to bring along some "Tiki", torch fuel - things can get a little
"dark" in there!!!)
I'm sure, it'll all turn out OK! (Not 100%, sure, though!)

Well
My friend Lonny and I have been involved in the "high-paying",
adventurous, world of construction; for awhile.
(We're still waiting for "Fame and Fortune" to descend on us.)
Things are very, slow.
What do we come up with???
Let's go into the "high-paying" world of (Wait for It!!) -
Yes!!! - "Over the Road", truck driving!!!
Yeah!! - I can hear the applause! - "Rossi" has made another shrewd,
career move!!!

Back in a few!

Happy Holidays!

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Old 12-22-2011, 09:44 AM   #2
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We go to the "DMV", in Aurora, Ill. and get the handbook for a CDL,
license.
Start studying.
A friend of Lonny's has a CDL (he's hauling steel out of the Chicago area)
We swap "windshield-time" for repairs to his house and cars.
(Some "beers", too!)
We've got "learners-permits", for a CDL.
We ride along with him for a couple of weeks.
This isn't hard! (Ha, ha, ha! - Think so??!!)
It comes to point in time where, we feel we're ready to take the test for a CDL (written and driving).
Our friend rents a "Drop-Deck", trailer and off we go to the
DMV in Plano, Ill.
(Plano = country - Aurora = city: maybe, a better choice!)
On the way to Plano we get off, on some country roads and practice
backing around corners.
We're doing OK!
Off to take the test!

Happy Holidays!
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Old 12-22-2011, 10:18 AM   #4
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Lonny's friend took his CDL test at Plano, Ill. -
1 year to 1 1/2 years before.
He knew the place where they would take us to back around corners.
We went to the same place and proceeded to back around corners.
We do that for about an hour.
What we failed to realize - the place where, we were practicing, was on the North
side of Rt. 34 (Ogden Ave.)
What was on the South side of Rt. 34?
The Plano, Ill. - "Department of Motor Vehicles", facility!
They saw us!!
(The facility has been moved to the East, since then)
(I figured, I better bring up the point about the facility being moved - or the "critics" will be jumping, all over me!)

We took the written test - we both passed.
Time for the driving test.
Lonny goes first.
Imagine that?? - they don't take him to the same spot, we were
practicing "backing up" - they saw us!!!
He passes.

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Old 12-22-2011, 10:29 AM   #5
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Not enough coffee??!!
Stick some Brandy or Irish Whiskey, in it -
you'll be fine!!!
(Wipe off all the dust and "cob-webs")
Jeesh!
Kids these days!!??
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It's my turn to take the driving test.
Guess what?
We don't go to the spot, we were practicing at!
(What a surprise!)
(Got your number?? - Yeah!)
I pass.
On the way back - the person who is giving me the test (nice guy!) -
Tells me - we saw you across the street - we were laughing!!

Lonny and I, both got a "Commercial Drivers License" - "CDL".
We had brought a "semi-tractor" - 1969, IHC, 4070C, (cab-over) -
335 Cummings, 13 speed "Eaton - Road Ranger" trans.
Good truck!
(As it turned out later - a screamer!)

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We left the next evening with a load of "Color Tile" (45,000 to 48,000 pds.) -
to be delivered in Portland, Oregon.

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Old 12-23-2011, 02:11 PM   #8
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Off we go, to Portland, Oregon.
Interesting trip.
Scary, Eventful - somewhat!
We made it.

We're in Portland ("Boo-ful" City! - I mean- beautiful!!!)
We call in and find out - no return trip to Chicago, for a week or two.
My friend, Lonny, has a "Western Airlines Getaway Card" - nothing on it!
Our friend, "Pedro" has a 3, bedroom apt., Orange, County, LA.
It's November - we fly down to LA.

"Huntington Beach" - right by the "Pier" - swimming in the Pacific Ocean,
in November!!
Looking at the "sights"!
(Wink, wink - nudge, nudge!)

("Nasty Bits" removed, to protect the "frail, sensibilities" of others!)
Don't worry - I didn't look at anything!
(I do seem to remember someone named, "Cathy"!???!)

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Sitting here - "killing" time - waiting to resume, plaster repairs -
One of my favorite things!

So, we "wile", away some time in "LA".
(I had fun!!)
We get a call -
We've got a load!!
Off we fly to Portland, Or.
Next stop - Yakima, Washington.

We get to Yakima - find the place we're supposed to pick the load up -
("Yakima Growers Co-op" - as close as I can remember!)
About, 50,000 pounds of "Organic", grape-juice - canned.
While we're waiting for them to load the truck - we get some "samples" -
Good Stuff!!!
Where are we going - back to So. Calif. -
Yeah!!!
(Hi! - Cathy!!!)

On the road.

Merry Christmas!

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Lovin the story Ross. I have a few buddies who were or still are drivers, they tell me out in LA, when you change lanes there, you turn the blinker on count to three and change lanes, is that true or are they pullin my leg?
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Lovin the story Ross. I have a few buddies who were or still are drivers, they tell me out in LA, when you change lanes there, you turn the blinker on count to three and change lanes, is that true or are they pullin my leg?
Hi!
"Dr. Jimbo"
Probably, aren't pullin' your leg!
When I was out there, the traffic was "murder"!!
You learn to "insinuate", yourself into the traffic-flow!
Hello! - I out-weigh, you by "Tons"!!
Who's going to win!??!
There's people out there, on the road that do stupid things!

Courteous, driving is a thing of the past.

Have you heard the term "California", "Pit-Stop"?
That's how they deal with "Stop-Signs", out there.
Roll up to a "Stop-Sign" - seems to be no one around - "blow" through
the "stop-sign"!!
Arragh!
IDIOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Merry Christmas! (Jim)

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I was going to save this for later -
However, "jiju1943" started this!
(Don't blame me!!!)

I was coming up from someplace, far, Southern Calif.
Had to get back to "LA".

"Interstate" - hardly, any traffic -
I'm doing the speed-limit (55 or 65, mph)
Sorry, don't remember!
I come up behind someone - they're doing 35 to 40 mph.
I try to pass them.
They go into the "Left", lane.
I go into the "Right", lane -
They "Block" me again!!!
This goes on for miles!!
I'm talking miles!!!

Yes, "Boys and Girls" - I'm perturbed!
He finally lets me around.
I hit the speed limit.

What do I see in my mirror??
This "clown", riding my rear-end (trailer).
He's making moves to see if he can pass me.
Oh boy!

More "games" at 35 mph!!

No, "Rossi" decides - it's time for a lesson!!
Ha, Ha, ha!
He doesn't know that I've got this extremely, powerful, machine -
(335 Cummings, turned up to 350 - thank you, fellow "gear-jammers"!!)
I've got 10,000 to 12,000 pounds of refrigerated, plants -
"Nothing", for what I'm driving!
Nothing"!!
"A walk in the park"!!
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Hi!
"Dr. Jimbo"
Probably, aren't pullin' your leg!
When I was out there, the traffic was "murder"!!
You learn to "insinuate", yourself into the traffic-flow!
Hello! - I out-weigh, you by "Tons"!!
Who's going to win!??!
There's people out there, on the road that do stupid things!

Courteous, driving is a thing of the past.

Have you heard the term "California", "Pit-Stop"?
That's how they deal with "Stop-Signs", out there.
Roll up to a "Stop-Sign" - seems to be no one around - "blow" through
the "stop-sign"!!
Arragh!
IDIOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Merry Christmas! (Jim)

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I was going to save this for later -
However, "jiju1943" started this!
(Don't blame me!!!)

I was coming up from someplace, far, Southern Calif.
Had to get back to "LA".

"Interstate" - hardly, any traffic -
I'm doing the speed-limit (55 or 65, mph)
Sorry, don't remember!
I come up behind someone - they're doing 35 to 40 mph.
I try to pass them.
They go into the "Left", lane.
I go into the "Right", lane -
They "Block" me again!!!
This goes on for miles!!
I'm talking miles!!!

Yes, "Boys and Girls" - I'm perturbed!
He finally lets me around.
I hit the speed limit.

What do I see in my mirror??
This "clown", riding my rear-end (trailer).
He's making moves to see if he can pass me.
Oh boy!

More "games" at 35 mph!!

No, "Rossi" decides - it's time for a lesson!!
Ha, Ha, ha!
He doesn't know that I've got this extremely, powerful, machine -
(335 Cummings, turned up to 350 - thank you, fellow "gear-jammers"!!)
I've got 10,000 to 12,000 pounds of refrigerated, plants -
"Nothing", for what I'm driving!
Nothing"!!
"A walk in the park"!!
For cryin out loud, come on, tell us.
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Please -
It's the "Holiday Season"!
Cut me a little slack!
If you feel the need to cry - don't worry - we'll understand!

(Keep the "Tear-drops" off of your keyboard!)

Our hearts, go out to you!!!

(Poor, poor "Dr. Jimbo"!!)

Boo, hoo, hoo!

Merry Christmas!

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(Don't worry, I'll be back - you've been warned!)

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