Happy New Year to Jeff, Cindy and Ember!
It turned out to be a good year after all…………………………………………..in most respects.
We did lose a couple of dear friends…………………………………
This Beer Is A Toast To The New Year and to Friends We Miss…………………………….
Well, I had to go back up north yesterday. The weather wasn’t great, but I had to go to the Draper, UT DLV to test for my endorsements since that’s where I started my CDL process.
I had three “written” tests to take on the computer. The tanker and double/triple trailer endorsement tests were 20 questions each and the hazmat test was 30 questions. I got 90% on the tanker, 95% on doubles/triples, and I got 100% on the hazmat test Of course, I still have my motorcycle endorsement which means I can legally operate any motor vehicle in Utah except a city, tour, or school bus or a taxi cab I’m halfway tempted to get those just because I can, but not right now
I may be back later tonight, but if not, here’s wishing everyone a Happy New Year
It wasn’t easy, but I managed to pull it off! I earned my Class A Commercial Driver’s License
I left home on 7 December 2014 and returned on 27 December. I had two Sundays and Christmas day off, but it was just too far to return to Price for an afternoon when I knew I’d be as tired as I was.
We started off on the road by learning to double clutch, properly up-shift and downshift, and added on from there. I had to pass a pre-trip inspection test, a backing test, and a road test. I had good times and tough times, but I think it was worth it
I took my motorcycle out fir the first time in over three weeks today and was struck by what I’ve done. I managed to drive a big rig through city traffic, tight turns, and on the freeway. I’d get out of the rig and into my car and I swear the HHR felt like a go cart. Then I got on the bike today and I’m on a vehicle with a max gross weight of less than a thousand pounds with no steel around me. The big rig has a max gross weight of about 80,000 pounds and there’s a lot of protection in that cab!
I’ll have more updates later, but I’m just tired right now.
Have a great day, everyone
We are having some weather here in The Used To Be Golden State………………….
I took these this afternoon, on the way home from work. Got my box of stuff to take to the new hangar and called out sick.
My Samsung Galaxy Note 3 does take pretty good pictures
Sorry for the delays in posting, but I’m at truck driving school. I’ll be back soon!
The best way I could sum up this past year is probably rough. I lost my job in the IT field back in April after working with the company for eighteen months and went on unemployment. Sadly, there are pretty much no other IT jobs around this area, so I was applying for anything I thought I might be able to do.
I applied for loss prevention at a big box store, parts driver for a service shop, tire technician at a chain store, office assistant for a state facility, cell phone salesperson, shift lead at a fast food restaurant… If I thought I could do it, I applied. Alas, while I attended interviews and even second interviews, nobody wanted to actually hire me. I was apparently overqualified for some, underqualified for others, and who knows what else.
I’d grumbled and talked about maybe getting my Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) quite a bit, so Cindy made sure to pass the notice you see above on to me. I figured it sounded like a good opportunity to talk to someone who knows the real deal when it comes to this sort of thing. My unemployment payments were about to run out and I was feeling just a wee bit stressed. I was pretty much broke and my credit ain’t exactly stellar, but maybe someone there would know something Cindy and I didn’t about how to make this happen.
I was and still am more glad I went to that event at the museum I met Gail with Roadmaster along with one of their instructors and a couple of local industry people. I explained my situation and asked for any help I could get. And I got more help than I ever expected
I worked with Gail, several different people in the trucking industry, and even more people in the Utah Department of Workforce Services. The end result of much peoplework and paperwork is that I am taking part in a program administered by the state of Utah with federal government funding to train people for jobs that are actually in demand That’s right – I start school MONDAY
I’m going to be up at Roadmaster’s school near Salt Lake City for three weeks of twelve hour days while staying in a hotel. Cindy is going to do the best single parent impersonation she can and take care of Ember all by herself. Once I graduate at the end of December, I’ll have my Class A CDL along with several endorsements.
Now, I know some are thinking that a CDL is great, but you still need to get an actual job when you’re done. This is one of the things I’m thrilled beyond belief about – I already have a job waiting for me! Actually, I have several jobs waiting for me and I get to choose which is messing with my brain a bit after so long on unemployment
I’m going to cut this off here due to time constraints, but I will update my status when I have the chance
Have a great day, everyone, and wish me luck
“This year gone by ain’t been a piece of cake!”
This song, Trip Around The Sun, is one of my favorites from Jimmy and I’m sure to play it on the anniversary of my arrival. I hope you enjoy it, too
Not my favorite type of weather if I’m honest. Not good for riding and not good for trying to go get things done when I’m watching my daughter who’s not feeling well at all.
Well, it’s that time of the year again. It’s winter in Utah. We’ve had a few flakes in the past week, but just look at what happened tonight! The forecast called for about 0.5″ of snow accumulation. I think the forecast was just a wee bit off
As you can see, there’s plenty of snow on our back deck. All those tracks are from the neighborhood cats that come by for a snack and a drink as we leave food and water out year round for a cat that was abandoned here by the previous residents and that refuses to come inside when it’s -20° out.
After I took this pic, I noticed that my weather station receiver inside showed zero wind when I knew the wind was blowing outside. I went back out and noticed that the anemometer was caked in snow and couldn’t turn. A few seconds with a broom fixed that
And here are some recent weather conditions from my home weather station. It’s cold, breezy, and wet. That said, it’s really not THAT bad As long as the snow melts in the next couple of days, I’ll still get out and ride my motorcycle
That’s all for now, but I’ll be back soon Have fun, stay safe, and stay warm everyone
OK, so the whole day wasn’t this way. I was out on my motorcycle earlier and it was cold and windy, but it was also sunny After I dropped by home to take care of some stuff, it got gray and it reminded me of one of my favorite songs:
I remember when Hazy Shade of Winter as performed by The Bengals was all over the radio. It’s really appropriate for here as we do get snow unlike San Diego
Yeah, it’s gray out. And cold. We just got snow a couple of days ago.
And here’s the report from my home weather station. Please note that wind readings will be a bit slower at home due to trees surrounding the house
Basically, I’m glad to be inside for most of the day and my motorcycle is usually on the battery charger when I’m not riding it, but we’re not that bad yet
Have a great day, everyone
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