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    Well, wouldn't you know it? Y'all may recall that I've been trying to find good employment up here in the White Mountains... and now two separate companies wanna hire me at the same time, go figure. Each company has good points & bad points, so to speak, therefore I've been AGONIZING over the decision. I went ahead and took the drug screen for one outfit today, mainly because this outfit is local, the yard is about four miles from my house, and the equipment is decent... however, they also wanna cross-train in other areas, and this has me a bit worried. I like the idea of pulling a belly dump or a semi-dump, I'm very comfortable with that length of wagon and have plenty of experience in that respect, as far as wheelbases go... but this outfit also wants to cross-train with mixers, and to be perfectly honest with y'all, I don't have much interest in driving a mixer. I'm not lazy or scared of hard work, that's not the issue, it's just that all my training and actual truck driving has been with longer wagons, ya know? o_O

    The straight dump trucks or 10-wheelers, no problem, I figure I can learn those easily enough, and I'm already aware of the dangers of raising the bed on sloping ground, or uneven ground if you prefer to call it that... I know that if a driver isn't careful, he can topple the whole truck on its side, which would NOT make a good impression with one's employer, LOL. That same risk exists with the longer semi-dumps, I just feel that I'd be more comfortable with the longer rigs, and my OTR safety record backs up that claim, 10-4? Now, the second outfit only runs belly dumps and regular dump trucks or 10-wheelers, and they offer better pay ($18/hour), BUT the project sites are farther from my house and there's no guarantee of steady work throughout the winter... they MIGHT have work, but no promises. Y'all know I'm free & clear here, I paid cash for this home of mine, but I still have to earn enough to pay the goldurned utility bills and property taxes, and those utility bills are HIGHER in the winter, AYE??? :eek:

    The first outfit has told me that they still give their drivers time over the winter, and with at least one good renter in that back room of mine, no big deal, right? But then again, that room rental scene has been a friggin' crapshoot, might as well roll the dice or flip a coin to see what you ACTUALLY GET, references & background checks be damned. Think "PSYCHO" and Norman Bates... I've had good short-term renters here, but that one wanker was a complete d!ck and y'all saw how THAT one turned out, YEAH??? The LAST thing I need is more headaches with badge bullies and whatnot... and I've never had to deal with roommates before in the past, I was shacked up a time or two but that's an entirely different scene. I DO have a line on some older gal who wants to move up here, a retired bus driver of all things, and she MIGHT prove to be a good roommate... believe me, I have NO ULTERIOR MOTIVES HERE, I simply want some room renter who can pay on time every month and NOT be problematic. :applaud:

    Anyway, to top it all off, my Camry has been leaking a minor amount of oil lately, and I'm about to go out there, jack it up, and put it on stands to get a closer look at the problem. I had planned to swap out one gasket today, but I got started early on the computer with the e-mail tag from the second outfit, then I had to run to the yard of the first outfit to get the paperwork for the drug screen, go to the clinic, etc., etc. So that has been an additional fly in the ointment, so to speak... man, what I wouldn't give for a drama-free life, and I try my darnedest to make that happen, but I guess life isn't always drama-free, no matter how hard you try to make it that way. Meh, one fine day I'll drop dead and none of this bull$h!t will matter anymore... though I'll miss the cold beer and the companionship of good friends, particularly while shooting pool on the custom 8' table, LOL. Maybe I'm just a worrywart or whatever they're called, gripped about stuff that doesn't really matter... WTF, either outfit is a JOB, RIGHT??? :confused:

    ANYWAY, Y'ALL BE GOOD, THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR HEARING ME RANT, FEEL FREE TO COMMENT UPON THIS ENTIRE SITUATION, MAYBE Y'ALL WILL HAVE A PERSPECTIVE OR VALID POINT I OVERLOOKED, 10-4??? :idea:

    NOW I'M BACK TO A COLD BEER AND A SIMPLE AUTOMOTIVE PROBLEM... CHEERS!!! :woot: :drunk: :woot:
     
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    So I swapped out the valve cover gasket on the Camry, and it *seemed* to sit right once I was done, I had it in the groove when I flipped the cover into place, but after tightening everything back up there was a bit of stutter when I started the car. Had difficulty with the gasket at first, thought I was gonna need another hand to help me as I turned the cover over and put it into place... but I went on a test drive afterward and the car drove a few miles, no problem. Do these Chinese "Perma-Dry" gaskets take awhile to get properly seated or what? I sure hope I didn't set myself up for failure with this trucking outfit, don't want the car to take a dump on me when I first set out for the yard. By the same token, I didn't want the car leaking oil in the company yard either, that never looks good, and the original gasket was SHOT, LOL. Meh, where's that tech expert MikeG when ya need him??? Hey, Dude, I might hafta borrow the Lifted Pink Caddy if my Camry dies on me... probably get fired for driving the pink Caddy onto company property, 10-4? :confused:

    I'M TELLIN' Y'ALL, I SHOULD'VE BEEN BORN RICH... THIS RIDICULOUS CIRCUS JUGGLING ACT IS FOR THE BIRDS. o_O
     
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    #373 WideTheF#%Open, Apr 6, 2018
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    Y'all may have seen this video before:



    But check these out, I think the links are somehow protected, so just Google the following line and select the first video to see some heller footage:

    Jeb Corliss Best of Projects

    Once the first short video is done, it will roll into the next one titled:

    Jeb Corliss and Luigi Cana - Balls Pyramid

    THAT video is INSANE, too bad Jeb had to go and die like Dan Osman & Dean Potter, dude was radical, on the cutting edge of life. The Balls Pyramid video sure is cool... :cool:

    Edit: After reading up on the stack, I learned that it is called Ball's Pyramid, named after a Royal Navy Lieutenant who first sighted it and recorded its position. It lies off Australia, near Lord Howe Island, and it is the tallest volcanic stack in the world. It sits at the center of a huge underwater shelf, which is why you see relatively shallow water around it in the video. Climbers have ascended to that gnarly summit, and there are weird endangered stick insects that dwell high on the cliff walls. Pretty cool place, huh? :applaud:
     
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    "Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do when they come for you???" :confused:

    "GEE, UM, LEMME SEE... CLIMB INTO MY RIM ROAD 300 SPECIAL AND LEAVE THOSE JEW-SUCKIN' F@GS IN THE DIRT, YEAH???" o_O

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    'NUFF SAID, LOL... :cool:
     
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    Well, Boyz, I reckon I'll be leaving Mormon Country here in the near future and heading to eastern Oklahoma to buy a place near the lakes. I'm done dealing with these tards, I need to get myself over to where there's more action, particularly trucking action, and to heck with this Mormon & "seasonal" bull$h!t, 10-4??? It was a nice dream while it lasted, I had a good year-and-a-half up here in this party pad in the forest, but the job scene just sucks, and I'm tired of dealing with it. Time to "get gone" as GMC said, I can still buy a nice little place over there in "The Sooner" and there'll be a heckuva lot more action going on, no doubt. So that's what I'm gonna do, PRONTO... :eek:

    I spent the entire day cruising through realty listings again, and I seriously checked out a few other areas of the country, but I have my trucker's atlas, Joel Skousen's book STRATEGIC RELOCATION, and the Allstays.com map of Walmarts in every state, LOL, so I'm narrowing down the options, yeah??? WTF, I can buy an old Catholic church in Liberty, KS, for $20K or less, and it'd be ROOMY too at 2400-plus square feet, not to mention the fact that I could use the tower for rappel practice, set up a climbing gym in the tall interior, and prep BBQ items on the no-longer-sanctified altar, but there's probably not a whole lot going on in that burg, JOB-WISE, so I gotta make the right call. o_O

    Time to get over there by "The Crossroads of America" (Oklahoma City), problem is that there are too many murders there for my liking, so I'll stretch it out on I-40 and choose some burg over there by the lakes. Maybe even look in the northeastern corner of the state, though I like a couple places below I-40, and they're closer to the Ouachita Mountains, which Joel Skousen likes as a bugout retreat in the event of nuclear war, LOL. Meh, can't base my decision entirely upon Skousen's advice, since he already made his pile and I still have to work... but I also like checking property costs & taxes, demographics, crime, the local economy, etc., etc. I'd like to find a good compromise between all those factors, and just deal with the other bull$h!t... :no:

    ANYWAY, WE'LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS... I ALREADY CALLED A REALTOR AND I'M GOING TO PUT THIS HOME ON THE MARKET, SINCE THIS IS A GOOD TIME TO DO IT AND I CAN GET MORE THAN I PUT INTO THE PLACE, AYE??? :party:

    EVEN AFTER THE SALES COMMISSION AND MOVING COSTS, THOUGH OF COURSE I'LL BE LOADING & DRIVING THE RENTAL TRUCK MYSELF, AS USUAL... WHY THE F#% WOULD I PAY SOME OTHER FOOLIOT TO DO IT??? :wtruck:
     
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    Jeez, wouldn'tcha know it? Now some prospective employer is talking about permanent full-time work... ironically, it's NOT a driving job, but since I'm free & clear on the house (paid cash for it), it doesn't really matter as long the job is full-time year-round, AYE??? Boy, I'll tell ya, jobs that like are hard to come by up here... meh, if this one comes through I'll jump on it and toss the CDL-A in the trash can where it belongs, LOL. Funny to think of all that OTR experience and a clean driving record going to waste, but to hell with it, this job actually looks pretty cool because I'll deal with animals, and sadly enough, I interact BETTER with animals than with humans, LOL. THAT'S a freakin' no-brainer, give me the GOLDURNED ANIMALS any day of the week, 10-4??? A bite or a scratch is minor compared to dealing with HUMANS, go figure... :eek:

    And NO, I won't be working at the pig farm or the slaughterhouse, just doing my thing with dogs, cats, the odd rabbit or turtle, etc. So we'll see what happens, I gotta exhaust every last potential opportunity up here, even though trucking ain't happenin'... WTF, I already took two drug screens for trucking outfits, and I know the tests were clean, but these outfits never come through, they just squawk about drivin' and then find some Mormon to fill the truck, I guess. PFFFFFFT... when their truck winds up in a ditch, maybe they'll look back upon the failed hiring process. Maybe not, and I don't really care right now, if this other job doesn't come through I'll simply list the house and get on outta here... but if it DOES come through, then I reckon I'll be givin' it my best shot, and continuing the search for the ever-elusive "good roommates." o_O

    Anyway, I was glad to see (and feel) the Camry performing alright after I swapped out the valve cover gasket (twice). Did it the first time and had some hesitation, so a hand at the other site who is a certified mechanic gave me a few pointers and I went back and did it again, now the car runs fine and I think the "oil leak" is just old cr@p left on the block making its way down and off said block, yeah??? It's dwindling every time too, just a drop when I pulled into the carport yesterday, we'll see what happens today... I put a large piece of cardboard down a few days ago ("Mexican Creeper"), just to check the underside while the car was up on jack stands, and I left the cardboard there afterward to soak up any leaks. Every time I start the car, I move it onto the gravel driveway to warm up, then wipe whatever oil has leaked recently so I can monitor that scene... :confused:

    WELL, TIME FOR A COLD BEER, HOPEFULLY THIS ANIMAL OUTFIT HIRES ME FULL-TIME, AND P!$$ ON THE TRUCK DRIVING... THE ANIMALS WILL BE WAY LESS AGGRAVATING, LOL. DAMN. :rofl:

    Y'ALL BE GOOD... AND WAIT FOR THE NEXT THRILLING INSTALLMENT OF MY SO-CALLED LIFE, LOL. :slow:
     
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    Meh, here's a classic Pistols tune for y'all, LOL:



    Enjoy, youse Truckforum Hee-roes!!! LOL... :eek: o_O :confused:
     
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    Headin' to Oklahoma just as soon as I flip this house... looking forward to a new start in Sooner Country, right around Lake Eufala, I reckon there'll be more going on over there than there is here, 10??? I mean WTF, I've taken TWO drug screens already and still no job, and I know the tests were clean... haven't had money to waste on chronic, LOL. Meh, it has been an adventure up here in the White Mountains of Arizona, but the sooner I bail outta Mormon Country, the better, and I can still buy a nice place over there in Oklahoma, might lose some square footage with the interior but I'll probably gain some land. There's a magic number with regard to pricing over there: once ya drop below $30K, the fixer money required negates any good deal, but from $32K to $35K and up, there are some decent homes to be found, maybe with a bit of work but not as bad as some of those lower-priced numbers that look like a bomb went off in 'em, or maybe an exploding meth lab, LOL. :eek:

    F#% IT, BOYZ, I'LL BE A SOONERS FAN FOR REAL ONCE I RELOCATE... WELL, I ALWAYS HAVE BEEN A SOONERS FAN, BUT Y'ALL KNOW WHAT I MEAN. o_O

    JUST NEED TO GET DEEPER INTO REDNECK LAND TO FIND SOMEONE WHO UNDERSTANDS WHAT IT MEANS TO HAVE A FAKE FELONY OUTTA THE SOCIALIST REPUBLIK OF KALIMEXIFORNIA, LOL... :confused:
     
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    Well, Boyz, NONE of that squawkin' about jobs ever materialized, driving or otherwise, and I'm ready to move on and try my luck elsewhere... realtor put a sign up in front of my home, I'm just helpin' him rewrite the details on the listings page, LOL. For instance, I have a second driveway which can accommodate a large RV, and that might make a difference to some rich retiree looking for a home AND a place to park his RV, 10-4? Dude omitted the 3/4 bath on top of the full bath, which was a mistake... hell, that walk-in shower is big enough to serve as a truck wash, no point in NOT mentioning it, YA THANK??? And instead of "custom pool table" as the guy had written, I said "custom 8' pool table"---sure, there are two excellent photos of the table in the listing, but why NOT tell pool players and billiards aficionados EXACTLY how large the table is??? Ain't no CR@PPY BAR TABLE, that's for goldurned sure. Jeez, I should just sling the darned house myself, but I don't know enough about the paperwork and tax issues involved, so f#% it, I'll deal with a realtor, and to heck with the cut, I'll still make more than I put into this sweet forest home and bachelor pad. Anyway, I filled the 1000 nail & pin/tack holes in the walls of every room, now I'm just taking a beer break before I go through the house and give all the spackle a lick of paint. :confused:

    CHEERS, YOUSE FOOLIOTS!!! :btruck:
     
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    Here we go again... why is my life always such a train wreck??? Turns out the douchebag realtor deliberately lowballed me on the "current estimated value" of my home, which led to a lower price in the initial listing, 10-4??? Well, last night I had time to study the market in detail, so the douche has already been fired. Guess I'll talk to my brother the estate attorney about alternate methods of selling the property, maybe using a "grant deed" or something like that... I really get tired of these greedy scumbags looking to make money off MY hard work and MY freakin' back. That ain't gonna f#%g happen, I guarantee it, because my family and I, we don't make good "victims" of scammers and their ilk, AYE??? :confused:

    Now for the good news: some hot chick drove past to look at the house, and I was outside at the time so we began to talk. I told her the realtor douche was already fired, then I invited her in to take a look at the property. Thus began an incredibly romantic tour of my home with this smokin' hot gal in a clingy sweatshirt, stone-washed jeans & classic hand-tooled cowboy boots... man, she was FINE, and I can't forget how we stood close to one another while laughingly touring from room to room. It was a nice interlude in a stressful time for me, having this incredibly-attractive gal so close to me... the whole time, I was thinking of a hundred different ways to... well, never mind. ;)

    We even sat in the leather reclining sofa in the living room and talked about a wide variety of subjects... gotta tell ya, Boyz, when she hiked those denim-clad legs up next to me, all I could think of was those same exquisitely-toned legs going up over my shoulders, minus the denim, of course, LOL. Maybe wrapped around me, AYE??? Uh-oh, this is a family website, better think clean thoughts... I eventually showed her out to her SUV, but not before telling her she was beautiful and kissing her hand, LOL. Perhaps there was some sort of mutual attraction, it sure was a fun half-hour home tour... and get this, she even rides dirt bikes, she showed me her riding gear in the SUV before she split. :eek:

    FINE-LOOKIN' GAL WITH MODEL CURVES IN ALL THE RIGHT PLACES, AND SHE RIDES DIRT BIKES... "KEEPER!!!" :bow:

    MAYBE SHE'S RICH AND HER FAMILY OWNS A CHAIN OF LIQUOR STORES, LOL... :btruck:
     

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