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? 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??? 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. 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??? 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??? NOW I'M BACK TO A COLD BEER AND A SIMPLE AUTOMOTIVE PROBLEM... CHEERS!!!