Michigan On A Friday

Peddling toward Michigan. Yes. On a Friday. Just as I expected, what followed the missing load yesterday was another personal attack. Well, that’s the way I see it, anyway.
They put a load on me that couldn’t deliver before Saturday in Michigan. I balked. I was determined that if they wouldn’t let me drop it and tried to make me deliver the load on Saturday, I was done. I would drop the load at our Morristown, Tennessee yard and bobtail to Kings Mountain to off-load the truck, and would have the truck in Greensboro on Saturday morning.
I was that angry. I’m sick of dealing with a dispatcher who acts like a hormonal teen-aged girl. I’m sick of dealing with an inept load planner whose sense of self-worth is so low that he can only feel like somebody by playing power games with drivers’ lives.
But someone got the delivery appointment changed to today. That mollified me a bit. It will be better for me if I work until October 5th as planned. That’ll let me go to Florida with all my bills paid and all my credit cards paid down. A genuine fresh start.
I’m about 90 miles from my delivery in Monroe, Michigan. After this I pick up a pre-plan out of Ohio (thanks Clint!) that will get me to KM (albeit tomorrow).
I’m certainly not happy with the way things worked here. After all, it’s the same old same old. I’m working into the weekend to make up for the fact that that that apple maggot eating motherfucker of a load planner made me sit earlier in the week. But I am trying to put a positive spin on this. After all, this is the last weekend these people will be able to mess with me.
Sometime around October 6th or 7th, this company and the petty and childish games of my dispatcher and load planner will be memories fading in rear view mirror. Very soon eight years of wandering up and down the highways will seem like little more than an unsettling dream. If I wake up suddenly in the middle of the night, I’ll no longer sit on the side of the bed, listening to the rumble of an engine and trying to remember where I am.

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