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Tom's Trucker Travels & Audio Podcast
Sunday, October 31, 2004
  October 31, 2004...
October 31, 2004 -- I got unloaded at Corinne, Utah yesterday (Saturday) evening. Afterwards they had me deadhead my truck to Fruitland, Idaho where I'm waiting to reload -- a good 330 miles from where I unloaded in Utah.

This new load is supposed to deliver in Hannibal, Missouri, up north of St. Louis, Missouri Tuesday morning at 6:00 AM. That schedule gives me less than two days to go 1,565 miles !!!! I think someone is going to have to do some readjusting on the delivery time !!!!!!!

Two more days and the 2004 election SHOULD be over. I'm so sick of hearing everyone talk about it.

I realized this morning why the early voter turnout is so large -- I believe that people are voting early so they can "tune out" of the election talk. People have grown weary of others trying to exert influence over their minds. I must admit, once I dropped off my absentee ballot it was a relief -- I can simply ignore the discussions.
Thursday, October 28, 2004
  October 28, 2004...
October 28, 2004 -- I came back to work today. I picked a load up that finally got loaded tonight at 9:00 PM at Noel, Missouri. The load delivers at Corinne, Utah at 5:00 PM Saturday afternoon. That means I'm going to have to push to make it on time.
I'm feeling much better, though I'm still taking the antibiotic, and likely will be for at least a few more days.
Wednesday, October 27, 2004
  October 27, 2004...
October 27, 2004 -- I ended up staying home an extra day today because I still wasn't feeling good enough to go back to work. It's moving in the right direction though -- I'll be ready to leave out again tomorrow morning. I won't know what load I'll have until then.

It rained here a good portion of the day, and it's raining again this evening, a steady, soaking rain. It was heavily overcast all day long. The days are now noticeably shorter. The time will be changing soon back to Standard Time from Daylight Savings Time. That will make it dark pretty much at 5:30 PM.

I have had one of those thin Canon flatbed scanners for about two or three years. The scanner unexpectedly died after functioning perfectly 24 hours prior. I tried it on two computers, and both gave me the same error message. I don't need to scan things often, but when I need to I need to. So I ended up going to the local Circuit City store and buying another one. It seems they manufacture things like printers and scanners with a fairly limited lifespan. When that lifespan is up and the parts wear out, the only real alternative is to replace it with a new unit and toss the old one in the trash. That seems wasteful to me, but what else can you do? Trying to get something like a scanner or printer repaired would frequently cost more than just replacing it with a new unit.
Tuesday, October 26, 2004
  October 26, 2004...
October 26, 2004 -- I got home at about 3:00 AM on Friday October 22nd for a few days off. I was scheduled to go back to work on the 27th, which is tomorrow. Unfortunately, last night I started quickly coming down with some sort of respiratory infection. Today, I'm not feeling too good. If I don't feel any better by tomorrow morning I'll simply stay home another day. I've got 5 more vacation days that I can use if I have to. I don't like to drive if I'm sick. Right now I'm not feeling anywhere close to 100% percent.

I've done it again -- I ended up getting another tattoo last night, this time a large padlock on the back of my neck with chains. The chains are constructed in such a way that they can be extended on down to fill in the space around my collar bone at a future date.

This picture was taken with my head leaning forward a bit so as to stretch out my neck and get rid of any wrinkles.

This picture was taken with me leaning my head back a bit, thus distorting the padlock image with wrinkles.

It's likely that this will be the extent of my neck ink. I'm pretty much out of room, and I don't want to move ink up onto my scalp -- well, at least at this point. Who knows, I might change my mind even though it doesn't seem to me that I will. At one time I didn't want any ink that I couldn't easily hide with a long-sleeved shirt. Boy did those sentiments change over time !!!
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