The Oil Bath

A blog mainly about chemistry and driving trucks, describing how the world looks from the bench of a lab and how the world looks from the seat of a cab.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Today's post brought to you by.....


Ah... the joy of getting paid to do your hobby. You see, the driver leasing service that I am currently employed with has me on a minimum 8 hours per day 5 day per week contract. And today the unnamed engine plant that has become my home away from home is not shipping any engines today, so I'm home early and getting paid the princely sum of 14$ per hour to write this. The down side is that unless aliens show up and destroy Toyota and Honda, or something equally unlikely (like American car manufacturers regaining their traditional marketshare) I'm not going to see a dime of overtime 'til I get off my ass and get a real job. I could do that at any time, but as you know from reading my first post, I'm too lazy. Sure I'd like better clothes, better food, vacations where I actually vacate the area, but that would require me to quit this job where 9 days out of 10 I put in about 5 hours on duty, and spend at least half of it sitting on my ass talking to friends on the phone. That ain't gonna happen.

The best thing about having a CDL (commercial drivers license in case you forgot) is that you NEVER have to TRY to look for a job again. EVER! As long as you have at least 2 years verifiable experience, and have a clean enough record, it's a slam dunk shooting fish in a barrel no brainer. Let me ask you this...how often do people cold call you and offer a 30-60 K/year position? I'm sure the answer for most of you is no. And the few of you who could retort with something like "60 K a year? ROFL thats a joke" or "in my field I'm in such demand...bla bla bla" let me ask you a follow up question; "Have you had at least 10 different employers in the last 3 years, and have you quit last minute and pulled no call/no shows on at least half of them?" My last interview went something like this:

Me: "Yeah I haven't worked for the past few months, cause....well... I just kinda got sick of trying, and I'm tired of it all, but I ran out of money from my tax return and they're about to cut off my internet access .... I figure it's you guys or JB Hunt."

My current Employer: "Let me show you our best account, when can you start?"

CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT SHIT? I remember job hunting in my Pre CDL days. It was like weeks of nothing, nothing and more nothing, then when a guy would tell me that he had a few people he was considering and he'd get back to me I felt like I was back in school and trying to find a girl to go to a dance. Lying awake wondering if I was good enough, showering and putting on my best clothes beforehand, trying to look as happy and pleasant while holding back how nervous I was while presenting myself. Then afterwords staring at the phone, wondering if i should call and ask if a decision was made , or just wait it out and not seem so pushy. And of course the ego crushing devastation at the inevitable rejection. Did I mention that at the aforementioned truckdriver interview I wasn't even showered?

Ok, so finding work isn't the hard part. Finding a GOOD job is just as hard as it is for anyone though. Drivers get paid in many different ways, hourly, by the mile, percentage (pretty much all Owner operators go this way or by the mile) or some convoluted formula based on weight, miles number of packages, phase of the moon, or some junk. And how you get paid has a lot to how you drive. Also there's the issue of quality of life. I could make a lot more if i was willing to spend a LOT more time in the truck. And you have to consider where you go, how long you spend away from home, and the pressure you will be under to get the load there.

I was going to talk about many of these issues this post but this looks like it's about as long as the human attention span, and if i get into the details it will run way too long, so ill go into that later, now its time for me to call Dweezil and tell him to format and spellcheck this ( yes I'm THAT lazy). Til next time, keep on sitting...er trucking.

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