I caught up to the convoy of our trucks twenty miles outside of Red Bluff. It seems other older trucks also had their own issues so Fred’s brakes and tire problems wasn’t so bad. One truck lost it’s rear axle and by the way, it’s a lot less fun having functional brakes and deep treaded tires.
Miles ahead stood snow covered Mount Shasta with its sister Mount Lassen to the east. As I approached the Sacramento River I expected to see torrents of run off from the snow covered mountains surrounding Redding. Last year in June the river waters flowed fast and deep, this year hardly any.
I checked into the rather nice hotel and picked up a job to round out my day. Evidentially this area is becoming a hub for insurance call centers. The job I picked up was an installation order for a couple dozen direct in dial trunks. The health insurance giant is bringing it’s call center back to Redding California… Of all places….
Fred needs new brakes and the mechanic won’t let me drive him until he gets new ones.. The tire sub-contractor refused to sign off on Fred because of the brake condition. The outlining area of Redding is wild and wooly. The snow on the roads up there in the normal winter is a bit hairy… The last time I was loaned to the Sierra town of Placerville, a speeding car went out of control and pushed my vehicle into a rock filled snow bank..
The manager for that garage couldn’t believe his eyes. All he said was, “We waited months for that replacement 4 by 4 truck. It didn’t even have paper tags on it.” He never asked how I was doing. The vehicle was totaled with less than 200 miles on it…. I was a person non grata and the next day I was shipped home…. I took it for 16 hours of double time that day… This too will pass….
Fifty miles off of Eureka California a 6.9 earthquake hit the night before. The media was so quick to say there were no injuries nor damage reported. Yes there was no injuries but there was a lot of damage invisible damage. Indeed quite a bit of cable damage took place but it on the surface everything looked normal. When the earth shakes conduits under the street break and cables are damaged.
Late in the afternoon management asked for four volunteers from our area to head north. It was a short turn around being that I got home at 11pm and I needed to be back down at work at 7:30am. This morning I saw people I usually never see. I’ll be gone for two weeks, the convoy departs at 10am…
Post script… I am going to miss the convoy. The mechanic says I need four rear tires.. There might still be snow on the road.. In March? The last time I went on loan in the snow I totaled a 50,000 dollar new dog catcher vehicle…
This too will pass.
A fellow technician made a helper ticket for me as one of my late afternoon jobs. He’s barely got twelve years with company, in fact I started working for Pacific Telephone ten years prior to his birth. As I met up with him I asked, “What’s up with this one?” ” He replied, “The lady in front of that splice case says a crow has made it’s home there.” Birds are messy and I didn’t feel like messing with an angry crow. Crows caw their disapproval when you bother their home; wouldn’t you?
I offered to let him boom up and he was more willing to get the chance. I barely positioned the truck when I noticed he had already climbed into the bucket… I used to be that way.. It fun in a boyish way…
Historians say the fall of the Roman Empire was an internal collapse brought on by a slow moral decline. The end of the once mighty state happened long before the first Germanic invasion took place.
No one ever says, “Hey, You need to get on Coke.” There are never interventions where family members circle their loved one and beg them to get on Coke. When I was a union representative I received a call from a fired employee who literally begged me to try to get his job back. I could do nothing and all I could do was wish them well.
No there’s nothing funny about an addiction. Addictions bring nothing but pain and suffering but not just to the user. Families see their loved ones and can do nothing but turn their backs on them. Friends shake their heads and wonder if the user will someday be the person they once were.
We as a people need to take a stand and say, “Enough!” I’ve decided to boycott Coca-Cola Products. When are we going to draw the line and say, “True Go-Getters don’t get going using Coke”. Aren’t those Go- Getters the same ones who beg for forgiveness with promises of change when they are confronted by life’s jury… This too will pass..
It took WordPress pillar Gigi to knock some sense into this man’s brain… I want to thank her for getting me to this point in my cosmic journey.. What is it they say, “onward and upward never back!”
It is time….