August 6, 2004 -- I dropped my candy load this morning at Hazleton, PA. At first they didn't have any empty trailers for me to take, so I had to wait a couple of hours for an empty. After I got an empty trailer, they sent me a new load loading at Baldwinsville, New York up by Syracuse, New York. I picked up a load of beer there delivering Monday in Jacksonville, Florida.

My "fleet manager" sent out a message late yesterday afternoon saying she will be off about a week for surgery of some sort. Normally each fleet manager has about 50 trucks assigned to their "board." While my fleet manager is off work, one of her co-workers will have to pick up the slack. That means that the one picking up the slack will be responsible for 100 trucks instead of just 50 trucks. 50 trucks is enough to keep someone jumping, so having to deal with 100 is twice as hard. When they have to work that hard things are more likely to fall through the cracks. I'm due home on August 11th so I might have to remind them.

After I picked up my load at Baldwinsville, New York, I got pulled in to a New York "truck check." The highway patrolman did a paperwork-only inspection on my truck. It only took a few minutes and was no big deal. I got the impression that they are doing it because of the recent terror alert. The officer said his normal work area is up near the Canadian border. There's such a huge volume of traffic going by I could see how things could slip through without being detected.

Here are a couple of pictures I took of myself this evening.