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March 15, 2005 -- After I unloaded at Tulsa, Oklahoma, I reloaded late that night in Joplin, Missouri with a load going to Jacksonville, Florida that delivered very early in the morning on March 14th. I had a bit of a problem at Joplin getting the trailer's reefer unit to start -- someone finally came out and jump-started it.

After I got unloaded early yesterday morning at Jacksonville, they didn't have a reload for me until 1:00 AM on the 16th at Bradenton, Florida. Right now I'm backed into a door waiting for them to load the new load, which delivers to Hammond, Louisiana at 9:00 AM on the 17th.

I'm pulling the same trailer, and the stupid reefer unit won't start again. I'm hoping they won't notice. Once I get the load loaded I can head to someplace to get it repaired, or at least jump-started.

I'm starting to have my doubts about the long-term viability of the company I drive for. Lately they've been making some obvious money-tightening moves that they've never had to make in the past. They've really clamped down on how much advance money they will advance to a driver. Secondly, they are now buying high-mileage used trucks as replacement trucks. And now they are trying to cut the costs of outside on-the-road repairs. The trailers are slowly becoming more and more junky. Unfortunately I think the handwriting is on the wall. There are plenty of other carriers out there looking for drivers, so finding another driving job really isn't a problem. This company in particular has been very convenient for me to work for since they are located only 23 miles from my house, but I may have to find something else regardless sooner or later.

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