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  1. LB log - 20140821

    Today's route run was the lightest that I've ever had so far. The timing of events throughout the day was very strange as I was reaching places in darkness that I normally see in sunrise, and not seeing nearly as much traffic on some stretches of the path. There were patches of rain in the morning, though, and trying to navigate a truck and 45' trailer using only the reflection of light off of the wet pavement while the defroster doesn't work to remove any of the fog is a trying experience. Regardless, ...
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  2. LB log - 20140820

    In bed at 530PM yesterday when it's usually 4PM, as it is now. Why? The game. Oh, the game. I'm very displeased. Very displeased.

    Up and at work, on the way out, and I find out that the truck I was driving is elsewhere. I get to the one that I'm assigned and come to find out it's almost out of gas. Do the preload and gas up. Bugs are everywhere. Start driving off and within 10 minutes I see a gigantic winged something on my elbow. Notice it's a moth a few moments later. Finally make ...
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  3. LB log - 20140819

    In limbo.

    Putting this up now while I have a moment. I intend to write more tomorrow.

    Lunar Beat. Extra Mode. Double play. "@" denotes Random chart modifier. All songs are of highest difficulty type unless specified.
    First line, by column; song title, EX score percentage and letter grade rank, EX score value and pass/fail, judgment readout (just great, great, good, bad poor), highest combo reached, note count of chart under Extra Mode, original note ...
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  4. LB log - 20140818

    I think I'm finally at a point where I can manage my time properly on the weekends. I didn't succumb to any kind of extra naps through the course of the days.

    A while ago I wrote that reading Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds was going to be quick and entertaining, but unfortunately I said as much before I reached this chapter on alchemy. The tone of the narrative didn't suddenly change, but reading one account to the next of a given person who was brought ...
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  5. LB log - 20140817

    The party actually went well, in my opinion. I'm glad we went. The kind of conversation and level of engagement was different than that of the prior week.

    On the way home from that, we visited Fry's, and the visit confirmed what seemed to be the case the last time we went there about a year ago - the place sucks now. Half of the shelves are barren and a substantial portion of product on the floor is merchandise that isn't electronics based. Toys, perfumes, As Seen on TV fare were ...
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  6. LB log - 20140816

    My wife left a nice surprise for me on my new Ipod today. It made me genuinely laugh. It helped keep my mood up throughout the day, which was rather easy today as I was able to move from one stop to the next with minimal downtime between each.

    Another open Saturday leads us to be attendant of a birthday party, this of my cousin's husband. They moved to a new house a while ago and I haven't been there yet. I also didn't submit any kind of gift for the baby shower of their first child. ...
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  7. LB log - 20140815

    I'm happy to report that using a Bluetooth piece with an Ipod Nano is a perfectly acceptable means to have a portable audio source on you for an entire day (well, more like eight hours) with practically no interference to physical activity or function. Once I wrapped the Ipod in an additional plastic bag to ensure that it didn't get any errant touches from my pocket, it was smooth sailing the rest of the day until the battery was low on the Bluetooth. Yes, I think this will be very useful.
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  8. LB log - 20140814

    My wife's been sick for a while, having something to do with a persistent cough and a sore throat. It finally spread to me, though I don't seem to be suffering as badly for it. It is bad enough that it made me lethargic enough to not play songs nor exercise yesterday. It didn't help matters that the route run yesterday went on for at least two hours longer than normal, and this was due to the amount of returns which I had to take with me after every stop. It wasn't until midday that I finally had ...
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  9. LB log - 20140812

    Number 3520. This is the one that I used predominantly in the week of the St. Louis trips. Shifting felt very good and doing all the stops that required back ins happened without any kind of trouble or even repositioning. Stop, aim, back in, done. This was the case until I got to the final two stops, which includes the home hub, where I have to dock into a bay door. If you curve it too much and (or? both?) hang on the clutch too much to ensure that positioning is good, the machine still bucks worse ...
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  10. LB log - 20140811

    When the work week is five days and closer to sixty hours than forty, it feels very strange to not be working.

    I kept sleep schedule but snuck in another four hours of rest after waking up for the Sunday night NPR session. Hopefully I'll get to the point where I won't succumb to that and find things to do to keep me awake throughout the night so that, if anything, I simply start rest earlier on Monday afternoon for the start of my week.

    Songs were pretty good today, ...
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  11. LB log - 20140810

    The party went well, in consideration for its purpose and intent. There were a lot of people there. My wife's picture that we gave as a gift was well received. I got to tell some trucking tales, and then leave early on out of consideration for my sleep schedule.

    Upon the return trip home, my wife made the observation that most people still don't even address her by name upon the initial greeting. We've been married for five years. Yeah, OK, we usually don't take meausres to converse ...
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  12. LB log - 20140809

    My fears were confirmed upon arrival at the job today, as the truck that I had used in the course of the week and felt like it had a loose shift stick at the end yesterday was out for repairs today. I hope I didn't directly cause the machine to be put out of service. They recommended me to use another Peterbuilt tractor on the lot, but it wasn't until I took it out and around to the trailer and attempted to hook it up that I came to realize that its fifth wheel jaws were stuck and unable to lock ...
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  13. LB log - 20140808

    Well, things seem OK so far. Except now my gear shift for the tractor that I'm assigned seems to be getting very loose today. I will not be happy if that becomes a problem that puts the machine out of service in the near future. Also, I misplaced a tote carton at a stop, so that means extra work for the intended recipient. Sigh.

    Songs were decent enough.

    Lunar Beat. Extra Mode. Double play. "@" denotes Random chart modifier. All songs are of highest difficulty ...
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  14. LB log - 20140807

    No, really. I have to cross Cermak. No choice.

    Let's see if the echo comes back.

    What? Oh, hi. Well one new thing that I did today was an optional so called Shuttle Run to the nearby GM warehouse for purposes of exchanging empty 53' trailers. It definitely took a lot more distance for it to come to a complete stop than the usual 45' that I carry. A difference of eight feet, logically enough, is fairly significant when you're towing it on the road.

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  15. LB log - 20140806

    I was able to both complete my route more rapidly today as well as skip the last stop. Home by 11. I told my Mom that I'd pay a visit sometime by the end of this week, so I took the opportunity to do so today. It was aggravating. My niece cries whenever I hold her alone now. Oh well. Now my Mom just needs to understand that.

    Songs weren't that good today. At least my fingers weren't feeling as sore as yesterday. The athletic tape helped, I believe.

    Lunar Beat. Extra ...
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