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  1. LB log - 20141003

    Wet, cold, and miserable was the start to my work day. It was bad enough that I let myself be bilked out of $50 so that I could get a hammer, crowbar, and a can of penetrating oil to liberate the lift gate pin because said items weren't available at the home base. On one hand, I could have left the items there at the end of the day and be reimbursed - but on the other hand, I may not necessarily be able to access those items the next time I need them, so I chose to eat the cost. At least once I ...
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  2. LB log - 20141002

    Can someone please tell me why my commute home was fifty minutes today? Why are there more construction projects popping up on these side streets now? Isn't that what the summer is for? At least the actual process of the route run today was fine. I even left a half hour late and still made it back at scheduled time. The new key ring helps, and I wish I would have thought of doing something like it on my first day.

    I played some songs. They were basically OK.

    Lunar Beat. ...
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  3. LB log - 20141001

    I spent the weekend on a special project which required me to do some research of tax rules and laws, and that had me revisit pages which I had seen years ago as I studied to take the SEE myself. The project organizer has been rather lenient and accommodating to my limited availability, despite my attempt to excuse myself from it beforehand after coming to realize the timeframe at stake. I hope it's all good enough for them to work with, or at very least, good enough for them to justify paying me ...
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  4. LB log - 20140926

    I've been consuming those 5 Hour Energy shots more frequently lately than ever before, and I'm quite surprised as to how effective they are. I tried it a few odd times years ago and I don't recall it having the same effect on me at any of those past times as it does now. I'm mentioning it here because I didn't feel the need to have one today, and I seem to be definitely affected by the deprivation. The last thing I need is an addiction to those things, but if that's what it takes to bring the bacon ...
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  5. LB log - 20140925

    I think two simple words accurately summarize the overall feeling that I've carried since waking up last night and still have with me at the present moment: Flare up. That's all you need to know? Yeah, I assumed as such too. Though I can at least mention that today's route run was basically as smooth as possible, without annoyances on the road or otherwise and me being back home by 1030AM. That much was very nice.

    Songs went better today than yesterday, probably for that aforementioned ...
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  6. LB log - 20140924

    Everything was fine until the third last stop. I even had a few transmissions to take aboard, and I had yet another 2AM start because of a last minute loading error correction, but I was still rolling through without issue to that point. Then it was just one stupid thing after another. I could have been back to the hub by around 9, and instead it was 1030. Again.

    Songs were mostly bad today.

    Lunar Beat. Extra Mode. Double play. "@" denotes Random chart modifier. ...
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  7. LB log - 20140923

    For the last day of work last week, I was awake at 830PM on Friday night, and once I was done and got home, I settled in for another long haul with D3 ROS and managed to stay up until midnight of Saturday. I have no idea how I managed to do that, but I do know that it fundamentally set everything else off course for the remainder of my time off. I had two teleconfrence events to attend to on the following Sunday and Monday, and I at least managed to follow through on those; though the latter of ...
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  8. LB log - 20140920

    By the time I was at the end of the route I was waiting for something bad to happen, as during the entire morning, everything actually worked out well and as intended. I had no issues with massive quantities of returns, faulty equipment, traffic delays, or any other kind of obstacle which has managed to cross my path in the past few days.

    I even had enough time to visit my parents after the shift was over.

    Songs. I never would have guessed that I would get Red by Full ...
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  9. LB log - 20140919

    The position of tandems on a trailer is so very important when using a lift gate. There were a few stops that I had no choice but to manually unload by hand rather than transport the pallets as usual because the rear was too close to the ground and the gate didn't have proper clearance to fully unfold. Making matters much worse towards the end of the day was when I attempted to find a way around some construction traffic back up and eventually wound up in a dead end and had to retrace my steps. ...
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  10. LB log - 20140918

    Frazzled. The volume was light on the day so up until the second to last stop, I actually managed to conduct the route efficiently enough that I started the day a half hour late and by that point was a half hour ahead of the intended schedule. I take three stretches of expressway over to the last stop, and right at the junction of the first two there was an accident on the other side of the road which reduced the three lanes to one. The amount of traffic backed up had a length of at least ten miles, ...
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  11. LB log - 20140917

    I believe I may have come to realize what's causing there to be so many returns on my route and other drivers' routes as well - apparently, many dealerships are conducting inventory this week. Oh mercy me. That being the case, it still doesn't excuse some other actions such as certain people parking their parts shipping cars in front of the dock entrances.

    There were also more rollover accidents today, and the same as before, I came around to see one of them just as the situation ...
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  12. LB log - 20140916

    I did something this weekend which I haven't in a month - sleep in my original actual bed. It seems to have made all the difference. The amount of returns I encountered today was almost as high as I had on Saturday, and I still didn't make it home until just before noon, but I wasn't nearly as exhausted by the run. Later conversation with the boss informed me that all the drivers are facing heavy returns lately, so it's reassuring to know that they can observe that much.

    On the way ...
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  13. LB log - 20140913

    What a draining day. I had more customer return paperwork today than any other previous day on the job so far. The physical quantity was rather substantial as well. I'm not sure why 6806 decided to have a form filled out for each individual piece in the pallete box. Having that final destination tacked on at the end really killed things too.

    He asked me if I wanted to work on my days off too. That would make it something like 16 days straight of work, if not have a lone day to interrupt ...
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  14. LB log - 20140912

    I think it's safe to say that twelve hours is my limit for work in a day before my body starts to rebel against me and internally shut down. Today was an expectedly busy Friday but not as bad as other days and I still had it all wrapped up within reasonable time. I also made a suggestion for a change in a designation's assigned number which should lead to fewer delivery errors in the future.

    I prioritized playing songs after being home today, and I do believe the results indicate ...
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  15. LB log - 20140911

    This has been a full day.

    Still out an hour late, but only end up a half hour behind intended schedule at the end of the route. I was able to reach all the important stops in a timely manner. At the start of the day, the night dispatcher asked if I wanted to do any extra work. To my recollection, I did not completely affirm in the positive and said that I would make a determination at the end of the day on the basis of how the day goes. Just as I'm about to leave the dispatch office ...
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