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  1. LB log - 20140725

    This has been a grueling week.

    I slept more yesterday yet was more tired today in doing the route than yesterday morning. I had to stop no less than three separate times after getting gas this morning in order to stimulate myself enough to not start blanking out on the road. At the third stop I managed to park at a location which had the zero calorie Monster drink in a vending machine, and having that was enough to help prop me up for the remainder of the return. That and a quad shot ...
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  2. LB log - 20140723

    Second verse, worse than the first.

    Getting there isn't a problem. Coming back, though. Coming back. Two hundred miles at midnight where the only lights on the road are from the vehicles, and that's after already driving 250 miles. Coming back is bad. It is very bad.

    I finally come home and fall to bed in a heap. Five hours later, my body decides it wants to be awake.

    Maybe, just maybe, I'd be able to finally settle into doing this if I were to get a ...
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  3. LB log - 20140722

    I made it home with about forty minutes to spare before I would have had to stop driving for the day because of the eleven hour rule. It does turn out that I'll be doing the drive today and most likely the for the rest of the week.

    I'll be better prepared for the trip today. I overshot a street on the inbound arrival and went under a tunnel in the course of my deviation, and the tunnel was having roadwork done on the other side, so when I had to retrace my steps I had to go into ...
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  4. LB log - 20140720

    15 hours. I somehow managed to sleep 15 hours today. It was pure decadence. It also will probably prove to screw me over as I'll need to try to find some way to sleep now and then wake up tonight so that I can keep my sleep rhythm in check, and that'll all be screwed up tomorrow night as the optional work assignment has indeed been confirmed to be coming to me, so I'll be making a round trip for a 9 hour drive starting Monday at 845PM.

    At least in doing this, I managed to get some ...
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  5. LB log - 20140719

    The trainer hinted this time last week that it would be possible for the Saturday freight to be split into two trucks and to have our work be divided. When I came in, there was more cargo waiting to be loaded at the bay door than there was already inside the single trailer, and nobody was around to be seen loading it at that precise moment. The trainer brought an empty trailer back, so with that being done, we were indeed able to undertake the plan as he envisioned. Thus today was the first day ...
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  6. LB log - 20140718

    I think today is finally the first day that I drove the full route where I didn't commit any kind of major technical driving errors. It's quite a relief. I also obtained my first pay check this week, and even for only having four days of work I earned about as much as my wife formerly did for her single week of work. Next week will be training for the new route that I'll have, and the subsequent Friday work day of that week will have me do it by myself. I bought a few things in preparation of going ...
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  7. LB log - 20140717

    My trainer was not having a good day today. Right before coming into the yard at the start of my shift he had a deer collision (which he managed to keep from being head on so at least it didn't damage the truck or cause him injury). After we left, we had to return to the hub right away because the bag with the dealership keys was left behind. After we hit our third stop, which is the recipient of the majority of the truck's load, we got a call that they had received some items which belong to other ...
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  8. LB log - 20140716

    Something seemed strange about the end of work today. His demeanor seemed different somehow, as if he was annoyed. I'm not exactly sure what problem there would have been, though. I drove the entire day and didn't have much of any real issue at all (a few minor dumb things but nothing that caused damage or wasted time). I feel like I have a decent handle on the job in its entirety. Regardless, yesterday is gone and today's a new day of work.

    I was able to get home earlier than usual ...
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  9. LB log - 20140715

    Someone besides me wrote a blog post today! http://www.the-nextlevel.com/tnl/ent...-Day-Trip-2014 . Make sure to give it a peek.

    I'm a few pages into Extraordinary Popular Delusions and I'm already enjoying the style and tone. The edition that I have is rather large but I think I might be able to turn it over in a few weeks with a standard hour or two of reading per day.

    Work went out really late today but ended at about the same time. We were able to make good ...
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  10. LB log - 20140714

    The Japanese School, by Benjamin Duke.

    This was a struggle to get to the end, mostly because the final three sections are essentially one massive epilogue where the well established points stated earlier in the book are repeated yet again and a few more times in closing. It doesn't help matters that the book was written in 1986, which is significant for the subject matter and how so much has changed from then until now. I can only imagine that if this theme was revisited for writing ...
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  11. LB log - 20140713

    We made it to the party. The time of night was between rain, so the few remaining people were inside in one small kitchen which didn't have enough chairs to seat all of us. My wife elected to stand the entire time we were there. The house had no air conditioning and lack of sunlight and the cross breeze through the windows wasn't enough to keep the room from feeling hot and humid. There was talk of things that happened at the store, and being removed from it all was a sentiment that my wife and ...
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  12. LB log - 20140711

    Today was a detour from the normal training route, as the situation required a different route to be fulfilled but, long story short, the driver who normally had the route couldn't drive it today. So I did dutifully depart with the straight truck and went about doing his route instead. It was a nice change of pace, though I didn't have my morning coffee and I definitely suffered for it.

    I wanted to write more here but I'm up against the clock.

    Songs definitely feel ...
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  13. LB log - 20140710

    I had assumed that I would have been able to report to the jury duty summons late and told to join in the wait, but instead I managed to get my name punted down the road for it to be available to be called upon in the future. The clerk told me that I would have been able to call in to explain my situation and not necessarily have to physically report, but I have a feeling that they get people constantly calling in to try to talk their way out of the summon. I felt better doing this in person and ...
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  14. LB log - 20140709

    I misspoke yesterday - the jury duty summons is for this Thursday the 10th.

    Job felt much better today than previously. I just might be able to get the hang of this.

    I kept meaning to do so before but now I'm looking over 2ch in earnest to see about actually reading Japanese content that comes directly from people and isn't printed material of some kind. Sometimes I feel like I get it, other times I don't. For instance, I don't seem to ever recall reading 害人 ...
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  15. LB log - 20140708

    First day on the road and I'm still bad. The guy makes it look as natural as breathing. One gear shift to another comes like smooth creamy butter.

    My mother in law had a medical procedure to do which would leave her unable to use a car for the rest of the day, so we made arrangments for me to pick her and my wife home after my shift. I wouldn't be home until 1PM. I fell into bed in a heap.

    Tomorrow morning I'll need to see what happens when I report to jury duty roll ...
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