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  1. LB log - 2015 Week 26

    It's halftime.

    I have had the same trailer attached to the truck I use at work this entire week. This is extraordinary in that the usual process is that you drop and detach the trailer at the hub dock at the end of the day, and park your untethered tractor elsewhere on the facility. It's a small facility and space is at a premium in the dock door area, so it's rare to see any tractors parked back there. The reason that my truck has stayed attached is mainly because of what happened ...
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  2. LB log - 2015 Week 25

    It has come to my attention that there are two car dealerships on my route which both have the 70's Sirius XM station played on the public speaker system over the entire outdoor lot. This might be cognitive ignorance on my part, but it honestly seems like 70's era music doesn't have the same nostalgic romantic response to it the same way as I see music for the 60's and 80's at least (and I think there's at least some subgenres of general 90's music which already has this kind of treatment as well), ...
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  3. LB log - 2015 Week 24

    The main lesson which I take from this week of work is that I cannot do the preload work on top of the route for a full week without having a significant impact on my health and well being. There were several moments through the week where it was an immense struggle to keep necessary attention to the road. Perhaps I could arrive to work an hour later and still get credit, and perhaps I could do nothing at all but work and sleep throughout the week; but the former possibility could potentially lead ...
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  4. LB log - 2015 Week 23

    First paycheck from working the new route came in this week, and I think my excitement which I would normally have in receiving that amount of money is tempered by the time investment required to earn it. It feels appropriate to have earned that money, at best. The best thing I can do is still to keep at it a day and week at a time with an even temperament.

    Our guest has safely arrived and is here with us now as I write this. I'm not quite sure how to judge her reception of us and ...
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  5. LB log - 2015 Week 22

    After running the new route for a curtailed full week, I can say that I don't think I'll be keeping it for long. If this week is what to expect as standard times, then it will rapidly wear me down to a numbed mush. Each night I leave for work at 930PM and the earliest at which I had my foot back in my home afterwards was 230PM the following day. Unlike last week, I never had any stops omitted, which obviously makes a dramatic difference. Combine that with random other uncontrollable mishaps, such ...
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  6. LB log - 2015 Week 21

    Sorry to be brief, but company is over. On that subject, we just returned from having seen the second Avengers movie. I really don't think I need to see another superhero movie for at least five years. They simply don't do much of anything for me.

    I did start my new route this week, and ran it solo for the first time today. It went well. My days are now 13 hours at minimum, but the pay should compensate (at least, if it is as much as has been intimated by other people). We shall see ...
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  7. LB log - 2015 Week 20

    If everything starts next week as it is set today, I have worked my last day as the driver for Route 68. At worst, I'll opt to become a fill-in person who migrates to routes when necessity dictates - doing this will give me a pay increase, and if past trends hold true, it could result in me frequently performing my old route (only earning more money to do so) as the new drivers go in and out of the revolving door. After working with my intended replacement throughout this week, I more think it's ...
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  8. LB log - 2015 Week 19

    I've had a new driver assigned to ride with me this week so that he can learn the present route I have on the job. Without getting too specific about it, my general feeling is that if he does receive the route, he won't want to keep it for long. Out of the five day there were two absences, and more than a few questionable choices in driving and physical labor. Considering this in combination with a few comments he's had about the work which the route requires and the pay to be earned for doing it, ...
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  9. LB log - 2015 Week 18

    For the fourth time in the past three weeks, I had a liftgate issue which caused my day to be extended for several hours, and in this case I didn't even have the option to drive away and switch the malfunctioning trailer. It was the heavier day of the week (still not as bad as in winter) and I take care of the first two stops without issue. I get to the third and make one trip up and down with the gate. I return to get the rest, and the gate is totally unresponsive. Move the switch up and down and ...
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  10. LB log - 2015 Week 17

    Another week on the job where at least one day of it had an incident with my liftgate dying out in the middle of the route. This time it happened at the exact same point in the course of the route as happened with the first of two incidents last week. To cap it off, when I went underneath the trailer to open the battery box and reset the power supply, I ripped my pants as I crawled around there. Good thing I wear a legging layer underneath. Despite that and a bit of rain to deal with today, the ...
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  11. LB log - 2015 Week 16

    In the course of my job route I go past a fire station. It's on a major street and near an intersection (to its west), and there are stop lights both at said intersection as well as to its immediate east, which effectively marks the border of the area in which there are to be no cars stopped in order for the fire trucks to actually leave when needed. To further reinforce this point, the entire area of street which meets the opening to the station is marked with large diagonal white stripes. Pop ...
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  12. LB log - 2015 Week 15

    The new elliptical machine which was set to be delivered this coming Monday has actually arrived. Today. It's in the garage right now. The next thing I need to do is find the time and motivation to assemble it - it will come, but how soon.

    Dear Japanese Pop Song artists - please stop using the word "homie" in your lyrics. Please. There's two instances where I've heard this in the course of listening to my radio recordings, and while any incidental English use tends to glaringly ...
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  13. LB log - 2015 Week 14

    The entire obstacle in my way of logging into the MeF system using the newest A2A client was a setting in a small configuration file which set a location for logs to be generated. It had a predetermined location and name which didn't exist on my PC, therefore the client would crash. That's it. Now I get to see when I can even get to getting a batch of proper test returns to transmit.

    With April 15 rushing forward and no foreseeable way that my delivery work hours will decrease, I ...
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  14. LB log - 2015 Week 13

    Finally got the ball rolling with the IRS MeF submission process only to have it be stopped at the login with the new program. I allowed a week for them to evaluate the situation after telling them all that I could think to be relevant, including what reference I looked up in their documentation to show that I at least made an attempt to read their literature and not come knocking on their door at the first sight of a problem. The week passed without further response after their timely replies on ...
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  15. LB log - 2015 Week 12

    My main clients are taken care of now for this year. Good. The IRS package has come in, and I have precious little time available to get that installed, get the test returns verified, get the IRS questionnaire sent to me and submitted, have the test returns be approved - all for the main and possibly sole purpose of filing my own return. Having that be the use doesn't bother me, though. It needs to be done and I need to do it.

    Delivery work continued to be pretty dumb this week. Another ...
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