I'm home today so I could go to my brother's wedding. I'm still loaded for Roanoke, but I could have gotten somebody else to deliver the load tomorrow while I took a van load to Georgia tonight. And we had some really good paying loads of 55' piling going to Chicago, to deliver at 3:00 Monday evening. But I had to go to the wedding-Ma wanted me to take pictures. Only thing is, I found out when I talked to her last night that the wedding's not 'til NEXT weekend. D'oh!!!
I've got a full report of my weekly adventures, but don't have pictures to prove any of it, so i'll save that for later. Even took photographic evidence of myself being broke down again, but it was just a flat tire...right front steer tire as a matter of fact.
Went to the Appomattox Railroad Festival Parade today, drove the mixer in it.( new video on youtube,by the way ) . What a great day for a parade! Beautiful weather,great turnout, more beautiul women than you could-well...you know. Didn't
Well, I'm back home for a few days.
Going back to Beaumont, Tx. on October 19 for another stint.
This trip I stayed in Houston and looked at damaged property in
Conroe, Cleveland, Silsbee, Port Arthur and Beaumont, Tx.
Not too much damage around Houston and north around Cleveland/Conroe.
East and Southeast, however, it's a different story.
All around Galveston Bay is pretty much demolished. I don't think any one
building escaped damage. And a fair number of buildings need to come d
Man, look at that Peterbilt...sure is clean! Figured i'd take it's picture...who knows when it'll be that clean again!
And some random photos of an old GMC I saw on rt. 220 in West Virginia, between Franklin and Petersburg and the view from the mountain on rt.33 after you cross into West Virginia,west of Harrisonburg,Va. I erroneously said it was on rt. 42 near Mt. Storm,and the views are similar, but noted West Virginia highway and byway expert Big Jim noticed that there was a climbing lane
OK,the title is overhyped. Got my last roll of film developed yesterday, and some were taken so long ago I don't remember what they were, or where I took them, but here's some of them for your enjoyment anyway.
Been very busy this week, felt much better after finding out Big Tail was gonna be all right. I went to Orchard Park Monday, then to Brookfield to Roanoke, then from Lynchburg to Orlando, then loaded 60' beams at Nucor in Huger, S.C. going to Fort Washington, Md.( D.C. area ). When we
Looks like I'll have to leave for a while in the interest
of making money.
I'm going to Texas on Sunday and expect to be working there
for a month or more.
Part of our business is writing estimates for the repair of
damaged buildings. Especially larger damages and historical structures.
And, after a careful polling of our qualified people, (all three of them)
all of whom must be better at winning arguements than I am -
guess who gets to go to Texas to look at hurricane damages?
Several years ago, when I bought my R Mack and lowboy from a retired excavating contractor,
I found a really nice B-61 single axle tractor behind his barn.
I asked about it, and was told he wasn't quite ready to part with the old girl. Although
he said he had never used the truck, he always wanted to restore it. Just never got to it.
After a little homework, I found that the tractor has had only one owner in
its' working life, and then into this fellow's hands for an easy retirement.
I'm just mad...and angry...irate... and hurt-I don't know what to do. Really nothing I can do. Jobyna just popped me upside the head,then threw the phone book at me after I told her if she wanted to leave I'd help her pack, and haul her stuff...where ever,as long as it was away from here. Not the Brookneal phone book either,she went with the much,much larger Lynchburg book, complete with the yellow pages. I told her she was lucky she's a woman,or she'd be dead right now,cuz i'd have killed her a
Got a phone call today from the fellow that bought the big
power Peterbilt from us last spring. You all might remember
that it took him forever to close the deal. After he finally took
the truck, he called us for about six weeks asking us if we wanted
to buy it back. Meanwhile the bottom was falling out of used truck
prices. Especially big, thirsty ones.
Anyway - he called me from Buffalo on a trip from his home in
Oklahoma to tell me that everything is going great!
Went to the annual benefit at the Toga Volunteer Fire Department today. I took some pictures there at the car show,but I left and went to see my Mother and Father in Cumberland,Va. before everything was there...it had just got started good when we left,and was about over by the time we got back. Stopped by to see my oldest son on the way back,and gave him his birthday present...his birthday was August 19th,so I was A little tardy.
I took pictures of what was there before we left,then a fleet
We are headed for Fall in Upstate New York.
The leaves are beginning to change. Nights are
getting a little cooler.
The politicians are all dressed up and hurling barbs
at each other.
So Turkey hunting season can't be far away.
I'm no sure why - but one always reminds me of the other.
It's been nice running south for a while,but now i'm headed to Cincinnati.I have no energy...none. Just feel tired all the time. It said on the antibiotics prescription I got that that was one of the side affects. I didn't have a lot of energy to start with with the infected gum-waited a week too long to do anything,now i'm paying for it.
I should've picked the tomatoes yesterday,but said "naw,i'll do it tomorrow". Now it's raining,and been raining all night. Not only is the 'mater patch muddy,the rain will cause them to split open ...but,my laziness aside,we do need the rain .
The weather has been causing the satellite signal to come and go,so the pc works periodically. Watched Bullwinkle this morning.I thought he was Canadian,like Dudley Doright,but he's from Minnesota. A fine actor too,I didn't appreciate his humor as much
I went by Carter Cat this morning and pulled the truck outside the gate so I could get it Sunday,then went to Concord,got my check,went to the bank,then the post office for stamps,then to Appomattox to the drugstore,and when we got back to Concord and turned on 24 Jobyna saw a little water can at the little flea market they always have on the corner there,by the produce stand.Of course she wanted to stop and look around. I said "I don't want none of that crap",so we stopped to look around. I fou
Still packing and hauling stuff to the new shop.
Spent today sorting and packing up hand tools.
Most of the big pieces are all gone, except the steel
benches and the steel sheets and pieces for fabricating.
The crane's all down and loaded. The trucks are all moved.
Time to re-organize and decide what goes where in the new space.
I'm really looking forward to it. This should be a more permanent
arrangement than we had, so we are planning to really set up a
nice, workable shop, r
Geez,what did I do this week,if anything?..oh,I remember-left Sunday (4th Sunday in a row I had to go out,and I hate having to go on Sunday!) for Chester,W.V. After I unloaded in Chester Monday morning I went to Macedonia,Oh. and loaded coils going to Roanoke. First time i'd been to Macedonia to load for a long time.Good place to load,nice people, Rachel ( )in the office looked good as always . Unloaded in Roanoke Tuesday morning,then went to the shop and fueled and dropped my trailer and pu
HEY HEY GUYS JUST WANTED TO LET YALL KNOW I GOT MY CLASS A CDL ON THURSDAY!!! YAY GO ME. I KIND FEEL BAD FOR THE TESTING GUY THO I SORTA ATTACKED N HUGGED HIM WHEN HE TOLD ME I PASSED!!! BUT HEY A GIRLS ALLOWED TO BE OVER HAPPY SOMETIMES RIGHT. JUSTA WANTED TO SAY MANY THAT TOTHOSE WHO WISHED ME GOOD LUCK
Alright James, Where are you hiding?? There can't be that much scrap in Ga. I realize you just read and reply every now and again, but c'mon buddy. Just wondering about ya.
Been a decent week for me anyway,Since I'm updating my blog, Me and Kevin took some sheetrock up to a cabin yesterday, which all it had was a little dirt road to go up. We spun out on the second switch back and almost took it off a embankment. When the truck spun out, kevin said "Hang on Duffy", I replied "I'm one step ahea
Some of the people on this forum say "Volvo Sucks".
No they don't. Indeed they build really good vehicles.
Volvo, like so many other foreign manufacturers, are
simply responding to market conditions that allow them to
buy our businesses, build and sell their products in our country,
and to profit from doing so. And then take our money away.
If we simply continue to do the "same old, same old", we will
continue to get the exact same results.
What's the definition of insanity?
Pictures to follow - I promise. I'm just not too sure how to get from the camera to the web page.
Finally got all my parts for the B-67 loaded on a trailer yesterday.
Other than two spare engines and transmissions, the entire 53' high flat is
completely covered with one B-67. And that's with no wheels or tires!
(As soon as I got it loaded - it started to pour! It didn't look good for all of
my bare metal pieces. But it only rained for a short time, then hot & dry again,
so no rea
Well it all started last week, saturday as a mater of fact. Waited for otherdog to tell me when he got his package I sent to him, "It was gonna be a surprise, but got ruined" I had to break the news to him sunday. Anyway, I believe it arrived wednesday, a WEEK after it was sent. Usually takes 3 days for me and him to send stuff to each other. Talked to Jobyna to check to see if it was delivered. You talk about a nice person to talk to..."The way I mean that is she don't know me and still treated