Jump to content
  • entries
    239
  • comments
    603
  • views
    82,847

Old Business

Sign in to follow this  
other dog

454 views

the best diesel engine mack has made was?  

76 members have voted

  1. 1. the best diesel engine mack has made was?

    • Thermodyne
      18
    • Maxidyne
      19
    • Econodyne
      0
    • Magnadyne
      0
    • E6 4V head
      9
    • E7 4V head
      8
    • E9 4V head
      20
    • older ENDT V8 2V head
      2
    • other engine not mentioned
      0

Or as Paul would say "I thought i'd try this blog thing too".

Kind of a short week. I thought things were picking up- were for a while anyway. Last Friday I motored down to Petersburg and picked up a load of beams going to Neville Island, Pa. I delivered there Monday and went to Sugar Creek, Ohio and got a load of bricks going to Williamsburg, Va. Then I went back to Petersburg and got a load of piling going to Wilmington, N.C, but I couldn't go into the port because I don't have a card that says I can go into the port. I am certified to haul steel coils in Alabama though. :D The last time I went to the state port at Wilmington you didn't need a card. Now you've got to have the card, which costs 130-some dollars, or pay an escort to take you in. I talked to one of the escorts that was hanging around outside the gate and asked what he charged-he said $20 at the gate, plus $20 an hour for however long you're in there. That could get expensive too. We had 5 or 6 trucks there, and one of the other drivers that had the proper card took my truck in and unloaded it after he got unloaded. He only charged me $10. That was OK-I sat in his truck with the AC on while he was unloading mine (it was miserably hot!) and stole 2 CD's, a pair of gloves, a flashlight, roll of tape, some tools, ate all his snacks, and drank 2 of his Pepsi colas. ;) (kidding)

I was the last truck to leave of course, being the only one without proper credentials, but I got a return load of lumber in Dudley, N.C. going to Moneta, Va. A whole load of 8' 4x4's. Left Dudley 120 lbs. over gross. I was afraid they'd make me take a pack off, but they didn't.

Dispatcher Neal called me yesterday morning while I was sitting at the truckstop south of Lynchburg-had to park there Wednesday night because the store lot 2 miles from here was full of chip trailers. He wanted to know if I was en-route to Moneta. I said "almost", which sorta meant the same thing as "no". He said there was a load in Moneta going to Fredericksburg that I could deliver that evening, then head to Petersburg and pick up something at the mill. By the time I got to Moneta and unstrapped the 32 packs of lumber and got unloaded and reloaded it was almost 11:30, and I had to be in Fredericksburg by 3:30 to get unloaded, or i'd sit there all night. I didn't stop anywhere and pulled in at 3 o'clock. Got unloaded OK, but there was nothing at the mill to load and dispatcher Randy said we'd try it again Monday so I came on to Concord.

I wasn't real enthused about going to Wilmington, but it was all they had, and I wasn't enthused about going to Fredericksburg yesterday. I was afraid I wouldn't get there in time to get unloaded and have to wait until this morning. I wanted to get to the mill in Petersburg yesterday and get another trip in this week, a little longer, like a Birmingham or another Pittsburgh. But, since there was nothing i'm glad I made those short runs or I wouldn't have made enough money to keep the lights burning another month. Insurance on the mixer is due August 31st. too. That's about $400 dollars, and they don't give you the option to pay on the installment plan. Always something.

Sign in to follow this  


4 Comments


Recommended Comments

So what's the deal with the Port Card?

Is it "National Security" or just another money grab?

$130.00 seems like plenty of money, just to let a guy in.

Sounds like bullsh-t to me. Seems to be a lot of it out there.

At least the short freight hauls are moving.

Have a good weekend.

PVS

Share this comment


Link to comment
So what's the deal with the Port Card?

Is it "National Security" or just another money grab?

$130.00 seems like plenty of money, just to let a guy in.

Sounds like bullsh-t to me. Seems to be a lot of it out there.

At least the short freight hauls are moving.

Have a good weekend.

PVS

I think you hit the nail on the head with the "just another money grab". At least that's the impression I got. I've been cleared to enter nuclear power plants, but couldn't enter the Port of Wilmington with a load of piling? Sounds like b.s. to me too.

Share this comment


Link to comment

Just got a bill today to renew the insurance on that cement mixer truck. It actually went down, only $301 for a year. Not too bad!

Share this comment


Link to comment

Maybe since were in an "Economic Downturn" they figure they would cut you a break....lol. On the other note that does sound like B.S.

Share this comment


Link to comment
Guest
Add a comment...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

×
×
  • Create New...