Thursday, August 13, 2009

Adventure of the Haunted Copper Mine


This is by far the spookiest place I have ever visited in my travels, and definitely the spookiest place I have  ever had to spend the night. At the end of a long winding dirt road that lead me far from the beaten path in the back hills of Montana, I arrived at my assigned destination. To say the place is "remote" would be a drastic understatement. It was the dead of night when I arrived, and only the stars and a waning moon lit the cluster of abandoned and dilapidated buildings that must have been the original copper mine. The buildings look very old. The one pictured above was the largest of the buildings and happened to be the one I parked next to. I managed to get that shot using a 15 second exposure and then lightening it up a bit more in Photoshop. Even as I type this I can hear the wind howl softly and the building next to me creak, whine, and moan as if shifting in its sleep. I hope it doesn't wake up. Out of sight of any town, with no cell phone or internet reception, with not even the faint glimmer of a city or highway on the horizon, I think it's safe to say I am thoroughly spooked, and those who know me well know I don't believe in spooks of any kind. Fortunately there is another Interstate truck here to keep me company and make me feel that I am at least not alone. It should be an interesting night. I can't wait until morning.

Monday, August 03, 2009

She Passed The Torch...And He Dropped It.

In case you hadn't heard my Fleet Manager (aka Supervisor, Dispatcher, etc.) is no longer with the company. I can't even begin to explain how dramatically that changes things for me as a Truck driver. It literally feels like I am working for a different company. The new guy (and yes I mean that in the most demeaning way possible at this moment in time), has so far botched every load I have gotten so far - which normally wouldn't bother me, but he has botched them in such a way that makes me look like I am the one screwing up. I obviously can't prove anything since I haven't bugged his phone or cubicle but I am getting the impression that he is blaming his mistakes one his drivers (i.e. me) which is really unnerving. If this really is the case then there are going to be problems and soon. I am still debating how to play this one, but for now I think I will wait and see what develops. If he really is blaming me for stuff and his supervisors don't see through it he will have to confront me directly at some point, and if that happens then we will definitely have some words and I will have his supervisor on speed-dial.
On the other hand...all this could just be chalked up to settling in to a new Driver-FM relationship, especially as he just inherited 50+ drivers basically overnight. Time will tell. If things start running smoother over the next few weeks then maybe that's all it is. We'll see. Anyways, if you call me and I sound grumpy, this is why.