Hi guys, I've been away for a day or so. I'm beat I have bags under my eyes and previous to yesterday hadn't shaved in a week or so and was all scruffy looking this week has been a long one although not bad. However it's had some very very long days. Actually they got shorter as the week went on, but they were long enough. Lots of hard city driving I hate Euclid Ave. It's nothing but red lights every 10 feet. Drive forward, change gears keep going shift into high range and then boom red light clutch in foot on the break spliter down shift into neutral as the truck slows to a stop you hear the shifter go geeeer geeeer geeeer and then click into fourth gear. Then wait wait wait foot on the clutch ease up on it truck starts to buck a little bit push the clutch down a little bit and then the light turns green and ease up on the break ease up on the clutch the truck starts to pull give the motor some gas and vrooom shift vrooom shift spliter up vrooom shift 6th vrooom shitft 7th and red light foot on the clutch and foot on the break and into 4th gear. Do that every 10 feet (sad to say that's not much of an exaggeration and next thing you know it takes 1/2 an hour to drive 10 miles. Had some heavy days have been struggling with the backing my shifting is getting better but I was struggling a little at backing. Today was okay just really heavy city driving in a part of time I don't much like. The thing about backing is I don't like getting close to things and I'm not that guy, I'm not going to if I really don't have to be an inch away from something isn't going to happen. I don't care what management has to say about it because at the end of the day I'm saving them hassle too. I would rather drop the ramp and have to huff it an extra 10 feet (not like the excersize will kill me I could always use it.) then get company points and things put on my company record of you did this that and the other. Don't care for it. Am I making extra work for my self? Maybe yes and maybe no. One of the bosses said to me "Sometimes you look and see what the people are getting and if it's a small drop you figure well we can spend 10 minutes trying to back in and set up or we can say forget it and drop the ramp close enough and wheel it in and by the time the 10 minutes is up that you would have spent backing up you would have had one wheeler load out of the two already moved in. So you have to decide sometimes if the juice is worth the squeeze." I had to back up today at a high school that was like an S it took me 20 minutes to get it into the dock. I got it, but god it's so embarrassing. Wednesday wasn't all things considered a bad day. I was in the truck all day on my own, I was training with a training manager, but he was running in the van ahead of me which was cool and I just was in the truck on my own and then at the last stop he took off somewhere else and I took off back to the yard actually had a nice ride on the highway back to the yard I was about 20-30 miles out from the yard on this route so it was fun I like driving on the highway much better then this gridlock city crap. Anyhow I must go get my 4 hours of sleep I have to report to the yard at 0200 Friday morning. Today the biggest stop of the day was a dock stop, but the freezer is only accessible through the side door so I got to lump 70 cases of freezer up a nice flight of concrete steps.