On the dole.
Welfare for the working man.
I haven't done a meaningful day of work since last Tuesday.
They pulled my truck for service ( every 20,000 miles ) and have no spare equipment.
So I have been collecting what we call "G" days.
I get eight hours pay for every day they have work available and no equipment for me to do it.
I don't feel bad in the least.
What alarms me is that our terminal manager lets it get to this point.
On Thursday , they had four guys ahead of me in the line for a spare truck.
We are all getting 22.68 an hour for eight hours for every day this happens.
There are a variety of reasons for this.........none of which make any real sense.
I used to run a 12 car ( high railed ) transporter.
They pulled it out of service because the computer told them it was time.
It was older , but it was the best running 12 car I had ever been in in the 14 years I have been doing this.
It didn't use a drop of oil , all the decks went up and down straight , it pulled pretty good.
I called the head of the maintenance department at our corporate H.Q. in Decatur , Ga. to see if they would reconsider.
The computer knows all and sees all.
The current debacle is just short sighted terminal management and a misplaced concern that it would be too expensive to have spare equipment sitting idle.
Because it wouldn't be sitting.
So I don't feel bad in the fucking least.
But I don't care for the pay cut.
G days are O.K. money , but close to half of what I could make in a good week.
And when I go back , it takes a week for me to get back in the saddle physically and psychologically.
Your back gets used to the sitting and pounding of driving.........it takes a set that even a different truck can upset.
And working 60 hours is radically different than sitting on my ass and doing nothing.
I will be in the garage and running various errands , but it is not working.
The only up shot.........I will get to have lunch with the woman who , for some inexplicable reason , loves me today.
Valentines Day and all.
But I would really rather be working.
I haven't gotten in trouble yet..........but the day is young.
When I am working , I don't have time for a lot of distractions and definitely don't have time to get in trouble.
It's like Vincent Vega said............ " With out a job , a residence or legal tender , you're a fucking BUM ! "