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Wow! I finally have stuff worth posting! Well, a lot has happened since my last post and I have pictures too!
March 17, 2008
The luckiest day of the year for leprechauns and Irish people is now for partial Canadienns too! Today, I got to drive the full size, 53' tractor trailer to Intel and do a pickup of a whooping 43 skids... and load them by hand. Needless to say, this took a while, about two hours, and then, I had to drop it and hook back up to my little pup. That was quite an adventure!
I know you can't really tell just how big the trailer is, but trust me, it's big. Apparently just like the size of this picture. Sheesh.
April 2, 2008
I pass my physical WHOOOOOOO!
April 5, 2008
ARIZONA TRUCK DRIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS!
I've been a truck driver for a 'lil over a year, but because I didn't run anyone over or crash into something, among other things to qualify you, I got to compete in the annual truck rodeo for my state, which in this case is Arizona. I woke up early on a bunch of Saturdays to practice the course and took time off of my vacation (!!) days to compete. I entered the straight truck course because I am more comfortable in that vehicle than a pup (three axle). So, according to them, I am "already a winner because I am competing." Okay. Whatever. Sure!
It's Team Fedex! (No, seriously, that is what we are called)
Some members of Team Fedex are busy looking for the cookie truck.
WOW! I look TOTALLY cool! (We were kinda forced to wear the white hats)
My turn FINALLY!!
First leg of the course was "the grease pit" simulation.
Another part was "try to hit the 50 point line on this piece of plastic that is really hard to see especially when it is the same color as the dirt" challenge. I won't say who is driving, but he didn't score on this part.
After being toasted in the sun all day, I left a bit early to catch a plane to JFK. Oh no my day was not over yet! As far as the competition is concerned, I got 7th place in the straight truck division. I also kicked ass in the interview! Go me!
After a long day at the TDC, I flew to JFK, packed up the rest of my belongings on a skid I managed to piece together, missed the Fedex pickup because, sent my doves via USPS (even though they all find their way onto a Fedex plane), miscalculated the time needed to get to JFK, almost missed my flight, plane was late anyway, cried a bit from fear and joy, was stuffed between two dudes on a full plane, got queasy, took forever to get to PHX, yelled at a wannabe cabbie at PHX, got my doves at the ramp the next day, got my skid at the ramp the day after, unpacked the skid, had some allergies, and am now wondering where the hell Im going to fit everything.
Anyone interested in some Lion King stuff? Well, at least I got to eat some good chinese food. My doves made it okay. I had to keep them in the bathtub for a day because of the screwed up pickup. The plan was to have the skid come before the birds so I can set up their cages. Well, whatever.
April 12, 2008
That's right! A friend at work won tickets from Fedex to attend a NASCAR event and invited me to go! I've never been to one so I couldn't pass it up. The seats were really good too! The race was the "Subway Fresh Fit 500" and was held at the "Phoenix International Raceway" even though the track is actually in Tolleson. I guess no one would know where the track is if it was called the "Tolleson International Speedway."
After some research, we decided to use the "park and ride" option offered at the "criket pavillion" a few miles away. For $7, you park at the arena and then they bring you to the raceway via cheesebus!
A pretty day and crowded stands. The gates opened around noon so there have been people here tailgatin' for about 5 hours already.
Although I look better than I did at the TDC, I still brought along my cheesy white Fedex hat to cheer on our car (#11, Denny Hamlin)!
The PIR sells spots on that hill in the background. This reminds me of the bleacher creatures, but I am not sure if the people on the hill are as rowdy, but I am sure they are more drunk.
Everyone yells "START YOUR ENGINES!!!" and then the cars take their place.
This is the clearest shot of the Fedex car I took. I apparently left the close-up on, crap! The other shots I took are just a big lilac blur. The car was painted lilac to draw awareness for the March of Dimes. Hamlin was wearing a March of Dimes race outfit and the hood of his car had a big ass logo for the MOD, all in this intersting lilac color.
When a car is finished in the pit, the driver squeals away and creates all this exciting smoke.
Though premature (no pun intended), I took a picture of Hamlin's best position early on. Lo and behold, it was the truth for #11 and #48! Hamlin finished third after securing that position after the target car (don't know the number) decided to blow a steering hose and spew steering fluid everywhere. Red flags went up and clean up crews had their day.
All other shots of the #11 car pretty much looked like this.
This place was packed and as the race went on I got some nachos.
Here is what most of the cars looked like whizzing by. Let me tell you that these cars are fast. And loud. So loud that we needed earplugs. Maybe it's because we had such awesome seats?
Did I mention this place was packed?
Although we left a bit early to beat the crowd out of the place, it was a rather interesting experience. It has inspired me to make a super cool, NASCAR inspired film about the day. The first scene is about everyone slowing down at the yellow flag because some jerk decided to hit something. After a really cool scene transition, you will see what its like to be in the pit and all the action that happens there. Then after the most coolest, awesome scene transition, you get to see what the cars look like when they are going full speed. You will get to see how 40 or so cars can zoom by in a matter of seconds.
Going to this event was a great treat brought to you by Fedex. Denny Hamlin took third place and I found two bucks on the bus. What a day! Oh and they gave out free Juicy Fruit and Lemonheads at the exit gate.
April 14 - 15, 2008
An unexpected lucky break lets me have an extended vacation! However, the A/C doesn't work and its 95 degrees... no sweat (har har) I got my trusty Puerto Rican Air Conditioner!!!
See myself at work tomorrow!
:: Jane Dee 12:18:00 AM [+] ::