Up at 04:00am with Donna, had coffee, and Donna is off to the truck company, Adam was up at 06:30am and in the shower, have to be spruced up for Friday at school, Grandpa is going to take him to the end of the driveway in the truck as it is raining again, Adam said to let you know only eight more school days before summer vacation break. Wow summers here already, he is already looking forward to heading out in the camper with Grandpa.
Well as some of you know that follow this blog,I had an incident with what I can only term office politics, with one of the dispatchers in our home terminal, a place I have never set foot in, and the dispatcher I never laid eyes on before. I declined a local one day trip the day before my scheduled 7 day trip to Florida a couple weeks ago, I did this to insure I was well rested with a day off before leaving for 7 days. I was called later and told I would not be taking the trip to Fla. Evidently the lady dispatcher took offense to me saying no and complained to the owners wife and I was On The List, I received a call later that week from my terminal manager, who is a great guy saying he was told by the owner not to put me on overnight charters, only one day trips, First of all the pay rate for a single day trip is lower than an overnight trip, and secondly you are only paid for 8 hours, and most trips are way over that, for instance yesterday I sat at the casino for 5 hours waiting for my 9 people to return to the bus. I left the terminal at 6:00am and returned at 07:00pm 13 hours for 8 hours pay, so a lot of days your hourly wage is pretty low, plus deduct $15 dollars each way for the 130 mile round trip commute to the terminal and it is even lower what actually ends up in your pocket. Also in the last three weeks I only received the one day trip which was yesterday, so I guess when your on The List, you don’t get much work.
Anyway although I truly enjoy motor coach driving and I really like the interaction with the passengers and the places I have been able to visit, after much soul searching and discussion with Donna, I decided it was no longer an economic advantage to us for me to continue my employment under these circumstances and this morning I submitted my resignation.
Oh well life goes on and I am sure I will find out what ever life holds in store for us.
I want to apologize to anyone who got multiple comments yesterday, or none at all, since the computer I was using yesterday at the Casino Hotel was dealing me fits when I would go to post a comment, it would take me back to the comment post block where you put the secret code and tell me I got code wrong, well even though I might not be the sharpest scissor in the basket, after 5 or 6 tries surely I got one of them right, I found out from one of my readers that she received 5 identical comments, Boy I’ll bet SHE remembers that comment.
I am really enjoying reading about all the others that are either on the road or just doing like us and planning to leave or living their between trips life. It’s all like extended family, In fact I agree with a lot of others that the bloggers I have become acquainted with seem more interested in our mundane existence, than real family members who apart from a couple rarely read our blog.
That’s about it for today, Be safe out there, Sam & Donna.