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My Expedition wasn't big enough, so I got something bigger... - Paint It Black
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My Expedition wasn't big enough, so I got something bigger...
The problem I'm faced with now is that the darn thing doesn't fit in my garage... or my driveway. For now I will have to it out on the street and hope that the neighbors don't start to complain about it.


My new ride?  No.. my neighbor's!
Ain't she a beauty?


Okay, this isn't really my rig (although I freely admit that I wish it was). Sue, my neighbor across the street (you can see part of her house in the left side of the picture) has a sister who drives for Marten Transport, Ltd. Any time Sue's sibling is in town I can expect a big blue Freightliner Columbia to be parked out front of the house. I don't mind in the least -- I love looking at that truck because it's just so pretty and tricked out.

I need to get off my butt and go get my CDL.

In other news, I have had a pretty quiet and relaxing weekend. I met up with roho and enveri for lunch at BD's Mongolian BBQ yesterday, then allowed them to coerce me into driving back to their place. Once there, we sat around and talked about random things before heading downstairs to watch some television. Later in the afternoon we thought about heading out to see a movie (It was a tossup between Fantastic 4 or Batman Begins) but we opted against a late flick. As the evening progressed we felt a bit peckish so we drove across the state line to our favorite pub. We put away some booze, had a bite to eat and put some quarters into nostalgic arcade games (I suck at everything, but Roho holds high scores on Root Beer Tapper, Joust and Ghosts'n Goblins). Then it was back to the house for more gin and This Is Spinal Tap on DVD. I fell asleep hard about 48 minutes into the film, and since I didn't wake up when they prodded me (apparently Roho actually tugged on my foot and I still didn't wake up) I was allowed to just stay crashed out on their sectional.

This morning I paid for that oversight with my skeletal structure. My spine should not be formed around Non-Euclidean geometry.

A late brunch at Las Vegas restaurant was had, then we returned to the house. Roho and I teased the cats for a bit, Genet spent time (and screwed up her own back) grooming the dog. At around 1PM it was decided that furniture needed to be moved, so I was recruited to lend a hand shuffling a futon from the top floor guest bedroom down to the basement. Once we had that situated I also lent a hand bringing the bed from the garage upstairs to the space previously occupied by the futon. I think I finally called it a day around quarter after three or so, then drove home. Ra was pleased to see me, and I spent some time giving him reassurances and love. Just remember, folks: dogs and cats are wired differently about people leaving them alone for extended periods of time. Dogs are just relieved you came back, but cats get pissed off that you left in the first place.

Tomorrow I turn up the new full-speed DS1 circuit at our Tampa DVUC, hopefully freeing myself of that fiasco once and for good. Since we can't do disruptive work during the day, I have to do it early in the morning -- which means an early start at work for me: 0600 in this case, instead of my usual 0730. I'll have to get a good night of sleep and be very careful not to sleep through my alarm tomorrow.

Fuel is pumping engines

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shelbystripes From: shelbystripes Date: July 11th, 2005 02:10 am (UTC) (Link)
My father just got his new rig, a brand-spanking-new Peterbilt 379 to replace his 20-year-old 359. Right now, I'm looking at getting one of those Escape Hybrids. Should fit in the parking lot better than an Expedition, and definitely better fuel mileage. I'm just feeling like noting both randomly.

Oh, and also that I ditched my CDL, because Texas law now prohibits CDL holders from using defensive driving to dismiss a moving violation, and I don't need it anymore. I actually forfeited the CDL in order to get out of a speeding ticket. And it worked.
feren From: feren Date: July 11th, 2005 12:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Illinois has much the same rules about not being able to use "court supervision" as an out when you have a CDL. And let's face it, when you have a commercial license it doesn't matter what state you're in... speeding is something you do not want to be stopped for, regardless if you're in a tractor or in your car. I have a lead foot and I know it, so that's one of a few of the trade-offs that's kept me from going back and getting a class A.
idigull From: idigull Date: July 11th, 2005 03:49 am (UTC) (Link)
*humps the rig*

Ya think she'd let me drive it? hehe
feren From: feren Date: July 11th, 2005 12:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
[*humps the rig*]

That's the reaction I have, too.

[Ya think she'd let me drive it?]

Probably not, but that doesn't mean we couldn't steal it and have us a little joy ride.....
roho From: roho Date: July 11th, 2005 03:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's the reaction I have, too.

*Power-washes the rig*
frostyw From: frostyw Date: July 11th, 2005 07:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
*borrows the power-washer and hoses down feren and idigull* o.O
jingle From: jingle Date: July 11th, 2005 04:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
**Just remember, folks: dogs and cats are wired differently about people leaving them alone for extended periods of time. Dogs are just relieved you came back, but cats get pissed off that you left in the first place.**


No... dogs get pissed while you're away, but are relieved when you come back. That is until you notice all the destruction they caused. Then they hide like the cowards they are. ^_^
neuracnu From: neuracnu Date: July 12th, 2005 03:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

Tuesday morning joy...

This is completely unrelatd to your post but I think you'll like it anyway.

fiskblack From: fiskblack Date: July 12th, 2005 10:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm going to MFF in that, baby.
ronbar From: ronbar Date: July 13th, 2005 12:30 am (UTC) (Link)

I want one too!

I want one too! But after buying one I don't think we'd be able to afford the RV trailer it should be towing. Plus we can't park anything on the street where we'll be living and the driveway could only (barely) accomodate the tractor.

I'm in Illinois now, btw. Our new (well, somewhat used) house is in Shiloh. Email me if you want to meet up or something-- my email address is in my livejournal profile.
nekosensei From: nekosensei Date: July 13th, 2005 02:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Just remember, folks: dogs and cats are wired differently about people leaving them alone for extended periods of time. Dogs are just relieved you came back, but cats get pissed off that you left in the first place.

Only one of my cats gets pissed off when I leave her. The other one comes up to me and starts rubbing against my legs as if she were asking, "You still love me, mommie, right?"
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