Awoke a little after 5p, yesterday. My body really was tired. Not long afterwards Larry, the owner, called me. The poor guy is frustrated. He can't find anyone to cover dispatch duties on Sunday night. The older drivers don't want to do an extra night and the new drivers just flat refuse to accept the job. Lazy ass SOBs. Its not like GOOD drivers are that easy to find. Our unemployment rate on Mau'i is less than 2% and all employers are having trouble finding qualified people to fill positions. Drivers who are honest, reliable and have a clean abstract (driving record) is problematic and rare.
He made me a very nice offer and I accepted. Starting next Sunday I will be dispatching from my home. Don't have to get "gussied up" or drive. A portable radio and company cell phone will be delivered to me each Sunday evening and I will dispatch from 6p to 2a. This means extra cash in my pocket and I can still kick back, watch TV and relax. Only the first few hours are active. Much past 9:30p and things slow waaaay down. Fixed base dispatching will entail a minor change in the paperwork from mobile dispatching, but that will be easy. I'll just be recording things on paper that I normally just keep in my head.
I might even write a simple dispatch "log" program to simplify everything. Its been a long time since I have written a program and it will be interesting to see what I can accomplish. May take me a month or so to do it.
Thats it for today. Dinner with Judy tonight and then back to the "salt mine" on Tuesday evening. Hope to "see" you tomorrow.
A special HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to my friends Bev & David. I've been internet friends with them since 1997. They met each other via the internet, back when we were all WebTvers, fell in love and have now been married for 2 years today. Love you guys.
They read me almost daily.
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"Let's all be careful out there!"