Orientation completed for Penner International but still no passport so stuck in Canada, that's been almost three weeks now.
Andy, my boss, got his wife Donna to come to the house this week just to drop off my pay cheque (or check depending on where you are from) which I thought was great considering my pay is not due till tomorrow.
I double checked everything and discovered I was $10 short paid in my out of pocket expenses, a scale ticket. No worries wait till next pay period maybe he only pays it once a month so I will not even mention it.
I was sitting on the decking today in the sun when Andy came to the door to apologise for short paying me and handed me a $10 bill, you could have blown me down, I knew he was a nice guy but to go out of his way to pay me the $10 was something I didn't expect.
He also apologised that the truck was not left as clean as when I left it lol, looked ok to me when I put my gear back in it this morning.
Things seem to be working out ok here but can't really tell till I get my passport back and can start running full tilt.
Leaving tomorrow with a delivery in Medicine Hat Ab Monday morning, all you ex army will probably know where that is!!
Sunday, 24 May 2009
We got to our first professional ball game today, Kansas City T-Bones at Winnipeg Gold Eyes and The Gold Eyes won 6-5 in the 10th innings.
Understand the game a lot more now having seen it played properly. The atmosphere was good, free entertainment outside the stadium before the game and the weather was fantastic again. We have come home looking a little pink and tender from the sun.
The weather turned out to be fantastic yesterday and we got the boat out for the first time this year. Craig and I had a full day at Falcon Lake, the fishing was very poor but the scenery and weather was great.
There were eight of us in three boats all fishing and only Jason caught one.
Did I tell you about the one that got away????
Thursday, 21 May 2009
I am back home now till at least the 3oth May as I have a full week of orientation next week. I have to make a quick trip to Winnipeg tomorrow to deliver the load I have brought back from Ontario then that's me done.
Orientation starts on Monday so getting the boat out and doing some fishing on Saturday and going to a Winnipeg Gold Eyes baseball game on Sunday.
Tuesday, 19 May 2009
I left on Saturday afternoon to take an empty trailer to Pine Falls Mb, switch trailers and deliver the loaded one to Brampton Ontario Tuesday morning. A nice steady drive in great spring weather saw me in Mississauga Ontario Monday evening only 9km from my delivery.
Delivery was made at 9.00am this morning and now at our Brampton Terminal waiting with 4 others for reloads.
Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Wednesday, 6 May 2009
Had a lovely drive through Crowsnest Pass on the way to Elkford even although it did rain and then snow on the way.
I got to the mine where the delivery had to be made Tuesday afternoon and was told to head to Calgary empty, that's where I am now waiting for my reload.
I found out why they called the town Elkford and that whole area is called Elk Valley, they were everywhere and not as nervous as deer are.
Deer will flee as soon as you stop but the elk just carried on grazing and only left as I got out of the truck.
Sue and I, well mainly Sue I just watched, spent over 7 hours cleaning my truck at the weekend. The driver who had it before me smoked and the lights and interior were just caked in nicotine.
It looks really good now and is by far the biggest sleeper I have ever had. Even if I stand on the bottom bunk I still cant touch the roof at the highest point. It also has plenty of pockets and storage as well as a microwave provided by Andy, my new boss.
Received my first load offer on Sunday, which I accepted of course, 12 pallets of lockers going to a coal mine 29km north of Elkford, BC. The road doesn't go any further it end right there at the mine. I had to be there for 8.00am Wednesday so left Monday morning.