Thank God It’s Friday!

As fast as this week flew by, and with all we got accomplished, I’m ready to sleep in a little in the morning and just have a bit of a weekend already.

Shifting gears as in going from independent hotshot carrier to a terminal manager for an established company brings a lot of busy work with it that I simply didn’t have before. So while there was a lot going on, it was also kinda nice to stay steadily busy. In the old days (a month ago..) I would have been sitting here stewing over not having loads and trying to figure out how to make them materialize out of thin air.

No such worries now, instead I’m more worried we won’t have enough trucks to keep up with the volume of work I expect will start up on Monday and continue until, well, whenever.

And yes, I know I’m being optimistic, but I believe in what I’m doing, so that makes it easier for me to stay on the positive side of things instead of being the grumpy butt I was turning into before this opportunity came along.

So much for the philosophical side of the week, which I barely had time to think about until after the clock ran out tonight, because the practical application of all the new information and skills I’m learning kept me hopping right along.

And I actually got things done that needed done, pretty much when they needed done, and managed to do them (mostly) correctly. And that’s OK with me since I already know I’m in the learning curve stage of this new venture. Close may not count in horseshoes and hand grenades, but when you’re learning a new job, close sure does count!

The things I didn’t get right the first time didn’t slow me down too much, the folks walking me through this just pointed out where I went astray and gave me another try, with no drama involved, so it was a good (and as stress-less as it could be) experience. And I’m starting to get the hang of how this process goes.

I’ll take that as a good week and consider it time well spent, and I think I’ll even call it decent progress.

So what was I doing all week, you might well be wondering, so I’ll tell you…

I spent the week wading through piles of paperwork that’s involved in getting owner/ops set up, approved, and ready to roll, did a couple of interviews of potential said owner/ops, making visits to potential customers and handing out goodies & business cards to start the train rolling, and last, but not least, poking around in the computer software we’ll be using for load booking & tracking.

And after all of that I at least feel like I can take a load order, get it correctly into the system, get one of my guys on it, and keep the paperwork straight so everybody gets paid.

I guess an old dog can learn a few new tricks after all, I seem to be catching on… Stay tuned, I’ll let you know how it progresses once we are moving loads, hopefully this next week…


Another Week in the Books…

When an old dog has to learn new tricks, it can get a little grumpy when a whole stack of new tricks appear on it’s desk just as the most recent new trick is being absorbed and learned.

And I say this from personal experience, being the old dog that I am, learning a whole bag of new tricks.

Overall, I managed to keep my cool even though at a couple of points during the week my head felt like it wanted to explode and by Wednesday I had a killer headache that didn’t leave me until sometime this morning… but happily enough, I survived it all and have my feet up relaxing now that the week is officially over.

It’s a huge transition for me going from a mobile, free-wheeling job to a desk job in sixty seconds flat, but that’s the choice I made (I guess) unless I actually do get to break out of the office once in a while hauling a little load here or there.

Which, happily, I get to do at the end of next week with a load already booked…

And I’ve never been all that fond of office work…

Hence the new tricks.  And the learning.

I do have to admit that it’s not difficult work though, I mean, I’ve worked a whole lot harder tying some goofy looking equipment down on the truck with big old chains and boomers in 110 degree weather sweating my tail off in very unladylike fashion, so this sitting in an air conditioned office answering phones and messing with the computer is a walk in the park physically.

Mentally, well, that’s another story.

I’m working on my phone skills, and reminding myself that I have to talk nice to everyone involved, even if I just stapled my finger to a stack of paperwork, and that shouting out obscenities in the office is a big NO NO.  I can get away with it in the truck since I usually roll with windows up and stereo on, so nobody cares anyway if I drop some naughty words when someone cuts me off in traffic…. but yeah, I have some adjusting to do.


So I’m just glad I didn’t screw anything up too badly this week and more glad that the week is over.  It’s officially in the books!