So this is my truck I drive everyday. It’s a big truck and believe it or not I hauled in 2 loads a day the first week I worked. (last week, just a load a day) but you know what? Whether its two loads a day or 1, my pay cheque will always be the same and THAT is a huge relief. I had a little adjustment time getting used to the gears on the truck, it’s a 6-speed manual transmission. There is a VERY steep hill when you are coming into Mission, I hate to admit the first 3 times I attempted the hill I had to stop 1/2 way; find low gear and crawl up. Horribly embarrassing!! I love my job!! Nothing has really changed except my stress level has dropped by more than half. I still push myself because I am just that way. The company has an Alaskan cruise on the block for the buyer who brings in the most money but like I told my boss; I don’t need incentives to do well, I compete against myself. I am my hardest task master. They were a little confused by me at first; I got the truck and no one saw me for two days. You see if I am working down Surrey way I take my load to Amix, just like I used to. My company sells their steel to Amix anyway so it saves them the handling and shipping costs if I take it in directly. That way it is easier for me to get two loads a day in too if I have a big job. They are used to guys who punch a clock, whereas I go until I’ve got a load on which means might not get home until 9-10 at night and start a bit later the next morning. They understand now and the proof is in the scale tickets. I am feeling very confident in my new position and feel appreciated by my bosses and co-workers, and I am so extremely grateful for the job and it is so nice that every one I tell is do happy for me also. Everyone knows how hard I’ve struggled, I think it is the first time in my life I have ever gotten so much positive feedback all at on time; and it feels great!! I find myself getting hugged alot lately. I got my new laptop on Friday and my first pay cheque. Its been over twelve years since I had a pay cheque and it felt mighty nice to know every two weeks I am going to get well over a $1000 clear. I have a fuel card, they pay for my work clothes, gloves, tools, boots, safety gear, log books, cell phone, etc. All I have to worry about is my rent, food and entertainment; and for a little while paying back everyone I owe money to. The mechanic at work, Colin, is the guy who walked me through what I needed to know about the truck etc said its a really good truck and to give it a week. He was positive that by the end of the week I would love the truck. Every day he would text message me, “So are you loving the truck yet?” And every day I would say I am “liking” it a bit more. I wasn’t going to admit to loving it! But finally last week I am broke down and told him,”ok, I gotta admit something to you, I love the truck!”. He just laughed and said I told you!!!
Published by Carrie Reimer
I think everyone at one time or another thinks, "If I only knew then what I know now." I share my life experiences in hopes a few less people have to look back and want a "do over". Through my Lady Witha Truck blog I have spent 8 years sharing my experiences while being in an abusive relationship with a man I consider to be a narcissist/psychopath and through my other blog, Reimer Reason I share lessons learned throughout the 60 years of my life. No experience is a waste as long as you learn from it and if I can save someone else making the same mistakes I made, then it makes it all worth while. I am an expert on my life, not yours, my opinions are my own, not yours, and I enjoy open respectful communication on most topics. If I don't have an answer I will research it until I do. I have a sweetheart of a dog named Stella, a 4 year old Pitbull, Mastiff cross. I am artistic, enjoy bringing new life to antiques, gardening, refurbishing and repurposing other people's "garbage", reading, writing and being outside in nature. I have a 34 year old son who I am extremely proud of and a 7 yr old granddaughter I don't see near enough. I live on welfare after a lifetime of working full time because I have heart failure. I have gone from being a home owner and landlord to being homeless and living in my car. I continually strive to be the best me that I can be and look at life as a learning experience and an opportunity to learn about other people and myself. Never a dull moment! View all posts by Carrie Reimer