Category:General
Posted on: March 11, 2009 8:07 pm
 

The Sport of Truck Driving

Okay, I have a beef with all people who think that a Prius is a viable option to try and push/merge onto the highway in front of an 18 wheeler. Now, nut for nothing, I am a very peaceful truck driver. I love my job very much and I take it very serious due to the fact I drive an 80,000 lb bomb that can end a life in seconds. But, with that said, why do idiots try and merge onto a 75 mph freeway at 60 mph and expect me to just get out of the way. For the love of all that is Holy ,i.e. poker, sports, kids, wife (at times), I ask everyone who doesnt hold a Class A CDL. Learn to MERGE. Nuff Said.

The scenerio goes as such.

6:10 PM, Northbound I-25 Mile Marker 135, Colorado Springs Colorado.

2 lanes with an onramp from the right hand lane. Driver 1 (me in a rig) max speed 62 mph. Speed limit 65. get the picture so far. Driver 2, some human on a cell phone coming up the ramp, obvious to me going faster than 65. i am watching all the cars as they speed up the ramp to merge with the northbound traffic. I look in my left mirror. yup, just as I suspect, a train of cars about 500 yrs long on my left, no chance to get over and out of the way so traffic can merge easier. so what to do. Maintain speed  (60 at the time) and allow faster vehicles to merge around me.

Now that being said, I watched this idiot, cell phone attached to ear, never look at me once. The merge lane ends quite rapidly at this merge spot. With less than 200 ft to the end of the merge lane the idiot finally looks sideways and lo and behold! Hey a 60 ft long vehicle is in the way. Imagine that.

Now, if you are the normal trained driver, there is no problem either slowing down or speeding up to merge in such a situation. Wanna take a stab in the dark as to what this phone attached to ear idiot did?

Nope, you guessed wrong.

Phone to ear person crashed their car into the ditch at the right hand side of the merge lane. I on the other hand nearly crashed trying to stiffle the laughter trying to escape my body.

20 Minutes pass by as nothing else weird happens. I am north of Colorado Springs by this time and my phone rings. My company's safety manager is on the phone.

 First question from his mouth.... Whats going on?

Well..... nothing..... why boss?

Did you run someone off the rode about 20 minutes ago?

Nope.

So what happen?

I spend the next 5 minutes explaining to my safety manager exactly what happen, where and when.

After my boss stops laughing he tells me the person has witnesses that I ran them into the ditch. Now before you think anything bad of me, understand this.

There was unknown to the person talking on the phone to my company about how bad a driver I was just minutes after the incident. A phone call made by an Air Force Captain to the local Colorado State Patrol dispatcher detailing how he had been directly behind this phone attached to ear idiot describing the incident how he saw the whole thing.

Guess who was at fault for the said accident. Not me! HAHA. Go buy a new Prius you idiot. I love Karma.

This is a hazard that all 18 wheel truck drivers have to deal with on a daily basis. I ask. Nay, I beg all people who drive in, on or around any roads where you encounter a vehicle bigger than the one you are in. Remember this. You can move faster, get in smaller places and die alot faster than we ever can. Please dont be a red spot on the road just cause the phone is attached to your ear.

Be Safe out there.

 

Category: General
Posted on: January 28, 2009 11:09 am
 

Youth Sports in America

Where to begin...

Lets begin with the story that is tearing up the blogs about youth sports. The 100-0 game. I think we all have by now heard the story. Youth girls basketball team beats another team by a 100-0 score. Coach gets fired. Bad move by the way, Coach wasnt in the wrong.

Now, as a father who coaches 5-6 yr old sports, I have no problem with this score. Maybe I was raised in a different era that accepts defeat and learns from it rather than whimpering about it. I know that the kids I coach are always happy in a loss or a win. I cant by the bylaws of the leagues keep scores or records, but I do in my head. The kids that play for me have been so excited when I tell them their stats in a season. I can remember when I played little league as a kid ( little league was all we had where I lived). We had none of this everybody wins. In sports there is always a winner and a loser. Thati s what motivates everyone of us who strives to compete with others. Its the adrenaline rush and the endorphine surge to win.

I believe, right or wrong, that as a culture we have become soft in all forms of youth sports. We need to rethink the values that allow everyone to play, despite the abilities to do otherwise. The naysayers will blather on about the fairness of these statements and I truly feel sorry for those people. They are usually the ones who as kids were picked last behind the 1 kid with a rock in his mouth wondering about the colors of a rainbow. By the way the rock chewing kid was a monster at defensive end. Wonder how he is doing figuring out the colors thing? Back to the point. The everyone wins rule is making sports a joke at young ages. I have 4 kids and I can speak only for myself when I state. My oldest has never played organized sports due to his inability to comprehend what it takes to compete. doesnt make him bad or good. I just knew that his brain didnt function that way. He loves to watch sports and to break it down like an analyst. But to play? Nope! Still love him all the same. Now switch to my 6 yr old. He is a sports playing freak. Cant make him get out of his soccer shoes. Always kicking the ball around the house. When he isnt kicking the ball with his foot he is pushing it around the house with his baseball bat. the Trampoline in the back yard is always filled with balls of every type. Footballs, Baseballs, Basketballs, Soccer balls, even a torn apart Tennis ball (still have no clue where they scraped that poor excuse for a tennis ball up from). My 3 yr old son is right there along side the 6yr old. Heck, 1 game in November the 3 yr old had to be carried from the indoor soccer field cause he somehow wormed his way through the fence and joined his brother on the field to play (i was secretly praying he would steal the ball and score). Did the 14 yr old long to play? Nope! He was more intrested in the scores from across the football leagues. I can only as a father ask him if he wishes to play and respect his wishes not to.

Talk about way off the track i started on...  Wow Ravings indeed. Well. I think I have made a point there somewhere. I know how I feel as a coach and I wish we as a nation would go back to the long, lost days where just the winners were awarded trophys or medals. I know as a kid growing up it was all about the trophy. Many a season went by where there was no trophy on the mantle. Did it make me sad? Heck yea it did. Am I sorry that my kids will never feel that way. Heck yea I am. I am a 39 yr old man now with many a gleaming trophy sitting in the family den. I have won them from a variaty of endeavors, Billiards, Bowling, BMX racing (as a 22 yr old no less), Darts (my wife 1 upped me in this category, her trophys are from the World Championships in Las Vegas), and of all things Cribbage. My 4 kids, the 3 who can talk, always ask me about them and want to hear the stories behind each 1. As a parent I try my best to explain to them how to compete at a level that will allow them the chances to walk away from a competion with 1 of their own. My 6 yr old son has his 1st trophy from soccer sitting right there on the mantle but all the rest he has aquired from sports are littering the play room for his younger sister and brother. Makes me feel proud that he has already built the pride that winning instills. Just to compete doesnt get it done.

Oh, by the way. My 14yr old son. The one who could care less about playing. He is an A student and well on his way to a career in broadcasting. He wants Eli Golds job ( the man who does NASCAR). I am so proud of him. Wonder if he still remembers sitting as a baby watching dad race BMX bikes. Think I will go chat him up and see if he wants to watch a old race and break it down.

Anyhow.... As a card carrying member of the coaching ranks in youth sports in America. Why do we feel as a nation that the kids need the moral boost a trophy instills. I teach and labor away with the youth and I see in their eyes that fire that winning brings. We as a collecive think that they dont care about the score. I beg to differ. I hear them ask every week at practice and before a game. They care. Its the ones who are thrust out on the field by parents who dont listen that think everyone is a winner.

Wonder if they like rocks? The parents that is.

Category: General
Tags: youth sports
 
 
 
 
 
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