Well, I just finished my third day of classes toward getting my CDL. The people at the school seem nice enough, but the owner appears to be a little overly “frugal.” His lot is in dire need of some gravel, but I haven’t heard the subject mentioned, yet. The “equal lib” restroom is a portable toilet about 30 feet from the mobile home-style building that contains both the office and the classroom. The owner is being paid $4000 a head by the state to teach us what we need to know, yet we get neither our textbook nor a trucker’s highway safety manual. They have only “classroom copies.” The study manual that the state gives folks for free, we are allowed to take home, but we’re to turn it in when the schooling is over with. It turns out that schools are supposed to order them, while the state GIVES them to individuals. Individuals are going to use them either way, but leave it up to the government to try to make some money on the deal (and the school owner to be too tight to buy them.) ;-)
Also, Friday, We all have to drive to the state capitol to take our CDL “learner’s permit” test. We have a brand-new DMV office here in town, but NO, the state won’t let us take the test HERE. I’m sure that it’s because they want that $90 fee to stay in the capitol rather than get side-lined here. The driving part, we can do here and then take the papers they mail us to the local office to get our new license. I’m sure the reason they allow that is because NO MONEY CHANGES HANDS during that part of the process.
I had originally hoped to get my passenger endorsement, but that would take an extra week and cost me $1000, so I won’t. Considering that the school has a bus that they use for the use of those who are getting a passenger endorsements on their CDL, it would be nice if they’d drive us all down to Charleston to take our tests, but they aren’t planning on doing that. So, here we folks who aren’t currently working have to take a day off school and burn the gas to take a two-hour drive to the capitol. Some of them are car-pooling, so I guess that will help.
I did something stupid today. I locked my keys in the truck when I was on break. SO, I had to call my wife and she had to drive about 15 miles to unlock the truck with her “zapper.” She wasn’t too pleased; it was a cold day! She made good on the trip and got her hair done, though, so it worked out well for her. Plus, the car hadn’t been run for weeks and needed limbered up a bit.
I did get one good piece of news, from when we went across the river to get our DOT physicals Monday. Since my current poverty has caused me to back off on eating out and eating so much junk food, I’ve lost 12 pounds. I guess even poverty can have its good points, if it doesn’t get TOO severe! © 2013