I hauled three loads of salt this week. One load went to Buckhannon , West Virginia, another to Heaters , and the other to Gassaway. It’s always nice to see places that I haven’t seen in a few years. My late father-in-law lived at Gassaway for a little while during the first decade or so of the 20th Century. Some of my ancestors hail from the Buckhannon area, plus, my sister attended college there at West Virginia Wesleyan College for a year, before switching to Marshall University . I was glad to see that there was a Weyerhaeuser OSB (wafer-board) plant in Heaters, so the locals would have some work.
I always remember going by the impressive Departmentof Highways building on the old road into Buckhannon. It certainly looked secure. One of my bosses thought that it had been a prison at one time, but when I searched online, all I could learn was that it was BUILT by prisoners in 1941. I looked online for a photo of it, but with no success.
I had 40.5 hours in the first four days of the pay-period. Yet they kept the three of us who are on the bottom of the ladder sitting in the dispatch room today for four more hours before sending us home for lack of work. That meant that they were paying me overtime to sit on my backside while they tried to find some work for me. They tried, God bless ‘em!
To reference the title of this post, a lot of the winter is over, so while the various DOH garages are trying to stay stocked up, they’re also trying not to be so overstocked as to have huge stores of salt remaining coming when spring arrives. So, unless we have some bad late winter snows, orders will probably be pretty low from here on out. Hey, it was good while it lasted!
Incidentally, my wife and I took advantage of my afternoon off and went over to our new insurance agent’s office today and signed a little paperwork. We got about three times the liability coverage, plus comprehensive, for about 2/3 of what we were paying Nationwide for liability alone. Liberty Mutual will be our new company. I’m sure it would get mixed reviews like any company, but my coworker had a claim with them and he said that they paid quickly. That’s usually a good sign. © 2015