A humble truck driver cruisin the country....enjoying all the beauty this country has to offer.
MontanaMatt: Well I get to spend the night in my old stomping grounds! About half a mile from the house my ex-wife and I used to own..... In Belgrade Montana. I left Seattle Monday morning after my delivery and headed for the Tri-Cities in Southeastern Washington. Filled most of a trailer with wine..... Then headed to Walla Walla Washington for two more pallets. And our wine dispatcher threw me completely under the bus. he didn't bother to tell me that you can't pull into this place because there's no way out. So I found out the hard way. It was a little over 90 minutes...... And about a 95 point turn to get out of there. Backing up...... And on the blind side. That's never going to happen again! I told that particular dispatcher he only gets to kick me under the bus one time. I hope he enjoyed it. I also told him I'll sit on my ass for a week waiting for a different load if that's what it takes to avoid hauling his wine. Screw me once..... Shame on you. That's as far as I carry out that old cliche. There is no second chance. And then I had two deliveries in Helena Montana this morning and one near here in Bozeman tomorrow. And then the rest of the trailer load goes to Billings. Today is my first day back in Montana since the 12th of May! But that's how I like it. Just give me a destination and I'll be there! 😎
MontanaMatt: Well I'm a sand wedge away from my 4 a.m. appointment. Pretty convenient..... Other than no services of any kind. I put my TV antenna up in the windshield and had four stations...... And moved it to the passenger window and have 35 stations to pick from! Yay! Have a good buddy of mine on his way to pick me up. Late lunch and a beer!
MontanaMatt: Not really intentional..... But today ended up being my biggest day ever on the road! 695.5 miles! I need to be parked near my 4 a.m. delivery Monday morning..... Which means I need to be parked by 3:30 tomorrow afternoon. So I knew I was going to push it a little today. And it's cool. I made it to the Wildhorse Casino outside of Pendleton Oregon! I've had lots of luck here in the past..... in more ways than one! 😮 Wish me luck!
MontanaMatt: Ok. New rules! When you're driving down the highway and you come across a white car that has butterfly decals all over it..... And the license plate says.....Mimsies..... Just park it and try again tomorrow. Because your day is about to be fucked! smfh
MontanaMatt: A 650 mile day! But I think I blew up the clock. My dumbass electronic log let me drive for 90 minutes this morning..... Before switching over to drive mode. Sometimes these electronics are just ignorant. The app shouldn't let me do anything if I'm not assigned to a particular truck. There's just no reason it would allow that. But every once in awhile it disconnects from the unit in the truck..... And I have to reassign myself to this particular truck. Not a big deal but you have to notice it. Once I've done my morning log work.....I throw the stupid thing up on the dash and it's supposed to throw me into drive mode as soon as I hit 15 miles per hour. And I don't even look at the thing unless I need it again. Just stupid!
The original plan was to make Boise Idaho tomorrow..... But that's only 450 miles away. If I do another 600 miles tomorrow I have a really easy day into Seattle on Sunday. I think that's a pretty good plan.
MontanaMatt: So all over the country now we have these electronic reader boards then tell us how many people have died on that particular States highways this calendar year. Just a nice reminder to be safe. But...... Because there's always a but..... The first reader board I saw in Nebraska this morning said 81 highway deaths this year. The second reader board I saw in Nebraska this morning said..... 88 highway deaths in Nebraska this year. Stay with me. Obviously I understand how that number can jump up quickly. And that's certainly a tragedy. But the next reader board I saw in Nebraska that this morning said.... 80 highway traffic deaths in Nebraska this year. I am very well aware of how death works and why that number would get bigger. But I am completely at a loss as to how that number could possibly shrink. We thought those eight people were dead..... But they were just taking a nap? On the other hand I guess it could be just Nebraska?
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MontanaMatt: So if a gay couple has a child...... Do they tell them about the birds and birds? Or the bees and bees? Asking for a friend......
MontanaMatt: I have the same problem for a few days after I get back to work from vacation. Everytime. I don't want to do this shit anymore. Nope. Nada. Fini. Adios. Sayonara. Goodnight Irene! Bye Felicia.
MontanaMatt: I really do love Memphis! One of my favorite cities! But you know things are a little bit hinky when even random food warehouses are surrounded by barbed wire!
MontanaMatt: Evidently I was a little excited when I got to Nashville last Monday. I usually follow exactly the same procedure to flip this truck from road use to home. I haven't been watching much TV this week.... But I just realized my reception wasn't very good and I wasn't getting nearly enough channels for being parked right next to downtown Nashville. And found that my handy-dandy little antenna was coiled up neatly behind the TV. Not doing me much good there. Stuck it to the window where it belongs.....boom! More than 70 crystal clear channels to pick from! That makes this day of rest a little more entertaining! 😮
MontanaMatt: Well it's been a whirlwind couple of days in Nashville since I got some rest! Had a blast with my nephew the other night! We ended up spending most of the evening in Blake Shelton's bar.....Ole Red. Pretty upscale place.....with five floors of party going on including a rooftop bar. Great fun! I went to see a buddy of mine play yesterday afternoon. She's 17 years old and is going to be a superstar! Hung out with her mom and dad while she played. Great people! A young man named Travis Rice played before her..... And he knocked it out of the park. Big future ahead for that guy! And then my friend Bailey took the stage. She did the best version of Tennessee whiskey I've ever heard! Brought tears to my eyes!
After Bailey was a young lady named Cyndi Thompson. She wrote Gary Allan's song...... Life Ain't Always Beautiful! I told her that's the song that gets me through the days that I'm really missing my brother Mark.... And she cried a little hearing that her song means that much to me. It was great to meet her!
I'm heading out to my buddy John's for dinner shortly..... And we're heading from his place to Alan Jackson's restaurant and bar.....AJ's. John is performing there tonight! One of my best buddies and one of the finest people I've ever had the pleasure to know..... Not to mention a world-class musician! John toured with Lee Brice for about 6 years..... Playing pedal steel guitar..... Lead guitar..... And mandolin. I'm struggling with my mandolin and hoping to get some tips this evening! 😀
So tonight will be my last night out on the town here in Nashville. This has been a great vacation but I still need to be ready for the road Monday morning. I may have to sleep all day tomorrow to make that happen..... But I'll be ready! 😎
MontanaMatt: Well I caught another Lyft up to the tour bus leasing company. And it could not have gone any better! It was one of the vice presidents of the company that opened the door and let me in the building. I told him I was there to deliver copies of my passport and my medical card that needed to be attached to my application. He welcomed me in..... And disappeared for a couple minutes while he made copies of that. When he came back he said...... I'm glad you came back so quickly. We really need to get some guys hired around here and I love what I see on your application. So I'm feeling pretty good about that!
The big awards show is tonight but I don't have a ticket this year. It appears that the operators are getting more skimpy with the comp tickets every year. And my source has some family in town. And I certainly am not going to complain about that.
Another buddy is playing with a band at Big & Rich's Redneck Riviera tonight. I've seen them before and it's a great time! So that's on the schedule for tonight. Probably stumble around lower Broadway for a bit..... Just to see what else is going on! And I think one more real good nights sleep is in order. I hate to spend my time in Nashville sleeping..... But I was on the road for 7 weeks. It takes a couple of days to recover from that. Should be full speed by tomorrow! Scary I know! 😎
MontanaMatt: I am officially on vacation! Trailer is empty..... Tanks are all full so I'm ready to jump for my next adventure next Monday..... Payroll has been dropped in the UPS box...... And I am parked for the next week! ✌️💪🎸🎶🎻🎼🎹🥁
MontanaMatt: Well day 2 in Nashville is off to a rough start. 😥
I caught a Lyft up to Diamond Coach. Learned that they have a new computer system..... And most of their old resumes on file didn't make it onto the new system. 😮 So I could have waited forever and not gotten a call. So I filled out an application....Briefly chatted with the head of the personnel department....and of course I need to go back with copies of my medical card and a copy of my passport.
And when I was finished I walked out of the building and tried to call Lyft for a ride back to my truck. And of course my phone was dead. I walked about a half-mile down the hill to a convenience store and asked them to call me a cab. They did that immediately. After almost two hours of waiting..... I bought a charger and a charging cable at the convenience store..... And charged my phone long enough to be able to call for a Lyft. She was there in 6 minutes and I was back in my truck 10 minutes later. And that's why the taxi cab service in this country is a fast dying industry. If they had ever shown up..... They would have charged me at least $45. Lyft got me here and it was less than $14. With nice conversation. Taxi cab drivers always want to talk about how Lyft and Uber are putting them out of business. No shit! But at least I'm back in the system at Diamond Coach. And I've got a couple more interviews with other tour bus leasing companies set up for later in the week. So at least some progress is being made. As frustrating as it is..... I guess that's better than nothing.
MontanaMatt: Drinking at the Redneck Riviera with my nephew. Umm.....$21.50 for a bud and a shot of Fireball! WTAF?
MontanaMatt: Had a great night out drinking with my nephew! Spectacular fun! He's a sharp kid. I guess that makes sense because he is the staff pharmacist at Vanderbilt Hospital. We've had a lot of drinks together in the past..... But I've never seen him work...... women. It was fascinating to watch! The kid has a lot of game! All he had to do was nod.....and they would have been in his condo with us in a heartbeat. But he had a bad feeling about the one that latched on to him. And I saw that well before he did. That woman was crazy! I certainly would have enjoyed getting to know her friend better..... But I'm not going to abandon my nephew. It was guys night out.....and it really needs to stay that way to the end. You ladies know all about that. Unless everybody is up for the game it just can't happen. And that's where we got to tonight. And I'm okay with that. I know exactly where they are going to be for the next 4 days. 😁
MontanaMatt: A pretty successful first half day in Nashville! I had a huge pile of laundry and it's all done! Not without some serious laughter though! When my clothes were done in the washer there was only one dryer available and I needed 2. So I threw one load in the available dryer and just sat down. There was another guy sitting there flipping through his phone. Almost immediately one of the dryers turned off. I don't like handling somebody else's laundry so I just sat there and waited. After about 15 minutes I said to this guy...... Ain't that some shit? I need to use another dryer and this guy's just wandering around the place ignoring his when it's been done for 15 minutes. He says.....I fucking hate that! Some people are so rude!
About two minutes later he says very loudly........Awe fuck me! Those are my clothes!
And we laughed and laughed and laughed! In between fits of laughter he grabbed his clothes out of that dryer and started folding them! And he apologized about a million times. Said he was in some wormhole on the internet and just forgot what he was doing. And we laughed some more. I told him that of course that happens to all of us and it's really not a big deal. And we laughed some more! When he's done folding his clothes he turns to walk away..... takes a few steps.....stops..... Turned around and apologized again! And we laughed some more! And then he stopped on his way back to his truck and bought a six-pack of beer..... and came back and gave me one in the laundry room! And we laughed and laughed and laughed! So damn funny! 😂
MontanaMatt: I'm in Atlanta! And thrilled to be here! I'm heading out to go see the Braves play the Detroit Tigers later this afternoon. It's hot af here... And really humid! Unfortunately I am parked almost at the bottom of the hill in this huge truck stop. And they won't let rideshare drivers come through the gate to pick people up. That means I get to walk to the top of that hill you can see just to get a ride there. Guaranteed to be a sweaty mess before I even get to the ballpark! I'm gonna do it anyway.....because then I have a built-in excuse to drink more beer! It's all about the hydration! 😎
MontanaMatt: I had a great time at the baseball game today! Braves win! And a spectacular stadium! Incredible! I was sitting about halfway between third base and the left-field wall..... In the fourth row. I really didn't plan on spending $105...... But it ended up being a great seat! I could have got into the building for $40..... But I would have been sitting above the nosebleed seats. Pass! I don't get to do that often enough so when I do I'm going to spend some money and have a great seat. I think it's worth it! And that section of seats had its own private concession stand. 15 seconds away from my seat.
That stadium and the surrounding area is pretty amazing. Dozens of great bars and restaurants! My Uber driver told me that his last three dates have been to that area..... And he's never been in the stadium. Evidently a ton of stuff to do within a block or two of the stadium. Fun stuff!
If you find yourself in the Atlanta area and go to a game..... TAKE BUG JUICE! I didn't see a bug all day but the noseeums chewed the crap out of me! God I hate those little invisible fuckers!