Tuesday, April 7, 2009

having a stephanie plum moment.......






janet evanovich is a very popular writer of "chic-lit".....i'm a very big fan of "chic-lit"....actually, i love reading about women who step outside the box and do daring or off-beat things that most of us dream about doing but usually don't muster up the courage or the motivation to achieve.........i love the autobiographies of women who've made a difference in our world..........i strive really hard to live up to these examples that great women have given us......but so much of the time i find myself feeling more in step with stephanie plum than queen noir, or madelyn albright or hillary........


for those of you who don't know...and i can't imagine that could be many....janet evanovich writes an ongoing series of books who's main character is stephanie plum......she has written many other books, even a book about how she writes her books.....but her stephanie plum series is by far the most popular....i suspect because so many women like me identify with steph.......steph is a mid-thirties, divorced, junk-food-addicted, usually broke, woman from trenton, nj, who makes her living as a bounty hunter .......she's also the poster child for murphy's law....if anything bad can happen in any given situation, it will happen to stephanie......if she's chasing a fta (failure to appear) and there is a pile of dog poop anywhere in a 5 mile radius, she will slip in it......if there is

any other form of a disgusting substance around, she'll end up in it......if something can catch on fire while she's in it, it instantly ignites......if....well, you get the picture......she goes thru cars like underwear because they're always getting shot up, blown up, the aforementioned caught on fire and occasionally crushed in a crusher....but she trudges on thru life .....and perseveres.......


alot of the time that's what i feel like i'm doing out here.....perservereing......nose to the grindstone, shoulder to the wheel, etc......one load delivered, another picked up and running.....i try to be a safe driver.....i AM a safe driver....10 years on the road with no preventable accidents, no speeding tickets......haven't even worn out my middle fingers flippin people off yet......then all of a sudden the stephanie plum syndrome hits............makin a sharp, tight, right hand turn on a tiny little street in a tiny little town, i catch a curb, graze a light pole with my trailer.......no amount of "buttonhooking" is gonna help me outta this one............2 cars in the turning lane that won't back up.....oh well......gingerly i ease around the corner against the pole....and into the receiver's lot...actually he had no lot, just a wide walk space to pull in on.....one of those lovely places where you get to blindside into a dock from outta the street.....the same street where the traffic won't let you make a wide right turn, won't slow down even when they see you're blocking both lanes.....but it is the street where some happy motorist is on their cell phone telling the cops that some lowdown truckdriver just "knocked down" a light pole on the corner........well the policeman came out....took a look and realized the pole was still standing, the traffic light still working.....nothing but a scuff mark and the barest of dents on the pole......and told me to go on my merry way.........so at least one pile of crap was averted.....so see, i persevered....i delivered my cargo, which was my version of an fta capture........but another pile of crap was just lying in wait.....rounding the corner i had caught the curb with my front trailer tire....bending the rim.....cutting the tire......my very own stephanie plum pile of crap........



4 comments:

Brad said...

I did not say anything then and I am not going to say anything now. Ruth Ann is a fantastic driver and I swear the post jumped out in front of her. That is the only explanation there is.

ps. wait till she tells you about the Martin driver.

Team Caffee said...

Dang what a day! I love to just glare at drivers that will no move for us. That is to bad you caught that darn trailer wheel. Glad the pole stayed up though. Could have been a lot worse!

Gi-Gi Roxx said...

I grazed a brightly yellow painted 18 inch tall curb type thingy once in a truck stop parking lot with the same result to the tire and rim. Lucky for me there was a tire shop on the same lot... and I still to this day believe they put the curby thing there to improve business. haha

Stace said...

Well, this sort of thing can happen, like Hedon with the cab extender a while back. Sorry it happened to you, but it's minor. No worries. Ten years with no accidents speaks to your fine driving. :-)