Sunday, January 11, 2009

PERFECT TIMING

We are taking what amounts to a 34 hour reset of Craig's driving hours here at my Mom's house. That it worked so perfectly into the one day off we had requested at the French Camp, CA yard, was just perfect timing. And perfect timing is something we have had a lot of over the past, almost eight years, that Craig and I have been together.

One of the "perfect timings" was while Craig was in truck driving school, and he came home one night to hear that I had put our house up for sale. Now, don't get the wrong idea, I didn't go out and do it without his knowledge. We had talked about it, but he just wasn't sure I was ready to give up the cute little house we had worked so hard to fix up. He was more shocked, than anything else, to know I had moved forward with our plans so quickly, and thankfully I did. It was the tail end of the big housing boom in California, and shortly after we closed on our house, the bottom started to quickly fall out and the prices fell dramatically.

One of the other major "perfect timing" events was when we switched to the reefer division (TWT) from the boat fleet. We had sensed for a while that the economy was shifting, and fueled by the thought of wanting to be more regional than over the road, we made the switch last May. Within 4 months after we left the boat fleet, it was completely closed down and the drivers were switched over to the flatbed division. I'm glad we were able to make the choice of where we wanted to go, instead of having the choice made for us.

There have been so many times that we have looked at each other and said, "Boy, that was perfect timing", avoiding a storm or two, or accidents on the roads, or even being blessed to buy the pick up from Craig's Dad, at a time when his Dad no longer needed it to pull a travel trailer. But the most significant of these events has to be when we first met and then quickly married, which turned a perfect timing event into a perfect match!

Since finally leaving the snow on January 3, and heading south, we have had a wonderful week free of the "white stuff" and once again, the timing was perfect to avoid the mess in the Pacific Northwest while both Interstate 5 and 90 were closed due to flooding. Let's hope our trend continues when we hit the road and head north to make the delivery of bananas to Puyallup, WA on Wednesday morning. Like they say....." It's all about timing"!

5 comments:

Mark Krusen said...

That's great your timing is so good.

Keep it going in the next year. Isn't it amazing the harder you work the luckier you get!

Anonymous said...

Its Karma when you help out other people something always good comes your way. You helped out that other driver while every one watched. Yes you are good people. TWT should consider themselves lucky to have people like you.

Anonymous said...

This entry is just another reason I enjoy reading your blog every day. It really does you good to count your blessings and be thankful. Very positive. Thanks for letting us travel with you and Craig.

Jack
Charleston, SC

CRAIG and DIANE said...

Jack -

Thanks for being such a loyal reader. The journey is always so much more fun when you have friends along for the ride!

Mom said...

It feels good to count your blessings

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