Tuesday, June 16, 2009

THE FRUIT MAN

I hate Summer. There, I said it. Of all the seasons, Summer is the one I least like. It's hot, it's crowded no matter where you go, and the Interstates and rest areas are packed with RV'ers. But there is one thing I can tolerate during the summer months........fresh fruit and veggies! And there is no better place for that, then in the Salinas Valley of California, where the temperature is also to my liking, unfortunately it is very crowded, not with RV'ers but with tractor trailer rigs!

After going empty yesterday morning, and dispatch thinking we had plenty of hours to do 3 pick ups of assorted fruits and vegetables headed to Spokane, and then us having to inform them we only had 2 hours of driving time available for the day, we dropped our trailer at Fresh Express and bob tailed to the Pilot Truck Stop. There I waited patiently, knowing that at any moment, I would see what I was dreaming of. And then there he was! On his first pass around, his eyes never met mine. Heart broken, but not discouraged, I knew he would come around again, and when he did, our eyes met and my heart skipped a beat. It was pure heaven, as he walked up to my door, displaying before me his bounty of cherries and strawberries. Like a kid in a candy store, I had hit the Mother Lode, and eagerly paid my money for the red, luscious, sweet fruit we would soon be enjoying. After all that excitement, it was a day of relaxing, as we knew we would not receive a dispatch until sometime today. But the weather was great, a cool 70 degrees with a gentle breeze, the people watching entertaining, and with TV and Internet reception, life was great. We couldn't ask for anything more.

This morning we awoke to this:
Good thing we probably won't get a dispatch until later this afternoon, or there would be some pounding on some doors in order for us to get out of our parking space. The guy parked on the outside got interrupted so many times by people trying to get out of parking spaces on the other side of him, that he finally got wise and moved to a legitimate spot. Time will tell just how long this driver in the black truck in front of us will remain. It looks like we have time to wait him out, but I may have to resort to something other than eye contact to find my fruit man today on his rounds!

3 comments:

rosemary said...

We have shared space with a few trucks in rest stops occasionally with our little truck and camper.....usually we are awakened bright and early. Those cherry's look delish!

Cori said...

Oh My Goodness! This brings drive-thru service to a whole new level you guys! What a great service to provide to the road weary truckers who are desparate for fresh produce and tired of Cornuts and Mountain Dw! Is there anything more beautiful than fresh fruit this time of year. And Diane, I'm so proud of you for admitting you hate summer in front of the whole world in this forum! HA! You know I'm an autumn girl all the way...pumpkins, crisp mornings and evenings and Halloween.

adozeneggs said...

In the city I hated the Summer. The sidewalks were too crowded, it was super hot, and so many tourists.
But, now that I live in the "snowbelt" of the Green Mountains, I am still waiting for summer. it's been cold and rainy for weeks and I've only worn flip flops once so far!!
A berry delivery man. That's just the coolest thing ever!

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