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Old 05-23-2019, 02:34 PM   #16
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I had two artificial discs put in two months ago. I hear you! Now my back!
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OH DAMN!!! That is brutal!! That's something that slows you down for sure. *ouch!*

I did manage to repair the 1911 though. At least there's that. My back? Not so much..not yet. *sigh* Might be time to build a tiny gun. hahahaha
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OH DAMN!!! That is brutal!! That's something that slows you down for sure. *ouch!*

I did manage to repair the 1911 though. At least there's that. My back? Not so much..not yet. *sigh* Might be time to build a tiny gun. hahahaha
I had a laminectomy on three levels about 10 years ago. After 7 years in the Bakken it needs help again.

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I had a laminectomy on three levels about 10 years ago. After 7 years in the Bakken it needs help again.

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OUCH!!!! I mean really ouch... I broke a veterbrae 30 years ago, and luckily, no surgery...but a helluva good chiropractor. It healed (sorta) and through years of physio and treatment (oh, and continuously working it) it's stayed relatively loose. Man, you're a frikken warrior! I was such a big chicken that as soon as the doc started saying we're going to cut here and there I ran out of the consult room. hahahaha.
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OUCH!!!! I mean really ouch... I broke a veterbrae 30 years ago, and luckily, no surgery...but a helluva good chiropractor. It healed (sorta) and through years of physio and treatment (oh, and continuously working it) it's stayed relatively loose. Man, you're a frikken warrior! I was such a big chicken that as soon as the doc started saying we're going to cut here and there I ran out of the consult room. hahahaha.
Yah my throat was not happy for a while... it swelled up like a bull moose in rut.

I do not think yer a chicken. Your smart. If you can manage without surgery? Do that. I came down with vertigo and numb hands all the sudden. Couldnít figure out why. An MRI in my neck showed that my spinal cord was getting pinched off in two places. No beuno! I had no choice.
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Yeah, thatís not cool, man...at all.

When I crashed I had no feeling from the waist down and cracked a vertebrae or two. They wanted to operate to fix the alignment problem, blah, blah, blah...fuse..blah, blah...

Anyhew, I had a guitar playing buddy who was part hippie/part chiropractor and generally one of those good spirit types. The crash was fairly fresh and he suggested some alignment exercises, etc. But you know what? He did it absolutely free. Not a dime. He said that kind of trauma was enough (refer back to good spirit type). He said I was still young enough in my early 20ís that the neck might heal with proper guidance and fusing would do more harm than good. So, we got on an exercise plan, stretches, muscle relaxes, that kind of stuff. Bone alignment gradually every couple of days, etc.

Well dammit, he was right!!! The feeling slowly came back to my legs, I regained my arm, and so on. I went on to work some pretty heavy jobs until my late 40ís. Now Iím just worn out. Hahahahaha.... thereís still a bunch of scar tissue but I still found a good guitar playing chiro when we moved West and in fact, tomorrow is another once a month tune up...

I think the secret is to stay positive and keep moving. Mama and I walk at least a few miles after supper and I donít over do it on the bad days. Itís been 30 years since the crash...still no wheelchair. Woohoo!!!


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Yeah, thatís not cool, man...at all.

When I crashed I had no feeling from the waist down and cracked a vertebrae or two. They wanted to operate to fix the alignment problem, blah, blah, blah...fuse..blah, blah...

Anyhew, I had a guitar playing buddy who was part hippie/part chiropractor and generally one of those good spirit types. The crash was fairly fresh and he suggested some alignment exercises, etc. But you know what? He did it absolutely free. Not a dime. He said that kind of trauma was enough (refer back to good spirit type). He said I was still young enough in my early 20ís that the neck might heal with proper guidance and fusing would do more harm than good. So, we got on an exercise plan, stretches, muscle relaxes, that kind of stuff. Bone alignment gradually every couple of days, etc.

Well dammit, he was right!!! The feeling slowly came back to my legs, I regained my arm, and so on. I went on to work some pretty heavy jobs until my late 40ís. Now Iím just worn out. Hahahahaha.... thereís still a bunch of scar tissue but I still found a good guitar playing chiro when we moved West and in fact, tomorrow is another once a month tune up...

I think the secret is to stay positive and keep moving. Mama and I walk at least a few miles after supper and I donít over do it on the bad days. Itís been 30 years since the crash...still no wheelchair. Woohoo!!!


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Thatís awesome bud. I hope it keeps working for you!
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Well, I certainly won't qualify for the Olympics (even the Para ones), but everyday I can bend over and lace up my boots is a gift, y'know? Winters in this part of the world are long and tough, I get pretty sore by the end of March but I'm still breathing, still pushing snow, and I make it a point to clear it by hand at our place when I can. I log at least a half hour a day on the elliptical over the winter, and a little less during the nicer weather as we try and play outside as much as possible.

I'm desperately trying to extend the life of my components as long as humanly possible. No more stupid lifting or back breaking antics...just breathe, stretch, and think of the long game. When I got out of the oil patch 6 years ago, walking was difficult and I'd lose control of my legs now and then...but we kept working. The pain was excruciating!

I had to find a day gig indoors or we were going to pile up big time...and I did! The long hours sitting may not be ideal, but we get up and walk around as much as possible. More work outs after work, etc....but better, more directed exercise.

Don't get me wrong here, when it rains I want to put a bullet in my block. bawwwhaahaaa...but then there's a good day, y'know?

...and all of this because I was a young buck who drew the short straw and drove the ice road. It all changed in an instant. hmmmm
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Well, I certainly won't qualify for the Olympics (even the Para ones), but everyday I can bend over and lace up my boots is a gift, y'know? Winters in this part of the world are long and tough, I get pretty sore by the end of March but I'm still breathing, still pushing snow, and I make it a point to clear it by hand at our place when I can. I log at least a half hour a day on the elliptical over the winter, and a little less during the nicer weather as we try and play outside as much as possible.

I'm desperately trying to extend the life of my components as long as humanly possible. No more stupid lifting or back breaking antics...just breathe, stretch, and think of the long game. When I got out of the oil patch 6 years ago, walking was difficult and I'd lose control of my legs now and then...but we kept working. The pain was excruciating!

I had to find a day gig indoors or we were going to pile up big time...and I did! The long hours sitting may not be ideal, but we get up and walk around as much as possible. More work outs after work, etc....but better, more directed exercise.

Don't get me wrong here, when it rains I want to put a bullet in my block. bawwwhaahaaa...but then there's a good day, y'know?

...and all of this because I was a young buck who drew the short straw and drove the ice road. It all changed in an instant. hmmmm
I tried to get my truck on up there. Robinson trucking I believe. Long time ago. Mid 90ís. I got the run around as an American. I needed a promissory note from the Company to give to the Gov to get my green card. But they wouldnít give it until I had my green card.......

So I got out of trucking for awhile. Bought a small trophy shop in Colville. Had a heart attack, medical bills stacked up, so I went to the Bakken to pay it off and started another trucking company and stayed for 7 years.

My grandfather was from Calgary. Immigrated to Seattle. That didnít cut me no slack! Lol.
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Ah yes...the trucking business. Not to demean our distinguished service people, but only a trucker understands a trucker, y'know? You can see it in the eyes.

I didn't do the NWT road, I ran Jet B on the Quebec route to the hydro projects in the late 80's. Same ice, different longitude. Oh, and if not having a green card was bad, if you didn't speak French don't even show up. hehehehe.

Funny thing though, after my crash when I resumed driving (of course I went back on the road!), I remember stopping at my usual choke and puke on the way to Toronto and this fella next to me pays my tab. He puts his hand on my shoulder and says, 'son, we heard about your luck, welcome to the club.' I damned near cried in my Rice Krispies. I had unwittingly joined a solemn brotherhood with an unbelievably high membership fee.

It was 30 years this past January since I watched the trailer pass my cab. Probably the most hopeless feeling ever. hahahaha. Since then I've turned a wheel occasionally but it took years to learn to deal with the trauma. The scars and bones are a piece of cake next to the rattle in the brain pan. My last oil gig was hauling condensate up and down the mountains in the Rockies. I did it as kind of a farewell to a life I may never live again. I went out with grace, and professionalism...to the last mile.

I still am absolutely fascinated how such a tiny fragment of time made such an absolute impact on absolutely everything afterward. Weird, hunh?
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Ah yes...the trucking business. Not to demean our distinguished service people, but only a trucker understands a trucker, y'know? You can see it in the eyes.

I didn't do the NWT road, I ran Jet B on the Quebec route to the hydro projects in the late 80's. Same ice, different longitude. Oh, and if not having a green card was bad, if you didn't speak French don't even show up. hehehehe.

Funny thing though, after my crash when I resumed driving (of course I went back on the road!), I remember stopping at my usual choke and puke on the way to Toronto and this fella next to me pays my tab. He puts his hand on my shoulder and says, 'son, we heard about your luck, welcome to the club.' I damned near cried in my Rice Krispies. I had unwittingly joined a solemn brotherhood with an unbelievably high membership fee.

It was 30 years this past January since I watched the trailer pass my cab. Probably the most hopeless feeling ever. hahahaha. Since then I've turned a wheel occasionally but it took years to learn to deal with the trauma. The scars and bones are a piece of cake next to the rattle in the brain pan. My last oil gig was hauling condensate up and down the mountains in the Rockies. I did it as kind of a farewell to a life I may never live again. I went out with grace, and professionalism...to the last mile.

I still am absolutely fascinated how such a tiny fragment of time made such an absolute impact on absolutely everything afterward. Weird, hunh?
Yah! You can speak French!? I hardly know English!

Iím a third generation trucker. My earliest memories are in a truck. My back is telling me to give it up..... itís hard.

I lost a pup full of lumber down by McCall Idaho. Been up for 2 days and went to sleep and drove my truck in the ditch fer abit. The KW and lead made it out fine but the pup with that 16 ft reach kinda had a mind of its own. A train. It came out of that ditch like a griz was chasin it and when itís leash came tight in the opposing lane? It came up on one side like a stunt driver and then slowly rolled over. Lumber everywhere.

I also ran chip doubles over to Missoula everyday. Lookout pass was really fun at night with a set of empties coming back. Pup always tried to pass me with drag chains on. You just had to race her to the bottom and hope your steer tires held on icy corners.

The Bakken was relatively flat, but way way too many idiots driving and in a hurry while texting. Saw a lot of dead bodies out there on the side of the road with a sheet over them. I just got in line and drove as defensive as humanly possible. And the truckers were no better than the four wheelers.... Two lane highway doing 65 and they would just pull right out in front of you. Even making a left hand turn across you! It was crazy times.
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Yeah man, French Canadian/Acadian mix, go figure. My family immigrated to Canada in the 1690's...way before Canada was even a concept. The family background is forestry/trapping/ and all things industrial. Last few generations have been in the sciences as well....but we love our big trucks!

A TRAINS....man I HATE those things! bawwwhaahaa. Much respect to you, sir. That's trying to juggle a bag of snakes with your hands in your pockets...on a good day.

Funny you mention mobile napping. I remember having to ask a fuel jockey for coordinates one morning because I really had no idea where I had just woken up. Truck was fine, I was parked in a truck stop in Indiana. My last recollection was crossing the border at Detroit. White line fever, maybe? bawwwhaaahaaa. Ah the joys of long hauling. What a weird and wonderful time that was!

I imagine you're old enough to be in the 5-4 club too? My first rodeo with a 5-4 was a Mack R Model pulling a set of A-trains with sea cans to the Port of Montreal in rush hour on a Friday. Liquid margarine too. That was the slowest wave in the world. hahahaha. But man, you nail the binders and your day is over.

My good sir, it is both refreshing and wonderful to have this conversation in this venue with you on a fine Friday. We have endured some seriously ridiculous living. hee hee!

As for stepping out of the truck, can I offer a word of encouragement? You will still live. After I crashed I lost my a**. The company, my rig, my stuff, everything. Wiped out. Went to work as a port jockey to keep the lights more or less on for a bit and to make I sure I got back in the saddle before the fear set in permanently. I saved enough scratch and headed to university. Ran out of money there, and went back on the road for a bit...and so on. My last driving gig was 6 years ago to the day pretty much.

Do I miss it? No question. The Peterbilt dealer is across the street from here and some days it drives me absolutely batty to look at them. On the days where it's 40 below and blowing like hell, I look at them and thank the Lord for my office and my tea kettle. But on a day like today, 70 and bright sunshine, what I wouldn't give to be hauling something inert in a 53 footer with only tandems on it to some far away place. A nice hot cup of joe, Lynyrd Skynyrd on the juke box, and the view of the little bullhorns between the dotted lines. It sure is bittersweet.

For the most part, I think I did pretty good. Still married to my first wife. We're headed out for dinner after work today and then going to burn around to few garage/estate sales for junk we don't need. For an old battered dude, I'm aging as gracefully as I can. My 23 year old kid and I still hang out, play airsoft occasionally, and bug the crap out of each other. Is that so bad?

There was life after trucking. It's weird, some days are really hard, but it's possible. I feel for ya, brother.
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Yeah man, French Canadian/Acadian mix, go figure. My family immigrated to Canada in the 1690's...way before Canada was even a concept. The family background is forestry/trapping/ and all things industrial. Last few generations have been in the sciences as well....but we love our big trucks!

A TRAINS....man I HATE those things! bawwwhaahaa. Much respect to you, sir. That's trying to juggle a bag of snakes with your hands in your pockets...on a good day.

Funny you mention mobile napping. I remember having to ask a fuel jockey for coordinates one morning because I really had no idea where I had just woken up. Truck was fine, I was parked in a truck stop in Indiana. My last recollection was crossing the border at Detroit. White line fever, maybe? bawwwhaaahaaa. Ah the joys of long hauling. What a weird and wonderful time that was!

I imagine you're old enough to be in the 5-4 club too? My first rodeo with a 5-4 was a Mack R Model pulling a set of A-trains with sea cans to the Port of Montreal in rush hour on a Friday. Liquid margarine too. That was the slowest wave in the world. hahahaha. But man, you nail the binders and your day is over.

My good sir, it is both refreshing and wonderful to have this conversation in this venue with you on a fine Friday. We have endured some seriously ridiculous living. hee hee!

As for stepping out of the truck, can I offer a word of encouragement? You will still live. After I crashed I lost my a**. The company, my rig, my stuff, everything. Wiped out. Went to work as a port jockey to keep the lights more or less on for a bit and to make I sure I got back in the saddle before the fear set in permanently. I saved enough scratch and headed to university. Ran out of money there, and went back on the road for a bit...and so on. My last driving gig was 6 years ago to the day pretty much.

Do I miss it? No question. The Peterbilt dealer is across the street from here and some days it drives me absolutely batty to look at them. On the days where it's 40 below and blowing like hell, I look at them and thank the Lord for my office and my tea kettle. But on a day like today, 70 and bright sunshine, what I wouldn't give to be hauling something inert in a 53 footer with only tandems on it to some far away place. A nice hot cup of joe, Lynyrd Skynyrd on the juke box, and the view of the little bullhorns between the dotted lines. It sure is bittersweet.

For the most part, I think I did pretty good. Still married to my first wife. We're headed out for dinner after work today and then going to burn around to few garage/estate sales for junk we don't need. For an old battered dude, I'm aging as gracefully as I can. My 23 year old kid and I still hang out, play airsoft occasionally, and bug the crap out of each other. Is that so bad?

There was life after trucking. It's weird, some days are really hard, but it's possible. I feel for ya, brother.
Iím glad you recovered well!

Iíve driven one brownie, a dump truck.... cannot say I enjoyed it! Lol! Both my trucks have cat power and 18 spds.... my favorite! I put a tag axle on the belly dump pete. I love em! Itís a sickness!

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Itís a small world fer sure. You and I like airsoft to boot! It is great talking with you! I think you need to keep playing! Iím building myself a chopped roll caged suburban for games and Iím just gonna drive around and shoot people! Gonna put one of those pop up campers up top too. No more sleeping on the ground!

My momís side is Amish. So they have been here forever as well. When I was long hauling with Atlas Van Lines I got tapes at the truck stop to learn German.... I realized that I cannot speak English well enough to try to learn a foreign language. My Amish relatives will just have to wait.... kudos to you for knowing French!

My 2nd daughters wedding is tommorow, here at the ranch. I do not like weddings. Iím sitting here icing my back so. I can walk her down the aisle! Oh geez.

Itís fun to reminisce! Iím 49 this year. I got my combo A permit at 16 and was driving for my dad legally at 17 (1987) within the state. 21 for interstate. But I had been driving semis around the yard and railroad street since I was 12-13 years old. Learned to bump docks as well. Dad and Mom had the ranch and a Mayflower moving company. Dad had also been a diesel mechanic for about 10 years. And so I learned how to work on old Cummins. He hated Cats. Said they sound broken. I tried one after he had passed and never went back. In the oilfield I could push supposedly higher HP Cummins up hills. I could pull a 330 excavator up hills at 1100-1200 rpm. She would still pull.
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Oh wow....that is a nice looking rig, sir!! You cannot go wrong with 18's and CAT power. Especially if you're pulling any kind of weight. That right there is a trucker's truck. Tag and all. hehehehe...

Yeah, English is my second language. Didn't learn it until I was five and went to kindergarten in Windsor, Ont. Back in 1970 not knowing English in Ontario was like having the plague, but we got through it. Nothing a few schoolyard beatings (me on the receiving end) didn't fix.

So, you were a mover? Holy wow, man. No wonder your back is done. That is an insanely brutal gig. I'd rather strap and tarp anyday than haul furniture. Nothing is the right shape or size, the stairs are always a half inch too narrow, and the furniture is always that little bit too precious. Nope, dealing with people is worse than hauling pigs. hahahaha. No thanks!

Wow, 2nd daughter getting married! You ARE getting old! bawwhaaaha. You know what, man? Own it. Part of the reason she gets to get married is you and you're broken back. If you wouldn't have hauled your sore donkey around all these years she wouldn't be having a wedding. Also let that future son in law know that the old man is one tough motor scooter. Make no mistake, I may have some cracks and bruises, but even in my sorry physical state, I can still be one dangerous mofo...I'm sure you can too. My inlaws tend to approach me lightly. hahahaha

Yeah it is fun to BS with a fellow wheel man. I've had more Cummins than CAT, but I'm confident enough in our friendship to say my favourite is still the Mack. Yeah I know, Bulldog humper...bawwwhaaahaa
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So I had a massive heart attack at my daughters wedding.... the day after my last post.

Managed to give my daughter away before my brother n law raced me to Colville where I was heart flighted to Spokane. Had two stents put in.

They do not know if my neck surgery broke something loose or what.

Embarrassing!

I’m alive and recuperating!

I decided to start a Airsoft field and semi retire. Time to stick close to home.
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