Posted on 1:39 PM

Sat, Nov 22 .... Hurry Up And Wait...

By Lynette at 1:39 PM

Arriving at our Wal-Mart Distribution center at 7:30 a.m., they were quick to get us in and docked. Wal-Mart has got to be the safest place in the world for dock workers and truck drivers.

This one, in particular, you dock... and they make you pull completely away from the trailer and park in another location. They radio you when the trailer is empty but you can not hook back up until their yard dog pulls the trailer 4 ft. from the dock.

Successfully unloaded and en route to Hodge, LA to a place called Smurfit Stone Container. Process of elimination said we were picking up paper. The directions were sketchy, so we fall in behind a pulp truck and after a short CB radio conversation, he escorts us to the plant.

Our appointment was at 9:00 p.m., but the trip was going to be tight with the hours, so we went on early. The guard told us that the load would not be ready until at least 9 p.m. I guess keeping my fingers crossed didn't work.

To the truck stop for the rest of the day. Trapper slept and I cooked and played on the computer. Arriving back at the plant at 8:00 p.m. we were told it would be 11:00 p.m. and we were asked to park across the street and wait.

I was amazed when I saw this truck being unloaded. I have seen pictures of them unloading wood shavings like this, but never in person. The driver was still in the truck! I've never seen a hydraulic lift this big. I can't image them picking us up like that... everything would be falling everywhere in the truck. They were running trucks through this unloading process like cattle through an auction.

Finally, at 10:30 p.m. we are at the dock. I gave up around midnight and went to bed. I woke up a couple of times to see where we were but right back to sleep. This is going to be a long night...