The Life and Times of Jim
Hi, there. I'm Jim. Welcome to my phlog!
This site was written for Las Vegas, then LouisVille. Now, it seems to be about anywhere. In these phlogs, you'll see a lot of my personal notes and pictures. I like to post my observations here to remember life and celebrate it. I'm not religious. I don't pray for good fortune. I'm ecstatically grateful for the gift of life and I think our time should be remembered and not taken for granted. I'm not a writer. I think pictures tell stories so much better than words. I love just about everything in this life, and, I guess that would have to include you. So, if you've seen me, don't be surprised if your picture is in here somewhere. Of all the critters, people are absolutely the most interesting. 
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Sun 
03/26/2006 11:07:38
 Jim  USA Trucking
Minimum 22 years old
Must have 6 months verifiable OTR experience in the past 36 months
Must possess a valid CDL with Haz-Mat endorsement in the state where you reside
No DUI's, DWI's or any other violations involving drugs or alcohol within the last 5 years
No more than 3 moving violations in the past 3 years.
No more than 3 preventable accidents in the past three years.
Truck must pass DOT and USA inspections.
Wheelbase not to exceed 260 inches (center front hub to center last hub).
Weight not to exceed 19,000 lbs with half tank of fuel.
Must have truck title and proof of payment on Federal Highway Use Tax.
Proof of insurance
Sun 
03/26/2006 02:12:04
 Jim  I should mention...
The travelling notary public that we saw was twenty four, pulling down more money than I did in programming.
It takes about 1 week to study the material. In some states, you simply just sign a piece of paper and pay a fee.
You can make $100,000 a year these days, doing loans. Its a very good business.
Sun 
03/26/2006 02:09:54
 Jim  The house is refinanced.
What to do now? Hmmm.
In this life, I'm in a never ending delusion of control and its all good.
Sat 
03/25/2006 23:23:18
 Jim  Worked on Sonny’s car.
It didn't take that long really, but we ran out of light, so we'll wrap it up tommorrow. There was no water in the oil so the guy at Pep Boys was FOS. If a head gasket is blown on it, thats not how he found out. 3 more hours, and the water pump will be finished...yahoo! Next we'll deal with the flat and the battery.
Thu 
03/23/2006 08:00:00
 Jim  Cox Cable 8am to 10am
Preferred Basic installation for 1 room.
Tue 
03/21/2006 12:45:44
 Jim  We ate at the New Orleans last night.
Strange how there were probably more people there than in downtown New Orleans. hmmm.
Monday night is their Seafood night and it was excellent.
Mon 
03/20/2006 13:19:52
 Jim  Truck Driving - Company Notes
+ Heartland Express - Pay is around 44 cents a mile. Home every week. Good things
+ Barr-Nunn - Pay is around 47 cents a mile. Home every week. Good things.
+ Knight Transportation - Pay is good. Home every week.
+ Averitte Express - Good Pay. Home every week.
+ FeEx - Decent Pay. Home every week.
+ UPS - hmmm. Good Pay. Home every week.
- CFI - Low Pay. Home every month.
- CR England - Very Low Pay. Home every month.
- Swift - Low Pay. BiMonthly
- Ozark - Home Bimonthly.
- Werner - Medium Pay. Bimonthly.
Sun 
03/19/2006 15:01:17
 jim  Vegas,NV-LakeMead Sky
Sun 
03/19/2006 15:01:17
 jim   (Reply)Vegas,NV-LakeMead Sky
Sat 
03/18/2006 15:27:26
 Jim  Bought a used stove
Bought a stove for the house for $120. It looks and works great. As usual though, the gas pipe to connect it turned out to be a royal pain. There doesn't seem to be a standard for gas fittings anywhere, so, I'm plagued with an assortment of adapters, none of which, work.
Sat 
03/18/2006 11:29:42
 jim  Henderson,NV-Jim,Becky
Sat 
03/18/2006 11:29:42
 jim   (Reply)Henderson,NV-Jim,Becky
Fri 
03/17/2006 20:28:08
 jim  Vegas,NV-Wynn
Fri 
03/17/2006 20:28:08
 jim   (Reply)Vegas,NV-Wynn
Tue 
03/14/2006 15:10:26
 jim  Stratosphere-Becky,Jim,Sonny
Tue 
03/14/2006 15:10:26
 jim   (Reply)Vegas,NV-Stratosphere-Sonny,Jim,Becky
Sat 
03/11/2006 21:50:41
 Jim  The appraiser came and went.
I talked with the dude for over an hour.
Our appraiser was more than happy to discuss how he got into his career. Things have changed.
It used to be that an house appraisers job was more like a juice job than anything. Its still, kind of, sort of,  that way now. But with the housing sales boom in Las Vegas, that attitude has relaxed. These guys go to school for 2 weeks (for $1,000), and you must be an apprentice for two years. They must have a job before they can get their license too.
Catch 22 - To get a job, you need a license. To get a license, you need a job. Hmmm. Who thinks this crap up?
He said you can expect to make $40,000 a year doing appraisals, it was easy work, and fun.
He said the best money in appraising was sail boats, and its a wide open field right now.
The things I didn't like about his appraisal:
He took pictures. And when he was in the kitchen, he mentioned we had a garbage disposal. So, I'd expect he's not going to fluff the appraisel like my last one did.
Thu 
03/09/2006 11:06:20
 Jim  The appraiser should be coming around tommorrow or
I've got to repair a ceiling today.
The loan is for $60k, 5 year fixed at $940 a month, which leaves a large margin for if I ever decide to rent this place out again. Everything is kewl.
The thing I don't like about refinancing is sending all of my information to someone. They wanted my business license and two checking statements this last time. In other words, they want to see if I have $3,000 before they write me a check for $60,000. hmmm. The logic eludes me.
Talked to Ida
She's quitting smoking. I wish her luck. She sounds like heck!
The Frontier called Sonny on his day off.
He'd fixed a food warmer switch with one his boss gave him, and the switch burned out again. They insinuated that Sonny can't fix crap. It turned out it was a faulty switch, an old one they had laying around.
I wonder how many of places do that kind of thing.
They called him at home to make him feel crappy about his work. No apologies or mention of the switch came up again.
Sat 
03/04/2006 20:47:58
 jim  VegasStrip-Ballys,Stardust,Rio,Caesars
Sat 
02/25/2006 13:21:53
 Jim  Just left the ol condo
Tim (a friend of Sonny's was painting it) and there was absolutely no place to park. And if it can happen, it will happen. Along come the garbagemen.  We had time to load up a bathtub and somekind of other stand thingy...lol.

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