Monday, January 07, 2013

All The Better To See You With My Dear

Winter on the road wreaks havoc on the windshield.  It's never clean enough for me.  I go through windshield washer fluid like mad, and I insist Ed cleans the windows every time we stop at a truck stop.  They need to sparkle!  I hate a dirty windshield, especially at night, because the headlights of the oncoming cars hit the dirt on the window and it becomes opaque.  It's too hard for me to see.  I don't need to be bobbing my head around, trying to find a hole I can see through. 

I've been having fits with our windshield wipers - it seems there's always a clogged jet and the washer fluid comes out like spit.  I can't stand it.  And it seems the dirtiest streak - the only place the fluid doesn't reach - is in a swath right across my line of vision.  I'm telling you, there's an invention in here somewhere, a way to get a perfect spray across the entire windshield, with no clogging.  I gotta work on that.

Because of the wiper problems (and it happens with every brand we've ever bought), when I drive I keep the bottle of Windex up front on the floor next to me so I can give the windshield a spray without having to get out of the truck - I just reach my arm out the window (not while driving!) and spray the center area so I can see. 

When it comes to my windows, I'm totally the Big Bad Wolf.
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2012: Gratuitous Cute Dog Photo
2011: How To Kill Bees
2010: A Mirage Of Sorts
2009: Clouds Aflame
2008: When You Get One Like This, Don’t Let Him Get Away
2007: A Good Tipper Can Always Get Away With Being A Little Bossy
2006: Like Day And Night In Utah
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

4 comments:

Gil said...

Think about adding some extra nozzles. You can buy them in parts stores and if I remember correctly they are available with different spray patterns.

The Daily Rant said...

GIL: That's a great idea! I'm going to have Ed look into it, because the way they're set up now, they just suck. Good idea!

J & J Expeditors said...

I know this isn't the right spot for this comment, but back at Christmas time you posted about a load that you and Ed had that went cross country, a load from hell, I believe. I was just curious what you do with your trailer when you are pulling someone else's. How do you get your trailer back?

The Daily Rant said...

J&J: You can post any question any 'ol place you'd like - it'll find me!

The load we did was what's called a "power only" load, which means the load needs our tractor only, not our trailer. Generally we like these loads because they typically pay pretty good for a team and we don't have to put any wear and tear on our trailer - we did a similar one in 2011 which we were on for four months, using the customer's trailer.

Anyway...this was the same deal. We hooked up to the customer's trailer, as I mentioned, and hauled that hunk across the country. As for our trailer, we left it in their yard, which was gated and secured. And because it was a round-trip load, we were coming back there anyway, so we just hooked back up to our trailer when we were done. :)