Thursday, May 28, 2009

they're your legs...

i never understand how some cats route themselves. in my head im always thinking that cats should drop and pick in straight lines unless i say anything different. i mean...why would you want to go pass some of your drops? i know, i know...you're trying to make some deliveries on time but if you just route yourself in straight lines then it'll all get done in time and without over exerting yourself(imo). if not, it's not that huge of a deal to be five minutes late on something...thats why you have me. i make calls to notify clients of lateness...for the most part they all understand. i guess i should say that i sometimes make calls...ha!

anyway, only chicago cats might understand this...i give 6731 two, one out of the tower, 233 south wacker, and one out of 208 south lasalle. one is going to the hill and the other up north at about 625 mich or something. sooooo...pick two up in the south loop and head northeast. easy enough until...

suburban dispatch...say julio. i got a driver starring at 6731. can he give him two drops in the loop. he's gotta head out soon.

j.dot...umm, where are they going?

s.dispatch...lets see. 1 north dearborn and 123 north wacker.

...in my head this didn't sound like a problem. i said go ahead and off everyone went. 6731 decides to grab everything and drops the 123 north wacker first. makes sense cause he's about three blocks from it. then im thinking he'll go to 1 north dearborn cause it's literally on the way to the hill on his way north east. well, it's off by a block or two but not that big of a detour. he decides to head on the hill the up north to 625 mich. this means he crossed the river. go back to one of my posts for a reference point of sorts...here. not a big deal but when you have to go over the bridges in chicago it could be pretty annoying. so, now he's up north holding a loop run. what does he do? he crosses the river again to drop that one without calling me.

if you're gonna do something like that at least call to see if i have something taking you back. he just zig-zag'd himself for no reason. i didn't say a word to him. we're slow and silly sh*t like that doesn't affect anything but when we're busy routing yourself all wrong not only hurts the board but your legs which are a valuable asset as messengers know. with how slow it's been i haven't been able to route cats properly but when they do it to themselves i sometimes cringe. sorry about the silly dispatching story and i apologize to those who cant really understand what happened cause you live in a different city. just know that it doesn't make sense...ha!

i know that when i was out there i wanted to do the jobs quickly but in an energy saving manner. all im saying is...well...they're your legs not mine...peace.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

The only reason I can think of for that is that he forgot he had the Dearborn on board on his way to the hill. Once you're at the hill, I can see how you'd think 625 is closer than Dearborn ... mentally, it looks like it's right there. (Everything east of Michigan looks like Michigan in my mind, at least until you get way east like around Lake Shore.) And if it were me and I'd made some bonehead move like that, I probably wouldn't call from 625 either. I wouldn't want to admit that I'd done it. I'd just try to fix it before my dispatcher noticed.

That's how it would have worked in my mind, at least. Who knows what your guy was thinking.

Jeff said...

Understandable. Fixing your own problem is a given to being a good messenger. That said, even if you have a brain fart it's a good call to let your dispatcher know. He or she finds out when you call clean anyway. Calling clean from the funny spot is two slip-ups in a dispatcher's mind. Calling from 625 with the looper is only one mistake.

Sadly, it doesn't matter much with shit this slow anyway...

j.dot said...

You cats are both right. He could have been fixing a mistake which is understandable. I wasn't really pissed but like I said...sometimes I cringe at the routes some cats make...peace.