Sunday, April 18, 2010

just another day...

"every dog has his day" this industry you constantly roll the dice. you can never really predict where the work will come from. you might clean up at the hancock and roll to the mart to stand-by...then all of a sudden all the work pops from 900 north or the hancock...the place you just left. sh*t! sometimes the decision to stand-by at the mart pays off...Lord knows that place can jump off at any minute.

as a dispatcher...there's not much we can do. when we get slammed all we can do is dish the work and hope it gets spread out evenly. i know, i know...alot of the time it feels like you're getting the short end but, like i said, you roll the dice in this industry. the other day...i had msngr 1 clean up around 900 mich...very cool. why? cause i had a car solo popping out only going to 300 north lasalle. it's late in the day and i don't have much work on the board...who am i kidding...even if it was busy i would probably still swipe car work. why not? it's there and these cats need to make loot. i got this guy busy rocking out a car solo. he grabs and moves. then...all of a sudden i got work popping from the hancock...right across the street from 900 north. damn! i can call that messenger back to get them but...not really. i got more work that popped at 300 lasalle and he's carrying that solo. got to make that one for sure plus that messenger center sometimes takes too long. i look around the board and i hit up msngr 2..., yo!

msngr 2...whats up? im headed into ibm. after you get out...head straight to the hancock. i got two solos coming out.

msngr 2...10.4.

...after a little bit the company dishing out the two solos out of the hancock calls in another solo...then another...then another. i think the msngr ended up with 5 solos. nice! meanwhile...i got msngr 1 busy rocking out other packages heading into the loop. while this was hall decided to jump off...damn!! like i said's late in the day and Lord knows only a select few stick around to play after 1600. you would think cats would stick it out but they sweat off my back...i can't hold them and the crew that does stay gets hooked up. hall decides to hit us up with about 8 or 9 solos...f*ck! not that big of a deal...they're mainly solos because we need to get them out before 1700. i call up one msngr to go and pick up 1 solo going west. he doesn't mind just grabbing one...he lives west and wants to call it a day. i got a car run headed north that the car board can't cover...hmm...ok, i'll take that one too! there's about 2/3 more car jobs sprinkled throughout the loop i can dish with that one for the msngr i find to head that way. that leaves me/us with about 5 more to dispatch and 2 on the car board that i can't cover. those two are going too far south ...i call up msngr 3...

msngr 3...whats up?, i got 5 solos coming out of city interested?

msngr gonna cover my mail runs? course man. you know i want them?

msngr 3...i got you.

...while in there i had him pull the two car runs going south to dish to drivers. why? it's just easier for the drivers. they don't have to drive around in circles looking for parking. plus...the biker gets a cut for the pulls. i got to find somone to cover his mail runs. i call up the biker that was busy messing around 300 north lasalle...remember? i have him cover those two jobs. they pay a car rate and he will more than happily take them.

while all this madness was going on...i still had some work to cover here and there. luckily i had 1 other guy roaming around to cover the short loopers. after 1600 our crew goes from 13/15 to 4/'s hard to cover the work and very stressful but when the work flows you just go with it. little by little it all gets done. that day...more than one msngr had a good day. i thank the crew for helping me clean the board say good night...go pick up my little man, hold hands with my wife(ha!), and head home to cook only to sleep and wake up to repeat...peace.

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