Now that’s off my chest, send me your best


Pug flag.jpgWow, what an incredible response from my last Rant.

 It felt so good to get that crap off of my chest that I have an idea.

   I want to know what makes you happy.
happy-face111.gifSend me a picture and a little blurb about what it is that makes you happy.

You know, that thing that no matter how mad you are, it can bring you back to earth. Kids, dog, beer, whatever.


christmas-present.gifOr maybe lets hear about the best X-mas present you ever got and why?

 I feel the need now to project some positive vibes. When I have enough, I’ll do an entire entry or maybe feature one happy person at the end of my daily entries. 


Swift truck xmas.jpgI’ll start it off. I’m just happy to be here every X-mas. 

In 2002 I was driving my Freightliner, into Jackson Hole, Wyoming when I hit a patch of dry ice and my truck sideswiped another semi.

The collision had  knocked me back into my own lane, but I had lost control of my steering.

I had to let this big rig keep rolling across the highway into the other lane (thankfully no other vehicles were heading in that direction). The truck continued into the ditch on the opposite side of the road and kept rolling into a field. I figured the truck would just roll until it ran out of speed. I figured wrong.

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As I was shooting out into this field, I saw a huge ditch that had been freshly dug and I was heading straight for it.

 My truck launched over the dirt piled up (just like the Duke boys), then as my truck was actually clearing/jumping the ditch, the front of my rig clipped the top of the dirt pile on the other side, and sheered off the entire underneath of my truck.   

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 Everything in my sleeper went whizzing by my head, and I missed getting tagged by my TV by inches.

I buried my knee into the dash, but I walked away.

 My first year truck driving, my first snowstorm in a big rig, and I almost killed myself three days before X-mas.



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It chokes me up thinking about it. I was shook up bad.

My wife drove up from Denver to get me home.

That’s my friends, is good woman.

So my best present ever was being able to go home and hug my wife and kids for Christmas.


 Remember, hug them and tell them you love them daily, because you never know.

           What makes you happy, or what was your best present ever, and why?..D
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  1. "D" The Rockpile Ranter

    Julia, that is GREAT news, makes my earlier Rant seem so trivial. Congrats, and both of you have my VERY BEST wishes for 2009…D

  2. juliasrants

    Thanks. And nothing is trivial. We’ve learned life can be short and you’ve got to get it off your chest – good or bad – when you can. You never know when you might get another chance. So “rant” anyway – and hey – I’m got “rant” in my blog’s name also. So trust me, I practice what I preach.


  3. rockieluv

    Totally missed your blog yesterday. Good one! One thing I wanted to add to the rant before I add the happy….people who go to self-checkout at the grocery store for the first time with a cart full of groceries. Seriously, the first time just have a few items so that you can figure out how it works without holding up everyone else. We’re in this line because we’re in a hurry.
    Now for the happy……waking up everyday to good health. Nothing is better than that. Going to work every Monday morning. After being laid-off 5 times in ten years you appreciate that particular agony. Having a child, especially when you never expected to. Seeing the sun shine on the newly fallen snow and seeing it sparkle like diamonds. And lastly, posting with someone you’ve never met but feels like an old friend.

  4. "D" The Rockpile Ranter

    R-Luv..Wow, you’ve been with me a while, and I appreciate that. This blogging community is friendly like that. We’re all a good fit. If you ever need anything, I got your back..Thank you as always for your input…D

  5. roxfan1993

    I must say that the greatest gift I have received was the gift of education.

    I was an above average High Schooler, but didn’t really know what I wanted in life and was, well, just floating around trying to decide what I wanted to do in life.

    My sister had graduated from CU 3 years prior to my high school graduation, and really helped to convince me to go to college — it wasn’t so much that I didn’t want to learn, it’s that I was disillusioned from the whole high school process.

    I graduated this past May, and have found a nice IT job. I don’t know where I would be without the help of my sister’s guidance — that is what I am most thankful for. Yes, I do have around 15k in student loans, but it is the best investment I will ever make in myself. She helped me understand that, and that is what I am most thankful for.

  6. "D" The Rockpile Ranter

    Roxfan, thank you, reading your comment at the time that I read it really made my evening. I’ve been in a rut and reading that comment was like a big hand helping me up..You have a GREAT holidays my friend…I appreciate you…D

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