Melanie- Part 3

If you haven’t read part 1 and 2 you can find them HERE and HERE.

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So, two uneventful days later we arrived back in Dartmouth with our load and dropped it n the terminal yard. It was about 8 pm and Mel’s husband was waiting to pick her up – we had called him with an ETA. After exchanging the usual amenities we transferred Mel’s luggage to Greg’s car and they were off.

Epilogue 1:

About a week later I was back in the office after another trip when the owner, Mike, called out to me from Mel’s office.

“Paul. Can you come in here for a moment please?

I walked into Mel’s office, greeted her and said:

“What’s up Mike?”

He had a big grin on his face – something I had learned to associate with him receiving money in one form or another.

“Remember those 6 hours of waiting time you booked at Ingersoll Rand last week?”

“Yeah, what about them?”

“Ingersoll is saying you had no waiting time and were loaded as soon as you arrived – and you were late, which is why the Bills of Lading were stamped late.” He paused, grinned, and before I could object, he continued:

“So, I called their North American Distribution Director and put him on speaker with Mel here in the office. She told him that she was personally in the truck when it was there loading and that we were there an hour early at 1 pm and didn’t get a dock until 8 pm and left at 10pm. She told him the names of the employees, what was on the dock, and described the buildings. And then she told him that she is the accountant and expects the bill to be paid. She added that she had taken pictures of the truck sitting in Ingersoll’s Kentucky parking lot that had time stamps on them and she would gladly e-mail them to him if he required it”

At this, Mike cracked up laughing.

“The poor bastard didn’t know what to say- that our accountant should be in the truck in Kentucky AND have photos of the truck time stamped, just blew him away. He said the bill would be paid in full and he apologized for his staff lying. Anyway, he called back later and told me that this was not the first problem he had had with the Kentucky shipping supervisor and as a result of our complaint he had fired the man. He said that was the last time he was going to be made a fool by a liar and that we shouldn’t have any problems in the future.”

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Epilogue 2:

About a month after that Melanie came out of the office one Friday afternoon as I was doing paperwork in the truck. She did not look happy as she opened the passenger’s door and hopped in. One look told me there was a problem;

“Are you OK Mel? You look really down.”

“Paul, can I ask you for a favor?

“Sure. What’s cookin’?”

“Greg and I are separating. I’m moving out this weekend with the kids while Greg is at work. Mike has said I can have a company truck to move and I have help but I need a company driver to drive the truck for insurance reasons. Can you drive the truck when I move tomorrow?”

Wow, this was a shocker.

“Sure Mel, what time do you want to meet/”

And so we spent that Saturday loading and unloading a tractor-trailer with all of Mel’s possessions and moving her and her two kids into her new apartment. I have often wondered since then what, if any, part the trip to Kentucky played in what was obviously a big life decision for Melanie. From the outside it was brow raising – the married accountant goes away for a week with a truck driver – not her husband – and then a few weeks later that same truck driver helped her move out when she left her husband. How do I innocently get into these situations?

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58 thoughts on “Melanie- Part 3

  1. Paul

    Thanks so much Julie and Gibber (and List of X) for the opportunity to post this 3-part series. I hope that all our readers enjoyed it. I am honored by the opportunity. **bows in thanks**

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  2. julie

    Whoa! That sounds exactly like something I woulda been caught up in Paul!! I can only imagine the gossip fodder that created!

    Please, please PLEASE! Feel free to post here anytime at all! I have no idea how much work it is for Gibber, (many thanks to you sweet lady!) but maybe I can learn and help. You know, in my spare time. I really mean it Paul, you have the best stories!

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    1. Paul

      Thank you very much Julie – that is high praise. I’ll see how I make out with wordpress’s tutorial on posting. I may ask for help.Thank you again for reading and for the compliment.

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      1. julie

        Ok Listen up. I have searched out stuff you have posted around. I think I have found most of it, without actively stalking you, which is a feat in itself! 😉 You got it Paul. I didn’t think this was too long or dry. I think of the breaks like cliffhangers… makes me “can’t wait” for the next post!

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        1. Paul

          Thanks so much for the interest Julie. Over at Cordelia’s Mom in the header there is an option to see what else I have written- it brings up a list. She has hosted many of my stories and you can find them by clicking on her “categories” menu drop down and selecting “Paul Curran”. That’s an interesting effect of breaking a post into parts. If i do that again, I would write it so there were real cliff hangers.

          Thank you

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  3. cordeliasmom2012

    Well, I missed Part 2, and when I clicked on the “HERE” and “HERE” links at the top, I got a message saying I am “not allowed to edit this item.” You might want to fix that.

    I did manage to find Part 2 in a roundabout way. I will add both to your page on my blog.

    PS: I sure wasn’t expecting that 2nd epilogue in Part 3. Maybe after spending time with a gentleman like yourself, her husband simply didn’t measure up. (Yes, that’s a particularly bad choice of words, but I couldn’t come up with anything better.)

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    1. Paul

      Thanks so much CM for pointing out errors. I suspect Mel wanted to go away to do some thinking about her relationship. She got me instead of her husband but I still think she used the time away to consider her options and make a choice. Personally, I find driving very conducive to thinking life through.

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      1. cordeliasmom2012

        I understand that. And of course, Mel wasn’t doing the driving, so she had plenty of time to think. It was a good series of posts, Paul.

        (Now that you seem to have found a home of your own, have I lost you as a guest poster? Nooooo!)

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        1. Paul

          Absolutely not CM – I’m still your guest poster. I actually have a post half written that I wanted you to check out and see if you want to post it. I hope to have it done by the weekend (maybe even late today if all goes well. I am hoping you are still interested. It’s about a very special couple of German nurses and their experiences in America.

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  4. philosophermouseofthehedge

    And??????
    You do realize that all this is perfect for a book. You have a great style and wonderful tales to tell. (Life is always more creative than fiction, but few have the wit and skill to tell it and hold people’s attention.) This could be just the engine warming up.
    Great fun, Paul!

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  5. List of X

    I wouldn’t worry about any rumors about the situation, Paul. I’m sure Melanie has a documented and time-stamped evidence proving that nothing inappropriate happened between you two.

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    1. Paul

      Bwahahaha! Yeah she was a cracker-jack. I talked to her about her relationship and she told me that she was tired of being “needed’ and she wanted to be “wanted”

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  6. Rutabaga the Mercenary Researcher

    Paul – Great story. The epilogues were my favorite….why people like about things that are so easily documented is beyond me. It’s great that Melanie was able to speak right up and show proof. Liars are despicable.

    I haven’t read all the comments – so if this is a repeat, let me know…. did your friend (who asked you to take his wife on a trip) – was he unfriendly to you ever afterwards?

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    1. Paul

      Thank you very much Rutabaga. I appreciate the read and comment. Greg was never really a friend – he was more a colleague and acquaintance. And he was true to his word and didn’t let the gossip bother him. Our relationship remained as it was. To be honest with you, I don’t think he was nearly attentive enough to his wife and marriage as he could have been. As Mel put it – “I”m tired of being needed and want to be wanted.”

      As far as the epilogues are concerned – it is often my experience that we go through life doing our best and what is happening behind the scenes is seldom obvious. Many times i have found out after the fact that my actions had an impact of which I was not even aware. Weeks or months or sometimes even years later, the results come back around and I realize that I have affected things and made changes of which i wasn’t even aware. It leaves me wondering just how much has happened that I never see.

      Thanks again for the visit – much appreciated and I hope you drop by again.

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        1. Paul

          Isn’t that the truth? Analysis paralysis. the complexity is far greater than we could ever think to process – which to me is another strong indication of a Supreme Being.

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    1. Paul

      Ha Thanks for the read Suz. I’m just bopping along behaving myself- honest. Ha! They did manage well. There was little animosity and Mel had a boyfriend before long. Greg and I go along fine. See, I behaved myself. O_o Thanks again for the read and compliment. 😀

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    1. Paul

      Ha! That was quite a few years ago. Thanks for the read and comment. We remained friends but nothing further developed. Thanks so much. Please drop by again.

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  7. Elyse

    What a terrific story, Paul. (As always!)

    I don’t think it is shocking that you get mixed up in stuff like this — good guys always do. And it sounds like you were good from start to finish.

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    1. Paul

      Thank you for the read and the compliment Elyse. You are too kind. And I did behave myself. You should see the next post coming over at Cordelia’s Mom next Monday – talk about testing my resolve. ha! It is entitled “Elizabeth and Ute” Please drop by again. 😀

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  8. Deborah the Closet Monster

    My youngest sister was briefly a trucker. Her husband continues to be a trucker. She told me a few road stories when we’d meet up in Compton when she had to drop a load there, which stories astonished and occasionally infuriated me. In light of those, I cheered at how this particular effort to screw the driver/driving company was thwarted. More of that for my sister’s family, please!

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    1. Paul

      Ha! Spoken as a true lawyer Deborah. If you would like to read more, you can find a list of my posts at Cordelia’s Mom http://cordeliasmomstill.com/ In the header there is an option of “Want more Paul Curran?” that, when clicked on, lists all posts on sites other than CM. On the right side at CM’s is a drop down marked “:categories”. Clicking on that will produce a list, one entry of which is “Paul Curran”. Selecting that will take you to all the posts I have done at CM”s. Most of the trucking posts are there. She has been a wonderful lost for many of my guest posts.

      i’m glad you enjoyed the story and look forward to hearing your comments on any other posts you get to. Thank You.

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  9. Outlier Babe

    You never disappoint, Paul. Some epilogues!

    I bet your behavior DID have something to do with Mel’s decision. She spent a week with a male who was treated her as a person equal in value to himself. You were, besides, thoughtful, and, bonus, interested in what she had to say and interesting yourself. If Mel’s spouse was a selfish man who was with her for his need alone, and not for mutual caring, your pluses would have sharply highlighted his minuses.

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    1. Paul

      Thanks OB! Yes, that same thought occurred to me. It just isn’t possible to know how your actions impact others at any given time. All you can do is the best you can at any moment and leave the rest up to the universe or God. I’ve had that create serious problems for me occasionally. I was replacing the teamster shop steward on his vacation once when i was younger. for two weeks i did his overnight run. We had a two week pay period and were paid by the hour – 88 hours in two weeks before overtime. I did his run in 82 hours, as a novice and would have done better when i got settled in. He had been booking 98 hours every pay period for years – at least 10 hours overtime. Apparently the regular vacation driver knew this and would do the same every year. I didn’t know (not that it would have made a difference) and so just did my best. The company said nothing to me but the shit hit the fan. they called the driver in and gave him a written warning and said they would suspend him next time he went over 82 hours without a documented reason. The driver came to me and he was furious, He threatened violence if I ever did that again. He called me all kinds of nasty names. He didn’t know it but there was a witness who overheard the conversation and came to me. We went to the bosses and reported what had occurred and the driver was suspended and put on probation.. He never spoke to me again. ha! That didn’t hurt my feelings. Of course, he was the teamster shop steward and so the union got upset at me that their shop steward was a liar and a thief (stealing time and inflating his paycheck).ha!

      Such is life when you try your best. but it is worth it to sleep at night. Thanks so much for reading OB. 🙂

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      1. Outlier Babe

        Oh, between being a literal-minded non-small-talk non-social-oriented Aspie, and an eager-to-please beaver from my “please mommy-and-daddy love me” abusive childhood, I was well-primed to always do my best at work. (I should give myself some credit, too, for just having good morals and a strong work ethic.) So I, too, well knew the joys of p#ssing off slackers. But the humor was, my Asperger’s meant I didn’t KNOW I was p#ssing them off. (1) The nature of my work was different than yours. (2) Both women and men often handle their irkedness against women differently than they do the same against men. (3) White-collar job p#ssed-offedness is handled differently than blue-collar. (4) I was most particularly obtuse to these signals.

        Even when I did pick them up, I had no idea WHY people were irked. They certainly didn’t tell me. In the Midwest, I got along great with co-workers–most of them had a great work ethic, and the job is all about results–product. After moving to L.A., most of my career was achieved despite irking co-workers (I succeeded because end users loved me and co-workers needed my technical proficiency). The work ethic out here is non-existent. It’s all about schmooz.

        You are always so polite about thanking folks for reading your pieces, Paul, when we should be thanking you for providing us the pleasure.

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  10. Glazed

    I’ve been away for awhile, so it took me awhile to finish the story. But it was worth the wait. The unusual twists and turns life takes are interesting, and I like the way you conveyed that.

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    1. Paul

      Hey Glazed! Thanks for dropping by. It is true that life is what happens while we are making other plans. I’ve always tried to be open to the twists and turns of serendipity – it sometimes takes an effort not to get to attached to your plans. But when you manage it life becomes much more interesting. Thanks so much for the visit. Please drop by again.

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  11. ~ Sadie ~

    Loved the story Paul!! I can see where a week away from ones stresses can give a person some clarity & perspective, especially spending time with someone who is respectful of her as a woman and a person in general. I agree – being needed is fine, but being wanted is exhilarating & involves passion. Working on catching up with you a bit – love your storytelling, my friend!! Hope all is well with you & you’re getting all settled in your new place!

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    1. Paul

      I am pleased that you enjoyed the story Sadie. It is true that often a change is a s good as a rest. Thanks for the read and compliment Sadie. Please drop by again. 😀

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