About

This is the place that I get to toot my own horn and tap my own drum isn’t it?  Well, I’ll spare you all that but I will tell you a bit about myself and how the idea of this blog came about.  It’s actually the very beginning of a larger master plan that I see developing for myself, should things work out.  So, with no further adieu – here goes.

My name is Ed Wait.  Born in Atlanta, GA, my parents moved to Laguna Hills, CA when I was 5.  Laguna Hills was a fantastic area to grow up in during the 60’s and 70’s.  There were new houses going up all over the place and that offered pleanty of opportunities for my buddies and I to readily find and get into trouble.  There were many fields, farms, rances and other cool places to explore.  Streams and small lakes to fish in were also in no short supply.   The pacific ocean was about 7 miles away, skiing was a little less than 2 hours away and the Mojave desert was also less than two hours away.  When winter rolled around my friends and I could usually be found skiing at  Snow Summit.  The summer found us chasing rays, chasing waves, and of course, chasing girls down at Laguna Main, Doheny Beach, Salt Creak or one of several other pepular beaches in the Southern California area. 

As people tend to do, I grew up – well, maybe not exactly up, but definately older.  When I was 17 I was off to the Navy.  In October 1979 left for boot camp in San Diego as well as my beginning training as a radioman and electronic tech. 

Next stop, Groton, CT for advanced electronics training and submarine school.  After spending about a year in Groton I was next off to Mare Island, CA for my specialty training in electronics as a crytologic technician. 

It was here in Mare Island that I fell in love with running.   I had gained a bit of weight in Connecticut with it being winter and all, beer and pizza readily available and well, no apparent reason to exercise.  There were even beer vending machines in the barraks!  So, anyway I became an avid fan of running and had run for years until I came down with a pretty bad case of gout.  I hope to get it under control soon so I can get back into running, and loose some extra pounds that have found their way back.  No beer vending machines this time though.

I was finally done with with all my training in order to get orders to the fleet.  As graduation approached we were all asked to fill out our dream sheets listing where we’d like to go and on what kind of ship.  All subject to the needs of the Navy, of course.   I don’t remember all of my choices but I do remember listing San Diego, CA on a fast attack submarine as my first choice.  (Fast attack subs are those that hunt other subs, follow ships, do special missions, etc.)  Guess what, I actually did get my first choice.  Or, so I thought.  I received orders to the USS La Jolla out of San Diego, CA.  Three days before I was due to report my orders were changed – Boomer (missle submarines)  out of Charleston, SC.  Boy-o-boy, was I one unhappy camper.  Charleston wasn’t even on the bottom of my list, not to mention on it at all.

As many people say, things happen for a reason and it was in Charleston that I met my first wife and together we had three beautiful Daughters:  Ashton, Shannon, and Emily.  Charleston is a fantasticly beautiful city.  It has way more than it’s fair share of awesome resteraunts, history galore, and many other things to do.  If you ever are looking for a nice place to take a vacation and have never been to Charlestion, do yourself a favor and go.  I’m sure you’ll love it.

After 6 years I left the Navy and bounced around at various jobs for a while – a long while – without really finding my nitch.  Fast forward to 1994 and Tampa, FL.  I joined the Air Force Reserve due to boredom and missing the military but not exactly the Navy.  They retrained me in the medical field as an aeromedical technician.  Basically a medic on airplanes.  Part of my training was at McDill Air Force Base in Tampa.  While there I was assigned to a recovery ward for people who had recently had surgery of one type or another.   One person who was in there was a retired lieutenant colonel named Dick Hilty who had had a hip replacement a few days prior.  Every once in a great while you meet someone who you really hit it off with.  It was like that with he and I.  Later that day I met his wife, Lynn and by the end of the day it was as if we had all known each other for years.  Dick was out of the hospital a couple days later but they invited me over to their home for a beer or two.  After making several visits there they invited me over for the upcoming Thanksgiving and it was here that I met their Daughter, Katie.  Bingo – wife number two.   She’s a real keeper so I don’t see a number three in my future at all.

In 2002 I got a job in the mortgage business and was really happy there.  I had found my calling.  That is until the real estate market collapsed.   The writing on the wall though and the end was near.  After over four years selling mortgages I needed to find something else to do.  I had been in sales by this time for years and just needed a break.  I talked to a nephew of mine who was driving a truck and as he explained it, “they just tell you to pick up at point A, deliver to point B, do it on time and if you do, they leave you alone.”   Perfect, that’s exactly what I needed at the time.  No customers to deal with and no selling?   Sign me up.  The plan was to take a two year break.  That was three years ago so things aren’t working out exactly as planned.  When do they ever though?

So now I have about three years experience driving trucks all over the country and I’ve been in every state with the exception of North and South Dakota and Montana.  Driving a truck gives you lots of time to think about things and to a depth that you may not otherwise be able to.  It was during these last three years that I really developed an interest in writing and have since started a couple short stories, I’m talking to some folks about writing some articles on a couple different topics and am now starting this blog.

The company I drive for now, Conway Truckload, provides XM radio.  On channel 158 on Saturdays and Sundays between 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm Leo Laporte, The Tech Guy does a radio program about all forms of technology.  It was listening to his show over the last two years that I really started paying attention to podcasting, blogging, etc.  He talks about anything digital, including MP3 players, digital cameras, computers –  you name it.  I got the iPod feaver not too long ago and really discovered podcasting.  I’m totally hooked on them now and have come up with a couple ideas for podcast that I’d like to do in the near future.  In the mean time, I thought I’d give this blogging thing a try and thought that I’d write about and to those I’m familure with.  I did some looking around and it seems everyone has their own “rant” style blog and I decided to go in a completely different direction. 

Enter Bigrigdriver’s Blog.  A place for those who drive the big rigs, those who have some sort of connection to the big rigs, and to those that are just plain interested in the big rigs.  My goal is to give article style entries, news, and other pieces of relevant information that just might benefit the folks that I mentioned above.  Throughout my writing here I’ll be encouraging folks to give me input and suggestions on things that are important to them, ideas for stories or articles, etc.  I vow to keep this blog free of any politics, openions of controversial topics, and other stuff that you can find at thousands of others blogs and web sites.   Clean, family friendly, and helpful.   That’s the goal here.

I’ve thought long an hard about what my first entry should be and while I also am not interested in turning this blog into a dialog about me, I have decided to write about my recent purchase and experience with my iPod Touch and what’s waiting out there for folks that haven’t used an MP3 player before.  And if you have, I hope to give some information on some shows and features that you may not be personally aware of.

I know this introduction was a little long but if you’ve gotten this far down the page and are still here then maybe this blog will be for you.  I sincerely hope so.  Thank you so much for stopping by and I’ll be talking to you soon on the Blog.

 

Warmest regards,

Ed

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