Saturday, August 30, 2008

My Life in Seventeen Syllables

As part of the unraveling of the disastrous route inspections and adjustments this summer, several of our routes are up for bid. I asked a carrier this morning if he was going to try to get a route of his own, after being a substitute carrier for the last few years. He said, no, that having just one route was too boring. I told him that just like a Japanese poem can examine one leaf in exquisite detail, delivering the same route day after day allows you to see nuances and relationships that you wouldn't notice if you just blew through and moved on. I was so eloquent, that after awhile I began to believe it.

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