I reported in Friday morning and my counselor was busy. I waited my turn and finally got my time in his cube. He was very upbeat and congratulated me on doing so well in my training. I’m pretty sure he says this to everybody no matter how they did out in the real world. He told me to report to the office next door down the hall so they could get a copy of my official CDL which I did. They got their copy and updated my medical documents and then invited me to step into their private office. Once in I was told to wait for someone to usher me back for a “random” drug screen. TRAPPED!
After 20 minutes, somebody ushered me back to the medical wing. After a few more minutes we were taken to the random testing wing. I was given the sample container with the requisite black target line Sharpeed in. I had no trouble getting to the line and proudly presented the cup to the nurse. She started laughing and said I was due for a breathalizer test, not a urine specimen. Very funny.
So here it is, 10:30 a.m. and I’m blowing into a breathalyzer. Even if I had been drinking the night before (which now that I think about it must be pretty common for trainees who have just come off the road and would not be driving for a few days) I probably wouldn’t have much alcohol left in my lungs. I passed and was told to take the rest of the weekend off and report in at 7 a.m. Monday.
I had my daughter in Fort Worth on alert for some piece of the weekend. She was more than happy to come and get me sooner rather than later. I caught a ride back to America’s Absolute Worst and waited for Killer to come and get me.
I lived an almost normal life for the next couple of days. Eating food in a house. Getting my clothes washed for me. (Thanks Killer.) Shopping for food and equipment I’d be needing for the coming weeks. And spending time with family. It was wonderful. They got me back to the hotel Sunday evening around 6 o’clock. I was sated, freshly laundered, rested, and ready to get to the next phase of training. I set the alarm for 5:30 and turned in.