Metro’s fleet is getting larger every day. Not only in terms of more vehicles, but more importantly, in terms of the size of our vehicles. Due to inevitable changes in the nature of the courier business our freight has been getting larger and larger over the years. In the past few months we have been catching up with that demand by finding a whole bunch of box trucks and even this bad boy.
The new trucks are fully equipped to take whatever a client can throw at them and we’re still bringing in new drivers to handle them. We currently have 8 big trucks and still more on the way so if you or anyone you know needs a whole lot of stuff moved around, you know who to call!!
This morning our intrepid Fleet Manager John Arms found this happy guy in Western Ann Arbor on his way into work!
After a flurry of Facebook posts and tweets, this Social Media Dude took him down to the WestArbor Animal Hospital and had him scanned for a chip. After quite a while on the phone we found out his name is Lucky and that he apparently passed away in 2011… Anyway, the phone number on file was still good and his owner showed up to take him home from there!Thanks to John, the staff at WestArbor and everyone else who helped get this adorable guy back with his family!
It’s official, everyone who gets security alerts from the University of Michigan now knows what a gunman on campus alert looks like! Happily in this case it was just some ROTC students hauling around non-military equipment….
We also know what it looks like when severe weather is rolling in the next day, unless it gets cancelled out by the remnants of a hurricane and turned into ridiculous amounts of rain.
Oh well,the suspense was fun and the easy resolution makes it that much easier to laugh about later!
While I was driving back from Muskegon, Mi the other day I passed some of the neatest things you can see on the highway… Three giant semis with full “oversize load” pilot cars and the the whole shebang hauling 100 foot long vanes for a wind turbine.
Then, a few miles farther up the road I saw another pilot car. I got very excited to see what it was going to be! As I approached the truck I finally came to realize that this one and the one ahead of it were hauling some steel I-beams that were slightly longer than could be allowed without the rigamarole…. From the pinnacle of modern technology to some slightly weathered metal I felt I had seen that day the full spectrum of wide loads, the most interesting and the least.
This is a call going out to all drivers professional and otherwise. What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen going down the highway on the back of a truck? let me know in the comments or on the Facebook page. Pics are of course the best way to prove it!
We’ll be participating in Ann Arbor’s 4th of July parade again this year. We hope everyone can get out to see us! We’ll have a few vehicles including our largest truck and there will be mini beachballs! It has been an awesome event for the last several years and of course I will have pictures in a couple of weeks!
When our driver Dick Nolan came to work Monday morning, he brought along a special passenger in his engine compartment. It was a groundhog! He called the Humane Society when he noticed it and they promptly dispatched an animal rescue officer to help get it out.
After many trials and tribulations we got the little guy out and safely into a crate for transport. He was a fiesty little guy, but very cute!
We loaded him up in the back of one of our trusty Rangers and took him out to a field near where he hitched his ride to let him go.
It took a little coaxing, but we got him out of the crate and on his way. I didn’t know that the little buggers could run so fast, but he bolted right for the first tall grass he could see and was gone.
The story of Pheidippides inspires us here at Metro Delivery, as it has inspired millions of other messengers over the past 2,503 years or so…
Pheidippides, a herald, was sent off running, all 26 miles and 385 yards from the Greek City Marathon to Athens, to announce the first victory of the Greeks over the invading Persians, at the Battle of Marathon in 490 BC.
Yes, yes, this is where we get that “Marathon” thing that all your runner friends talk about- but that’s a secondary point for us here at Metro. The point is, the dude was a COURIER, and as such, prepared to give his all.
After proclaiming victory to the joyful crowd at the Acropolis (“Nike!” he gasped, forming a shoe company), he expired, tragically, from the exertion. That’s one sad version of the story (weeps).
In another variation, from Herodotus, Pheidippides completes a much more impressive feat of the feet, running round trip from Athens to Sparta and back again to request aid from the Spartans from the invading Persians. That story has him running around 145 miles over two days. The Spartans don’t actually get around to sending any aid and the Athenians have to handle the Persians themselves, but this more robust Pheippides does not die from the run.
Robert Browning, in his 1879 hit poem “Pheidippides,” tells a story that’s a popular confluence of events. Pheidippides runs from Athens to Sparta and back again, then actually fights in the battle of Marathon, and THEN runs from Marathon to the Acropolis in Athens to announce the victory and dies. That’s a total mileage of around 171 miles, and you know there weren’t any folding tables of Gatorade along the way.
Browning’s and Herodotus’s versions also feature a guest appearance by the Goat-God Pan, who Pheidippides happens across enroute from Sparta back to Athens, and who is persuaded to assist the Athenians, since the Spartans are of no immediate help.
Pan indicates his willingness to back the Athenians by handing Pheidippides a handful of fennel, a good portent for the battle, as the Greek word for fennel is Marathon. (Goat-Gods prefer metaphor to just plain saying something, as a general rule.)
So what do we, as messengers, learn from Pheidippides? First, we admire his resolution and dedication, and the sacrifice that he was prepared to make to see that his noble duty was fulfilled.
Secondarily, we recognize that if he really DID run himself to death, his dispatcher probably should have figured out a way to get the poor guy a lunch hour, and we have to suspect that under hours-of-service regulations the Athenians would probably be looking at some pretty steep fines…
Thirdly, they should have given Pheidippides an E250 van, like Metro Couriers drive, and then he could have carried a pallet or two of grapes and olives to drop to some other Greek city along the way, and improved his profit margin.
Yes, it’s Michigan, and it’s Fat Tuesday, and while at warmer latitudes that means a giant bacchanal with wine and dancing and music, here in Michigan it means just this: PACZKI.
This year, we’re offering our staff Paczki Varietals, so that we can feel like they’re having different food groups at each meal.
From left to right in the picture below, you see 1. Paczki from Dom’s Bakery in Ypsilanti, 2. from Copernicus European Deli, in the South Main Market in Ann Arbor who get them shipped in from a Canadian Polish Bakery overnight, including authentic “rose” and “plum/prune” flavors, and 3. the powdered- sugar-coated ones on the right are via Washtenaw Dairy, made by the Manchester Bakery.
…honestly, we can’t say that our Couriers run their fastest on Fat Tuesdays.