Nothing to do with skeletons and roses. Probably.
Time: Within the last five years
Place: United States, rural western North Carolina to be specific
Search terms: truck unloading procedure general merchandise walmart, in various combinations
Looked in tags, found lots about travel, but didn't see this issue addressed
I have some (probably stupid) questions about delivering goods in eighteen-wheelers to Walmart-esque stores. I've found a few things but nothing that answers my questions.
The scenario is Trucker Guy, operating from a central depot, is making his last delivery of the day. How long will he be at the store, on the loading dock? How busy would he ordinarily be, as in, would he have time to watch the workers interact, under normal circumstances? Would he have time to grab a drink from the employee lounge? Grab a burger? Or is it, in, remove trailer, hand over paperwork/bump phones/whatever, attach new trailer (?), and away he goes?
And, since I'm here, I have two questions I'm not sure how to Google, one related to the previous questions. Firstly, I've heard plenty of old trucking songs where truckers name their rigs. And occasionally the trucks sing songs. Anyway, would my young (~thirtyish) male trucker these days be likely to name his truck?
Secondly, I've never seen the Rockies except in pictures: would it be reasonable to say, if one was a wee bit melodramatic, that "The Rockies wear their menace openly in their hard, dry angles of stone and forest, while the southern Appalachians are deceptively gentle, smoothed into soft and misty folds by time"?
Where/When: England (and France) in 1913
Googled: "uk train routes history 1913", "trainspotting early 20th century", "trainspotting forums uk", "bradshaw train schedule 1913" and a bunch of other permutations.
I'm thinking of writing a story wherein a young couple decides to travel from the West Midlands to Paris for a honeymoon, and I'd like to find out as much as possible about what their trip might be like.
They'd be leaving from a small village in Herefordshire, and doing so impulsively, maybe late at night. I initially wondered how often trains would be running out of their tiny town, if one would be hard to get or if they'd have to wait till morning. A source I have says "The earliest trains were very early - milk trains to get milk into towns in time to be sold in the morning. I think they were something like 5 am. I have a feeling the 'Parliamentary Trains' were still running; trains with very cheap fares but at very unpopular times for travelling, like the small hours of the morning." If anyone can confirm or deny that, I'm all ears.
The next legs of the trip seem like they might be something like Hereford --> London --> Dover --> boat to Calais --> train to Paris. If that is indeed the likely arrangement, I was wondering things like
The more details I have, the more scenarios and plot possibilities will suggest themselves to me. In theory. Also, I'm a Yank whose experience in England has been limited to London and Stonehenge, so don't worry about over-explaining. You probably can't.