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Renegade's Comment
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When you've finished your day, do you get out of the truck and meet new drivers, or do you pretty much keep to yourself?

Brett Aquila's Comment
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For me it depended upon my mood also. I've always been a loner by nature so most of the time I grabbed a newspaper (a collection of thin sheets of wood pulp with text printed on them in ink containing the day's news which could be bought for 50 cents from a metal box outside) and went to a booth in the restaurant and had me a nice, quiet dinner.

But sometimes I was just in the mood to chat. That's when you go to the counter at the truck stop restaurant and join in on the neverending roundtable discussions.

Warning: sitting at the restaurant counter instead of a booth can be hazardous if you're not prepared. If you sit at the counter:

  • You should not expect to sit quietly and eat in peace. You are now in the discussion, like it or not
  • If you say the name of any President, past or present, you have less than 45 seconds before a fight ensues
  • If you say the name "John Wayne" out loud you will make at least two new friends and one may even want to hug you. But you better know your John Wayne movies
  • If you say "NASCAR" without mentioning "Earnhardt Sr" you will be given one chance to correct your error or no one will talk to your "Jimmy Johnson Pretty Boy Lovin *ss"
  • If you're in the South, just say real slowly, "The South's Gonna Do It Again!!!!" and you might get free pancakes and you'll definitely get some redneck solutes, which come in many different flavors
  • If you're in the North just talk real fast and call the person next to you some horribly insulting names for no reason and they'll assume you're from there and you'll make friends easily

Hope this helps!

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Chad C.'s Comment
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Good question! I tend to keep to myself mainly because I'm not in truck stops very often except to refuel. When I am though I don't mind some friendly socializing, especially if it's humorous lol! Most of my interaction with other drivers is at shippers and recievers.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

G-Town's Comment
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Good question! I tend to keep to myself mainly because I'm not in truck stops very often except to refuel. When I am though I don't mind some friendly socializing, especially if it's humorous lol! Most of my interaction with other drivers is at shippers and recievers.

Ditto for me...I honestly don't have time to kibitz at truck stops. Nothing more than a potty-break, coffee, cookies, fuel and DEF. Sometimes I will take my 30 minute break at a TS, but almost always eating lunch in my truck. Since I rarely sleep at a TS...socializing beyond "hi, how yah doin?" is not going to happen.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Fatsquatch 's Comment
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Depends on my mood. Most of the time, I pretty much keep to myself unless someone else initiates a conversation.

Come to think of it, I had a real doozy the other day.

I had just parked and finished my post-trip, when this guy comes ambling up to my window. I rolled it down, and he started talking about how he used to drive for Interstate , but the company he's with now pays SO MUCH better. He went on for a solid 15 minutes.

And then spent the next HOUR ragging on how horrible his company treats him and how crappy their equipment is, and how he'd jump back to IDC in a heartbeat if they paid more.

I guess there's just no pleasing some people.

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Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Brett Aquila's Comment
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For me it depended upon my mood also. I've always been a loner by nature so most of the time I grabbed a newspaper (a collection of thin sheets of wood pulp with text printed on them in ink containing the day's news which could be bought for 50 cents from a metal box outside) and went to a booth in the restaurant and had me a nice, quiet dinner.

But sometimes I was just in the mood to chat. That's when you go to the counter at the truck stop restaurant and join in on the neverending roundtable discussions.

Warning: sitting at the restaurant counter instead of a booth can be hazardous if you're not prepared. If you sit at the counter:

  • You should not expect to sit quietly and eat in peace. You are now in the discussion, like it or not
  • If you say the name of any President, past or present, you have less than 45 seconds before a fight ensues
  • If you say the name "John Wayne" out loud you will make at least two new friends and one may even want to hug you. But you better know your John Wayne movies
  • If you say "NASCAR" without mentioning "Earnhardt Sr" you will be given one chance to correct your error or no one will talk to your "Jimmy Johnson Pretty Boy Lovin *ss"
  • If you're in the South, just say real slowly, "The South's Gonna Do It Again!!!!" and you might get free pancakes and you'll definitely get some redneck solutes, which come in many different flavors
  • If you're in the North just talk real fast and call the person next to you some horribly insulting names for no reason and they'll assume you're from there and you'll make friends easily

Hope this helps!

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Renegade's Comment
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For me it depended upon my mood also. I've always been a loner by nature so most of the time I grabbed a newspaper (a collection of thin sheets of wood pulp with text printed on them in ink containing the day's news which could be bought for 50 cents from a metal box outside) and went to a booth in the restaurant and had me a nice, quiet dinner.

But sometimes I was just in the mood to chat. That's when you go to the counter at the truck stop restaurant and join in on the neverending roundtable discussions.

Warning: sitting at the restaurant counter instead of a booth can be hazardous if you're not prepared. If you sit at the counter:

  • You should not expect to sit quietly and eat in peace. You are now in the discussion, like it or not
  • If you say the name of any President, past or present, you have less than 45 seconds before a fight ensues
  • If you say the name "John Wayne" out loud you will make at least two new friends and one may even want to hug you. But you better know your John Wayne movies
  • If you say "NASCAR" without mentioning "Earnhardt Sr" you will be given one chance to correct your error or no one will talk to your "Jimmy Johnson Pretty Boy Lovin *ss"
  • If you're in the South, just say real slowly, "The South's Gonna Do It Again!!!!" and you might get free pancakes and you'll definitely get some redneck solutes, which come in many different flavors
  • If you're in the North just talk real fast and call the person next to you some horribly insulting names for no reason and they'll assume you're from there and you'll make friends easily

Hope this helps!

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That's hilarious Brett, especially the explanation you gave for what a newspaper truly is. You spend so much time in a truck alone I would think one would want to get out and mingle with other drivers, listen to lies from the super truckers, or just make new friends in general.

Tractor Man's Comment
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I'm anti social and hate people!!!

Just Kidding, Im with G on this one. Occasionally I may chat with someone sitting in a Restauraunt, but I only sit down maybe 1 or 2 times a week to eat. More often than not I just sit quietly and listen to the Bulls#!? that runs rampant at those places. It can be entertaining at times.

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HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Renegade's Comment
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Tractor Man...what kind of bull@#$% are you referring to? I want to hear all the juicy details. LOL

G-Town's Comment
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Tractor Man...what kind of bull@#$% are you referring to? I want to hear all the juicy details. LOL

Re-Read Fatsquatch's reply for an example of the bull**** that is typical of TS conversations.

Renegade's Comment
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Tractor Man...what kind of bull@#$% are you referring to? I want to hear all the juicy details. LOL

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Re-Read Fatsquatch's reply for an example of the bull**** that is typical of TS conversations.

That's not juicy! LOL

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