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5-19-17 Day 20 part 2: I got to L Jolin safely. On the bus ride over, I think we drove through a small tornado. I'm in my hotel here. My roommate seems like a nice guy. Monday starts orientation. I guess that's about it for now.

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5-21-17 Day 21: Just a quick update. Yesterday my hives were still driving me nuts and the benedril was making my very sleepy. I spoke to my mom and she affirmed my idea to go to urgent care. They gave me a shot and prescription for steroids. They are really helping to alieviate the itching. There is a Sam's Club practically across the street from the hotel and that is who I use for my pharmacy. So that was great. This hotel is very nice. I love the pool. Weekends are pretty boring. Later I may find the best way to get to and from Walmart. That's about all for now.

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5-22-17 First day of orientation: We were picked up at the hotel at 7:00am for the quick trip to CFI. First thing is grab your name bage and have a seat. After role call and a brief introduction we proceeded to fill out three forms. One was a personal data sheet that will be used to assign trainers and trucks. Then there was one for drug tests and one for HR. Since those of us who went through company sponsored training already did hair and urine we only had to do urine. The rest had to do hair and urine and a few had to do complete DOT physicals. We also had to go see file clerks to go over everything in our application and to be given some papers and an employee number. They also gave us half of the orientation pay in cash. We get the other half on Thursday. Also, Thursday we become official employees. They also took our pictures today. They give us tickets for lunch in the cafeteria. We're allotted $8.00 anything over that you pay for. There was alot of hurry up and wait today. Tomorrow morning is road and backing test. They said we should cover much more tomorrow and move along quicker. They bus us to and from the hotel. There is also some kind if free CFI shuttle that we can use to get to Walmart and back. I have to find out about that. That's about all for now.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Aaron Placencia's Comment
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Nice! Glad everything is going well. Keep up the good work. You'll be out tearing up the highway soon! In a good way. Haha

Big Scott's Comment
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Nice! Glad everything is going well. Keep up the good work. You'll be out tearing up the highway soon! In a good way. Haha

Thanks

Han Solo Cup's Comment
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I'm glad you're documenting your orientation/training. Please keep it up. And I'm very excited for you as I've followed your progress from day 1. Hopefully the hives clear up so you can take them off your mind and be focused. Good luck and have fun!

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I'm glad you're documenting your orientation/training. Please keep it up. And I'm very excited for you as I've followed your progress from day 1. Hopefully the hives clear up so you can take them off your mind and be focused. Good luck and have fun!

Thank you.

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5-23-17 Orientation Day 2: This morning we had road and backing test. The people who went to Crowder through CFI did not have to test this morning. The driving test was not long. I was very nervous because I had never driven a 13 speed. Plus we did most of the driving in town. We did this in a nice KW T680. They are looking for potential not perfection. The backing was pretty easy. We did that in a Freightliner with an auto shift. That was interesting. Although time was not limited I did it in 10 minutes. Unfortunately two people were sent home. I don't know what they did wrong. I'm just glad I'm still here. I am missing my wife and dogs more than I thought I would. I am finding myself having more stress because of this. This is one of the things that we go through in trucking. It just takes time to adjust. To top it all off the hives have not lessened. I'm thinking I'm alergic to the laundry detergent I bought for this trip. Tonight I'm taking the CFI courtesy shuttle to Walmart to get detergent without dyes or fragrance. Then rewash all my clothes. Oh what fun. In this field it will be up to you to keep that positive outlook. This afternoon we did paperwork. Tomorrow we will meet people from different departments to hear from them. I still think this is a great company. They want us to be successful because driver success equals company success. That's about all for now.

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5-24-17 Orientation Day 3: Today was a long day. We sat through a couple of presentations on company policies. Then we had people from different departments come in and tell us how their department helps us. We got to see the room full of planners and dispatchers. They stress safety of course. They realy seam to want us to succeed. At the end of the day we signed up or waived insurance. Of course my hives have not abated, which makes things that much tougher. We kind of had information overload today. One guy left because his old company made him a deal to come back. I wish him the best. Tomorrow we should all find out our fates. That's about all for now.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
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5-25-17 Last day of orientation:

I AM NOW AN EMPLOYEE OF CFI!!!! Wooo Hoooo!!!!

This was the longest day yet. We heard from several people including the company president. CFI used to have cameras in student and new driver trucks that were used for training. They no longer have them. They couldn't justify the cost. They recommend buying your own dash cam to CYA. At lunch I met my trainer. He seems very nice. Right now I'm waiting for him to call me back. He told me earlier that we may head out Saturday or Sunday. He told me he wants to run me through the obstacle course here. I will have to go through that to upgrade. CFI is actively looking for teams. So, if you're interested in teaming contact them. That's about all for now.

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