Dreading Today

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Unholychaos's Comment
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Simply put, I'm in Laredo TX. Gotta make a drop, then bobtail to our OC to pickup a relay for a live unload at a place that I've been to before and know how much of a pain the docks are. I really hate this place. The miles getting here are phenomenal! But usually I end up doing at least 1 local delivery before finally getting out of dodge...

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

Han Solo Cup's Comment
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I've done similar jobs where I was called upon because I knew the lay or the land or the personnel involved. I too dreaded the entire process but I always reminded myself of two things. One, I was asked because management believed I could do it. Perhaps your experience there gives you a leg up, in their mind, and that puts them at ease. And two, the repetition can only help build your skills. Yeah, the area may suck and the job may be tough but you can only come out of it smarter.

I jump on any of your posts as soon as I see your name. I love reading your posts and I know you got this. Good luck.

Errol V.'s Comment
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What's so bad about being a Go-To driver your DM can depend on? I bet even LeBron James has players/ teams/ plays he'd rather not do.

Dm:

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.
Unholychaos's Comment
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Turns out today was actually kind of relaxing! First delivery, had to do a blindside with a spotter. There was a line of trailers on my left side so no way I could set up for a sight side or a straight back. Got it in first go 0 pull ups. Next job to the place I was at the last time, lot was WIDE open and the street wasn't busy (go figure), so that was an easy dock to hit. 3rd one, at this point the last one, straight back right inside the entrance gate.

Oh and FM1472 was virtually shut down this morning due to a broke down truck blocking 3 lanes, red lights kept making people stop within the intersection (not me (I'm smarter than that)), and the radio chatter is hilarious down here.

Overall, it's been a surprisingly good day!

Fm:

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.
Unholychaos's Comment
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Yep, ended up a great day! After waiting at the terminal for an hour, got a job going to Savannah GA. 1350m, just enough time on my recap to get there in 2 days and deliver on Thursday. Even found a spot at the pilot in Von Ormy TX (entire lot is straight backs), don't have to deal with San Antonio traffic!

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

ChickieMonster's Comment
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FM 1472 is a huge mess especially now that they're doing all that construction just north of Killam. Our yard is up there and there's been times it's taken 20-30 minutes to go less than 2 miles.

I really don't like Laredo all that much.

Fm:

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.
Unholychaos's Comment
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FM 1472 is a huge mess especially now that they're doing all that construction just north of Killam. Our yard is up there and there's been times it's taken 20-30 minutes to go less than 2 miles.

I really don't like Laredo all that much.

Yeah that construction is terrible. I've learned to just stay in the middle lane until I get to the light for trade center blvd. I'm just glad we have a yard there as well. I never have to deal with the cluster bomb of the truck stops there. I love the miles going to and from there, but the freight forwarders can be a royal pain. Not to mention the curb side staging...

Fm:

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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