Murphy's Law And Me

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∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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Early Monday morning, I pull into the DC, drop my trailer, post trip the truck, and update my pta for my home time load, later that night, and hit the bunk. While I am sleeping, another driver takes off my passenger mud flap trying to pull in next to me. NOT a good way to get woken up!! So the time of my PTA comes and goes. No load. In fact, very few loads in general, the DC is super crowded. Next wave of loads come in, still nothing in my direction. So I spend another night in the truck. I am getting close to resetting, while waiting to get a load home, to reset. Sheesh.

OK, so I get a home time load, the gate time is 30 minutes from a full reset time. DL moves gate time to accommodate the difference. I go find the trailer. It is loaded, but it is also red tagged. I call shop, they come out and find that there is a problem with the reefer fuel line. They have trailer re loaded. I hook up to the next trailer and start pre trip. Coming around the passenger side, I hear it. This trailer has an air leak. So now, I am waiting for the 3rd trailer to be reloaded. WTF

On the bright side, the terminal leader is going to Tcall half the trip tomorrow, so I can get those miles on the trip, and I will still get another reset in, because I am moving to a 4 week out, 3 day in home time schedule.

Craziness, I think that Mr Murphy has it in for me.

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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Welcome to Walmart.

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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Welcome to Walmart.

Welcome to the world of trucking, lol.

Linden R.'s Comment
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Welcome to Walmart.

LOL

Big Scott's Comment
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I hope you don't really believe that Murphy or bad luck is happening to you. Give me a call some time.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I've always laughed about the notion that everything bad always happens in threes. It seems to be true! You could go a month without anything going wrong with the truck and suddenly within a week the truck would breakdown 3 times!

Bad things seem to happen in bunches.

Here's something for you to think about when it comes to trucking though. Anyone that has been around trucking for a while knows that truck drivers are famous complainers. It seems that anyone that has been driving for a number of years either becomes as pleasant as a monk or as miserable as The Grinch and there's very little in between.

Why is that?

In trucking there are 1,000 things that can go wrong on any given day. There's always a long list of things you could be frustrated with. Yet the opposite is also true. We all have 1,000 blessings we should count every day.

So the question is simple - which ones are you focusing on? Are you counting your blessings, or are you counting the negatives? We all tend to fall on one side of the fence or the other. We're either "glass half full" type of people, or "glass half empty."

It's perfectly fine to come here and vent a little and point out how a bunch of things went wrong in your day. That's the nice thing about having a community of people who can relate to each other - we all get it!

But for your own sanity just be careful about which side of the fence you fall on because after a number of years you'll have either counted millions of blessings, or millions of negatives, and you're either going to be super pleasant or super miserable.

Take a look around you anytime you're at a truck stop or terminal and you'll see what I mean. Most of the experienced drivers are either super pleasant, or super miserable. I'm a super pleasant guy and I've always crafted this website to focus on the positives so we have always attracted a pleasant crowd. I'll bet I don't have to tell you what the crowd is like at the other trucker's forum out there, do I?

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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.

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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I hope you don't really believe that Murphy or bad luck is happening to you. Give me a call some time.

My attempt at humor, in a crazy situation.

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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I've always laughed about the notion that everything bad always happens in threes. It seems to be true! You could go a month without anything going wrong with the truck and suddenly within a week the truck would breakdown 3 times!

Bad things seem to happen in bunches.

Here's something for you to think about when it comes to trucking though. Anyone that has been around trucking for a while knows that truck drivers are famous complainers. It seems that anyone that has been driving for a number of years either becomes as pleasant as a monk or as miserable as The Grinch and there's very little in between.

Why is that?

In trucking there are 1,000 things that can go wrong on any given day. There's always a long list of things you could be frustrated with. Yet the opposite is also true. We all have 1,000 blessings we should count every day.

So the question is simple - which ones are you focusing on? Are you counting your blessings, or are you counting the negatives? We all tend to fall on one side of the fence or the other. We're either "glass half full" type of people, or "glass half empty."

It's perfectly fine to come here and vent a little and point out how a bunch of things went wrong in your day. That's the nice thing about having a community of people who can relate to each other - we all get it!

But for your own sanity just be careful about which side of the fence you fall on because after a number of years you'll have either counted millions of blessings, or millions of negatives, and you're either going to be super pleasant or super miserable.

Take a look around you anytime you're at a truck stop or terminal and you'll see what I mean. Most of the experienced drivers are either super pleasant, or super miserable. I'm a super pleasant guy and I've always crafted this website to focus on the positives so we have always attracted a pleasant crowd. I'll bet I don't have to tell you what the crowd is like at the other trucker's forum out there, do I?

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I see where you are coming from. I got to witness the "rats" whole waiting for my load to be redone. I was able to accomplish a few Swift University videos, and the shop guys thanked me for not pulling the trailers. They are sick of drivers leaving the problems for the next person. I was able to get a good set home time schedule 4 weeks out 3 days home. The wife likes this, I like it, and my terminal leader loves it.

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.

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