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Gladhand's Comment
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Been a while since I made a post. I'm still trucking, but as each week goes by I find myself wanting to get back to a more regular lifestyle. I continued to give otr the benefit of the doubt, just because I don't want to make an emotional decision. Even with that, on my good days I'm thinking of doing something different.

So far my plan is to stay OTR until my 2 year mark and to move to Phoenix. In phoenix I hope to get a local position or doing shuttle like Errol does. It's a big plus living near the HQ considering all the options there and also I am ready to experience something different from New Mexico, but still close enough to my parents.

I am grateful for all the experience I have got and personally can't wait till I'm off the road. I know the hrs in trucking are wild no matter what position you got, but I'm ok with that part. I have accomplished most of my financial goals and feel comfortable getting settled in Phoenix for a while.

I want to make a more detailed post later to talk about the ups and downs I have experienced and the things I have learned to this point. Until then keep the shiny side up!

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey that sounds great Gladhand. Looking forward to hearing how things go for ya.

I don't want to make an emotional decision. Even with that, on my good days I'm thinking of doing something different.

There ya go right there. That's how you know you're making a rational decision and not an emotional one. It sounds like you're being very deliberate in your decision making process and that will serve you well in all areas of your life.

I want to make a more detailed post later to talk about the ups and downs I have experienced and the things I have learned to this point.

If you'd like to do a nice write-up on your experiences I'd love to post it as an article here in our blog. I know you've been through a whole lot of ups and downs and you've tried different things to find what's going to work for you. The information you have to share would be really fantastic for anyone considering this career and really interesting for those of us who have been there and know what you're going through.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Gladhand cogitates:

I continued to give {my current job} the benefit of the doubt, just because I don't want to make an emotional decision. Even with that, on my good days I'm thinking of doing something different.

Being OTR gives you lots of time to think. Once you do the rational (not emotional) thinking, let your emotions creep in a bit, because that's what will make you happy.

To be honest, the shuttle "same ol' same ol'" isn't for me. But with other things going on, and doing the rational thinking it's the best for now. I'll soon move on myself.

I'm just supporting you, G.H., in taking the best route to reach an important decision.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Steve L.'s Comment
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Gladhand, I get the sense you’d be a great trainer for Swift or some other positions at their HQ.

Great attitude!

G-Town's Comment
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Good luck GH! You're a professional, you'll do the right thing.

Terminal Rat ( aka...J's Comment
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Actually thinking about moving to Phoenix myself. In fact I might even be looking for a roommate. LOL!

JJ

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