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Charles C.'s Comment
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Did over 26 years in the military until I retired in 2012 (could no longer support what the current administration was shoveling). Professional logger for almost two years after that.

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.
Rubber Band Man's Comment
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I was a cook and dishwasher with 5 kids...looked around one day and said..i gutta get a better job so here i am..

Old Roadie's Comment
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Worked in shipping/receiving at suppliers for large retail outlets for about 10 years... Ran the backstage side of a theatre with 3 different stages in Atlanta for 3 years... Was a touring lighting director for concerts... Stage rigger... Occasional churl and lout...

Miss Miyoshi's Comment
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Worked in shipping/receiving at suppliers for large retail outlets for about 10 years... Ran the backstage side of a theatre with 3 different stages in Atlanta for 3 years... Was a touring lighting director for concerts... Stage rigger... Occasional churl and lout...

That's awesome! I managed a heavy metal venue in Virginia, and I toured as a merchandiser. I also did theatrical lighting and stage management, and worked for dance/ballet companies, opera comapnies, theatrical groups, and a Symphony. The road always calls.

Old Roadie's Comment
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Worked in shipping/receiving at suppliers for large retail outlets for about 10 years... Ran the backstage side of a theatre with 3 different stages in Atlanta for 3 years... Was a touring lighting director for concerts... Stage rigger... Occasional churl and lout...

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That's awesome! I managed a heavy metal venue in Virginia, and I toured as a merchandiser. I also did theatrical lighting and stage management, and worked for dance/ballet companies, opera comapnies, theatrical groups, and a Symphony. The road always calls.

Who knows... We may have crossed paths or had some mutual friends! I was also on the payroll for the Atlanta Symphony for about 15 years. Did lots of gigs at symphony hall when I was in town.

miracleofmagick's Comment
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Way too many things lol. Right before I went into trucking I was the custodian at my church. Before that I worked several retail positions, was a professional magician for a while, was in the army, weird in a factory......

The Chad's Comment
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I was a pharmacy technician and I taught part time at the local community college for the tech program. I was making decent money, but I turned 40 and thought that if I don't do something different I'm not going to have any money to retire on. I always wanted to go into trucking, even tried when I got out the Navy, but had to many speeding tickets.

So I've been at it for a few months now and I love it, wish I would have done it a long time ago, but everything happens for a reason.

Jason T.'s Comment
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10 year diesel mechanic and concrete hauler

Linden R.'s Comment
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I was a kid... and, well... I still am a kid. rofl-3.gif

Brian F.'s Comment
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I'm not in trucking yet but believe I will be in the next 3-6 months. I wanted to drive truck when I was in HS (late 70's) but alas the min age then was 25 or at least that's what I was told. Wouldn't have mattered anyway because I was married with a kid by 21. Anyway I did a bunch of odd stuff over the years including auto mechanic, optical lab tech, truck tire route sales/installation. The last 24 years I have been a registered nurse including 13 years in the ER. Most of those nursing years I spent as a travel nurse and worked from coast to coast including 2 islands in HI. Well I can't stand the industry anymore and trucking is my next career. I like money as much as the next guy but this career change is obviously not about money as I doubt driving will ever come close to what I can make now if I apply myself. I know the trucking regs will eventually drive me just as crazy as health care regs do now but it's different.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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