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Errol V.'s Comment
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40 posts in a day and a half! At this rate we'll beat Pat M's Flatbread Variety in two months!

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Then you'll have to overcome my 32 page thread!

smile.gifAdventures of Daniel B.

Yes , Dan, you got me on that. You wrote most of it, I'm "crowdsourcing"!

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SAMUEL C.'s Comment
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A respiratory therapist for 17 years, I worked in the ER, ICU and was on the neonatal flight transport team

mindes's Comment
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Worked at a resort as purchasing supervisor for 8 years.

Just finished my first week of school.

Meper's Comment
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After High School, joined the military. Got married, got out of the military and started working for a national health insurance company where I eventually moved into Information Systems (IS). Was laid off due to 'Reduction In Force' (my position was a support position for a government contract) in 2013 after 29 years with the company. The children are grown so like many others I figured now would be a good time to pursue a life long dream - drive a big rig.

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Mr. Smith's Comment
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I think we have enough people in different fields here to start our own island.

Errol V.'s Comment
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I think we have enough people in different fields here to start our own island.

I was thinking to compile our "previous experience community".

Jolie R.'s Comment
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I did the college thing and even got my master's degree. Worked in Higher Ed for a few years and then left the workforce to raise my children. After 12 years of being home my now ex left me and I went into sales. Did well until the economy tanked. Went into finance and worked in the mortgage industry for almost 3 years and decided I really hated being cooped up in an office all day. I always knew I hated being cooped up, but finally just reached the end of my rope! smile.gif

Errol V.'s Comment
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So now you spend over 10 hours a day in an office that's about 6 feet by 3 feet, has two chairs and a big window. But the scenery's always changing!

Chiefmac's Comment
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33 years in the fire department with the US Air Force. Retired in 2012, and in 2014 I decided to do the only other thing I wanted to be when I was a kid. Loving every minute of it.dancing-dog.gif

Jolie R.'s Comment
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So now you spend over 10 hours a day in an office that's about 6 feet by 3 feet, has two chairs and a big window. But the scenery's always changing!

Actually Errol, I am a dedicated fleet driver so I am probably out of my truck more than most drivers. I've lost 30 lbs since I began driving because I have to climb up on everything to reach it to drop and hook a trailer. I will jog to get to the receiving office or when at a truck stop for a break. Since I am the only one in my office there is no social eating going on! smile.gif The scenery changes some but not as much as an OTR driver gets. That being g said, I cannot wait for warm weather so I can enjoy it while dropping and hooking!!!

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.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

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