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    LAS VEGAS, NV

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    Considering A Career

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    2 months, 2 weeks ago

Vicki M.'s Bio

Long time casino worker looking for a career change, 53 years old, 4 dogs and 2 cats, 1 son (grown), and 1 husband

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Posted:  2 days, 11 hours ago

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Wilson Logistics - Missoula MT

I will definitely pack my shorts and tanks then. I forgot when I wrote that post that I would be gone a minimum of a month the first time. Packrat, I get the WA state thing. Once you drop over Snoqualmie headed east and you hit that desert area, it heats up fast lol I will also bring an umbrella. Goodness knows I have enough. You forget to carry them in the desert and when it rains you buy a new one. Every time :D

Got all the rental car stuff situated yesterday. I won't have a roomie at the hotel, which was good news. I'll like studying with no interruptions. I pick up the rental car at 8am tomorrow, I'll take my son to work at 1000am and just leave from there. After much trip planning, I have decided to take the I15 to the I90 rather than the 93, since they are calling for snow this weekend. I know the freeway gets cleared faster. Every time I head north, it snows. So anyone traveling in western Montana this weekend, be prepared. No matter what the weather man says, it will snow. I plan on leaving Vegas at about 10 am, getting somewhere north of SLC and getting a hotel and bringing it on in on Sunday morning. I'll swing by a grocery store to stock up some stuff for my room for a few days...there aren't many restaurants near the hotel and I will have a fridge and a microwave.

Today will be a busy day. Taking all 4 dogs to get groomed, off to Wally World for some last minute purchases and to stock up the freezer for the boys (men...but whatever lol), get some cash at the bank, mail off my taxes, run to the vape store and then home to do laundry and pack. I'm a lot excited and a little nervous, but this adventure is beginning!

Posted:  3 days, 2 hours ago

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Wilson Logistics - Missoula MT

Tide Pods, Bounce dryer sheets. These are way too expensive as a truck stop purchase.

Wow didn't think of that! Thanks! I also just looked at the weather and decided I can leave the shorts and tank tops behind. It might be spring to most, but to this desert rat, that's winter weather! I also just had about 8 inches cut off my hair, so one towel will suffice. I can also leave the swimsuit behind as the steam room and pool are closed because of COVID. I'll probably lighten up more as I go...this is the way it works for me on my backpacking trips too :D

Posted:  3 days, 2 hours ago

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Wilson Logistics journey, From Corrections Officer to truck driver.

They're sending me to Montana.

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Are you going to be training in Missouri or Montana? I'm leaving this weekend to start training with Wilson in MT. I am leaving a 32 year career...I look forward to following your journey.

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Very cool. I'll be there starting this Monday.

Posted:  3 days, 10 hours ago

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Wilson Logistics journey, From Corrections Officer to truck driver.

Are you going to be training in Missouri or Montana? I'm leaving this weekend to start training with Wilson in MT. I am leaving a 32 year career...I look forward to following your journey.

Posted:  3 days, 18 hours ago

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Wilson Logistics - Missoula MT

Today I made my packing list. I'll pack on Friday, but I'd love some input. My goal is to get it to all fit in 1 duffle, 1 small backpack (that will double as my shower bag) and my travel purse (which is large, but will squish flat if I empty it out) Let me know if I am forgetting something or if you all think I am over packing please!

Duffel: 7 sets of bottoms (jeans, leggings, capris and shorts) 10 tops (long sleeve tees, short sleeve tees, tank tops) 10 undies and 3 bras (2 sport, one regular) 14 pairs of socks (I hate dirty socks, it's a thing for me) light hoody, heavier hoody, heaviest hoody hiking boots, tennis shoes, shower shoes 2 pairs work gloves, rain poncho Several buffs that can be used as masks, headbands, hair ties, etc Vaping items (juice, batteries, etc)

Backpack: Toothbrush, tooth glue (I have dentures), denture cleaner Shampoo, conditioner (in smaller bottles) Body/hair cleanser that is no rinse for those missed shower days no rinse wipes for those days too Alcohol wipes Make up (maybe, still undecided) Facial cleanser wipes/moisturizer Towels (1 large for my chubby body, one small for my hair) Hair brush/hair ties Sunglasses/regular glasses/spare pair of glasses Nail clippers Prescription meds, ibuprofen, allergy nose spray, Excedrin migraine, immodium

Purse Clipboard thingy with all my important papers (med card, permit, etc) and ink pens (the clipboard holds them) Ipad Phone chargers notebook (Wilson said to bring one, sooo) Wallet with cash and a credit card

Sleeping bag, pillow, CPAP machine

I'll also be bringing a swimsuit for the hotel they put us up in (I've stayed before and they have a banging steam room and an indoor pool), but I'll bring an old one that I can leave behind.

Posted:  5 days, 3 hours ago

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Wilson Logistics - Missoula MT

I guess it's time to get my diary started here. I leave on Saturday (04/17/21) to drive to Missoula and start training on Monday the 19th. I'll start with a little about me and why I decided to do this.

I have been in the casino industry for over 30 years. I was a dealer for years and now you all would probably call me a "pit boss", but my actual title is floor supervisor. I have worked at the same company for 22 years, have free benefits, a salary of over $80k, 5 weeks of paid vacation...it's a really good career. But things change. The pandemic changed a lot, but mostly it changed ME. When we shut down, it was the first extended break I'd had since I was 21 years old. Actually in forever, I have always worked since I was 13. Full service gas stations, office jobs, waitressing... and then dealing. I realized that in the first time in years, I didn't hurt every day. I didn't need all the meds that were prescribed just to keep me standing up 8 hours a day. I realized that I enjoyed people again. I realized that all the fun and enjoyment my career once held was gone. It was eating away at my soul bite by bite. Yes, I met celebrities, sports figures, wealthy people. I long for the day that I can turn on a movie and not judge it by who stars in it (boy that guys really a jerk in real life), or turn on American Greed and not actually KNOW the people in it...time for a change.

I did a lot of research for what an uneducated person can do that makes anywhere near what I make now, plus something I think I'd love...and settled on truck driving. I love to drive, I love to just be on a road, turn up the radio and goooooo. I am sure that all comes from the fact that my parents were nomadic hippies and I lived most of my life in VW vans and tents. I lived in 27 states and went to 21 different schools before I graduated. Nomadic life in general appeals to me, as does the tiny house movement. Trucking seems to envelop all of that in one fashion or another. So I girded my loins, waded into the world of trucker forums and social groups and started learning. I narrowed it down to 3 main choices for my training. I knew that the fact that I had a clean driving record, an extremely solid work history (that requires me to be background researched, fingerprinted and licensed by the state every year) and only 1 misdemeanor in the early 80s, that I could probably pretty much have my pick of starter companies

Because most of the YouTube channels I originally found were from Prime, I was very interested in them. Unfortunately I got a very lazy recruiter. She called me, I returned her call about 6 times and she never called back. Literally about a month later she called back, I talked to her and she sounded excited...and then never returned a call again. That was okay, because by that time, I'd decided that any company that has that bad of communication wasn't for me. My next choice was Pride Transport out of SLC. I would have had to get my CDL privately first, but they were very interested in hiring me once that happened. I talked to a recruiter there several times. But alas, when we did our taxes, the money I had set aside for CDL school needed to go to the IRS. I didn't want to take out student loans and such for school, so I went back to looking at companies that train. Wilson was brought up to me in several of the platforms I was involved in, so they became my next choice. My recruiter has been very active with me, even with some of the delays I have experienced. They seem to have a solid training program, they train in a town I love (and used to live in), they offer regional and OTR, they allow 2 pets of any size....right up my alley.

Last week I got my DOT physical, my CPL, today was my drug test and all the silly harassment training videos etc, answered a questionnaire about vaping etc (probably to team up with a trainer) and once the drug test is back, I pick up a rental car and drive to Missoula. I'll keep you posted!

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Frustrated with CDL permit testing

Thanks for the suggestions everyone! They definitely helped. And as of today, I am a Nevada CDL Permit holder!

The questions on our test that I either forgot or didn't see in High Road training were about the thingamajig that turns on the brake lights (sensor or something) and the whatchamacallit that releases the air pressure when it gets to 150psi. And with that explanation y'all know why it was hard for me to get the air brakes test lol

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Frustrated with CDL permit testing

Oops, forgot!

Using the computerized testing system, use the Skip button for any question you are not sure of. Remember, once you get 15 correct answers the test will stop (or if you miss more than 5), and you pass!

Thanks Errol! I did do the skip thing, but still missed them lol I think the thing I am most frustrated about is missing it by the one I misread :D The other 5 were things I never saw on the High Road training and forgot from the book. I'll reread the book tomorrow to make sure I have them.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Frustrated with CDL permit testing

I leave on April 17th to start training on April 19th at Wilson in Missoula. They are giving me a rental car, which is awesome. It's a beautiful 14 hour drive from Vegas to there. My only hard decision is whether I want to take the 93 all the way up or the I15. Both are lovely drives. But I digress. I'll never get to go if I don't pass this freakin CDL permit test!!

When I was young, I could read a book once and pass any test on it. My first attempt at the permit test proves that this is not so any more. I think I killed that part of my brain back in the 90s. I barely squeaked by on the General Knowledge and failed miserably at both the Combinations and the Air Brakes.

I did what anyone would do, cursed in my 4runner all the way home, then spent the weekend doing nothing but the High Road training here and using a couple of apps that friends have recommended. Figured I had it. I am good to go...yeah not so much. Back to the DMV, passed combinations with one missing question...but air brakes...ohhhh air brakes. Yeah. You can miss 5 and I missed 6. The thing that really trips my trigger is one of the questions I missed is just because I misread the stupid question about when the air compressor turns on or off.....grrrrr I think the fact that I am not good at reading about mechanical things doesn't help. Show me how it works, let me put my hands on it and I got it....grrrr

So the good news is I get another day to study and then back to take the air brakes again...for a 3rd time. I had a 4.0 GPA when I graduated high school and I don't do failing well. I'll get it this time. But man I am over that test. Thanks for letting me whine/vent. I'll get it this time.

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Covid 19 Vaccine Unavailabe to Drivers

I would think the issue would be if you got your vaccine in a random zip code, you'd have to be back in that zip code 21-28 days later to get your second shot...Better make sure it's in a place you can get back to in exactly 21 days for Pfizer and 28 for Moderna. If you are lucky/unlucky enough to get the Johnson and Johnson shot, that wouldn't be an issue. But in my area, the one and done shots are gone very quickly.

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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Galanz microwave/air fryer combo

I belong to a group of people who cook on their trucks on social media...it seems that everyone has them. I don't know what size/model etc, but they all seem to love it.

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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Starting with Pride Transport SLC on 15 Feb 2021 ask away!

So, I guess the Truckin Gods (if there is any) keep sending me tests. Tonight on the El Cajon Pass southbound was docked in with fog and traffic. Took me 2 hours to get to Riverside because of it.

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Ironic because 6 days ago (when you posted this) I drove from Vegas to Corona CA to a friend's house. I was trying to explain to my husband how it was 70ish degrees in Apple Valley and hitting an actual wall of fog on El Cajon. I passed a Pride truck (it was the only one I saw), so maybe we met in a weird way lol That fog was more gnarly than it looked at first. So if you saw a black 4runner, sunroof open, blasting music...that was me :D

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Game: What are your goals?

Goals: This week: Navigate the bureaucracy of Social Security office, DOT physical, DMV Next week: File taxes April 19: Start training at trucking company

Longer term: Convince husband to sell house in Vegas and cash out a small property/house in Idaho, Washington or Montana. Also purchase a small condo in Vegas for my son (we have a lot of equity fortunately). Drive until I can retire at 65ish. Live in little house with a garden and some chickens. Be happy.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Instant Pot on the road

I love my Instant Pot. I use it a lot at home and it will definitely go on the truck with me. I have a whole pinterest page of IP recipes, and another whole page of low carb recipes. I'd link, but not sure it's allowed. Just google low carb instant pot and you'll find plenty.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Journey with Wilson Logistics - Springfield, MO

I have been really looking into ways to eat healthy and keep kind of in shape once I am solo. I am really thinking a yoga mat and a couple different weight kettlebells. Prison workouts if I can find room. I plan on doing a lot of my own cooking on my own truck. But I realize that probably NONE of this will happen during training. I'll have no control. I'll just have to hope my body holds out until training is over.

I am only posting this to remind you that it is a couple more weeks. After that, it's all up to you. I have been looking into extra fridge/freezers for fresh food storage, different cooking gadgets. I belong to several "cooking on a big rig" groups and forums. It's doable. But probably not until you are on your own. All this is important to me to keep my A1c at non-diabetic levels.

That being said, I have decided to go with Wilson for training (out of Missoula). I should be heading out in about a month after I tie up some loose ends. I'll be rereading your diary. Hang in there, you got this. Do what I do, when I feel yucky, I look down at my 200+ lb body and remind it that it's done 3 Tough Mudders, 5 Spartans and several years of weight lifting. If I can do that (fat and over 45 when I did all of that), I can do anything. Yell "Aroooo" at yourself and back that darn truck up!!

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Let's talk Clothing and work boots

Don't worry about the necessity of dressing up for any customer. I have seen drivers wearing everything short of only a bathrobe. Sadly, it's likely only a matter of time before I witness that, too. Some drivers out here look worse than destitute homeless folks.

Fortunately (or maybe unfortunately) I have been in middle management in a high end casino for many years. Even though I know you dress for your job, the thought of dealing with a customer in anything less than at least neat, clean clothes would drive me out of my mind lol I will leave the suits at home. If I ever put another one on, it'll be too soon! f

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Let's talk Clothing and work boots

You are way way overthinking this. I wear sneakers, sweats and yoga pants most of the time. Yes I have a pair or cardhart work boots for winter snow and ice. Most of my clothes and jackets now have prime logos so it looks more like a uniform. Maureen has non slip shoes that are slip ons and comfortable. She has a pair of boots too... Doesnt need to have steel toes

No profanity. No cut offs. No flip flops. No tank top mid drift stuff.

And have a variety. On Thursday we left Springfield it was -20 wind chill. Saturday it was 48 in NM. Today is Monday and it was 78 in AZ. So in less than a week we spanned 100 degrees.

Over thinking is my jam I think lol Ok, thanks. Comfy clothes and non slip shoes. My mouth has profanity but not my clothes :D I live in my flip flops but I can give them up during my work hours. The only midriff shirts I have are the ones that I "outgrew" :D Thanks! As for variety, I have backpacked the John Muir trail (4 weeks in the back country) and most of the Pacific Crest Trail...I have layering down to a science. Drive safe.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Let's talk Clothing and work boots

I know this is a quiet forum, but I'd like some female input :) My recruiter sent me a list of things to bring to orientation and I am assuming (from what I have read) that I'll be either there or out in a trainers truck for about a month or longer. So, they want me to bring non slip shoes. I have several pairs of hiking boots, but when I asked her about them she said that as long as they have no slip soles, I'll be okay. I think one pair does, but I'll have to check. In case they don't, do you all think I should buy regular work boots, tennis shoes, different hiking boots...They said nothing about a steel toe or an aluminum toe. Any input would be awesome!

As for clothing, they said 3 pairs of jeans/work pants, etc. No problem, but I'd really like to drive in my leggings or yoga pants. I understand you might need the wear and tear of denim for school, but do you drive in jeans? They said nothing about shirts...but I'll probably bring a few tank tops, a few tee shirts and a few long sleeve tee shirts (It will be summer or late spring so I'll pack accordingly). Do I need a dressier shirt for receivers? My current job requires woman's suits daily and evening gowns on New Years...I have it all. Just tell me what to bring :D

And no, I am NOT packing evening gowns and stilettos :D

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Differences between dry van and reefer

Hey Vicki, Are you talking about the Western 11 or is there another Region called Western ? Just curious because I am currently considering Wilson and my recruiter is guiding me towards Western 11 with school in Montana.

The Western 11. The "Western" is the I5 corridor and is only available to folks who live in WA, OR and I think CA. If I go with them, I'd be doing the Western 11. Talked to Lisa again today, talked about loading and unloading trucks (no touch to them does NOT mean anything about unloading lol You might have to count some boxes or stuff like that. I am fine as long as I don't have to unload EVERY time. I kinda figured that is what it meant, I am sure the warehouses/receivers don't want you hurting yourself on their property or anything. After spending hours scrolling through their FB page, I have discovered that almost ALL of the students from them go regional first. After you get a little time you can go OTR. If you don't get your CDL through their company school, you have to have 6 mos experience for regional and 1 year for OT. They seem to be growing quickly and recently, so that's a good sign to me that they have business...They sent me a letter of employment (or whatever it's called, conditional on my background checks etc...so we will see where it goes.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Differences between dry van and reefer

Don't worry about the starting pay, or the CPM right now. The more efficient you are, the more you will make. I would not overthink this. Drivers switch fleets within companies all the time. From what I've seen and experienced, it's not difficult. Drivers want to see the country? OTR. Get tired of that want to be home weekly? REGIONAL. Need to be home nightly? LOCAL.

Lumpers generally unload the freight for many grocery-store loads. The company always pays for this; never the driver.

I think you should stick with your Pride Pick. Either way, both companies are solid.

Thanks Packrat. The only REAL plus for Wilson is the savings on the schooling. After putting down the pros and cons of both, I think Pride probably still wins.

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