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Posted:  11 months, 2 weeks ago

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The verdict is in……. 110 years concurrent life sentences

I do however feel his sentence will be reduced. Willing to bet, it will be cut by at least 50%.

It is a very difficult situation and topic.

Posted:  11 months, 2 weeks ago

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The verdict is in……. 110 years concurrent life sentences

Anyway, I was looking into it more, and one of the victim's daughters, who lost their dad during the crash, said she doesn't want Rogel Aguilera-Mederos's son to lose his father too. A great show of forgiveness.

Good for her. That is healthy for her.

What good does sending Rogel to prison for 110 years do? It just makes him another life lost in the accident as far as I see it. It sounds like the DA is thinking about reducing his sentence. Good.

He is another life lost in the tragedy. But he did it by choice. He had opportunities to make the right decisions, in which he would have lived...and 4 people would still be alive...and the others injured would...well, not be injured.

When he made the decision to bypass the runaway ramps...and not make any other attempts to stop, or prevent the "accident"....he intentionally decided to crash into these cars...which, removes the word "accident" from the description. Even if he would have attempted to run into the guardrail...or intentionally wreck his truck to prevent the collision...and still somehow killed/injured others....I think there would be at least some leniency. But there was no attempt. The cars, were his choice. At that point it became murder.

Posted:  11 months, 3 weeks ago

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Knight transportation, Flatbed

Congratulations!

Been following along and will continue!

Posted:  11 months, 3 weeks ago

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Happy Birthday, Anne

Happy Birthday!

Posted:  11 months, 3 weeks ago

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The verdict is in……. 110 years concurrent life sentences

Truth is...

Every trucker should see a runaway truck ramp...

and know it is a ... you guessed it. A runaway truck ramp.

The language in which the sign is made - doesn't truly matter. The fact is that it is a requirement that ALL CDL holders..."read and speak the English language sufficiently to converse with the general public, understand highway traffic signs and signals". If he couldn't read it - he should see the ramp and say to himself "Hey self, rampa de camión fuera de control" and off he goes.

And being he had been out that route at least twice prior...

He had seen them before...

He knows what they are, roughly where they are...and what they are used for.

He chose not to use them. He chose wrong, and he now pays the price.

Posted:  11 months, 3 weeks ago

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ELDT: Am I understanding this right?

Better to start during the winter with a trainer than solo 8 months later.

Guess it is best it looks like it is going to be that way lol

Driving in winter weather doesn't bother me...in a car. I know a truck is a different deal. My way of thinking was at least if I started in spring/summer (as I was planning to this year), I would have a better feel for the truck come winter...and snow/ice would be one less factor to deal with in my opening days.

Best to just jump in the deep end I guess lol

Posted:  11 months, 3 weeks ago

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ELDT: Am I understanding this right?

Thanks Anne! I thought it wasn't anything to truly concern myself with. Just a mandate of what should have always been.

After I got medical clearance from my cardiologist (after the stress test and EKG) a few months back, I was about to jump in. A few things came up that delayed me (or I should say, I allowed to delay me). I shouldn't have allowed some of it to delay me, but I had one justifiable concern - my wife kind of partially backtracked on her approval. So, I told her I would hold off for the moment. Now, she is encouraging me to move forward again. Unfortunately, she is encouraging me now during a time of the year that I did not want to start - winter. But, it is what it is, I cannot keep delaying it for this reason or that reason. So, I plan to get my permit the first week of January and go from there.

Posted:  11 months, 3 weeks ago

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Merry Christmas To Everyone

Safe travels & Merry Christmas!

Posted:  11 months, 3 weeks ago

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ELDT: Am I understanding this right?

I keep coming across these videos and articles saying "hurry up and get your CDL before February 7, 2022" or it is going to become a lot more expensive/difficult and take longer to get your CDL.

So I watch said videos...read said articles...and I need to ask...

Am I understanding this right?

All that is changing, is that there is a standardized curriculum - and you must actually attend a school (either through a company or private school) and not just be trained by your father or favorite uncle?

Everyone makes it sound like it is something drastic...but to me it seems like something that should have been in place anyways? That it really isn't a big deal?

Posted:  11 months, 3 weeks ago

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Trucking Life 2.0 - Living It, Loving It!

I am just getting caught up here, and happy to see you back out and loving it. Happy for you! Also happy your wife got through Covid.

My Daughter, 2 year old granddaughter, and 2 MONTH old grandson all got it over Thanksgiving...it wasn't pretty but they all got through it.

Posted:  12 months ago

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Knight transportation, Flatbed

I am having fun out here. Still nervous about the first day I'm solo but I see how I am going to do things and hopefully all will work out. Very excited about trucking and only wish I started sooner. It's all good though, I'm right where I need to be.

Don't let the nerves get to you about your first day solo.

If your trainer is currently in passenger seat, sleeping or playing on his phone...you are basically already solo. It sounds to me like you are already doing well, getting experience...the only difference is when you officially go solo, there won't be someone in the passenger seat taking up space.

Just remember that- and remind me of that when I am in your shoes...lol

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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On Board with Knight Transportation, Squire School started 03/22/21

Hopefully people interested in Knight will read this diary. I noticed that there are a lot fewer diaries here for Knight than other carriers, Im not quite sure why. From what Ive seen from them, they seem to be a very high quality company with professionalism and Ive gotten everything and anything Ive requested.

I am still here, just got caught up, as I have been away a bit. Next time in Tulsa - it'd be cool to meet up if schedule allows.

Going to get serious about going to Knight in mid July, as I have a planned vacation at beginning of July - I didn't want to rob my wife of her vacation. I already have my medical clearance from my cardiologist, just have to get DOT Physical (which I will likely do early next week), and get my permit after returning from vacation - then going to CDL School and officially getting started. I originally wanted to start this month, but wife asked me to wait til July.

I will be contributing a diary as well.

Your diary has been encouraging for me - I believe Knight is the right choice for me. They weren't my first choice (as I have stated before), but they are my first choice now. I want to be clear that I know my "choice" doesn't mean I know I will be hired there for sure, but after discussion with two recruiters (one via email and one in person at the terminal), I feel that Knight has a place for me and will work best for my situation.

Again, don't mean to hijack your post - just wanted to really say that your diary has been great - and it has encouraged me on my decision with Knight - and where I am in the process. Keep it up as you can!

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Night or weekends schools?

OK, so what it comes down to is your confidence level. As you said, you are afraid that IF you fail, you won't have a job when you return. One thing you can do, is make sure you leave on good terms, to increase the chances of returning, should the need arise. Of course, there is no guarantee, but, your odds are better.

But, the current job aside. I am willing that almost everyone fears failure prior to actually taking the dive. I know I worry about it. Those that say they didn't, or don't, are either lying, or they are over-confident, and are usually humbled upon sitting in the seat. So that, is natural - it is a new path in life - and you perceive it as a risk - and in some ways it is. But most things in life come with risk, am I right? I am willing to bet that after you sit your butt in the drivers seat and successfully make a few maneuvers, that fear will diminish. Yes, you will fail, as will I, to do every maneuver correctly 100% of the time. But when you get that first successful maneuver, you will know, you CAN do it. It is a matter of repeating it - and getting it right more times than you do wrong...and you will get there. You will have plenty of practice - as I have read in the diaries.

I decided this was the path I was going to go, months ago. I have some issues that held me back, personally, which I won't dive into here now, as I have briefly mentioned them in past posts. But I decided a couple of weeks ago, that I have procrastinated long enough, and it is now it is time to do or die. Now, I am not diving in...I am just taking the steps. For example, I had a heart attack at 42, 5 years ago...no, that wasn't my first step. But it required additional steps before getting my DOT physical. The clinic that does DOT physicals, told me I would need either an echocardiogram, or a stress test, and a form from my cardiologist clearing me. I got my echocardiogram - it cost me about $1200 after insurance. I could have chosen the stress test, which would have been significantly less - but, as someone who doesn't exercise regularly, I dreaded it. Wouldn't you know it, after my echocardiogram, my cardiologist called and wanted me to do a stress test...so I got stuck doing both! Well, I did it - and it wasn't nearly as bad as what I was expecting (I am really not in bad shape - I just hate running lol). I am getting off-track talking about myself lol. Long story short, I got my echo, my stress test, and now a letter and form from my cardiologist that cleared me (I have a 97% chance at surviving the next 5 years without a major cardiac event, yay me!) So my next step is my DOT physical - which I was going to do tomorrow - but have decided to hold off just a little longer until I am ready to go get my CDL permit - as I have to wait on some paperwork to return from the Social Security office (lost my SS card, which I need, and they also have possession of other forms of ID I need to take to get my CDL and they wouldn't allow copies....grrr).

OK, now that you made it through that monstrous paragraph you ask what is my point? The point is, you don't have to dive all at one time. If you haven't already, start studying for your CDL Permit. While doing that, go get your DOT Physical. Then get your permit, when you feel you are ready to test. Once you have possession of the DOT Card and Permit, the next step is to commit. I already have contacts with Knight, and I will likely apply elsewhere once I get close to my permit...just to solidify my choices - so I can make that commitment.

You can start applying now, you can wait until you get things in order...but you have to commit to it. You can do it.

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Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Night or weekends schools?

I think that is what he meant lol

I know if an instructor gets within a half inch my nose and starts yelling, we gonna have a problem lol...

Considering the last three years I was in the USAF, I was the one in the faces lol.

I can see it being like boot camp, in the way that you have to focus so much of your attention on one goal...and the information/sensory overload.

Uh no, company sponsored training is not like boot camp other than the fact that you get up early each day, you are around a bunch of strangers, and are learning lots of new things.

It is nothing like any of the three boot camps I attended.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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CFI training through Trainco Trucking School

Congrats!

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Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Night or weekends schools?

I understand where you are coming from. It is part of what has held me back from taking the plunge too. But, I know that in order for me to take the next step - I have to stop working my current job (which means officially closing my business), and put 100% into getting my CDL and getting on the road. Even if you found a place to go to school during the week in the evenings, or on the weekends...you will be unable to dedicate/focus solely on getting that CDL...distracted by your day job, fatigue, etc. Not saying you can't do it - just going to make it more difficult than it already is.

Wanting to keep your job -- while training, is it a security blanket for you? In the event you fail, you have something to fall back on? I understand - that is part of what delayed me, the fear of failure. If it is financial, trust me, I understand that too. I waited toooo long to take the plunge. A couple of months ago, I would have been in better shape than I am now -- but now, it has gotten to a now or never situation (I stopped promoting my business months ago, and just servicing my regulars at the moment - and I lost a large chunk of customers/big accounts at the beginning of COVID - and never regained).

I won't pretend to know your situation completely, only you know it. But your best bet, is to leave your current job, on good terms...and take the next step. Yes, it will require you to be away for some time - how long varies on what company you choose. Now, some companies do contract through local schools...so you may possibly be able to go to school locally - go home every night.

For example, I was expecting to go to Phoenix. But I visited my local Knight terminal, and they were promoting the idea of going through a local school that shares the yard. Being a vet, I was planning on taking advantage of their scholarship for vets - which would require me to go to Phoenix...whereas, staying local would require me to reimburse Knight for the expense of the school through weekly deductions. I haven't made the decision yet.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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On Board with Knight Transportation, Squire School started 03/22/21

GET THE CB!

Rather have it and not use it, then need it and not have it. And your "Davy Downer" voice feeding your self-doubt, ignore it. Even IF that voice is correct, which it isn't...you can sell the CB if you choose. I don't know if I'd buy from a Pilot, unless you get a good discount with points or something...I'd imagine their cost is pretty elevated. A CB is one of the first purchases I will be making when I get through these first steps...if I ever do, seems to be going on forever just trying to clear medical.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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On Board with Knight Transportation, Squire School started 03/22/21

Congrats! Keep updates as you can.

Visiting a Knight job fair on Saturday

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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On Board with Knight Transportation, Squire School started 03/22/21

I imagine you'd still get training pay. But aren't you basically paid a flat weekly amount during training?

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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On Board with Knight Transportation, Squire School started 03/22/21

If your trainer believes you are ready, it may just be time to take the training wheels off. I believe that no matter when you take them off, you are going to have some moments where you doubt yourself, and are forced to think through situations...and through that, you will get your confidence. It sounds like that's what you actually need - the confidence to know you can do it without 'Doc' a couple of feet away.

When you are pondering your next step, whether to jump into solo now, or wait another week or two...ask yourself what you are hoping to gain in that extra week or two. Is it confidence & comfort? Or is it knowledge? If it is confidence & comfort, chances are you won't achieve that until you are on your own. I am not in your shoes obviously, I haven't even started, I am still preparing. But I believe by reading your posts, that you are ready - that you have learned pretty much everything you can from your trainer - now you just need to dive in.

I only say this because you sound like me, in the past when I was a trainee for any job - when asked if I am ready - I would almost always say I could use a few more days or whatever, because I was just not confident in myself...I knew the job, I knew what to do...but I lacked the confidence in myself. Honestly, when I am in your current shoes, I will probably do the same thing...question my confidence. After you take a few days off - if you are going to continue with training, I would limit it to one week if possible. At the end of every day, ask yourself if you could have completed the day without 'Doc' right there. Chances are - you will answer yes every day.

You got this.

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