Profile For Mackerel (Mike D.)

Mackerel (Mike D.)'s Info

  • Location:
    Thatcher, UT

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    5 months ago

Mackerel (Mike D.)'s Bio

10 years Navy. 7 years Passenger Railroad.

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Posted:  4 days, 17 hours ago

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Backing nerves

Thanks old school. I sucked up the embarrassment and asked a passing driver to spot me when the “panic “ began to overtake me. I have been fortunate enough to keep running into kind human beings.

Posted:  4 days, 18 hours ago

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Backing nerves

So I am two weeks on the road and still really nervous about backing into truck stops. The mechanics are there, as in I understand which way the trailer is going to go, however my set ups are still really bad. Thanks for letting me vent.

Posted:  5 days, 16 hours ago

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Medical marijuana question

No

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Day Zero Werner

Thanks Pig. I’m now in Fontana at the hotel. It took 3 days to get my truck into the shop for some maintenance, not related to the incident, and it took so long that I am going on some home time to help mom out some. Talk at y’all later.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Day Zero Werner

Well sorry it’s been crazy. I still have a job, some remedial training and 45 days probation. It could have been more severe. Time to focus on the task at hand. See y’all out there.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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What trucking schools in California take Federal Student Aid?

I went to CDL school at a community college. That route will be a good one for getting help paying for the schooling. Mine was a 300 hour course, some private schools are 160 hours. So there are choices out there. Happy hunting.

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

It’s a little tiny fire engine. On 70 near Grand Junction, CO.

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Drive Tires Sidewall Mystery

Are those the belts? That guy had only one job.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Day Zero Werner

I spoke with another driver today and he talked me off the ledge. So my first two days have been a SUPER STEEP learning curve. I bobtail to get an empty in Downtown Los Angeles, then deadhead 130 miles to struggle backing in my empty, to run to the shipping office 3 times (cuz I have no idea what to do) to get a 1000 mile trip to this crunch. So far I have run into only kind human beings. So here we go. I will get called onto the mat in a week or two, I have to think positively or I will…fill in the blank…. Thanks all

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Day Zero Werner

Day 2 and I had an accident in a Loves parking lot. Grrr. Everyone is okay. My truck has cosmetic damage, but the other truck will have to be towed. Ahggghh. I will keep you updated when I can.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Day Zero Werner

Ok picture coming soon. The sun is just rising here in Tehachapi.

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Day Zero Werner

Got my truck assigned it’s a 2019 KW, with ~270,000 on the clock.

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Day Zero Werner

Made it to Fontana today. It is busy here. Waiting for the confirmation of promotion. Just waiting to begin waiting.

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Debunking some ethnic myths

My mom was born in Manhattan and raised on Long Island. I was born upstate and then raised in California. But I still get called out for being too loud when I speak. What gives? Coffee only, Hershey’s is a candy bar not a chocolate bar, if you take my meaning.

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Day Zero Werner

Heading to Fontana on Monday to test out and hopefully be issued my first truck. Wish me luck.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Foul Weather gear

Western 11 regional runs.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Foul Weather gear

Pack Rat. I have spent most of my life in CA, 35* is coooold to me. But yes the Peacoat is like 10 lbs I think I still have the Blueberry parka. I will have to look for it. I know I have the liner, but have no idea where the coat is. Thanks.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Foul Weather gear

Summer is coming to a close. Any suggestions on foul weather gear? Lightweight and waterproof would be nice. I have my Navy rain coat, the type that looks like a duster type, and my Navy issue Pea Coat, but god is that thing heavy and bulky.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Day Zero Werner

Week 2 finished up...last night Western Wyoming and Eastern Utah on I-80 was just about underwater and 47 degrees. Summer weather is changing to fall. Better get some foul weather gear.

Posted:  1 month ago

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My First Day Solo

The Bendix in my truck can't read. It will read the 'advisory' speed limit signs and yell at me that I am going too fast...technology...

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