Profile For Crappie Attitude

Crappie Attitude 's Info

  • Location:
    Monticello , AR

  • Driving Status:
    Considering A Career

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  • Joined Us:
    4 months, 1 week ago

Crappie Attitude 's Bio

I have been retired since 2016 and am now very seriously considering getting my CDL-A at age 65 to hit the road OTR. My health is good, so hoping I could drive for 5-10 years.

I had a 38-year career with Chevron as a Petroleum Engineer starting in 1978 in Midland, TX after graduating from Colorado School of Mines. My first 16 years were domestic in Texas, Colorado, California and Louisiana. I then went international in 1994 for 22 years in Papua New Guinea, Angola and Kazakhstan.

During my retirement I’ve been driving class A diesel pusher motorhomes. I took an RV driver class from a retired professional trucker and driver trainer. He was all about safety from a trucker’s perspective. He was a drill Sargent type, which was great for me.

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Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Trucking companies and COVID Vaccine

My former employer of 38 years has started mandating the vaccine for some groups of employees, but will eventually extend to all employees. I'm not anti-vax. I took vaccines and malaria tabs (which have side effects) to work overseas for 22 years. Those were traditional vaccines for Yellow Fever, Typhoid, Hepatitis A&B, and sometimes hemoglobin for Cholera. There was an effort by the company to mandate malaria tabs with blood tests as proof back in 2003 for overseas expats and family on assignment. There was a big pushback and the company backed down. The company wanted to avoid liability in the event of someone contracting falciparum malaria and dying, as had happened to a couple of contractors.

The FDA approval of the Pfizer / BioNTech mRNA vaccine on Aug 23 is misleading and is being propagandized to coerce people to get the Pfizer shots. Dr. Robert Malone (invented the original mRNA technology 32 years ago) explains what the FDA actually did. The FDA approved the BioNTech Comirnaty vaccine that is similar to the Pfizer vaccine, but has not yet been manufactured so is unavailable. The FDA also updated and extended the Pfizer vaccine Emergency Use Authorization to allow it to be given when there is a shortage of the Comirnaty vax. The Pfizer vaccine continues to have legal indemnity, but the Comirnaty vaccine will not. So which vaccine will be supplied? Where I live the Moderna is the available vaccine.

Dr Robert Malone explains the FDA Pfizer vaccine approval

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Trucking companies and COVID Vaccine

Are trucking companies moving towards mandatory COVID vaccination as condition of employment?

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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65-years Young Retiree Needs Advice

I’m still trying to figure this message system out. I submitted a reply to Big Scott, but it didn’t get posted for some reason.

Thanks for the advice. I agree that I need to get the medical vision (cataract) situation satisfactorily resolved before I submit any applications. I don’t want to waste a recruiter’s time nor mine. Once I get my CDL-P and DOT medical card, I will start applying.

I’m in the final transition moving from the Branson, MO area to SE Arkansas in Monticello to be near my wife’s family. My family are in Colorado.

Prime Inc has been at top of my list of companies because of their CDL training program and range of opportunities. However I will need to look hard at companies with terminals in Little Rock area (1 hr 45 mins from home) vs 6 hrs to Springfield.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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65-years Young Retiree Needs Advice

Thanks Errol V. Arkansas does require Truckers Against Trafficking training. I’ve viewed their training videos already. Also watched a 2016 documentary called “Lot Lizard”. I’m glad that the trucking industry is onboard to do something proactively to help rescue the under age girls and boys being trafficked.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Looking To Start Truck Driving

Hey Tar Heel (and Bush Country) I’m a 65 year young Retiree from the oil business looking to get my CDL-P and DOT med card after I clear up a medical vision issue in August. I’ve only been reading on TT for two months, but I’m ready to go.

I’m a bit apprehensive about finding companies willing to give me a chance. I spent 18 months applying to many jobs not in trucking without success. I worked for one company for 38 years as a Petroleum Engineer. I will be an excellent and dedicated employee.

Anyway, I’ll be following your job search closely wishing you all the best.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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65-years Young Retiree Needs Advice

I’m seriously considering getting my CDL-A at age 65 to start my second career as a professional driver OTR dry van or reefer. I was “retired” in 2016 at age 60 following a 38-year career with Chevron as a Petroleum Engineer. I’ve been driving class A diesel motorhomes last 5 years. I took an RV driving safety class from a retired professional truck driver/trainer. It was great! I have a couple questions for which I will appreciate your advice.

1. I have not worked last 5 years. Will this cause me an issue with the 3-year recent work history requirement?

2. I need to get a vision issue corrected in August before I can consider doing this to pass the DOT medical. Then get my CDL-P in Arkansas.

Question: should I go ahead to apply to companies with paid CDL training before I get my CDL-P and DOT medical card or wait? My concern is whether or not companies will be interested in hiring me at my age.

I’ve been applying to a lot of jobs over last 18 months, not in trucking industry. Im convinced that being an older white male is working against me.

I appreciate TT website resources. I’ve read just about everything that I can find here over the last couple months.

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