Profile For Mark O. ~MiNi-Me~

Mark O. ~MiNi-Me~'s Info

  • Location:
    Phoenix, AZ

  • Driving Status:
    Company Driver In Training

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    Mark O. ~MiNi-Me~ On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 9 months ago

Mark O. ~MiNi-Me~'s Bio

Been in the restaurant business my whole life, up into now. I have always wanted to become a truck driver, but food was my passion. After decades in the industry, I am now on to this new chapter.

Attitude is everything, pick a good one.

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Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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ELDT: Am I understanding this right?

Indeed, wish I had the availability of winter driving with my trainer. I'd actually recommend starting now

Agreed wholeheartedly. The fact that my second trainer (first was a dud) said while I was driving I80 Cheyenne-Laramie last week "I've never had a trainee drive through this" was a blessing and a curse is moot. That being said I approve and applaud the more training required with the new requirements.

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Feeling a little discouraged after my first experience on road

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Why not share the school i formation? Address, phone, etc., let other people know what to avoid if they don't like such teaching methods.

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^^^^ THIS! The school’s info will NOT be shared, because it doesn’t exist. FedEx would never put itself in a position to be held accountable for such irresponsible training practices. I wholeheartedly agree with G-Town that this is BS.

Hope I've not fallen for a catfish...

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Feeling a little discouraged after my first experience on road

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Thanks for the replies good to know the situation isn't what people normally go through.

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You couldn’t figure that out on your own?

Why are you here Riccardo? The mindshare on this forum know you made this up. It’s BS.

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But what if he's not?

"To empathize, encourage, inspire..."

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Feeling a little discouraged after my first experience on road

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Thanks for the replies good to know the situation isn't what people normally go through.

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You couldn’t figure that out on your own?

Why are you here Riccardo? The mindshare on this forum know you made this up. It’s BS.

But what if he's not?

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Feeling a little discouraged after my first experience on road

While the idea of "hotshotting" gave me a shiver, I can attest to the fact that the concept of throwing you to the wolves it's not the proper way to learn. After my three week of pad training and classroom I got paired with what I'll call a sub-par trainer. Day one he was asleep in the passenger seat.... Five hours in my first highway trip I had a trailer blowout (that woke him up, lol). The next day we're team driving and I am about to be going through mountains passes. I got to tell you the guy has some balls to be able to sleep while I've never gone down a mountain. Thankfully it's an automatic. But still he popped out of the sleeper berth and told me "oh yeah there's a low gear, do this", which turned out not to be the way to go down a mountain at all, there is a shift in the auto before low gear. Anyway I got a new trainer... learned more in ten days that I did twenty with the first guy.

Sorry about my tirade but back to your situation.

Put feelers out to other trainers to ensure that this is the proper way that things are done for that company, without throwing anyone under the bus of course. That's how I was able to get some real mentorship.

10k miles driven/ridden (mostly driven) in 22 days was a lot to swallow, but it's made me only more determined to make this happen.

Keep your eye on your goal, stay outta your head, you got this.

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Safe wind speed

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Well, I am shut down for the third time in four days, either in Colorado or Wyoming. This month of December has been brutal for driving out here. Three more weeks and I'm finished here, though.

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I've got an 11k pound load to Cheyenne. Expecting to be shut down up there.

Yikes... That's super light for this week! Had to shut down in Rawlins for a couple hours yesterday with 40k. Thankfully skedaddled out around 14:00 and blew down to SLC. THANKFULLY, three hours from home in PHX now.... It's been a long four weeks out.

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

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My first Nebraska sunset...

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So . . . there 'wasn't one ?!?!? 0.0

LoLoL !!

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Chief; sure IS gorgeous up on the lakes, isn't it?????

Going salmon fishing???? I wanna!

~ Anne ~

I tried and tried to attach the picture... It was a beauty.

Nothing compares to Arizona, but it was nice.

Wasn't one... Smarty-pants...

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

My first Nebraska sunset...

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Starting Late in Life

First post on here! I’m 54 and am considering a career change as well. I’m so dang confused on who to start with and how to get my CDL! Company or go to a school? I think I’m overthinking it lol

There is a wealth of healthy info on this site, just start digging! I'm the same age and was in the restaurant biz for decades before getting on the road.

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Fun

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The REAL Van Halen!

Saw them in concert for the 1984 album.

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Me too! Now we're just aging ourselves....

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Hardly.

I saw The Airplane AND The Dead in '72.

NM.... PACKRAT, NM

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