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Posted:  5 years, 2 months ago

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Growing Pains on the road with WEL

Hey RedGator, Jopa here ... I know you will land on your feet cause you always do ... be interesting to see what happens so me and a bunch of people will be following your thread to get the latest ... hang in there and have faith it will work out the best way it can ... meanwhile, get some needed rest, eh? Talk to you soon ...

Jopa

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Posted:  5 years, 2 months ago

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Medical leave

Yesterday I took my truck/trailer to the JB Hunt terminal in Winchester VA and turned them in.

So now as of today, I am on medical leave until all my treatments are completed. As far as I know, I am looking at possibly early August before all this is completed. Hopefully I will be able to go back to work at that point. It all depends on how my radiation treatments go & how I feel once that is all complete. No idea until that time as to how this all will end up.

Will be following TT more, now that I will have lots of time on my hands.

Ernie

Let's just say there is definitely a "withdrawal" period to go through ... your friends and relatives will notice you're still around three days later which is their first clue that you might be there a while ... if you show up to church more than once in a row, it's a real give-away ... too much time on your hands and NO INCOME are two more things to deal with ... all joking aside, you have serious medical issues that you will be living with and it is my hope (and prayer) that you are able hold off the depression that will try to get a foothold ... don't let it ... faith in God is a great tool at this point but I don't know if you are a believer or not ... I'm 65 days into a 90 day required "sit-out" due to a heart stint and I have accumulated way too many hours of sleep ... hopefully you will find a way to digest the change and the uncertainly ... be well ...

Jopa

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Posted:  5 years, 2 months ago

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...so they gave me my own tractor ...

I've been trying to ignore the "blue" comments rofl-3.gif but you're pretty persistent, Jopa.

So, what's up with that? Long line at the truck stop shower? Not much to do while you're waiting?

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-mountain girl

Just waiting out my "90 Day" no-drive restriction ... I had a stint placed in the 'ole ticker and DOT says no driving for 90 days because of it ... just 30 more days and then I'll be back on the road and I won't be able to harass anyone for a while (hopefully be) too busy ... you'll be safe ... but then you've been pretty busy yourself, eh?

Jopa

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Posted:  5 years, 2 months ago

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...so they gave me my own tractor ...

In case I wasn't clear, I do have mud-flaps ...just no fenders over the drive tires.

And thanks. The dispatcher's deliver was kinda' negative but I don't care.

And yeah, Pat, she likes to run but she's not modern enough to have cruise control. Lucky you. Heh-heh. No engine brakes, either. lol.

-mountain girl

Again, if everything is so good, why so blue? (This is like the fourth time I've tried to get you to comment on your Avatar - maybe you'll take the bait this time, eh?)

Jopa

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Posted:  5 years, 2 months ago

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A well-oiled Intersection?

This old trope is just lazy Women drivers they so bad, is so old Henny Youngman wouldn't touch it. PC crap? Yeah, that exists, but would you tell Starcar or Redgator they were bad drivers because they are female?

Would I TELL them, as in stating a fact that - based on their gender - they are bad drivers? Obviously not ... for one thing, I have never seen them drive and for another, they have both driven a truck much longer than I have and successfully ... would I make a joke about women drivers in their presents? If the opportunity came up and it was funny in context, more than likely YES because I tend to make fun of a lot of things - it's just my sense of humor ... sure, making a joke about women drivers is probably old and well worn and maybe too corny for Henny Youngman ... but to label it "misogyny" is over the top ... there is a vast difference between making use of an "old joke" - which is at best a failed attempt at humor - and being hateful towards someone ... make all the explanations you want about "free speech" and the internet but you are just WRONG to bring in the word misogyny into this dialogue ... no one was hating anyone and all of your intellectualizing does not make it appropriate nor accurate ... here's a sample of my humor that could well be mistaken for "hate speech" ... "...oh well, what does he know, he's Canadian ..." Now I mean nothing bad by it as it is something I often say (in context) to a very good friend of mine who is from Canada ... he gives as good as he gets and he would never take offence to me saying that because no offence was intended ... it's just something that I might think was funny at the time ... you don't know me so you may very well think I am being prejudiced or hateful ... nope, just not funny if you fail to see the humor intended ...

Jopa

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P.S. That's a Smiley face, not an angry face ...

Posted:  5 years, 2 months ago

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Any Reefer drivers here?

Most often, the order of fuelling will depend on where you're fuelling at. Pilot/Flying J usually goes tractor, DEF, reefer. Same with Love's. TA/Petro are a little wonky. Some of their locations, for reasons that defy any sense of logic, have you fill the tractor, pull up and fill the reefer, then hang the pump up, BACK YOUR TRUCK BACK UP TO ALIGN WITH THE DEF PUMP, then call the attendant or walk into the fuel desk to manually authorize DEF. Generally speaking, I avoid doing all 3 at TA or Petro because of this. If necessary, I'll make an extra stop to do the reefer as a separate thing if one of my fuel stops is at a TA or Petro, because doing the Fuel Island Cha-cha is ridiculous.

... I was gonna add that if you do the DEF before the refer than you don't have to move the truck up & back to align the pump with the refer tank ... which is what Fatsquatch is saying ... I've always done it tractor, DEF and then refer but I didn't know some fueling stations require a different order ...

Jopa

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Posted:  5 years, 2 months ago

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World's first self-driving truck

So it’s no surprise some of the country’s largest freight carriers have in recent years started equipping their vehicles with active safety features like lane control and automatic braking. The economic case for these measures—the predecessors to fuller autonomy—is clear, says Noël Perry, an economist who specializes in transportation and logistics.

... and if you have driven one with these devices (I have - a bunch) you know what a pile of junk they are and how annoying that "Uhhh" sound is every time you cross a lane line (whether it's really one or just a crack with tar to fill it in) ... or had the damn truck decelerate just before you are ready to pull to the left lane to pass a slower truck OR had the damn thing slam on the brakes because it sees a bridge abutment on a curve and thinks it is a stationary object in the road ... there is NO WAY these "safety devices" are safer than a driver who is doing his job ... it's a huge lawsuit waiting to happen when an "autonomous" truck kills a family in a mini-van - and it WILL happen ...

Jopa

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Posted:  5 years, 2 months ago

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What is ace orientation upgrade class with prime?

ACE II is the follow-up class for lease operators after you've been on the road for a couple of weeks ... they go over your "settlements" to help you understand the paperwork so it makes more sense (it NEVER makes complete sense unless you are an accountant) ... plus they give you advice about mileage and things of that nature to help you maximize your income ... you might even have to do the Smith thing but I could be wrong about that - maybe that was only part of the ACE I ... anyway, just stuff to help you be more successful ...

Jopa

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Posted:  5 years, 2 months ago

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Juicers

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Did someone say juicing??? steroids.jpg

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Holy Cow, That picture is like a train wreck, I keep looking at it and shaking my head in disbelief... shocked.pngrofl-3.gif

Is his right tit bigger than the left?? Does he fly around the room like a balloon if you poke a hole in him?? This has got to be a cosmic joke - no one could actually survive doing that to their body, can they???

Jopa

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Posted:  5 years, 2 months ago

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Juicers

Does anyone have experience with juicers on the road? If so, can you recommend a good one? Would love to continue juicing once l get on the road.

I have a "Nutri-Bullet" and I prefer it to juicing because it doesn't create any "waste" - you drink everything ... it is relatively cheap and it works really good for fruits or vegetables or both combined ... Walmart has them for less than $100 - pretty sure might it be a bit lower now since they have been around for a while ...

Jopa

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Posted:  5 years, 2 months ago

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Starting Prime Orientation

Finally finished the last major thing on my to do list list before heading out on on the Grey Dog this Saturday night which is get my CDL permit! I found a ton of info on this site that helped me decide that going out on the road was going to not only be a decision that I can live with but even enjoy. The High Road training program helped out a ton as well taking me from somebody who knew literally nothing about truck driving to somebody who can answer some questions on a multiple choice test! (probably downplaying what I've learned but I always value practical experience over academic knowledge).

Other than the good stuff and thank yous any advice on what I can expect at Primes orientation or advice really before I head out? I imagine I'll be learning a ton while I'm there but know what day to expect certain things would be pretty awesome so I can mentally map out the week and go in ready to handle what needs handled!

Kristopher, the week of orientation at Prime is just that: orientation ... main thing is be EARLY ("on time is late") to all of the appointments, be on your best behavior and make some new friends ... don't break the rules (even the "simple" ones) as the whole week is a job interview ... good thing to have the permit out of the way because your main chore is to get the "Pre-trip" inspection down pat ... memorize the verbiage literally, that can be a real stumbling block when you come back from the PSD training to take the license test ... other than that, HAVE FUN and be helpful to others ... this attitude (being humble and of service to others) will carry over into the job and really put you on the right plane, so to speak ... good luck ...

Jopa

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Posted:  5 years, 2 months ago

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A well-oiled Intersection?

Love the misogyny in the video title - not.

Def: misogyny - dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against women. Every "family" show on T.V. presents the man as an imbecile who can't find his butt with both hands ... and you think a reference to "women drivers" shows dislike, contempt or prejudice ... C'mon, What ever happened to a little humor? This P.C. crap is just that, CRAP!!

Jopa

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Posted:  5 years, 2 months ago

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The Old Man and The Kid

... oh, I forgot, he looks just like Putin with his shirt off (NOT!)

Jopa

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Posted:  5 years, 2 months ago

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The Old Man and The Kid

... and don't forget "Lah-rah-doe" Tx ... or "Lah -rahm-mee" WY ... those crazy Russians ... at least the Kid doesn't drive with his feet on the dashboard ... don't I know if he has an Adidas sweat suit or not, though (but he DOES NOT drive a Volvo so that's a good thing!)

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Jopa

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Posted:  5 years, 2 months ago

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Hazmat disqualification can I still drive

hI just got off the phone with the N.Y.state dmv and was told I am disqualified from a hazmat endorsement on my cdl once I get it because I have a extensive criminal background with three felony convictions.I have to wait a few more years till enough time has passed to qualify for it.My felonies are from 2008 My question is will I be able to find employment with out the hazmat endorsement.I already know its gonna be tough with the felonies but what about no hazmat endorsement.?

Most of the companies want you to have one but I think it is more for the TWIK (sp?) card than the actual hazmat endorsement ... I got the card but never got the endorsement and I've only missed one load because of it ... you might find the felony convictions to be much more of a roadblock ... good luck ...

Jopa

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Posted:  5 years, 2 months ago

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My back and butt starting to hurt.

I find that supporting the small of my back helps a bunch when it starts to get sore ... fold up a flat pillow and put it right at the base of your spine - it tends to keep you from "slumping" too much which is one of the causes of a sore back ...

Jopa

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Posted:  5 years, 2 months ago

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Craziest road you've driven?

I love trivia like what you posted here in this thread ... to me it is sooo interesting (which is why I tend to run at the mouth when I talk about Donner & Truckee) ... isn't it cool to have those kinds of connections and that kind of history associated with a particular place? Especially one that is so beautiful ... lucky you!

Jopa

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Posted:  5 years, 2 months ago

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Got my year in with Prime!

So, now that you got your year in, does that mean movin' on?? A lot of people see greener pastures - just wondering if that is the case for you ... my friend Ken C. has a couple of weeks to go to get his first year in at Prime ... do you think the deal at Prime is worth sticking around? I would be getting close to my first year but I had to take 3 months off (no income!!) according to DOT because I had a stint placed in my heart (or more accurately, one of the arteries that feed my heart) ... one friend from church calls me a "stint" driver now ... anyway, congrats on a worth while milestone ... I know it took a lot to get 'er done, right?

Jopa

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Posted:  5 years, 2 months ago

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An addition to short profile info?

So you work for the Navy?? Cool ...

Jopa

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Posted:  5 years, 2 months ago

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Meeting my trainer soon

Either tomorrow or saturday i will be meeting my trainer. I cant wait. I am nervous but yet excited. I am just or praying he is not a jerk.

I'll bet he's praying the same thing so don't disappoint him ... being HUMBLE and non-confrontational is the absolute BEST thing you can do for yourself ... even a jerk who knows how to drive has superior knowledge to a newbie, so get the most you can out of every situation ... a lot of time people aren't the best at explaining something but if you remain very observant, you can get a lot out of even the worst situation ... good luck ...

Jopa

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