I started my driving career in 1998. Drove a class B milk truck. Yep I was the milkman. I was there for 6 years but man that's hard work pushing those hand trucks loaded down with a couple hundred pounds of milk. Started getting really bad back problems. My dad drove big trucks when I was growing up and so did several of our family members. Hey, its in my blood can't help it but wouldn't change it. Started checking into how I could get into driving the big trucks and how much I could make. It was better than the milk route even coming straight from driving school. Think I made 27 cpm at first, if I remember right.
Finished driving school with Schneider in 2004. Started driving for them in Jan 2005. Ran all 48 and Canada for a year with them then got a local job in Roanoke VA. That was great until they lost all there local freight. So I switched to a small flat bed company to run from Lynchburg. Usually went out just far enough to get back home every evening, sometimes would have spend a night out in the truck. Then the same thing pretty much happened again, they lost a lot of there runs that kept you close enough to get home daily. That was the end of 2008.
Heck by then I had a little chunk saved so decided to make a career change and get into maintenance. Went to Virginia Western and did the 2 year HVAC degree. Pretty much did that because the AC was the only thing around the house I didn't know how to fix and I enjoy working on the house and fixing things. Did maintenance at a daycare for couple years but they weren't doing any AC work. That's when I took job at the apartments. We do all the heat and air work there.
Once your a truck driver its tough to go back to a job and work side by side with folks 8 hours a day. I had to learn that the hard way. Been missing being in that big truck just about ever since I left it.
Well that's about over now. I will be with US Express in just a couple more weeks after I work out notice with the apts. If you see one the trucks, see if its me in there.
I'm SOBER-J over