Profile For Dennis R.

Dennis R.'s Info

  • Location:
    Kokomo , IN

  • Driving Status:
    Considering A Career

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  • Joined Us:
    9 years, 9 months ago

Dennis R.'s Bio

Airplane mechanic / pilot living in South Korea 🇰🇷

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Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Back in the USA and going to SAGE driving school in Muncie , Indiana

Second line of my post , DOT physical, DMV and drug test all good. I kept my Indiana drivers license up to date , I came home for 3 weeks vacation every year. I have been back in the states for 10 days so just started looking for jobs on a more serious level.

Dennis, you don’t say for sure but I thought I’d ask. Most companies will look for your Driving record when filling out an application. You say you’ve been in South Korea for 14 years. How long have you been back in the states? Have you held a valid State drivers license for all 14 years your were in S Korea?

Have you talk to any of the carriers to see what their hiring requirements are for a . Person in your situation.

Just don’t want you to go through school and get your CDL if you can’t get hired.

Good luck

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After 14 years in South Korea I decided to move to our new place here in Indiana. Got my 2 year DOT medical , DMV and drug test all good. Just need to get my permit before my start date on September 9th. Any drivers on here from Indiana area ? I talked with a driver from First Fleet that was hired as a grad from SAGE and does night runs out and back daily for Kroger and loves it. He had me put his name down as a referral , maybe help us both out ???

Still looking for home daily and there are a few out there like Hogan ( driver facing camera's :( , for coaching they say HMMMMM

Carter express is regional but home every weekend , Might work out. They seem to get home some through the week also.

I appreciate any info of companies hiring new grads.

I paid up front for driving school but a company with a reimbursement would be okay :)

Thanks

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Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Back in the USA and going to SAGE driving school in Muncie , Indiana

After 14 years in South Korea I decided to move to our new place here in Indiana. Got my 2 year DOT medical , DMV and drug test all good. Just need to get my permit before my start date on September 9th. Any drivers on here from Indiana area ? I talked with a driver from First Fleet that was hired as a grad from SAGE and does night runs out and back daily for Kroger and loves it. He had me put his name down as a referral , maybe help us both out ???

Still looking for home daily and there are a few out there like Hogan ( driver facing camera's :( , for coaching they say HMMMMM

Carter express is regional but home every weekend , Might work out. They seem to get home some through the week also.

I appreciate any info of companies hiring new grads.

I paid up front for driving school but a company with a reimbursement would be okay :)

Thanks

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Lost my medical card. :(

My Cub qualifies as a light sport , the Champ , Chief, Ercoupe 415 C model , Luscomb , Taylorcraft There are a lot of good old taildraggers out there and a blast to fly. Reasonable priced , most of them.

I am moving back to Indiana on Aug 21 and will be flying the wings off my Cub. The Cub is flown from the back seat so I put the grandkids up front and let them grab the stick and go up and down and some turns , they love it :)

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Dennis... don't mean to pry but are you still taking insulin?

I am on a pump. Last A1C was also 5.2 and Internist and diabetic educator want it higher. As I continue to drop weight and eat fewer carbs I find I need less and less.

I was a "guy taking flying lessons" (not to be confused with a Student Pilot) years ago (as I never did the FAA insulin diabetes protocol). Yes... quite different approaches but at the end of the day low is more dangerous to others than high (which is not good for us!)

5' 9ish now... (was 5' 10-3/4) last weigh a couple weeks ago was 194.

I was 178 - 185 in high school... Looking for 180 - 185...

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Marc , I did insulin for many years along with Metformin and am type 2. Waking up in the morning and having a reading of 240 or even higher was a common thing. Never worried about going low :( I loved all the wrong foods and just let myself go for awhile. Now I get up check my BP and pretty normal and BS at 98 to 114, it feels good to see this. It is all about carbs for me and most people. Are you type 1 or 2 ?

If you have never failed a FAA class 3 medical you can still fly as a Light Sport pilot.

Check it out if you are interested or ask me.

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Thanks Dennis. I was diagnosed at 35 so Type 2 by definition. Been called "Type 1 LIKE Type 2" and "Severe Type 2". (For those who don't know... Type 1 is Juvenile Onset, Type 2 is Adult Onset)...

When I started flying I saw a Special Issuance FAA examiner. He was a pilot and retired Physician only doing Special Issuance FAA examinations at that time. He actually could have picked up the phone and gotten the insulin diabetes approved (he said). Apparently he "knew the guy" who could appove it. For some reason I decided to have a cardiac stress test done first (family history, confusion about what was required)... Turns out I have something called an "Inverted T-wave" or somesuch. (My "normal" EKG looks like someone who just had a heart attack!) He said that would need to be sent in and if rejected I would have become ineligible for a Sport Pilot certificate (it was pretty new at the time). Turns out I like flying at night and with more than one passenger... (neither allowed under Sport Pilot). Also, can't afford my own Light Sport Aircraft (of any substance, anyway)...

(I have just over 70 hours flying time and just over 240 takeoffs and landings (and an equal number of each!))

No time or money to pursue this anymore... I just fly with a couple of friends who are pilots with planes now.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Lost my medical card. :(

Dennis... don't mean to pry but are you still taking insulin?

I am on a pump. Last A1C was also 5.2 and Internist and diabetic educator want it higher. As I continue to drop weight and eat fewer carbs I find I need less and less.

I was a "guy taking flying lessons" (not to be confused with a Student Pilot) years ago (as I never did the FAA insulin diabetes protocol). Yes... quite different approaches but at the end of the day low is more dangerous to others than high (which is not good for us!)

5' 9ish now... (was 5' 10-3/4) last weigh a couple weeks ago was 194.

I was 178 - 185 in high school... Looking for 180 - 185...

Marc , I did insulin for many years along with Metformin and am type 2. Waking up in the morning and having a reading of 240 or even higher was a common thing. Never worried about going low :( I loved all the wrong foods and just let myself go for awhile. Now I get up check my BP and pretty normal and BS at 98 to 114, it feels good to see this. It is all about carbs for me and most people. Are you type 1 or 2 ?

If you have never failed a FAA class 3 medical you can still fly as a Light Sport pilot.

Check it out if you are interested or ask me.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Lost my medical card. :(

I am 65 and diabetic since I was 50 and have tried pills , insulin shots, diet, exercise etc...……

At the first of this year my A1c was 9.1and felt really bad. We went to our place in the Philippines and I spent 4 days just getting checked out.

I have had 4 eye surgeries, 2 back surgeries ,high blood pressure , bad circulation etc...……. I was so tired of dealing with feeling like crap everyday that I knew if I wanted to live longer and enjoy my grandkids I had to make some big changes

I am 5ft 7 inches tall and Jan 1st I weighed 189, this morning I weighed 157 and my sugars are normal everyday. A1c now is 5.2 and I feel pretty good.

I stopped drinking soda 2.5 years ago , so it is just water, black coffee hot and iced and maybe a unsweet tea now and then. Hardly any carbs. I don't eat bread or pasta and I miss pizza a little but I have adjusted to low carb and eat a lot of Keto recipes.

My craving for carbs just isn't there any more.

If I need something crunchy I eat pork rinds, no carbs I remember taking extra insulin knowing we were going out for pizza , ice cream etc.... Crazy times

At first it was really hard but I don't think about it much anymore.

Something strange ??? When you are a pilot and need to pass your medical, your A1c can be up to 9.2 and they will pass you and you can fly people around. Their thinking is they would rather you be too high than too low and pass out ( Hypo )

Posted:  4 years, 12 months ago

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Trucking gadgets, GPS , Telephone headset, Music ???

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I am just looking for info and explain what I would like in a trucking job.

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I think the issue here is they are explaining to you why what you would like in a trucking job isn't realistic, that what you would like is based on misconceptions, that it specifically is not a profession where "what I would like" has much relevance.

Maybe so , I will probably stay on here and just observe . But maybe , just maybe something will pop up that works. Thanks for everyone’s help and input . Have a great day and be safe !

Posted:  4 years, 12 months ago

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Trucking gadgets, GPS , Telephone headset, Music ???

G,town I don't mean to upset you but you seem negative about my post , I am just looking for info and explain what I would like in a trucking job. You say first of all you have never driven an Old Mack with a 6 speed , and that sums up my interaction with this forum ( Really ??? I am not sure what you mean , are my interactions annoying , am I upsetting anyone ? Sorry if that is the case.

I got a message from Indeed.com about training and driving with Sodrel trucking so I called and talked with the school and the manager at the terminal. They said I would work like 6 days a week and it is 1 hour away from me so that adds 2 hours to my day. If it was 4-5 days a week I would probably do it.

They both mentioned that their trucks were older Macks and 6 speeds but they were well maintained. I just added that to my comment because they told me that, don't know why that gave you the whole impression of what or who I am ?

Sort of confused ???

I am totally committed to a truck driver job , I have my own life style and just looking to drive a truck.

If you don't think I belong on here please let me know.

Have a great day :)

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Sodrel trucking offered me a job after I attend their school delivering mail and home every night but working like 12-14 hours 6 days a week. And driving old Mack trucks with a 6 speed trans , not interested in driving that much lol

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Dennis I’ve read your replies and until now pretty much remained on the sidelines. The above statement sums-up your interaction with this forum...

First of all you’ve never driven an Old Mack with a 6-speed.

Second, you have repeatedly shared with us your burning desire to drive, yet basically poo-poo the options available to you and most of the expert advice we’ve given you.

The type of job/company you seek, is going to be very difficult to find, especially for an entry level driver.

I maintain the same basic theme initially offered; the “have my cake and eat it too” expectation is unrealistic.

Take some time to read this:

Becoming A Truck Driver: The Raw Truth About Truck Driving

...then hopefully you’ll realize that trucking might be better left to those who are totally committed to the process and also the life style.

Good luck.

Posted:  4 years, 12 months ago

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Trucking gadgets, GPS , Telephone headset, Music ???

If you're serious about this commit to 1 year of driving OTR then you will have many more options. There are places like Penske and Ryder that have drivers on call to transport tractor trailers to other rental shops where they're needed, but I believe they require 1 year experience. Even if they didnt, it would be your best bet as many of these yards are extremely tight. The grocery chain I deliver for in Iowa only requires "some tractor trailer" experience but in reality they are likely to overlook someone with less than 6 to 9 months. We hire drivers on a part time basis, only requirement is be available to work 1 day a month however it doesnt guarantee you they will need help the day you agree to. What I've gotten off your posts is you want to drive to see the country but only on your terms. Go buy a RV and enjoy retirement. I dont mean this in a negative way, I'd just hate for you to spend the money on getting your CDL and not use it.

Hi Rob T I am moving back to Indiana to a house I bought 2 years ago after working here in South Korea for 14 years. My wife is Filipina and has been a US Citizen for a few years but only visited the states 3 weeks every summer when we go visit family and winters we go to our place in the Philippines to visit her family. We have both traveled a lot and seen a lot of countries and have made a plan to buy the house in Indiana and I would retire and tinker with airplanes and she wants to work also. So all is good but I have always been interested in driving and not so much for the travel and seeing things as it is more about the drive and pick up a few $$$ for my time.

We want to enjoy our home time with our 2 awesome dogs we rescued here in Korea and I might not be able to find anything that works for me. But when I get home I will be 66 and I have no desire to go OTR for a year or a month. BUT If I could be gone 4-5 days a week or less then I might enjoy that but I don't want to be gone from family and friends anymore. So that is why I might not find anything that will work for me.

After researching trucking and having an interest for the last few years I thought by living in the crossroads of America , north of Indianapolis and south of Chicago that maybe I could find something just out and back like maybe regional out and back like a 250-300 mile radius and maybe even stay out a night or 2 if needed and have my weekends I would like something like that and it would seem to me that something like this is not asking too much but most say it is hard to get something like this as a rookie and I respect everyone's info and appreciate their shared experience.

You all are drivers so that is why I get on this site !

Thanks for the reply :)

Posted:  4 years, 12 months ago

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FedEx Freight Driver Apprentice

This whole post is very interesting , great details !. .... Maybe I should check with FedEx in Indianapolis ??? Hmmmm

Posted:  4 years, 12 months ago

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FedEx Freight Driver Apprentice

Great info Banks !!!!!!!!!

I will be following for sure. Hoping to get into trucking too when I get back to the states. I like the way you go into detail. Hope all goes well and seems like you are doing fine.

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