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Posted:  2 days, 18 hours ago

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Hair Follicle VS. Urine

Hello Everyone,

So I will be upfront and honest. I am switching careers from medical to OTR driving. I am an addict in recovery. I have been clean for awhile but worried about potentially not passing a fair follicle test. What companies offer just urine testing and CDL Training? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Disrespectful comments are not necessary as you don't know me or my life and I don't know you or your life. Thank you!

Congrats on your sobriety. Coming up on 20 continuous myself (and just passed 31 from "the REALLY bad things").

But don't get all "uppity" either.

Depending on the particular substance, how long you've been abstinent and your metabolism - upwards of 90 days to 6 months.

They're only "supposed to" test the last 90 days of growth (first 1.5" of hair from scalp).

Keep in mind that synthetic opiates take a while to "leech" from your system, as does heavy weed use (especially the stuff that's out there now - though us "Deadheads" have been smoking that skunk bud since the '70's).

Also remember - no "major decisions" in the first year. But if you're switching jobs because you screwed up the medical career - companies WILL CHECK REFERENCES.

Also - right now, companies aren't doing any orientations - and you will pretty much not find a SCHOOL that's enrolling CDL (or any) students. Social distancing and all.

A number of members here, have had their orientations PUSHED BACK - because of the current COVID-19 situation.

Rick

Posted:  2 days, 18 hours ago

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What does a quarantine due to coronavirus mean for truckers?

A bit yes. I have heard so much crazy chit these days, people talking about national lockdowns, gun confiscation, new global governments, crazy stuff old school.

Stay safe out there..... I dont buy the nwo government stuff, a very bad virus caused by human stupidity and lower cleanliness standards yes absolutely.

Will we see blue UN hats going door to door rearranging American life? highly unlikely.

Night out there

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Has anyone noticed how the person who started this conversation by exhorting us to escape to the woods and build a lean to so we could avoid the insanity, is now fanning those very flames of insanity with rhetoric, and then calling it truth and facts?

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Any of em show up in my neighborhood - they will have 7.62X51 holes in them pretty blue helmets.

If this ever gets so far out there - that UN Troops are on American soil - pop some popcorn, sit back and watch the show.

Just sayin...

Rick

Posted:  6 days, 13 hours ago

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What does a quarantine due to coronavirus mean for truckers?

In the same respect, banks can't handle a run on money, either. They're not set up for it. They're set up to handle a certain percentage of people depositing, while a certain percentage of people withdraw. If they started talking about banks failing on the news every day they would create a panic that would lead to a run on the banks, which would in fact cause them to fail or require bailouts from the Government. A self-fulfilling prophecy.

Interesting perception.

Friend of mine went to write a check to himself from his BOA account for $4K (this was a little over a week ago). They told him they would require A WEEKS NOTICE to cash a check that large.

BANK OF AMERICA - a WEEKS NOTICE to withdraw a few thou OF YOUR OWN $$ on deposit?

I think they're doing this intentionally - to discourage people from making large withdrawals (trying to head off a run of people pulling large sums - not necessarily emptying their accounts). But I cashed a $2,500 check, from a client against my account at TD last week, they didn't say a word.

I was going to pull $4K myself - but I have $4K in cash in the gun vault at all times anyways. SHTF FOR REAL - paper $$ will be worthless anyways - unless you run out of toilet paper (though I prefer huggies baby wipes myself).

Precious metals, firearms/ammo, gasoline/diesel, antibiotics/pain-meds (and even illicit narcotics) - will all be "coin of the realm", as well as non-perishable foodstuffs.

Again - far from panicking. As things get WEIRDER AND WEIRDER down here even.

I check the booking page for my local jail every morning (don't ask - looking for familiar faces). Average bookings for Broward County Jail (under normal circumstances) - 150-180 a day. The last week - 25-30 MAX.

I get the logic. From friends who have friends in BCJ right now - there is no outbreak of COVID. But start introducing 150 ppl a day into genpop in a closed environment - and if even 5-10 of those people (daily) are carriers - you have a HUGE PROBLEM on your hands. Deputy I know DENIED they've been instructed to "use discretion", but I have it from a friends wife who works at the Medical Examiners office that they HAVE.

Meanwhile - Fort Lauderdale has gone on a "safer at home" program - threatening arrests - when they KNOW DAMN WELL, that the jail is NOT INTERESTED in incarcerating curfew violators.

17 arrests on 3/29 - UNHEARD OF. Most of them are domestic violence (yeah, force people to stay at home broke & bored - what'd you expect?), or misdemeanors that will get them kicked in the morning. AND ALL OF THEM ARE BEING HELD IN THE MAIN JAIL which is way smaller than the other facilities). And ALL OF YESTERDAYS ARRESTS ARE OUT ALREADY.

So yeah - threaten to arrest curfew violators - gimme a break...

Meanwhile - DJT floats the notion of a tri-state quarantine - and Cuomo says that's "a declaration of war". So we're going to WAR AGAINST NY? Can I ENLIST? Send in the BOMBERS DONNIE (NYC - leave Bretts place alone - LOL).

We are reaching a tipping point in the "mob insanity" - and it will get worse as the displaced/unemployed run out of what little $$'s they have stashed. It's one thing to not be able to FIND a roll of TP - and another to NOT BE ABLE TO AFFORD IT.

Also (the latest insanity) - "illegal alien advocacy groups", are calling for ILLEGALS to get their $1,200 checks too - ALL 11 MILLION OF THEM (that's 1.32 TRILLION $$"s, for those whose calculators say 1.32e10 when you do the math).

NEVER THOUGHT I'D SEE THE DAY. But here we are...

Rick

Posted:  1 week ago

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What does a quarantine due to coronavirus mean for truckers?

(part 2)

This is madness.

I want the United States to concentrate on its people. Charity begins at home. I want not a single dime given in any kind of foreign aid until the following requisites are fulfilled: Not a single Homeless American Citizen. Not a single unemployed American Citizen. Not a single senior citizen living in fear of not having a meal or a home. Not a single legitimately disabled person living without hope. Not a single US military Veteran living in need. Not a single illegal alien allowed any funds until every single American Citizen has what they need. Not a single American citizen without proper, affordable medical care. Not a single underpaid teacher, police officer, fire-fighter, EMT, Paramedic or Nurse.

No more social or political indoctrinations of our students at any level of education. Education programs to be well-rounded and all-encompassing. Junior Highs and High Schools to reintroduce shop classes for wood, metal, and stonework. Classes for tradesmen-to-be. Electricians, Plumbers, Welders, Mechanics, etc, right alongside the computer programmers.

Arts and Sciences to be hailed as important as sports programs.

Honest, fair representation for every class of American, from their actual peers, in Washington D.C. No more cries of (insert your particular ‘ism’ here) whenever someone disagrees with something someone else says. This is the United States of America. Disagreement used to be de rigueur. It still should be. It was a necessary part of the process. It still must be. We are still allowed our Freedom of Speech. Political correctness and social justice be damned. They are constructs that have no real meaning. They are tools of a controlling party who use them to shut down true debate. They are a way to deflect without having to respond. If you disagree with something someone says, then, have the integrity and the intellect to debate the point calmly, honestly and factually.

There is far more to be said and done. But it must be said and done by all of us and not just one man, sitting at his laptop on a Saturday morning.

Say what YOU would like to see. Say what YOU want this nation to be when the current crisis is past and we can get back to a new normal. Maybe we can figure a way to make this whole thing work for us as a people.

The floor is now open for questions and debate.

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A great read from a good friend...

Rick

Posted:  1 week ago

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What does a quarantine due to coronavirus mean for truckers?

(part 2)

So, with the history lesson behind us, we now have to answer important questions.

In the past few weeks, we have been asked, in most cases, ordered, to give up some of our freedoms. It has been done so easily! Worry people about the disease and magically, they surrender their rights to any political whim. How, when this is all over, will regain those freedoms? Once power is seized, those who grab it are generally, and historically shown to be loath to release it. Politicians have blithely invoked all sorts of powers to ensure that Americans are tightly controlled. We do not respond well to this and I pray we never do. I never dreamed that in the United States one would require travel documents authorizing passage from one’s home to one’s place of business. National Guard units are being deployed to ‘contain’ communities. All of course, for their own good. Martial law has been discussed. But for whose real benefit?

How, when this is over, do we regain our rights?

We must change our ‘leadership’. Neither side of the House or Senate provides honest support or clear, truly representative leadership. I have never had great faith in our politicians, but I never thought I would see the day when our ‘public servants’, those ‘elected representatives’ of our nation, would conspire so mightily, in a great moment of crisis, to fund pet projects and senseless programs when people are out of work, sick, and in mortal fear for their lives, families, and livelihoods. These career politicians are a cancerous tumor in our Republic and they must be excised. The Founding Fathers did not envision such a world and would not approve of the current situation where Senators and Congresspeople ‘reign’ for years on end. This has to change. For us to move forward, it must change. Who do we bring forward to replace these patsies? How do we bring forward men and women who can honestly represent the people of their towns, their cities, their counties and their states?

How do we as a nation, get back on our feet financially? The economy, which was chugging along very nicely, has been eviscerated by the current crisis. We need money to feed ourselves and our families. We need funds to ensure the survival of even the smallest of businesses. But politicians would rather make sure airlines have money to adopt sustainable fuels. They would provide cash for Cruise Ship Lines that are not US Flagged and are not so specifically so that they avoid US maritime and other taxes. Why would we give them a single penny? We need medical supplies and equipment. But Congress and the House want to try to make Congressional pay raises a priority. We should be attending to our Seniors and our Veterans, but a sitting US State Lieutenant Governor has publicly suggested that Seniors are completely expendable. Another Governor has opened to doors to prisons, releasing inmates who might be in danger of contracting Wuhan while in Prison, yet threatening to arrest people who dare to venture out of their homes without proper authority and holding them in those same prisons.

This should be a proud moment for America. Instead, it has reflected the rot and insidious self-service of the people elected to represent us. It is a shameful, disheartening, disgusting moment. There are no statesmen in our political houses. Our Polity is populated by drones who serve some master that does not have the interest of the average US Citizen at heart.

When this is all done, I am hoping for a new America in the old fashion.

I want no manufacturing done abroad. If you are going to sell in this country, you are going to manufacture it here. I want no financial chicanery in the Stock Market. No more foreign influence by artificial inflation or deflation to suit another foreign government. I want not one single career politician left standing. I want the ‘profession’ of lobbyists to be eliminated and outlawed. We need new blood and new ideas in Washington. We need to forget Republican, Democrat, and all other definitions that divide us, generally artificially and unnecessarily, as a people. I want to be able to voice an opinion without automatically being branded a racist or a nazi simply because I fail to, or chose to, follow the herd mentality. I want us to stop being hysterically sensitive to all manner of things. If you don’t want to see something, don’t look. If you don’t want to hear something, don’t listen, if you don’t want to be part of something, then don’t. I want us to stop pretending that if one person in ten-thousand objects to something, all the rest of us have to accommodate that one person and their objection.

Posted:  1 week ago

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(posted on my friend Randles blog)

Historical Context with Hope for the Future

By

Randle Finley

3/28/2020

We stand at a great crossroads, not only for our nation but for the entire world. A new reality is upon us. One which even the most ardent fans of apocalyptic fiction never actually foresaw as a possibility. When this ‘Wuhan Virus’ is past, it is doubtful that our world will return to the state it was in. And perhaps, just maybe, that is a good thing. This is the second time since 2001, we have had such an occurrence. But this time, we should not miss the opportunity we had after 9/11. We have a chance to hit the reset button. We have, out of brutal necessity, received a wake-up call which we should have seen coming. One that took place to a very limited degree and only in certain parts of the country after 9/11 but seemed to dissipate after a few years. It is a humiliating kick in the crotch that hopefully, once again has awakened the sleeping giant.

First, however, we need to understand a few things with stark and bitter clarity.

In the early 1970s, our collective souls were sold primarily to China, but also to India, Mexico, and other ‘developing’ nations all in the name of cheaper labor and no real rules to inhibit manufacturing. America and its burgeoning Middle Class were the envy of the world and yet apparently despised and damned in our own backyards by our politicians. Nixon went to China, making arrangements with Chairman Mao which were destructively anti-American. He did this with no consensus from the American people. Neither he nor his toadies had any real understanding of what would happen. Play stupid games with a Communist regime and get stupid results. So, within twenty years, this led to the obliteration of the US Automotive industry (given away in whole or in part to China, Mexico, Japan, Argentina, Canada, India, et.al), the impotence of US Steel production (given largely to Japan), the dangerously increased and unchecked monopoly of the Pharmaceuticals industry (China and India), a disappearance of the once great US Textiles industry, etc, etc. The list includes virtually every aspect of American Industry. As a Nation, we caved to OPEC in the 1970s when instead, we could and should have simply steamrolled them. We allowed them to dictate oil prices while we sat upon massive reserves of our own. We had options for developing more of our domestic supplies and dealing with other trading partners with whom we could have made better and more intelligent agreements. All the while, our politicians were too foolish in their arrogance and in the watchfulness of their own bank accounts to want to use one drop of the national reserve. Not even if it ensured our completely national independence from foreign petroleum. Instead, our livelihoods and futures were auctioned off to the highest bidders in the Middle East in the name of the almightly dollar. Politicians and industrialists lost sight of the fact that the American people needed those jobs. America needed those jobs.

We need them today.

Since the late 1970s we have forgotten, or rather, we have chosen to ignore, that the farmer, the plumber, the auto mechanic, the welder, the grocery clerk, those so-called ‘great unwashed’; in toto, the people who can work with their hands, are just as important as the lawyers, the accountants, the executives and all those professions who cannot move one inch without the laborer and his work. In light of the current crisis du jour, perhaps even more so.

If a doctor needs a ventilator for his patient, who is going to make it? Who is going to repair it? Who is going to replace it when it cannot be mended? Where is their real representation in Congress for those ‘lower IQ voters’? We have hundreds of lawyers, doctors, millionaires in Congress. Where are the farmers? Where are the small business owners? Where are the people who truly are the salt of the earth? They are not represented in either our House or Senate. They are in-fact, looked down upon by the elite. They are mocked and labeled ‘deplorables’ by people who are so clearly out-of-touch and who do not understand how vital those human beings are to the well-being and survival of virtually every single person in this nation.

In the late 1990s, we were told that computer programing was the only way to earn a living. Go get that degree in programming? What good is a computer if you have no power to run it. What good is the ability to code if you have nothing in your refrigerator?

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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I wonder if I should get my med cert renewed around this time since it comes up in July. But they don't automatically send it to the state, you have to right?

Well that double post was bizarre.

At any rate - most states allow for a "30 day grace" period to get your docs in.

But keep in mind - YOU CANNOT LEGALLY OPERATE A CMV ON AN EXPIRED MEDICAL CARD.

Unless you see no "convenient opportunity" to renew between now and July - by all means go now. Otherwise - you have plenty of time to take care of this. I'd plan on the middle/end of June. Especially of your company has their own (in house) Medical Examiner.

Rick

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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I wonder if I should get my med cert renewed around this time since it comes up in July. But they don't automatically send it to the state, you have to right?

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Yer probly right, there, Yuuyo. Down here in Mississip, ya git yer new med card then ya take it to the DMV (no charge) or go online and submit a pichur ($2.50 but ya save a trip).

They CHARGE YOU A FEE to self-certify online?

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I wonder if I should get my med cert renewed around this time since it comes up in July. But they don't automatically send it to the state, you have to right?

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Yer probly right, there, Yuuyo. Down here in Mississip, ya git yer new med card then ya take it to the DMV (no charge) or go online and submit a pichur ($2.50 but ya save a trip).

They charge you a FEE to self-certify online?

That's ridiculous...

Rick

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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I wonder if I should get my med cert renewed around this time since it comes up in July. But they don't automatically send it to the state, you have to right?

https://dojmt.gov/wp-content/uploads/CDL-Self-Certification-Classification-and-Medical-Documentation-1.pdf

That's the form for Montana (if that's where yer licensed). Mail or Fax

From FMCSA Site - Information Sheet for the Public: State-by-state Instructions for Submitting Medical Certificates to the State Driver Licensing Agencies

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/sites/fmcsa.dot.gov/files/docs/Med-Cert-State-Instructions-FINAL.pdf

There you have it...

Rick

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Two sided coin there Brett.

I am FAR FROM gloom and doom. Still think the best bet is just to expose everyone now (or soon after HHS & .mil have the facilities to deal with the overflow), and get past it.

The fact remains though - we are still too new in the cycle, to see if recovery also means CURE. And the bet place (with the longest timeline) is a country where THEIR BEST INTERESTS AND OURS, don't necessarily align.

Dr Fauci in New England Journal Of Medicine saying it's "less severe than the flu".

Still calling BS on the media driven panic - fire drill or whatever it may be.

As DJT and others said - "we don't want the cure to be worse than the disease".

My county issued a "stay at home order" yesterday (more like a suggestion - since it has no "penalties for failure to comply - most likely because THEY WOULD FAIL if challenged in a courtroom based on LAW, NOT PANIC).

My city sent me an email linking to local restaurants that are open for takeout (PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL EATERIES - otherwise THEY MAY NOT BE THERE when this is over), followed an hour later by a "stay at home order" issued by the city.

From a local Sheriff Sgt that I'm friends with, these orders have ZERO LEGAL VALIDITY unless they are ISSUED BY THE GOVERNOR (and DeSantis is not given to undue panic, though he is affected by his peers and media pressure to some extent).

NYC is getting HAMMERED. "Reported Cases" (that are certainly being under-reported) are 20K more than China in the US right now.

And then there's this stupidity.

I'm in a gas station locally - guy comes in with a (useless) mask & gloves, proceeds to go outside and take off the mask, and smoke a cigarette with the gloves he's TOUCHED EVERYTHING WITH - conveying everything he's (potentially) touched RIGHT INTO HIS MOUTH.

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Sometimes I think a "thinning of the herd", might not be such a horrible thing...

Rick

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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My comments on this article I posted - from my FB page...

"Two of them are front-line doctors who were sickened after treating patients in their Wuhan hospitals. The other two are Wuhan residents. They all requested anonymity when speaking with NPR because those who have challenged the government's handling of the outbreak have been detained."

The nice word in Communist Countries for DISAPPEARED.

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OK- this can be quite screwed up. (long read to follow - stay with me, it's worth it)...

We haven't gotten far enough along the timeline with this virus - to know whether recovery CONFERS IMMUNITY. Typical testing is "Titer Testing" (for antibodies). The other test is a PCR Test (polymerase chain reaction) - which tests for the presence of the virus itself.

So - patients in Wuhan that were sickened, recovered and then tested negative - are NOW TESTING POSITIVE AGAIN. Authorities are UNSURE whether or not they are SHEDDING VIRUS (communicable). Now - the typical modality of vaccine development, is to use a benign form of the infection/virus, to cause the immune system to create ANTIBODIES, which in turn, resist an exposure to the same (or very similar) virus/infection from taking root in the host.

In this case - if folks who have "recovered" and tested negative are seroconverting back to positive - WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? For both TESTING METHODOLOGY AND A POSSIBLE VACCINE?

If infection doesn't create immunity - than that also means that a vaccine won't either.

Talk of "herd immunity" (where enough of a population group are immune through either exposure or vaccine, so that stuff like this doesn't become a pandemic) is WAY TO EARLY at this point.

Again - we are DEPENDING OF ACCURATE INFORMATION - from a country that has a HISTORY OF WITHHOLDING INFORMATION - as demonstrated by the LAG IN REPORTING that allowed this thing to GO GLOBAL PANDEMIC IN THE FIRST PLACE.

I'm not the "black helicopter/tinfoil hat" type - by a longshot. But there are still too many things in the initial outbreak and global spread of the infection to convince me that some "bat soup" start this whole thing.

YES - viruses can mutate in the wild and become "cross-species contagions". And can mutate further after spreading into populations (sometimes even mutating to a benign form).

OTOH - China has 1.4 BILLION PEOPLE (as opposed to 330 million US) - and their government (as well historically, as other communist governments) WOULDN'T THINK TWICE about SACRIFICING A FEW MILLION OF THEIR OWN (Mao did what 20-46 million), to screw over the rest of the world. IT IS TO THEIR ADVANTAGE - both FINANCIALLY AND STRATEGICALLY TO DO SO.

So - man-made or not - there are still MANY THINGS CHINA HAS TO ANSWER FOR. And being THEY HAVE THE LONGEST EXPOSURE TIMELINE in this pandemic - IT'S HIGH TIME THEY ALLOW THE INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL COMMUNITY IN TO SEE JUST WHAT THE F IS GOING ON...

Rick

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Mystery In Wuhan: Recovered Coronavirus Patients Test Negative ... Then Positive

We're not out of the woods yet...

Still too new in the overall timeline of this - to see what the future REALLY HOLDS. "Herd Immunity" requires enough of the herd to be exposed (and recovered) to make a difference in infection rates.

BUT - if you can RECOVER - and GET SICK AGAIN (or TRANSMIT AGAIN), this can still be a ticking timebomb. And China (with it's 1.4 BILLION to our 330 MILLION) has a lot more "cannon fodder" to sacrifice in a "war of attrition".

Rick

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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The "Boogey Man" Virus

The only way to develop "herd immunity" is for enough of the "herd" to GET EXPOSED. And we're going to actually slow the process (and give this thing the opportunity to MUTATE - since there appear to already be TWO DOCUMENTED STRAINS).

There also hasn't been ENOUGH TIME (and enough documented cases) of people who have been EXPOSED AND RECOVERED - than have been RE-EXPOSED AND NOT GOTTEN SICK, to determine whether exposure/recovery (and the immune systems production of antibodies) ACTUALLY CREATES IMMUNITY. If it DOESN'T - than there will BE NO VACCINE (as the very mechanism of the vaccine is BENIGN EXPOSURE and the immune systems creation of anti-bodies/immunity).

While I'm not going to walk into a COVID Isolation Ward and start making out with people - I live a fairly risky life (riding a motorcycle without a helmet, driving my slingshot at insanely/illegal/dangerous speeds, carrying/playing with/shooting guns), that I've presented the Good Lord with many opportunities to call me to his side. Apparently he isn't quite ready for me yet - but if this virus is His ringing the dinner bell to sit at his table with Him - SO BE IT.

Until that time - I am going to live my life without fear of little bugs. The thing I fear the most - is DEMONCRATS.

Rick

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Funny thing (somewhat related).

Got a letter today from Florida DMV - telling me my CDL will be suspended for having an expired MedCert.

Thing is - I got a 2 year card ONE YEAR ago - this month. So I got on line and verified on the DMV site, that my cert is valid until 3/16/2021.

Called the number on the letter, just to verify (since all DMV walk-in office are closed due to that cold-thingie).

DMV employee verified that my card was in fact, on file - and valid for another year. No explanation as to WHY the letter was sent, but she told me "just rip it up and IGNORE IT).

Like - ARE YOU SURE?

Get caught driving a CMV with a downgraded license - that's "operating a CMV, without a CDL" (KISS OF DEATH).

The letter was dated (strangely enough) TODAY (that's some QUICK DELIVERY for a USPS), and informed me that unless I comply by April 14th, I would be automatically downgraded and my CDL privilege would be suspended until such time I was in compliance, or changed my changed my status to "Intrastate Exempt". But the letter made NO MENTION of the extension.

So states DO MESS UP - even though their online verification showed the correct expiration.

Most states now are now setup to upload your Med Card to the state DMV site (instead of standing in line at an office - especially helpful if you're operating out of state), and also allows you to verify the status of your license and med cert.

Weird stuff, during a weird time.

Rick

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Theres no question in 2024 you will see cuomo throwing his hat in the ring he is smart enough to know he has to wait till trumps reign is over He will somehow try position himself as a cutting edge hero when this is said and done

I see him as positioning to get nom'd at the convention.

Everyone knows Joe is senile. The covid panic makes for good cover to keep him away from the public/cameras. Finding him a "minority/female running mate" is the key to him having a snowballs chance (despite the people who will vote AGAINST TRUMP, rather than FOR BIDEN).

Put a women up, and other women will vote (regardless of qualifications). Put a minority up, and minorities will vote (again, despite lack of creds). Put Michael Obama up, and you get the women/black/tranny vote and it's pretty much a lock (and a lock for me moving to Israel or S/Central America), due to the continuing "Jim Jones Cult-Like Adoration" for anything Obama.

Cuomo would be a good choice for the party at this late stage of the game, as it give repubs ZERO TIME to do oppo research/marketing.

This posturing isn't for '24, it's for '20.

But the SCREWING he's given NY - is nothing compared to the SCREWING HE'D GIVE THE ENTIRE COUNTRY (and boy did he SCREW NY). His dad wasn't quite as horrible. And DeBlasio (Warren Wilhelm Jr) is a TOTAL CLOWN SHOW. If Ringling Brothers was still doing a circus, he'd be their STAR ATTRACTION.

Meanwhile, Pelosi flies back from SF on her broom - and loads a bill with so much pork - even the PIG RANCHERS are up in arms for her trying to steal a piece their action. KEEP THE F'in thing to COVID RECOVERY - not the lefts "Artist Rider" (what we in the music biz refer to as a "wish list"). Hopefully the AMERICAN PEOPLE SEE what these cattle rustlers are trying to pull. Makes me wish DJT had LINE ITEM VETO powers - they could send the bill and he could use a sharpie and say "f-this, and f-that too".

Political gamesmanship is turning into POLITICAL BRINKSMANSHIP - and it's OUR NECKS on the chopping block (little realizing if they keep this up, it's going to be THEIR NECKS). Eventually - even the most ardent socialist (a nice word for COMMUNIST) is going to say: LET TRUMP DO HIS DAMN JOB ALREADY".

Rick

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Pet transport? RI to MN.

Thank you for the info. I was really excited about Halvor Lines as they have a good finishing program and great pet policy. Think I may try and wait it out. Laura J

Love to see how you get a BULL MASTIFF in and out of a TT (yeah, they make ramps/steps).

Have a hard enough time getting my rottie into my pickup.

But she loves it once she's in.

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I spent $50 on a ramp - that she refuses to use. My breeder told me to try TREATS to get her to go up the ram. I could USE A CAT - and she would still stand up on her hind legs and ask me to pick her (90lb) furry butt up. (NOT HAPPENING).

Best of luck in your job search.

I think many companies are going to be reluctant to stick a bunch of people in a room for orientation at this very moment...

Rick

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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LMAO! "Found a lady sitting on my couch yesterday." That was awesome!

I'll be here all week. Don't forget to tip your bartenders and waitresses....

Rick

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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On the subject of being born, I think there will be a baby boom this year, just in time for the Christmas holiday.

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Haha, "hunkering down" seems to always produce babies for some reason.

Nothing else to do but screw. Saw this in Costa Rica when I was a frequent visitor.

My GF's cousin lived next door (up in the mountains, small village).

Why do you have 7 kids, if you're poor? Nothing else to do around here - PLUS - when coffee picking season comes around, I have 7 pairs of hands to put in the field.

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Just sayin...

Rick

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CA, IL & NY issue, "Stay-at-home" orders.

The post office where i used to work and where my brother still does has one positive.

and one idiot who returned from italy 2 days ago and went to work with a horrible cough. she has been sent home for 2 weeks.. they are having a meeting later today.

Da fug is wrong with people?

I spent the last week getting all my clients setup to work remotely. My big law office is doing real estate closings on a card table in the parking lot.

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the show must go on.

I do 95% of my work remotely - so nothing really changed for me anyways. I sit here in my underwear, playing guitar, playing with my dog - and waiting for someone to screw something up - so I can berate them for what idiots they are (fringe benefit), fix it like the miracle worker I am - and get back to binge watching downloaded movies and triggering liberals on facebook.

And the next idiot that messages me telling me "I hear there will be martial law next week", I will make a personal visit to, and punch them in their mouth.

"martial law", will become a "self fulfilling prophecy". Keep spreading unsubstantiated rumors, keep freaking out people that are already freaked out by the media/social networking - and eventually, they will meltdown in the street - requiring government intervention.

Without getting into the politics of this - typically, the ONLY OFFICIAL that can "lockdown" businesses and citizens is THE STATE GOVERNOR - not the mayor of SF or Teaneck NJ. But I digress.

Friend wanted to buy a couple of hundred rounds of .308 from me (because you cannot find a round of ammo ANYWHERE on the interweb).

Sorry can't help you. I thought you were my FRIEND. I am, I can sell you a couple of rolls of toilet paper.

LOL.

SHTF - you have enough ammo to fight your way the 5 miles to my place.

This still has the potential to get A LOT WORSE - not from the virus itself - but FROM PEOPLE ACTING DUMB! Like the person that came back from Italy, and walked into work at the POST OFFICE with a cough).

THANKS TO OUR TRUCKERS - WE WILL NOT STARVE - AND STUFF WILL GET DELIVERED.

THANKS TO ALL THE FOLKS HERE AT TT - FOR BEING THE LIFELINE OF THIS NATION.

Maybe NOW, THEY'LL START APPRECIATING US! (not likely, people have short memories)

Rick

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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I've never been concerned about being ridiculed or thought "peculiar," I'm not interested in fitting in with the group, and I also don't believe the general public is better informed than I am. I guess that's rather apparent by the fact I started this website and named it "Trucking Truth" - I'm obviously compelled to trust my own knowledge, experience, and instincts.

In the case of this virus, the math simply doesn't add up. It hasn't from the start. I'm a math and data kind of guy. I do not argue with math or statistics no matter how many times politicians tell me that our reality is the opposite of what the numbers tell us.

I still stand by my original thesis, that this is a gigantic fire drill and that before the month is out they'll announce some sort of solution that allows them to begin loosening the reigns and turning us loose. The math says that the devastation to the world's economy simply will not be tolerated much longer than that.

We'll see how it all goes.

Jeremy, naturally I hope you're feeling better soon and I have no doubt you will be.

I'm pretty much the same way - trusting the results of my search for the truth, over what I'm being spoonfed, REGARDLESS OF WHAT OTHERS THINK ABOUT ME (most think I'm an a-hole already, why deny them their opinions).

The new expression out there is: "flattening the curve". And what it means is - if we can STAGGER OUT THE TIMELINE of the transmission, we can more effectively treat those that are getting worse symptoms WITHOUT overloading the healthcare system and having to start refusing treatment to those that might require "advanced treatment" (ICU beds, ventilators, etc.).

That appears to be the BIG THING that the .gov is trying to accomplish here.

YES - it's just the ******* FLU.

Current US mortality #'s (out of John Hopkins as I type this) are 150 dead, out of 9,415 confirmed cases. Which is bound to be low-balled, but still 1.6% mortality (almost 1/2 of which are out of the nursing home in WA state).

It "appears to be" more contagious, with transmissibility during the non-symptomatic (which is why it is communicated so rapidly - people are sick without KNOWING they're sick, so they aren't "staying home with the flu) . And it appears to survive on surfaces longer than previous iterations.

That aside - IT'S JUST THE ******* FLU.

As far as the "Fire Drill" aspect - pretty much onboard with that (not the flu itself, but how it's being dealt with - not even going to get into whether it was CREATED AND RELEASED as part of a bigger plan).

I also thought the aftermath of the "Boston Marathon Bombing" was a (really scary) "Fire Drill". How to get a major metropolitan city, under MARTIAL LAW - WITHOUT ACTUALLY DECLARING IT (not getting into whether it was a "false flag" and the Tsarnov brother were just the "fall guys"). A city on LOCKDOWN - HOUSE TO HOUSE UNWARRANTED SEARCHES - PEOPLE GETTING MARCHED ONTO BUSES. THAT SCARED ME MORE - than the "Kung Fu Flu" does.

Though things could go sideways REALLY FAST.

People are SCARED (media pimped kabuki theater or not), but fear turns into FRUSTRATION (at being locked down, and not being able to pay bills, find toilet paper, etc.) - which turns into ANGER, which turns into PEOPLE ACTING OUT - which turns into GOVERNMENTS EXERTING LETHAL FORCE TO RESTORE ORDER.

ONCE THEY GET A CHANCE TO TAKE OUR RIGHTS AWAY FROM US (suspending posse comitatus, Stafford Act, National State of Emergency, Martial Law, etc.) - DOES ANYONE THINK THEY'LL GIVE THEM BACK?

And I trust the "Bad Orange Man" in charge - more than I would EVER TRUST the previous admin, or what could be the FUTURE ONE (Biden/Stacy Abrams - give me a frikkin break). Whatever his faults, I do believe he GENUINELY LOVES THIS COUNTRY, OUR CONSTITUTION AND ITS PEOPLE.

Rick

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