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Posted:  2 hours, 30 minutes ago

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HOS Brain Teaser for fun

No but he was trained by Schneider. He knows better.

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This is a lesson in unknowingly admitting falsification of logs. I guarantee Schneider does not authorize this…and that Bruce did not receive this authorization in writing.

Log what what you do, do what you log. Simple.

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BK, I think this is a lesson in making sure you have your stuff 100% together before you start putting it out there for public consumption.

Keep in mind, your company may tell you not to worry about logging it, but does your company want you putting it out there for public consumption? Don't be surprised if it comes up as an issue for you soon. You basically snitched on yourself and your company. If they monitor public forums, as many companies do, I am thinking they won't be too pleased.

As for the brain teaser. I knew it immediately because I encounter it regularly. I purposefully do a lot of overnight driving, so lots of hours on duty in the same day with a 10 sandwiched between. This is particularly useful when looking at recaps. It helps a lot to get 12+ hours back on a recap.

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Bruce doesn't work for Schneider anymore. I am not going to name the company, but it has been mentioned by him on the forum.

Posted:  21 hours, 25 minutes ago

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Hey Packrat

Can’t say I have ever heard anybody say that they live in the suburb of Riverdale. Same as Englewood or Gresham or any other community in the city. But maybe that’s just me. I have no misunderstanding of the Chicagoland area. It’s all subjective I suppose.

Posted:  23 hours, 4 minutes ago

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Hey Packrat

Sounds like all around good decisions to me

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Nope. We have a secured drop lot we utilize there. That's where I was dropping a loaded trailer for a T-Call, so I stayed put. No parking around Chicago after dark.

Posted:  23 hours, 55 minutes ago

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Hey Packrat

Lol well since you’re nitpicking you are incorrect. Riverdale is straight up Chicago. Chicagoland is the suburbs ie Riverside, Oak lawn, Alsip etc.

And who fuels at the service plazas on 294? People are aren’t limited to where they can fuel. I’m in and out in under ten minutes.

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The city of Chicago, not counting the Chicagoland area is made up of 77 community areas as it is called. Riverdale is one of them. Just like englewood, back of the yards, Lincoln park etc.

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I'm parked in Riverdale, IL for the night. Another sketchy looking neighborhood.

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Yeah Riverdale is sketch. I’m at the oasis off of 294 in South Holland at the moment getting fuel. Heading out to Fort Wayne area again for a reefer this time.

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Riverdale . . . isn't that a TV show ?!?!?

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Not to nitpick, riverdale is a very small chicago neighborhood it is also bordered by a village....... named riverdale. Very dumb but also very Chicagoland, lol.

Also bad decisions all around boys, I'm gonna assume packrat stayed at the loves on 94 which is awful, and who fuels at 294 service plazas??????

Posted:  1 day, 3 hours ago

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Hey Packrat

The city of Chicago, not counting the Chicagoland area is made up of 77 community areas as it is called. Riverdale is one of them. Just like englewood, back of the yards, Lincoln park etc.

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I'm parked in Riverdale, IL for the night. Another sketchy looking neighborhood.

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Yeah Riverdale is sketch. I’m at the oasis off of 294 in South Holland at the moment getting fuel. Heading out to Fort Wayne area again for a reefer this time.

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Riverdale . . . isn't that a TV show ?!?!?

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Posted:  1 day, 13 hours ago

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Hey Packrat

Yeah Riverdale is sketch. I’m at the oasis off of 294 in South Holland at the moment getting fuel. Heading out to Fort Wayne area again for a reefer this time.

Posted:  3 days, 21 hours ago

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Hey Packrat

Gotcha. I’m picking up a tanker in Fort Wayne tonight from Naperville. I’ll be rolling through around 130 am probably.

Posted:  3 days, 22 hours ago

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Hey Packrat

I see you checked in last at the Coca Cola plant in Alsip. Are you still there?

Posted:  1 week ago

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Recession Effect?

We’re already pretty much in a recession since we’ve had two consecutive quarters of negative gdp growth. So far I’m on pace to make 90k this year. I’ve been busier than ever.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Are "manual transmissions only" drivers supertruckers?

You know I love ya Anne. But to be fair you are not using the clutch to float. And if you are floating than you are not using it to skip gears either. So when you say you still need that leg only when you need to press it in all the way do you need that left leg. Which is something I don’t really do a bunch of. I creep in low gear a lot. But that’s just me.

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You always crack me up on this topic Bruce. You act like using a clutch is the equivalent to doing squats in the gym or something. We have drivers over 70 years old using 13 and 18 speed manual transmissions and do just fine.

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The drivers who appreciate an auto the most might just have left knee problems like I do. Thankful to have an auto.

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I couldn't resist.

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Go ahead and make fun of a crippled up old man, lol

How many of the older drivers you refer to spent 50 years in heavy duty construction? Anything that is easier on my knees is a good thing to me.

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Tom TOTALLY prefers an auto, 100% ~ his sciatica in his right hip, being a lefty, is SO exacerbated shifting. Floating, skipping, doesn't matter. Still need that left leg.

We finally fixed the 'wallet' conundrum. Cargo pants in the winter, minimalist wallet nowadays.

Filling out apps, still pondering our (his) next move due to FAB, just note that many companies prefer an applicant NOT to have that restriction.

~ Anne ~

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Are "manual transmissions only" drivers supertruckers?

You always crack me up on this topic Bruce. You act like using a clutch is the equivalent to doing squats in the gym or something. We have drivers over 70 years old using 13 and 18 speed manual transmissions and do just fine.

The drivers who appreciate an auto the most might just have left knee problems like I do. Thankful to have an auto.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Railroad Strike Looming

I wasn’t talking about maximizing profits. I was talking about the railroad strike which the main reason that it was going to happen was over sick time. I’ve known a few guys over the years that worked or still work the railroad. It’s a brutal, thankless job. They certainly deserve more than what they are getting.

Ryan's comment of "Corporate greed is driving it into the ground." sounded very general in nature and there had been no discussion of sick leave in this thread so I think Steve's response is quite understandable. There is a tendency to blame many general problems on "greed" while the motivation to maximize profits is usually best attained with a good balance of marketing, cost controls, and good employee relations.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Railroad Strike Looming

Yeah man not letting guys get sick time off whether it be paid or unpaid sounds pretty greedy to me. At the beginning of negotiations they were asking for FIVE days of excused unpaid leave and they were told no. I’m not sure what else you would call that but greed. But that’s just me.

Bird One; I was questioning Ryan B’s claim that

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“Corporate greed is driving it into the ground.”

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If Ryan B’s definition of Corporate Greed was poor people calling in sick, I misunderstood.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Railroad Strike Looming

You’re trying to compare a 401k to these poor guys being fired for calling in sick?

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There are still container ships sitting for weeks off both coasts. So now the feds may be going to get involved "to fix" another supply chain crisis? If trucking did pick up some of the slack, how would that unfold? The shippers and receivers can't keep up now. I'm not for 34 hour resets in the docks, but that could be a future possibility. That will be a real attractive recruiting pitch for perspective drivers. NOT. Experienced drivers are bailing because they've had it working so long and for so long away from home for money that holds less value every passing day. Sound pointless? God help the USA.

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Corporate greed is driving it into the ground.

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“Corporate greed?” Who among us isn’t greedy? Got a 401(k)? Where do you think that $ is invested? You don’t want maximum returns from your investments? 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Professional driving behavior.

I agree. The right is the granny lane. If they are doing 5 under in the left lane different story. That lane is for passing. Not the right. Don’t be the one tailgating in the far right lane. Go around.

Is this sarcasm? If not, sunny weather or not, maybe they are driving 64.7 mph in a 70mph Maximum speed zone because they don't want to drive the maximum speed. 70 is the maximum, not the minimum. Just because fools want to be a danger out on the highways, doesn't mean everyone does. I assume you drive in the States? Are they supposed to drive faster than they are comfortable doing so in the RIGHT lane, just because you're impatient? No

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What I find as bad is a car, which for no discernible reason, is going about 64.7 in the right lane when the limit is 70. Just enough it takes me forever goverened at 65 to pass them.

Why are you doing 64.7 on a sunny day, no mountains nor curves interstate? 🤔👎

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One thing I have learned here is to be professional and courteous on the road. There are so many drivers that don’t have a clue as to what that means.

For example, I often come up to a truck going slower than me. When it’s safe, I will pull out and start to pass. Then I see that the other truck has increased speed and is matching my speed. What are my choices? I can stay in the passing lane and irritate everybody who has come up behind me, or I can slow down to fall into the slow lane, further irritating those behind me who don’t realize what is going on. This is really no choice at all, I have to slow down and get into the right lane so as to not impede traffic. More often than not this type of situation is caused by what I call a “yo-yo driver”. This is a driver who has inconsistent speed for no reason at all. They seem to delight in going slow to require other trucks to pass and then speeding up to play some sort of stupid, sadistic game.

When I encounter this, I slow down so as to get away from such an unprofessional driver. Unfortunately, I might encounter him again up the road.

What’s my point? New drivers, learn to avoid bad habits like this. We, as drivers, have a responsibility to control traffic within our area of travel. Have situational awareness. Don’t get into turtle races. If there is another truck trying to pass you and they are just 1 MPH faster than you and there are vehicles behind them, reduce your speed enough to let the log jam clear. This is called profession courtesy. It seems like there are more and more drivers on the road who have no concept of this issue.

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Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Well crapolla, got a ticket for missing a scale

I don’t want to rag it on ya Davy, but I’ve seen some of your previous posts on here and you obviously care about your job. But flipping a guy off that at the end of the day is just doing his job whether you like it. or not is juvenile. I’d say take longer than a week.

Take as long as you need so your not so distracted you’re blowing by the port of entry. This day and age there are a lot of resources out there. We’re pulling for ya man.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Well crapolla, got a ticket for missing a scale

Am I reading this right? You flipped off What I’m guessing was a state trooper?

I didn’t however refrain from letting the Leo know that he was number one in my book by way of one finger salute on the way out of the scale, for which he followed me out of town as a courtesy I'm sure.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Caught a unicorn

I was about to ask how many times he has tried pushing in the clutch and grabbing for gears lol.

I caught myself several times this week trying to shift into drive with the trolley valve on my manual 😂

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Duckwalk

I duckwalk under the trailer with a bright flashlight every single time. I once had a driver tell me that the duck walk is “dangerous” and that all you need to do is tug on the trailer till the drive tires spin. Great way to beat up equipment. Also It’s pure laziness if you’re not getting under to check.

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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How bad is it if you don't train on a manual?

Thing Is Bruce is once one learns how to float gears you don’t use the clutch unless you are coming from a dead stop. You would barely use it as an otr driver most days. Heck as a local driver I barely use it. I simply creep in low gear in traffic or approaching a red light.

When I was looking for a new company, I had a great offer from a medium sized company that had trucks running up to 70 mph and paying out at 65 cents per mile. The only catch was that I would be driving a manual. But I didn’t think my left knee could handle the extra work, so I went with a 100% automated company. If I was younger and my knee joints were in better condition, I might have opted for the manual.

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