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  • Location:
    Norfolk, VA

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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    5 years, 8 months ago

Cwc's Bio

Just started looking at a new way to fund life.

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Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Still alive

Sounds to me like you were experiencing what is referred to as "the KETO flu". This happens to some when starting this eating regimen.

I agree, but it never really went away. And it doesn't make any sense for me to start it now. With TRT you more or less need a high protien diet due to high protien synthesis. Never really paid much attention to diet, exercise. Never needed to as I've always been rather lean. 30+ sucks. I wanna go back to 20 something.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Still alive

I have more energy on KETO than in the past 30 years. Fail a field breathalyzer test? Demand a blood test.

If it works for you great! It just wasn't working for me. I felt like crap- no pun intended.

Bodybuilders have been using a protein/ carb based diet for decades.

And in less than a year I've got great results.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Still alive

Good to hear from you cwc. Glad your doing well. I wish my tractor weighed a little less. I max out at 45k in the tank. Only time I usually don’t get prepassed is when the road sensors are on a grade.

Stay safe sir!!!

I had an interesting experience not to long ago. I was getting on I80 leaving Bellvue,OH.

Going through the toll both. They made me do a U-turn and go back through. Thought I was overweight. Never knew they looked at weight at the toll booths then again I didn't know they had sensors either.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Still alive

Where did you hear keto will make you fail an alcohol test? Because that is downright false. Keto does make your breath stink but thats because of the ammonia your body produces while your in ketosis. Everyone makes some ammonia which they expell when they breathe, but keto just makes more which is why its more noticeable on keto vs the standard American diet.

Airline pilot failed a breathalyzer, and is/was fighting for his job. That was not the only story I read like that. So, could it ve BS. Sure but I wasn't going to chance it.

Also it will raise SHBG. Which will in turn lower your free Testosterone. Which is more like your drive/energy.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Still alive

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Till I can find more. Covid has put a damper on just about any fitness equipment. Not really a big deal. For one I'm in a tanker and often loaded while sitting on a scale. Liquid will always level itself so as long as I'm under gross I'm good. And I've got a prepass, 9 times out of 10 I don't go into the scale.

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I so MISS those days... w/the hubby person, haha! Asphalt was fun.. ! Weights and measurements.. was like a physics class in and of its own. We had a 'moped' ... long story for another day, yet we made it .. legal (ish) all times! We declared the APU allowance and never got a burn. Can't say it'll work for others.. did for us.

Where's PJ btw???

Best to you~

~ Anne ~

I really don't have much to worry about weight wise. No passenger seat and one fuel tank. I still legally haul 48k. With the weights and still have plenty of weight to spare. Light tractor.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Still alive

Till I can find more. Covid has put a damper on just about any fitness equipment. Not really a big deal. For one I'm in a tanker and often loaded while sitting on a scale. Liquid will always level itself so as long as I'm under gross I'm good. And I've got a prepass, 9 times out of 10 I don't go into the scale.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Still alive

I just typed out a huge message and lost it... Welcome to north west TX.

I've been a bit busy as of the last year or so and haven't stopped by. Early 2020 my wife took a video of me. I was sitting on the floor with a VR headset on and no shirt. I had a huge gut. I've never been a big guy but here I was skinny fat. That wasn't going to fly. I've become pretty efficient as a driver in the last 4-5 years but it came at a cost obviously. But how was I going to fix it?

My truck has a fridge but those are small and hardly hold any food. So that was step one. I don't have a passenger seat so I got a dualzone fridge freezer.

Next was how to be more active. A couple years ago I had a bike and rode pretty often while on the road. But I went to a company with smaller tractors and couldn't close my curtains with the bike onboard. So.. Your welcome I stopped carrying it. But I got an Olympic barbell and some weights. Barbell fits between the bed and hanging lockers. And the weights go in the passenger floorboard.

Next was how to get myself to actually use them. Because I had no energy. When I got the fridge I tried keto... Till I read on a few occasions that Keto will make you fail a breathalyzer, while in Ketosis your breath stinks. And that stink is you exhaling burnt ketones in the form of alcohol. On top of that it will raise your SHBG. Or Sex Hormone Binding Globulin.

Now... Had I read a bit more or seen the right YouTube videos I might have eaten a lot more carbs and been fine. But I found TRT or Testosterone Replacement Therapy. And to be fair, I don't know where this stands as far as legality and DOT.

And I'm not suggesting you do the same. Only that this is what I have done and choose to continue to do so.

Within two weeks I knew I was on the right track. I felt much better and was able to push myself while lifting. By July of 2020 I had ran out of weights. I've never lifted before and was lifting my 260lbs of plates on a 45lb bar. And felt great. Each day I would try and do something that I felt was healthier for myself. Be it drink less soda, more water, eat less sugar, walk, run, lift... something.

I haven't had a sugary drink in a long time. I stopped smoking/vaping. And I feel so much better.

I feel like I'm ranting at this point so I'll leave you with this. You are not getting a do over. Make sure you don't get to a point you can't get back from.

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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NO EXPERIENCE TEAM DRIVERS NEED HELP

I went through CRST and while it wasn't a bad experience, just by looking at the numbers Kearsey put up. I would start looking at Prime. They also are somewhat hard to get into and that may cause a snag for you both. CRST (when I went) would let you and even encouraged to choose your own partner.

They won't have you both on a trainers truck. But once your both finished you link up and go. Onto the obvious. If you or your partner have mechanical break downs during training you or the other person may end up in a hotel waiting on one another. Things like that happen but be aware...

And I will say this, CRST is a team only company and as such you will be dispatched on team loads... I spent the better part of my year being sent from CA to NJ or similar type of runs (lllooonnnggg) Which was great. And I in fact miss those types of loads. Most of which started and ended at large/easy in and out places. Which looking back I'm pretty greatful for. And that's not to say I wasn't sent to some small, tight, and hard to maneuver places but... By and large were fairly easy.

Also... That was about 5 years ago. I'm sure others have more recent knowledge. They were on the lower end of the wage scale. In fact the first check I got from my next employer I called the office and spoke with my dispatcher to make sure I wasn't overpaid. And... She laughed at meπŸ˜‚

Posted:  8 months, 3 weeks ago

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Well that was fun

Happens.. Not much you can do in those situations but make the best of it... Sounds like you did just that.

Posted:  8 months, 3 weeks ago

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What about diabetics and hair follicle test

And no... Please don't drive a car let alone a land missle while taking Lortab, or Tramadol.

If your not still taking them what's the issue. Wait till it's clear of your hair,go test and go to work. If not... Well...

Posted:  9 months ago

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Parking in my driveway

Mine is in the driveway now. And I previously lived in NC also and the only time I had a problem was when I came home and parked in my normal spot, but I had to leave it running. The police came by because my neighbor didn't see me and coupd hear it running. She thought I had died πŸ˜‚ Yes... She was a bit paranoid but we loved her and still miss her...

That said.. You probably should check out the county ordnances as I think some parts of NC has weird no truck parking rules. But that could also be followed up by... You'll never know till you try.

Posted:  9 months ago

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Best headset for trucker

So far I've never tried to hold a conversation on a Bluetooth headset. I've been driving for.. Awhile. And the best use I've found for one is to link it to my laptop to watch movies. Rather it's in your hand or up against your ear it's still doing the same thing.

I included a picture of what happend from wearing a Bluetooth while riding a bike. At least it was just a carbon fiber bicycle...

And not that one.

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Posted:  9 months, 1 week ago

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Early Fireworks--Blown Steer Tire

Hopefully you were wearing your brown pants.

Posted:  9 months, 1 week ago

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New Guy Questions

I'll be the first to admit that I've never heard of a company turning a driver loose without a "finishing trainer" of some sort.

That to me just sounds like an awful learning experience. And I side with everyone else, say thanks but no thanks. Aside from the safety aspect. I felt like I learned much more on the road than on the skidpad or school driving area.

And you gotta ask yourself. If the norm is to spend a month give or take with an OTR trainer... Why are these guys not doing that?

Posted:  9 months, 1 week ago

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When to know how to start your backing

Sparky if I read it right you already have a truck right? I'm guessing they thought you are good enough. I mention that because it seems like your asking for a specific way to line up a hole in one so to speak. That's typically not the case in the beginning. It can happen but for the most part. You learn basics in a class and then with a trainer. After that it's just doing it poorly but safely till you get the mechanics done. I get the feeling your probably doing ok but just wanna skip a step... Yep people might laugh or honk but... Earn it... Laugh with them.

If I missed my mark/ I usually try and wait till my door is about the middle of the truck past the spot I wanna back into.

Also if you try and think of it as backing bobtail into the spot next to the one you want it kinda helps with your setup.

*Disclaimer* I pull a 48ft trailer, and I think I have been pulling it for longer than I've pulled a 53ft trailer?πŸ˜•πŸ€”

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Western Non compete contract

Brett do you work for WE? It seems like you do since you know a lot of things about how much I would be making each week. As far as what I will be doing is my business

At just about every truck stop you'll find a board with cards or pamphlets from all the big trucking companies. You could throw a dart at it and go with the company it hits and make a grand a week after some solid skills and good habits are made.

As for Brett mentioning "how good was the other offer?" A few cents per mile doesn't really mean a lot. Other things come into play. And job hopping is a very real thing in trucking. So is losing money from your own desicsions. I believe someone else already pointed out your two options. Pick up a phone and call an attorney or Western. And don't get mad when people don't tell you what you wanna hear. Deal with it and move on. I'd love to tell you I've never did anything stupid... But that's just not the case.

Posted:  10 months, 1 week ago

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Need help on staying cool at night

When it's really hot you'll need the engine. Some trucks you can flip the splitter to the up position and turn on the cruise control and it may override the idle shutdown.

If that doesn't work then make sure you are on a level surface. Set the trailer brakes and push the tractor brakes in... And you should find that your tractor doesn't turn off. Please don't skip step one.

Posted:  10 months, 3 weeks ago

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Wanna save the world?? Ask a truck driver!

That would be some massively expensive fruits and veggies, sounds like to me.

But who knows? do that and sell to high end restaurants that only want exceptional quality, along with some high income customers and it might work.

Or maybe very well thought out farms. YouTube"Never Sink farms" They seem to do pretty well for a small farm.

I've been looking for some land for Black Walnut and pecans here in SC.

Posted:  1 year ago

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What is a normal wait time?

Last thing I read today was that loads are dropping off. This doesn't really affect me as I pull liquid. It may in the future but for now I bet I can count more freight haulers than tankers and even less that haul food in this truck stop parking lot. But your new aka bottom of the food chain. And that really only comes into play by location. If you have a lot of your company's trucks near you that's strike one. And if you have a lot of other trucks near you strike two. No loads leaving that area.... You get the picture.

Could be as simple as a bobtail to another location or your company may have a policy against that... Weird times right now but I wouldn't jump ship just yet. Especially not solo at a couple months. Don't be afraid of picking up the phone but don't pick it up every hour. And remember they have your number also.

And now would be a good time to get out of that truck and explore... Have a little fun... Yes things are closed but... Long walks on empty trails never hurt... Just see whats near you.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Eating cheap on the road?

Cwc has an idea:

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Dropping a trailer at the Pilot/Loves 2 blocks away isn't a bad idea either.

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Well, this might be a bad idea after all. Many companies have strict policies about dropping a trailer on your own. Like, it may not be there when you get back. Regardless whether you had to buy a trailer kingpin lock or not, if there's a problem since you abandoned the trailer for just a minute, you will have some explaining to do.

Yep I see the signs all the time but in my experience a quick chat with a manager has resulted in 1 "flat out no you can't drop your trailer" in four years. The rest have been "for how long?"

Guess I should've mentioned asking for permission first. But I do recall being pretty uncomfortable dragging a wagon into a parking lot full of cars.

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