Profile For Cwc

Cwc's Info

  • Location:
    Columbia, SC

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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    6 years, 2 months ago

Cwc's Bio

Just started looking at a new way to fund life.

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Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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LoL profile update.

So for years I let the "Rookie solo driver" status stay. But after hearing today that I still lived in VA. I figured I might update my profile. As I sit here in downtown Chicago waiting to unload. It has occurred to me that I've been at this for 6 years. Time flies doesn't it?

I'm still having fun doing it. πŸ™ƒ Maybe I'm an experienced driver now.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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General question about endorsements

Nobody *needs* a TWIC till you go to the port. They ask you if you have it. If you don't have it you can be escorted in some places. But you might be waiting for that escort for a long long time. Also I never paid a dime for my TWIC. If you work for a company that wants you to have it. Chances are they will cover it. As for the Passport. If you travel on vacations then you need it anyways.. And Playa Del Carmen is pretty fun and laid backπŸ™„

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Old Dominion

It's 'been awhile,' CwC ......

What's up? Did you get on with OD ?!? (Inquiring minds & all that, lol!)

~ Anne ~

Nope. I never finished the application and here is why.

I just got back on the road a couple of weeks ago. After nearly a month long vacation. And realized that probably wouldn't happen at OD. Not saying it wouldn't happen in several years time but for a new hire probably not.

I did mention I'm pretty spoiled to pulling a tanker. The downside is not being home daily. The upside is I can take off.. well a month in this case.

Eventually I'll make a move. But I'm not in a bad spot and need to move quickly.

Ownership is frowned on here but it was something I was giving serious thought to... until the last two years when everyone else did the same thing. Numbers show a large increase in private ownership. That's not a bandwagon I wanna jump on.

At this point I'm not really sure what I wanna do. I'm content where I am. But if I could be home more I would. Also if I could find an out and back run from SC to someplace west and back with time off in-between runs I'd do that also. So.... to be continued...

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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How safe is it to stop in Laredo, TX?

Only problem I had in Laredo was I didn't bring cash.

Slept at a shipper or on the road next to it. Some nice lady was selling breakfast burritos out of her van. I waved my card hoping she had a cellphone swipe. No such luck... She gave me one anyways.

Keep the fridge stocked... I was still learning.

Also woke up in Compton on the side of the road. Was teaming, the truck should not have been stopped. Codriver shut down cause he couldn't find the place. Didn't wake me up. So I sat in the drivers seat and cleared the cobwebs of sleep out. As I sat there a street beggar aaked me for money. He was nice enough to tell me I should lock my door "cause it's a rough area" he said. I looked down and sure enough... Codriver hadn't locked the door.

Pack Rat pointed out the areas your more likely to have problems. And in those cases I try not to spend the evening. Stay out of town if you can, behind a gate is a possibility also if in town. But you won't know till you've been to those places once or twice or are able to see it on Google maps or if it's in your load messages.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Tractor washing at home - tips?

Be sure and look around town. I've lived 3 blocks from a car wash with a bay big enough for a tractor in tow seprate places I've lived. Much easier than keeping things on hand. And I agree.... Let the company pay someone else to wash it.

Most of the times I washed a company truck it was because it was raining on my way home. But I don't like my dirty tractor sitting in my driveway. In that case I'll wash it.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Old Dominion

What does starting at the bottom of seniority look like? Is that more time on the dock or just working nights? Not really sure what to ask. I've never done LTL. Doing a more physical job is fairly appealing to me. Is it totally hourly or mileage also?

I'm kinda sold already I think, I know the money is good. Change is welcomed but still kinda nervous about any jump as I mentioned I do enjoy who I work for. How is scheduled time off? Like vacations? I pretty spoiled in that if I want a week off I just stay out. But I could see that being problematic with a structured schedule.

Again really just any info as to the change in routine from OTR to O.D.

Thanks again as I know this is pretty vague.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Old Dominion

I know Truckingtruth has a few OD drivers. Tell me about them. I've been at it for 6 year OTR and now I'm looking for a change. I still love the longer loads but ever since I bought a house I've been trying to find a way to be home more and still make good money.

The last 3-4 years in a tanker has been great. But I think it's about time to come off the road. Not right this second but soon. I still work for a great company and if and when I make a move I'll miss a few office and shop personnel.

But I don't wanna wear myself out to a point where I hate what I do. So a change seems like the thing to do. Never pulled doubles but it seems like cool change of pace.

Posted:  8 months, 3 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:  8 months, 3 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:  8 months, 3 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:  8 months, 3 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:  8 months, 3 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:  8 months, 3 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:  8 months, 3 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:  1 year, 1 month 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:  1 year, 2 months 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:  1 year, 2 months 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:  1 year, 3 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:  1 year, 3 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:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Early Fireworks--Blown Steer Tire

Hopefully you were wearing your brown pants.

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