Comments By Kieran L.

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Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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Naked Trucker Man

And I think the whole violence vs nudity thing has to do with the fact that sex and the reproductive areas are inherently a private thing, and there's a certain sense of subconscious violation that goes along with even being exposed to it second-hand, especially in kids. Violence, on the other hand, is found commonly and openly in nature, is often justified (as in war), and usually glorified in such cases. It's inherently okay to defend oneself violently if presented with a violent attack (as in self-defense), and the case can be made that the protagonist in almost any violent media is acting to defend himself or others from worse violence. Think "Lord of the Rings:" pure good vs pure evil, with the good guys being violent because they have to be to survive.

Just playing a bit of a devil's advocate here, but I would like to point out that "the fact that sex and the reproductive areas are inherently a private thing, and there's a certain sense of subconscious violation that goes along with even being exposed to it second-hand, especially in kids" is purely a construct of the society in which we live, its a social taboo, something we learn from our families and friends growing up. But there's nothing natural about it. In fact there are many indigenous cultures especially ones isolated from "modern" civilization, in which these taboos against the human body being displayed simply do not exist.

Which brings me to "Violence, on the other hand, is found commonly and openly in nature..." This is of course, correct. And nudity isn't found commonly and openly in nature? When's the last time you saw a lion or chimpanzee wearing underwear or attempting to hide its junk for fear of embarrassment or harassment from the other animals? There exists no such taboo against nudity in nature. People, like all the other creatures on earth, are born without clothes. That is our natural state. Clothing does serve a purpose in keeping us warm in cold weather, but honestly the whole freaking out over nudity thing wouldn't even be an issue if it weren't for modern society artificially imposing such taboos on us from an early age.

for me, the main issue of violence vs nudity is that one kills people but is openly accepted, while the other is really harmless (other than if you want to say seeing someone naked causes psychological damage, which again is purely due to our society's imposed view of it rather than any actual harm) and yet the really harmless state of not wearing clothes is somehow seen as worse or more taboo that killing. Pretty ironic, to me.

Anyway I'm not suggesting we all start a nudist truckers club or anything lol, just making conversation. :)

Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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Really rough day... :,(

Hopefully him getting in trouble with the police and having to go before a judge and answer for his actions will embarrass and shame him enough to not want to do it again. I'm glad he's having to deal with some legal consequences at least.

Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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Naked Trucker Man

Ahh come on lol... I mean, I know it might not be what you wanted to look at, but seeing the upper 40% of a fat man in his bed isn't that big a deal, there are lots worse things out there. BTW, if you only saw the upper 40%, you really don't know if he was naked or not. I mean, he could have had his shirt off and been wearing pants or at least his boxers or whatever, you didn't see so you don't know.

I have always thought its kinda funny how we can be so offended at seeing naked people (especially on TV, i.e. censorship) and even diligently try to protect kids from seeing it even though we all have the same equipment, but most of the same people have no problem with watching countless depictions of violence, gunfights, murder, etc. on TV and playing out the role of a killer in games and whatnot. Its somewhat ironic to me.

Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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Personality conflict?

I don't know what your sexuality has to do with trucking, as long as you can haul freight safely and efficiently it shouldn't matter. As for getting along with other truckers, there's probably plenty out there that you won't get along with, and some you will get along with just fine. I think most people encounter other people they don't get along with and some they do. Sure there are the stereotypes of truckers but there are plenty that don't fit the stereotypes as well. From what I've seen, the good people here at TT do their best to avoid promoting the old stereotypes of truckers.

But others have said, and I agree, that its good to develop a strong backbone and a thick skin for trucking. In other words, have some self confidence, know how to stand up for yourself when needed, and don't let every off-hand remark someone makes get to you, you have to learn how to ignore stupid people and get on about your business unharmed without getting lured into a fight.

I think trucking is not right for everyone, but if its what you want to do, it can work for you if you make it work. Like many things in life, the experience will be largely whatever you make of it. That is to say, if you put 2 different people in the same situation, one may hate it and be miserable, while the other may have no problem and be happy. If you learn to effectively manage stress, ignore idiots, and make the best of any situation, you'll do just fine I think. :)

Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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Winter Driving Awareness

Its really sad that this kind of thing keeps happening over and over again in bad weather conditions.. I'm sure many of you remember the series of huge pileups on I-80 earlier this year? There were dozens and dozens of semi trucks involved that just kept on driving through the snowstorm until they hit the accident and became part of it too.

People need to keep their braking distances in mind and not drive faster than the distance they can see and safely stop in. Constantly ask yourself while driving, "If a parked or wrecked vehicle suddenly came into view in front of me now, could I safely stop in time?" If the answer is EVER no, then SLOW DOWN until you can say "yes" with confidence in that situation.

Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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Really rough day... :,(

That sucks and I hope he gets what's coming to him. Also, don't listen to that school bus driver about having to go OTR. You don't HAVE to do that at all. Remember, the trucking industry in general is woefully short on drivers, so the companies want all the drivers they can get. They may prefer OTR drivers (because they need more of them) and might try to talk you into it, but if you stick to your guns I've no doubt you can land a regional or even a local job right out of trucking school. Plenty of others here have.

Keep your head up. This was a bad day, everyone has bad days. Things will get better. :)

Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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Husband and wife teams driving hours

...because who actually can sleep good in a moving truck.

I just found this part funny because I hear people say that so often, but actually I arguably sleep better on the road (with someone I trust driving) than I do when all is still and stopped. The sound of the engine and the motion of the road actually lulls me to sleep. Kinda like how some people can't sleep without a fan (or even a TV for some people) on in the room for noise. In fact, my parents told me that when I was a baby and wouldn't stop crying at night, the only way they could get me to calm down and go to sleep was to take me for a drive in the car. The moment I was in the car with that engine running, I would stop crying. A few minutes of driving later, I would be fast asleep.

So I guess it depends on the person, and it might take some getting used to at first, but I'd say many if not most people could adapt to sleeping in a moving truck without too much trouble. :)

Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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Husband and wife teams driving hours

Now that I think about it, have I heard the phrase "Super Solo" somewhere? Like maybe exactly what we're talking about here - a company that dispatches a truck like a solo truck but because there's two drivers they get more miles than a regular solo truck? Seems I might have heard that somewhere before.......

I did a little bit of quick research on that and though I had never heard of it before, it seems there are a very few teams running what is known as "Super Single" or alternately "Super Solo" which apparently means each 24 hour day is broken up into three 8-hour chunks, with each driver driving 8 hours and the last 8 hours the truck is shut down for the night. This allows a couple to still sleep together for 8 hours while the truck is down, and each drive 8 hours. Seems exactly like what the OP wanted. Only problem is, I can't seem to find any info on which companies (if any) are currently offering this type of schedule. Could be a thing of the past, for all I know.

Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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Husband and wife teams driving hours

I'll take a stab at this...

You won't always be running your full 22 hours (11 each) a day, but many times you will have to. There are plenty of times when you'll have days where you do almost nothing but sit around and wait on people or on situations which are out of your control, and you could view that as down time when you can take care of personal things. However, teams get paid more because they expect teams to be able to run twice the miles in the same time frame, so you can take more time-sensitive loads and get them there in half the time it would take a solo driver. Running a team truck only 16 hours a day may make your delivery window impossible to hit in many cases.

Because of this, every company (that I'm aware of) that runs teams is going to expect you to make the most of your allowed driving hours in a day whenever possible. If you want to run as a solo truck instead of a team truck, that could be a possibility and would leave you more time for personal stuff, but you'll only make what a solo driver makes for a paycheck. If you want that big team paycheck, you'll have to run the miles associated with it, and that means running your full 11 hour shift each whenever possible.

Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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"Trucks & Trailers" parking and backing simulator game on sale

If you're looking for a way to get some great backing and parking practice in a virtual truck, SCS Software, the same people that make the "Euro Truck Simulator" series and who are now working on "American Truck Simulator" also made this little gem called "Trucks & Trailers" which is basically exactly like playing ETS2 except its purely a series of parking and backing challenges that get progressively more difficult. Its really helping me a lot, and I just wanted to let everyone know it is on sale right now on Steam for $1.74 which is a screaming bargain for anyone who needs some backing practice and happens to have a gaming-capable PC. It is ESPECIALLY good if you have a wheel and pedal set like I do, makes it almost real.

Less than $2 at the moment, for the most realistic backing simulator I've found so far, but it probably won't stay on sale for long. Steam sales tend to be quite short. Click Here To See It

Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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Either the worst or best truckers song of all time.

I love Wierd Al. He makes fun of everyone, including us, he's been doing it since the 70's, and he's still funny! rofl-3.gif

Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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Electronic logs: a minor change.

Interesting... Thanks for this info Errol!

Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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My first deer in a big rig

I'm the same way. I enjoy trying all sorts of food, Indian, Vietnamese, Moroccan, etc. mmmm

Heck yeah! I love all those. I'm also a huge fan of really spicy food so I gotta say good Indian food is one of my all-time faves, I eat it as often as possible. <3

Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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New company but doesnt let you install inverter

I'm sure you could probably still use the smaller plug-in inverter (one that plugs into a standard 12vDC socket) since it requires no installation on the company's part. They just aren't going to allow you to tap into wiring or drill holes in their truck to install a big one. Of course the smaller plug in inverter isn't going to power a microwave.

Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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My first deer in a big rig

Brett you're funny calling deer meat nasty lol. You must not have had it prepared very well. It is lean meat, yes, which means you have to cook it differently than you would a fatty beef roast for the best result. You should cook venison with fat added (such as cooking a steak in a skillet with butter) so it doesn't dry out, but it is very very tasty if prepared well. BTW- the most expensive meal I ever ate out at a very fancy five star restaurant once, which cost me about $100 per plate, was a meal featuring braised venison tenderloin as the main course. And no I do not make a habit of eating at places like that, it was a special occasion, and the food (as well as the service) was AMAZING. Some of the best food I've eaten. I've had deer other times as well, that was just the most expensive meal I've bought and it was deer so it was relevant lol.

I would say that, as with most foods, if you don't like it, you probably haven't tried it prepared the right way. Of course some people are just very picky eaters. That would certainly not be me, I was raised not to be picky and to eat whatever we had on the table no matter what it is (as a child I didn't have a say in what's for dinner), and my parents exposed me to a large variety of different foods. I'm definitely a foodie now and I love eating many different cuisines from all over the world, and I believe I largely have my parents to thank for that.

Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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My first deer in a big rig

Just did a bit of internet research, turns out the laws on harvesting roadkill deer vary by state, but most states do allow you to keep the deer as long as you notify the police or a game warden to get a tag for the deer which you then may take the animal once you have the tag for it. Some other states simply require you to call and report the kill, and then you may harvest it immediately. A few states do not let you keep the kill unless you are a resident of that state, in that case if you're a non-resident the police will take the deer and give it to a local food bank or other resident on a list they keep of people to give them to.

Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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My first deer in a big rig

Fresh deer meat really is some of the best meat you can get... I wonder what the legalities would be of cleaning the deer you just hit right on the side of the road and keeping as much meat as you can pack into your cooler?

Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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Teaming questions

Take portable chemical toilet bags for your bucket just in case, the kind with the bio-gel inside and the extra outer bag to seal the inner bag in when you're done, that way you won't have to smell it any more than right after the deed is done. I recommend either the Cleanwaste "Go Anywhere" wag bags, or the Reliance "Double Doodie" bags. Reliance even sells a toilet seat designed to go on a standard 5-gallon bucket. Just don't forget to dispose of your used bag at the first available opportunity. The kinds with the bio-gel in the bag are designed to be safe to throw away in normal garbage.

Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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Need help with a situation

Old School I have great respect for you and what you say, but if you have a wife full with your unborn child at home and she is having pregnancy complications and telling you she needs you at home, 1000 miles away under load is the last place you want to be when something bad happens...

I agree that every effort should be made to fulfill your contract if possible, but damn it man sometimes extenuating circumstances arise and some things are just more important than the job when it comes right down to it. Family well being would be one of those more important things, to me anyway.

Of course, this is all just our opinions and you know how those can be. This is really a deeply personal decision for the OP, no one else can say for sure what he should decide in his situation.

Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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Need help with a situation

Your family should be top priority, no matter what. I would say try to get your company to give you a local or regional position that gets you home more, and if they can't do that, then with 6 months experience under your belt already there are a good number of other companies that could hire you for a local position, and you should absolutely pursue that if your current company can't work with you. Even if it means you'll have to pay back your schooling costs since you didn't complete your contract, at least you'll have a new job that gets you the home time you need, and you'll be able to be there for your family. I personally wouldn't even consider an OTR position if I had a wife and kids and one on the way, but I know individual circumstances vary and sometimes you just gotta do what you have to to keep food on the table. Good luck and keep us updated! :)

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