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    Western, NE

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Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Back to truckin'!

Hey, Old School! I'm glad to be back. Still lurked and browsed everyday, but left the comments to the professionals... smile.gif The family is doing great, fat n sassy, and they're just as excited as me.

Going back to the same company, pulling regional hoppers. Great company, good equipment, good money and home every Friday. I can't wait!

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Back to truckin'!

I took my drug test and went over the HR stuff. I'll be back with my old company, in a new truck, on April 1st. I got off the road back in July, but miss it too much. Driving a desk is no comparison to the road.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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My Prime PSD experience

[Edit - let's just say Daniel wasn't impressed with Jason's post]

Rainy, please disregard everything Jason has said. Believe me, you don't want to learn from him.

Please explain your response, Daniel. I don't work for Prime, I'm not an O/O. Heck, as of two months ago, I got off the road to be home for the kids. So, I don't have a dog in this fight, but... I'm curious why Jason's comments were "retarded".

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Busting the Safe Haven Myth - Help me out here could ya?

"Safe Haven" has gotten a lot of people in a bind because push it their day tooooo far, then try to claim SH exemption. Same with personal conveyance. If you are under load, PC cannot be used to advance the load.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Stick a fork in me...

I'm done!

As of 11:00 last night, I'm no longer a truck driver. Still not quite sure how to feel. 😕

No accident, incident or blemish. In fact, I was considered one of the better drivers in the company. In the last year alone, I put in right at 160,000 miles and brought home over $45,000. I just missed being home with the kids and could not reconcile those demands with my absolute love of driving.

I have been very fortunate to see some amazing things and go to some really great places and I'll miss it terribly.

Even though I didn't post very often, I read the board here twice a day, when I got up and before settling in to the bunk. I will continue to do so because it is a valuable asset to driving community.

God bless you guys and stay safe!

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Let's talk 12v coolers again.....

I've had the same Coleman cooler for several years and it's been a trooper. It's lasted the oil patch and pipelining. If road BIA14 in North Dakota didn't kill it, I don't know what would... :) The only reason I'm still not using it is because my new truck has a built in fridge.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Heading out in the morning...

We had a four day weekend as almost all of our shippers and receivers were closed on Friday and we don't work weekends. Nice little break with family.

Preloaded last Wednesday afternoon with road salt for the state yard here in town, less than a mile from where I park the truck, so I won't have to eat up my logbook first thing in the morning. Bonus! Then head to Wyoming for a load of rock to Ogallala. Pick up wheat in Ogallala and boogie on to Omaha.

Getting my laundry folded and packed, tucking the kiddos in bed, wishing them sweet dreams. I sure love being home but I get a little antsy sometimes, too. Gotta go! Lol!

You guys have a wonderful, safe and productive week!

God bless!

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Give thanks For each new morning
With its light
For rest and shelter
Of the night
For health and food
For friends and love
For everything
Thy goodness sends

-Emerson

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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It never gets old out here...

Nice pics!

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I had to haul a load of cracked popcorn from Jolly Time in Sioux City to a feed mill in Denver

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Are you sure it was "popcorn"? Because I raise some chickens, turkeys, and beef steers and I feed them "cracked corn" but it's never "popped". But now I'm wondering what I've been thinking. By God you've given me a great idea! I should try popcorn - they'll love it! What a great way to make barnyard friends!

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I sawthe yellow thing under your truck and i thought you ran over something. My bad

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It looks like he knocked down a light pole, doesn't it?

If you ever come by my area I could use a ton of cracked corn, 500 pounds of soy, and some minerals if you have em. I'll trade you 1/4 cow and a HUGE turkey that will barely fit in your truck. I have two turkeys that are going to dress out at about 45 pounds for Thanksgiving. They'll have to be cooked on my rotisserie outside because they won't fit in an oven. I can trade you two oven-sized turkeys instead if you like.

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Yup, popcorn. I hauled what is called "splits". Damaged hulls or defective in some other way so it won't work for the popcorn guys. Birds love it!

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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It never gets old out here...

About the time you think you have this stuff figured out, someone slips you a Mickey...

As a hopper driver, I deliver mostly to agricultural related customers; grain elevators, feedlots, farms and ranches, etc. One thing to keep on mind is that when a town was established or an area settled, what were the first things set up? The railroad, the stock yards and the grain mills. Then the town grew up around them. Engulfs and swallows them is more like it. Most of the elevators I haul to in Denver, Omaha, Sioux City are smack dab in the middle of town.

Anywhoo... I had to haul a load of cracked popcorn from Jolly Time in Sioux City to a feed mill in Denver. No biggie. Get close to the address and I can't see the usual landmarks (100' tall grain elevators). Hmmmm... Now what? Crap! Ah! There it is! Almost missed it... Unload in the yard out back. And it's freakin' tiny!

feed mill in Denver Okay... time to pick up the tag axle and jack knife this bad boy in!

NSG truck backed into a feed mill in Denver Tight fit!

NSG truck backed into a feed mill in Denver Hangin' out in the street, ****ing off all the four-wheelers.

Not a bad place to unload, just not what I expected.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Trucker appreciation week!

Wyoming DOT at the I-80 west bound port outside Cheyenne has been doing things all week. Monday the local Freight liner dealer and the officers were grilling hamburgers and free soda or coffee. Yesterday they had grab bag stuff (coozies, key chains, etc.). This morning at oh ' dark thirty they had coffee and donuts.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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I was told to clean out my truck and bring it to the yard...

Cause I'm getting a new one! ;)

I'm currently in a 2014 Volvo with a 47" flat-top sleeper. I'm 6'5", 315#. I make it work, but it's tight. Getting a 77" mid-roof! Not a new truck, but close enough. Less than 40,000 miles on it. One of the old-timers is retiring so I get to upgrade. I have put a little over 52,000 on my "little" truck in a shade over four months. And get home every weekend. I think I'll like the extra room...

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Firearms

My company does not expressely prohibit firearms either. But, ain't gonna tote one in the truck. Waaay too much liability. Too many places have prohibitions in place to keep track of. Plus, with our litigation-minded society, if you skin that smoke wagon, you're guilty until proven innocent. Even if you were protecting yourself, kiss your gun and possibly your job, goodbye until the situation goes through the legal process. Responsible firearm owners are held to a higher standard. Just as truckers are compared to four-wheelers. And bad eggs in either group give the quiet majority a black eye.

And Guy, I'm all for putting this issue to bed. IF... we can do the same with the urinalysis/hair folicle question. ;)

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Sitting in Denver, getting ready to head home.

Just realized I've been with the company exactly two months. Picked up the truck at noon on the 9th of May with 73 miles on the odometer. Did the math real quick and I have done 25,148 miles in 60 days. Not bad for a Monday thru Friday gig.

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Truck of the future aims to drive itself

Heck, that's nothin'! I've already got an autopilot truck. I let go of the wheel and it goes in the ditch every time! ;)

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Talk directly to my company of choice or no?

I get the impression that "Give up" ain't in your vocabulary. Atta girl!!! What do you have to lose? The worst they could say is, "No". Keep it professional and let your good attitude shine through. Oh, and let us know how it goes! I'm pullin' for ya!

Posted:  3 years, 12 months ago

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Gentlemen, start your engines ...Ready, set, ...oops. ... False start.

It sounds like they're yankin' yer chain! But, it also sounds like you're gonna get what you want outta life anyways. You've got a good attitude and ambition. Crossing the threshold and getting your foot in the door in any industry can be tough.

You mentioned oil field services north of Denver? Try A&W Water out of Greeley. They run tankers, pneumatics and flats. Good bunch of people. Worked along side them for years (They were the competition... LOL!).

Good luck to ya!!!!!

Posted:  4 years ago

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What kind of truck do you drive?

Here's my new buggy, a 2014 Volvo 430. It has a 455hp Volvo engine and a 12 speed Volvo I-Shift automatic transmission. I picked it up three weeks ago with 73 miles on the ticker and parked this afternoon with 9887.

NSG 2014 Volvo truck covered wagon tractor-trailer

Posted:  4 years ago

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Hauling Grain

Cool! Who are you going to be hauling for?

Posted:  4 years ago

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My tip for the day...

If you ever deliver salt to a tannery, breathe through your mouth. And Frebeeze is your friend. I thought feedlots had a "unique" scent. Ugh...

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