Profile For Jonathan C.

Jonathan C.'s Info

  • Location:
    Asheville, NC

  • Driving Status:
    Preparing For School

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  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 10 months ago

Jonathan C.'s Bio

I am very comfortable with who I am, so I have never been reluctant to ask for help or give it when needed. I learned the qualities of friendship and loyalty. I learned that to be a good leader, one must be a good follower and lead by example. Like most people, I have had my fair share of struggles and triumphs. With experience and age has come patience and understanding. I feel that empathy is a very important quality.

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Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Alliance Tractor Trailer Training Center, Fletcher, NC trainging diary

1st day of my 3rd week. drove and observed all day. Drove through lots of small towns on mountain roads. Lots of down shifting, 90 degree turns. getting the shift pattern and hi/lo switch down pat. feels good. 2 more days before Christmas break. filled out some aps. need to find time to call recruiters back. got my Hard copy of my CDL learners permit today. looks cool! everything moving fast now. So much to do. need to cram in some pre trip inspection study in too. Everything is "Properly mounted and secured" !!!!

Happy Holidays everyone! seasonsgreetingstractortrailer-1.gif

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Alliance Tractor Trailer Training Center, Fletcher, NC trainging diary

3rd day of 2nd week. st week was classroom and passing permit test. This week. 1st day, backing up every way all day, same 2nd day. today, drove on the highway for 1 1/2 hours. then backing up and uncoupled and coupled trailer. I am exhausted. instructors are great and I am having fun and learning. at 49 yrs old I am exhausted. I am typing this lying down with laptop on my belly prior to slipping into coma.

Maybey its just me, but the instructors at Alliance in Fletcher are GREAT! friendly and really walk you through everything. ya get off track "ok, pull up, try it again." "chase the trailer" "follow it around" "IDLE!" LOL! any way, im fading

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Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Alliance Tractor Trailer Training Center, Fletcher, NC trainging diary

Day 3 finished lectures on Air brakes, combinations, coupling. Me and my 2 classmates will be taking our exam for our CDL Permit tomorrow! I'm going to crank out some practice tests on CDL Study buddy!

Really psyched! talk to ya later !

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Alliance Tractor Trailer Training Center, Fletcher, NC trainging diary

Ok, I miss spelled Training in the title, I'm tired. spellcheck has killed my spelling.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Alliance Tractor Trailer Training Center, Fletcher, NC trainging diary

So, I have 2 days in the books. The whole staff is very experienced and friendly. The first day was some minimal paperwork, and a trip to the Pardee Hospital clinic for the DOT physical. Like an idiot, I drank 2 Mtn Dew Kickstart energy drink that morning, forgetting about my physical, so I had to chill in a dark room for 15 minute to let my blood pressure drop. I finally got it where it needed to be. (whew) Once I get driving, a nice brisk walk at the end of each day and more fruits and veggies, and I'll be good to go.

My Instructor for the last few days, and perhaps, for the rest of the school is Mr. Beason. He is smart, experienced, and has great style. He keeps it interesting! I am a private student versus the CR England student that share the school with us. I only have 2 classmates! so we will get lots of good training!

I am really enjoying everything, knowing that every soon, I'll be on my way to making money, and becoming a professional trucker.

time for bed!

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Prime truly cares.

WOW! That is just GREAT!! heartwarming if I may be so bold. Almost brought a tear to my eye. These are tough times for a lot of us, It's nice to see that people still care. Sometimes it seems no one does. very nice indeed!

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Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Smoking in the cab

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I am no expert and I can't disagree that studies can be biased. That aside, cigarette smoke makes confined spaces very uncomfortable. I just pray to Jesus that my trainer is a non-smoker. If not, I'll just grin and bear it like when I was in the Navy. It sucked, but I dealt with it.

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bear, BEAR IT! Brett we need spellcheck on here!! LOL

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*Bare* ;)

Hey Vamp!! I had to google Southwick, I grew up in Marstons Mills on the Cape. No, I wasn't one of the rich brats from Osterville. Anyway, shout out to a fellow New Englander! I am starting school Dec 7th. Good luck with school!!

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Ok, there's a Museum for everything

There sure is, here's a few:

International Banana Museum

the Pez Museum http://www.burlingamepezmuseum.com/

Barbed Wire

Spam

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Your personal vehicle

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I was wondering, where do you park your vehicle when your driving, if your a company driver?

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Usually - at home.

Unless you live close to where your orientation/training is going to be - you are likely going to be taking "commercial transport" to your initial starting point in the process.

When you get out OTR, and get "home time", you are usually going to bring your rig home - or park it somewhere real close to home (if you can't actually park it at home).

I've been wondering the same thing - as I'll essentially have to "go homeless" for the first year or so (if I ever get my butt out there) - so everything that's not sold or in storage, will be in my vehicle.

From what I hear - most companies have "secure parking" at their terminals. How secure "secure parking" actually is - when leaving your vehicle there for a few weeks - has yet to be determined.

I'd be interested to hear how others have dealt with this - but for the most part - a majority of the folks here, are probably going to be "maintaining a homestead" to go HOME TO - when they enter the industry. I, on the other hand - will not be.

Rick

Welp, I'm in exactly the same boat. No home, basically homeless. my training is local to me, I'm going to Alliance Tractor Trailer Training Center in Arden, North Carolina, starting this Monday. I'm just thinking after training. I guess I'll be parking in the "secure parking" good-luck-2.gif

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Your personal vehicle

I was wondering, where do you park your vehicle when your driving, if your a company driver?

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Smoking in the cab

I am no expert and I can't disagree that studies can be biased. That aside, cigarette smoke makes confined spaces very uncomfortable. I just pray to Jesus that my trainer is a non-smoker. If not, I'll just grin and bear it like when I was in the Navy. It sucked, but I dealt with it.

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bear, BEAR IT! Brett we need spellcheck on here!! LOL

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Smoking in the cab

I am no expert and I can't disagree that studies can be biased. That aside, cigarette smoke makes confined spaces very uncomfortable. I just pray to Jesus that my trainer is a non-smoker. If not, I'll just grin and bar it like when I was in the Navy. It sucked, but I dealt with it.

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Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Smoking in the cab

I have smoked a little in the past. Found it to be enjoyable but always felt guilty as hell, because I KNEW it was very bad for me. Never really allowed it to become an addiction, I could literally feel the hook setting, I was waiting tables. When I woke up one morning, craving a smoke, it horrified me, and I quit for good. That was over 25 yrs ago. Considering that inhaling 2nd hand smoke is as bad or worse than actually smoking the cigarette, I hope to god my trainer is not a "Butthead". If my trainer does smoke, I hope he AT LEAST, rolls the window down.

just looked this up. the part about 2nd hand smoke is horrible! It's hard to imagine that people still pay almost 5 BUCKS a pack for cigarettes that absolutely KILL THEM AND THE PEOPLE AROUND THEM.

from the CDC - "Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including nearly 42,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure." <---- say what you want, but 42,000 people die a year, because someone ELSE had to smoke. WOW!!

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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I gotta know, current drivers that were prior US Navy????

Aviation Anti Submarine warfare operator / Rescue swimmer, HS-15 Redlions on board the USS Forrestal CV-59, 1984-1987

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Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Alliance Tractor Trailer Training Center, Arden, NC.

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Thank you all so much for all the warm replies. I am also recently (3 years, 5 ?) divorced , it is still hard. Sometimes, only the love of my son, and sweet Jesus himself is the only thing that helps me hold on. An old Dave Mason song comes to me, that was on the radio when my parents divorced when I was young:

" I'm going back to a place that's far away, How bout you, have you got a place to stay? Why should I care, when I'm just trying to get along? We were friends, but now it's the end of our love song

So let's leave it alone, 'cause we can't see eye to eye, There ain't no good guy, there ain't no bad guy, There's only you and me and we just disagree Ooh-hoo-hoo, oh-oh-ho"

GUTWRENCHING!

I had been sleeping in my camper shell in my truck, but one of my !! yr old son's friends, parents, said, "NO, its too dam cold, come with us" I have been there a week!

SOOOOOOO! My meeting was GREAT! I will start 4 weeks training on Dec 7th. and the best part, my CDL test is at their facility! so it will be on the same course I train on!! Also, I needed $495.00 to cover some fees and wasn't sure how I was going to cover it, and I got a pre approved credit card offer from Wells Fargo in the mail today, filled it out online and BOOM! approved! so I've got the fee covered! Plus one of my ex wife's friends wants me to house sit, so I have at least some of my 4 week training period covered. Thank you Jesus!!! I can see everything working out. Like a Phoenix, I am going to rise out of the ashes! I am going to work hard , pay off the 4.5k of debt I have, save $$, and SMILE, SMILE, SMILE!

I am very grateful for this community. I look forward to being part of it and contributing to it! update soon!

-Jonathan dancing-dog.gif

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Got my Class A License yesterday!!!!!!

WOW! GREAT JOB! CONGRATS! dancing-banana.gif

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Alliance Tractor Trailer Training Center, Arden, NC.

I am meeting with Billy Stuart, Director, at the Alliance Tractor Trailer Training Center here in Arden, NC. tomorrow morning at 10:30am. I am glad I finally overcame whatever was keeping me from taking the first move. I am 49 yrs old and have been a computer consultant for the last 16 yrs. I am tired of the up and down and lack of work here in Western North Carolina. It must be the most challenging place I have ever lived in terms of a job.

When I was a young man, I was NATOPS, (Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization) qualified in the Sikorski SH-3H and a winged Navy Aircrewman, and a Rescue Swimmer, so I know I have the drive, and the discipline to get through the training.

If anyone has any advice or information about Alliance or beginning a trucking career as a career change, that would be great!

I'll let everyone know how my meeting went. good-luck-2.gif

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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DOT physical

Amazing website! just want to thank all of you that make this a tremendous resource!

anyway,

I am 49 yrs old. Not in bad health, I don't smoke, hardly drink. I am a big man. I have very big hands and feet (size 15), big boned is an understatement. I am 6'2" and weight approx. 350 and losing. I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy. Basically they removed about 2/3 of my stomach. I can't eat as much and don't produce as much Ghrelin, a stomach hormone that increases appetite. so that's all good.

I don't have any real limitations, I have all my limbs working as they should. I only need glasses to read when I'm tired. good hearing. How stringent is the DOT physical. I am a good driver. I just drove across the country twice. alone.

should I go to a minute clinic at CVS, and see if I pass a DOT physical before I apply as a student driver? It's pricey, 138 bucks. I am recently divorced, and I am homeless and sleeping in my camper shell in the back of my Silverado at the Walmart parking lot and that is getting old. I down to my last $700 bucks and no job. I'm in Asheville, NC and there is a fair amount of trucking here. I was a aviator in the Navy, and a Rescue Swimmer. I am a very driven person. I think I would be an excellent trucker. Should I go for it? If I had some stability, My health would improve! instead of stressing out all day.

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