Profile For Turtle

Turtle's Info

  • Location:
    Upstate, NY

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    3 years ago

Turtle's Bio

Originally from FL. At age 19 I went to visit friends for the summer in upstate NY. On my first day there I met the woman I was destined to marry and never went home again. 30 years later and I still live in New York, with the same beautiful wife. Of course I do get back to Jax a couple times a year to visit the family, but I've made a nice home in NY.

Also at age 19 I got into the flooring business as an installer apprentice. After a couple of years I acquired enough experience and knowledge to branch out on my own, running my own successful flooring sales and installation business for the next 27 years.

In 2015 I finally began to tire of all things flooring. There was no passion left in what I was doing, and I began to feel like a mere robot mindlessly going about my daily routine.

With my son now grown and out of the house, I saw an opportunity to finally do something I've only thought about up till then. Driving a truck has always been on my bucket list. My dad and grandfather both drove trucks, and so I knew a little about the business.

My wife was totally on board with the idea, and she's now rides with me full time. This experience has been better than expected. The rest as they say is history. We're still rolling.

Thanks for listening.

Email Rtlang69@gmail.com

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Posted:  1 hour, 18 minutes ago

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Another Blood Pressure Question

That's a good question, and one I don't have an answer for. Maybe someone else takes that and will hopefully speak up.

I'd definitely speak to your recruiter about it asap. Also, you may need a statement from the prescribing physician saying your driving abilities won't be affected.

Get in front of this now before you get to orientation.

Posted:  1 hour, 37 minutes ago

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GPS THE BEST

I've heard complaints about the magnetic mount of the 740, but mine has never fallen off. Not even once. I do keep it mounted about a half inch above the dash, with a little foam in the gap to cushion any bumps. In fact it's the foam that came in the 740 packaging.

Posted:  2 hours, 11 minutes ago

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GPS THE BEST

I vote for the 740. Love mine.

Posted:  2 hours, 16 minutes ago

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I saw a Turtle!

Not sure of proper etiquette here. Knock on truck, or contact a truck stop employee.

I think it's best to knock. No reason to drag the truck stop into it unless you have to. It's only happened to me twice where I've had to knock, and the drivers expected it. Over time I've figured out that they'll double park with the expectation of you waking them up, so they can get your spot after they move for you. I don't get upset about it as long as they do the right thing and get out of my way asap, which they have.

Posted:  4 hours, 49 minutes ago

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I saw a Turtle!

Hey!

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Posted:  5 hours, 25 minutes ago

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I saw a Turtle!

Very cool stuff! Incidentally, I'll be at White's Petro in Raphine tomorrow morning. I used to work there many years ago.

Two things I learned at White's Petro as a brand new rookie...the hard way:

1- Curb parking doesn't guarantee you an easy exit in the morning. They will double and triple park right next to you, boxing your behind in.

2- The bbq joint inside the truck stop across the road, you know, the one who advertises "best bbq in Virginia" on several billboards.... doesn't say much for Virginia bbq.

Posted:  10 hours, 10 minutes ago

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Will I pass the DOT physical?

I'm assuming (and we all know about assuming) that you have to sign some sort of ROI (release of information) so they can get pertinent info. Can anyone confirm?

Yeah because of the safety sensitive nature of the profession, certain medical disclosures trump hipaa laws. I can't quote the exact regulation though.

As for how these companies confirm the info, I don't really know.

Posted:  12 hours, 12 minutes ago

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I saw a Turtle!

We probably cross paths more often than we think. But we don't realize it until we stop and look at the tracker. By that time we could be quite a ways apart. I didn't notice his post until I stopped for my 30. There was probably over 100 miles between us by that time.

CK was probably sitting in the passenger seat and noticed a red Prime flatbed, and was able to look at the tracker at that moment to see it was little old me lol.

Posted:  12 hours, 24 minutes ago

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I saw a Turtle!

Change of plans unfortunately. Woke up to snow, and more in the forecast today. So I should stay here with my truck to move it when they plow. If I was at a truck stop it wouldn't concern me as much to leave my truck unattended. But this Walmart is nice enough to let us stay here in our own designated area. Don't wanna muff that up. Looks like I'll just have to settle for a walk today.

Posted:  14 hours, 35 minutes ago

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Prime Training starting 2/18 SLC

Hi Porkchop, as the others have said I don't think the employment thing will be an issue, especially if your recruiter already knows about it. The 16 years at the same company will lean heavily in your favor because it shows commitment and longevity.

As for your BP, the "white coat syndrome" you experience is not uncommon. I too have the same problem. Normally my BP is fine but when the doctor wants to test me it spikes for some reason.

They'll certainly work with you on it. They let me try 3 times before it finally came down to an acceptable level. On the 3rd try they had me lie down for 20 minutes or so prior to the tests, and that did the trick.

Recently I went back to Springfield for my 2 year physical. Same problem, it really spiked for the test. But again the doctor let me lay down for 20 minutes and relax, and again that did the trick.

So don't let yourself get worked up over it. The Prime physicians see this all the time, as do all physicians. Believe me, they don't want to send you home. They'll give you every chance to pass. Just relax and don't let the stress get to you.

If you'd like, you can read about my experiences here:

Turtle's diary

Yet another blood pressure scare

Good luck, and welcome to Prime!

Posted:  1 day, 5 hours ago

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Will I pass the DOT physical?

Welcome Stamos, I don't think it'll be a question of passing the physical or not. But one of the questions on the long form asks if you ever suffered from anxiety, depression, etc., and you'll have to answer truthfully.

Will it affect your chances of being hired? Perhaps some companies may look at it negatively. Others will look past it and give you a shot.

Posted:  1 day, 5 hours ago

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I saw a Turtle!

Yeah no doubt, it's a no brainer. The airport is like 3 miles away with several rental agencies open 7 days a week. Gonna take advantage of this opportunity.

Posted:  1 day, 6 hours ago

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I saw a Turtle!

I thought they were in hibernation this time of year? That's why I never see him.

I know I'll be hibernating in this Walmart parking lot in Sheridan, WY till early Mon. Rolled in with 7 mins left on my 70. Been recapping for a month or so. Resetting here will give me a 4hr drive to my delivery Mon.

The question is: Do I just chill in the truck tomorrow or do I rent a car to explore the Big Horn National Forest? The struggle is real...

Posted:  1 day, 8 hours ago

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I saw a Turtle!

Ha yup that was me. I remember seeing a Prime truck boogying down the hill. One of the only Prime's I've seen all day out here.

Posted:  2 days, 1 hour ago

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Scheduled for Prime Inc SLC

I do believe I got the "knuckle dragging skateboarding primate" from you Turtle, hence my profile pic, Lol

Haha yup I remember, and I still say it's a perfect profile pic!

Posted:  2 days, 1 hour ago

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Scheduled for Prime Inc SLC

Allright! Welcome aboard primate! And a sucker for flatbeddin too. Awesome!

Posted:  2 days, 12 hours ago

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Was let go today.

When TT recommends company paid CDL training, does it include the path I went through to become a driver

No. You paid for your own "CDL" training, and was paid for "company" training.

In Paid CDL Training Programs the company puts up the money for your CDL training, thereby giving them a vested interest in your success.

Posted:  2 days, 13 hours ago

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What to do - truck weaving badly

Short of contacting him on the CB, there isn't much you can really do. You sure don't want to get up next to him.

Posted:  2 days, 13 hours ago

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Was let go today.

Ya know, I had a whole thing typed up basically saying everything that Old School just said. Luckily I checked this thread for new posts before submitting my comment.

My thoughts were prompted by another recent thread:

Companies that hire new graduates straight out of CDL school

In that thread numerous key points were made that have direct significance here. Most notably how a company that relaxed their hiring requirements to get you in, also dropped you like a hot potato when you were down.

Marc, it's incredibly unfortunate this happened to you, and I wish you nothing but the best going forward. Do what ya gotta do, as they say. Don't let this get you down. Bounce back and move forward. Good luck.

Posted:  2 days, 14 hours ago

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Music Time...

I have like 18 presets on my radio, and I bounce around between them. Most genres are grouped together on the dial, so like RealDiehl said, one preset gives easy access to others nearby.

I guess my top 5 music channels would be:

7- 70s

27- Deeptracks. B side songs that received little to no airplay.

38- Ozzy's Boneyard.

59- Willie's Roadhouse

316- SXM Live. Songs recorded live in concert.

Honorable mentions in the non-music category:

97- Jeff and Larry's comedy round up. Stand up comedy.

122- NPR. Politically biased at times, but I ignore that for several favorite programs they have.

123- PRX. Widely varied human interest stories. Tends to play reruns however.

148- RadioClassics. Old time radio shows/stories. Gunsmoke, Dragnet, etc. One of my favorites.

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