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Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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So there really are still woman haters out there....

... The 24 year old daughter of some friends of mine had her first trainer put her off his truck because "little girls like you belong at home raising babies, not out here doing man's work."

Someone that demented should NOT be training anyone, period. wtf.gif

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Automatic vs. manual transmissions

The one place you do not want an automatic is in school. You want to at least have a working knowledge of how a truck shifts in trucks that are junk. They shift a lot differently the a car or pickup. Beside if you don't learn to shift while in school you might end up in a lease op training truck and that will not go good at all. And if your unluckily enough to do your driving test in an automatic then you get a restriction put on your cdl and can only drive autos.

Well, I meant like maybe one day at the most. I already know that learning how to shift well is absolutely paramount to success in this career, and it's a big chunk of one's score when taking the test. I was just assuming that at the academy they would want to at least expose prospective drivers to just about anything they're likely to encounter when solo, at least once.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Link to some natural cure info for high BP . . .

I wonder how a little farmer's market type produce stand would work at a truck stop - like near the building or someplace convenient for drivers to get to. I mean, if you had a cart full of a huge variety of farm-fresh veggies, you would think people would scoop em up. I mean, it's hard to get that stuff when you're truckin. How many places really have a great variety of fresh fruits and veggies? Hopefully a lot more places in the coming years.

Now this is a fantastic idea! I've already been looking at hydroponics gardening, and thought for a time about setting up my own roadside produce stand. Maybe I can still do something like this in a future, and pay someone to run the stand for me at truck stops or terminals. I have to imagine that the average trucker is very deficient on fresh foods.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Link to some natural cure info for high BP . . .

I'm also a very big fan of putting your entire body through its full range of motion every day if possible. I use Yoga to do it, but there are plenty of ways. Stretching every muscle to the max and putting every joint through its full range of motion is critical to maintaining flexibility, putting your body in proper alignment, and preventing injuries. It also helps to flush out toxins and improve circulation. We don't lose our strength, balance, and flexibility over time because we're getting old. We lose it because we stop using it. There are 85 year old yoga instructors that have better flexibility and balance than most 25 year old professional athletes.

Studies have also been done that show men will not lose any muscle whatsoever from ages 30 through 60 if they maintain a modest strength training regiment or heavy lifting lifestyle. So the idea that "I'm getting old" at 45 or 50 is a proven fallacy and there are thousands of people out there that prove you can remain limber and strong throughout your lifetime.

You don't have to be "extreme" to be healthy. You have to be extreme to reach an elite level, but you only have to do a few simple things consistently to be very healthy and fit.

That's one thing that makes me a little nervous about truck driving -- staying healthy. Daniel B.'s posts detailing his excursions with his new bike are particularly inspiring; I'm thinking I definitely want to start that as soon as I can.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Automatic vs. manual transmissions

Thank you all. :) It sounds like automatics are less common, but not rare to be assigned. Hopefully I'll at least get some training on one while in school, just so I have some experience and know what to expect. Either way, thanks! thank-you-2.gif

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Link to some natural cure info for high BP . . .

One of the reasons you'll find ten nutritional concepts for every human being on the planet it seems is because people don't approach it scientifically enough.

You have to measure what you're eating to know what is truly working and what isn't.

I like your approach. :)

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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I'd just like to say "Thank You!"

Hear hear! I echo all of these sentiments. And welcome. smile.gif

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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The bottle....

You also don't want to be contributing to the "Trucker Bomb Problem" - http://freakyphenomena.com/article/trucker-bombs

Rick

Holy crapbaskets that's just nasty, and insane. o_0

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Link to some natural cure info for high BP . . .

The dice are a bit loaded against me, as I absolutely LOVE breakfast. Both getting up and eating a big breakfast, and breakfast foods in general. I could eat a 3-egg farmer's omelet for every meal and enjoy it. So my best bet is probably to skip dinner.

I found Dr. Mercola years ago, and his advice and knowledge has always made far more sense to me than a lot of what might be called more mainstream doctors. I'm already wondering if I could fit a power plate into the sleeping berth of a rig (once I can even afford one!).

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Hey SilverBolt,

I found this paragraph reading further in the link you provided:

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You can then further boost your fat loss efforts by incorporating the principles of intermittent fasting, and by exercising in a fasted state. A simple way to get started with intermittent fasting is to simply omit breakfast, making lunch the first meal of your day. I usually recommend this kind of eating schedule, but if you want to eat breakfast and skip dinner instead, that’s okay too. The key is to limit your eating to a specific, narrow window of time each day (about 6-8 hours), rather than eating every two to three hours, all throughout the day.

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. . . so skipping dinner instead of breakfast might be just as effective . . .

Jopa

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Yup. :) And thank you. I've already been pondering these things, trying to work out ahead of time what would be an optimal lifestyle as an OTR driver before I'm actually one yet. The more input, the better!

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Automatic vs. manual transmissions

I was just curious as to how common automatic transmissions are in rigs which are designed and expected to pull heavy loads on a regular basis. I don't know a lot about auto mechanics, but I was under the impression that heavy loads would be too taxing on an automatic transmission. And to be sure, I have a good deal of experience with manuals (in fact, the very first vehicle I ever learned to drive was a stick shift), so I'm not afraid of a clutch. But they can be very tiring in extensive stop-and-go traffic. I'm just curious what modern trucks out there are like; I'll drive whatever I'm assigned without a complaint, as long as it's not constantly breaking down.

Cheers.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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The bottle....

I definitely agree with Jopa. Also, you might consider anything which acts as a diuretic that you're taking in a lot. Caffeine and alcohol are two biggies. Excessive intake of processed foods and the sodium that goes with them is another concern. And finally, being diabetic or pre-diabetic can be an issue as well.

These are all things I've had to learn the hard way. >_>

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Link to some natural cure info for high BP . . .

SilverBolt,

That's VERY interesting to me because I have been waiting until mid-day to "break-fast" for years, automatically. Don't get me wrong, I can have an omelet in the AM with the best of them but my natural inclination is to not eat until noon or later. I've always been informed I am skipping the most important meal of the day and that, since I am diabetic, breakfast is even MORE important. Hmmmm. I've seen lots of stuff from Dr. Mercola and he seems to have some really good information. Thanks for the links.

Jopa

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The dice are a bit loaded against me, as I absolutely LOVE breakfast. Both getting up and eating a big breakfast, and breakfast foods in general. I could eat a 3-egg farmer's omelet for every meal and enjoy it. So my best bet is probably to skip dinner.

I found Dr. Mercola years ago, and his advice and knowledge has always made far more sense to me than a lot of what might be called more mainstream doctors. I'm already wondering if I could fit a power plate into the sleeping berth of a rig (once I can even afford one!).

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Link to some natural cure info for high BP . . .

As long as we're putting it out there, I'm a major proponent of the so-called 'primal' or 'paleo' lifestyle.

Something else to consider for weight loss and reining in blood pressure, IMO, is something called 'intermittent fasting'. This is a lifestyle change which I imagine would actually go very well with truck driving. More recent info on intermittent fasting is here.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Daniel B. Bike Rides

This is absolutely gorgeous, Daniel. Thank you for sharing. I will definitely be considering something like this when I'm hauling.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Yeah so this happened today on the road......

I just went back and watched the video again. Going by my actions I noticed her roughly at about 29.5 second mark. I started to move at the 30 second mark and it was done about the 34.5 second mark at the point of contact. So basically the entire encounter was 6 second long.

I bring this up because in that 6 seconds a million things were going on. They say while driving you are processing a few million pieces of data every second subconsciously and only the 15 to 20 most relevant items are brought to your attention as worth further investigation.

And this video proves once again that things happen so very fast out here on the road. That's why they preach speed and space management. I had my space cushion around me which is why I was about to change lanes. Though in my opinion I did everything right to try and avoid any accidents but the deciding factor was out of my hands so at that point I was left with only one option....try to limit the amount of damage or injuries that were about to be the out coming of someone else's bad decision.

I realized that I had not remembered everything exactly right until after I review the video which was later that day after I talked to safety. I told safety that it was a 4 lane highway there. And that is how I still remember it but looking at the video you can certainly see its a 3 lane road. Somehow in my mind I turned that on ramp she came on to the highway on into the 4th lane. Why? Not sure. For a very short time it was an extra lane. Far as I know that is the only thing I got wrong in my statement to safety but I can guarantee you that little misremembered piece of info should not be held against me at all but I have a feeling something might be said about it. Just a hunch.

Been there, bro. I've had an inexperienced motorcyclist bounce off my left front bumper (operator's license, not commercial). You did everything right. You saved lives with your reflexes.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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High end gaming laptop/desktop power inverter

You'd be surprised. Truckers talk about anything! And we always have something to say about every topic.

But, I too am a recovering addict for 3.5 years now. Quit right before Cata, just as the entire game was switching over to catering to children.

I first got into WoW just before Cataclysm. I chose Horde because I preferred their philosophy -- and quickly learned to hate going into Oggrimar because the sheer number of mammoths wandering around brought my ancient video card to its knees whimpering. Cataclysm being released cleared that up right away, but holy crap.

I had all kinds of fun playing it. Too much fun. Anyone here remember Evercrack? Yeah, it almost got that bad for me. So I deliberately pulled out, and am staying away from it.

That said, if anyone's still running a MajorMUD board, I might deal myself in, just to sate the addiction a little...

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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GOT MY CDL PERMIT 😊

Congrats on the permit!

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Screamings and Hallucinations!

I thought this was going to be about seeing things (like "little green men" and UFO's) while on the road, and other things attributed to "micro sleep."

Dave

In my case, I hallucinate that I'm listening to Art Bell on the radio. Anytime I hear 'from the high desert' I know it's time to go back to bed.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Screamings and Hallucinations!

(I always liked that better than, 'Greetings and salutations!' dancing.gif

My name is Silverbolt, King of Queens. Look on my works -- er, wait, sorry, wrong script.

Long time lurker, first time poster. I've been seriously considering truck driving as a career and a lifestyle for over a year now, and I am now committing to it. Figured I should give you guys a heads-up. There's a new smart@$$ in town. wtf.gif

Already working on High Road. Got a 99% score so far.

Y'all have fun!

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