Profile For Patrick C.

Patrick C.'s Info

  • Location:
    Clarksville, TN

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    1 year, 8 months ago

Patrick C.'s Bio

I am an Army vet that served 17 1/2 years. In the military I was a UH-60 Blackhawk mechanic / crewchief. I am a licensed Master Barber in the state of Tennessee. Now I am a professional driver with H. O. Wolding.

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Posted:  17 hours, 8 minutes ago

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Thanks to Brett and Everyone on Here

It is your story that is inspiring MillionMiler24

Posted:  17 hours, 10 minutes ago

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Disappointed but Now Experienced and Rewarded

There must be a LOT of round shaped companies, since there are a LOT of round shaped drivers out there!! rofl-3.gif

Posted:  17 hours, 15 minutes ago

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Please Update Your Avatar

I updated my avatar, can anyone guess what it is?

A blurry picture of a toy tanker. The tractor trailer kind.

Posted:  17 hours, 25 minutes ago

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Mentor is out of control. Is this stuff typical?

I refuse to stop at either the Birmingham Pilot or Flying J. They are both ghetto trash heaps. Nothing but the dregs of humanity are at either one. I won't even stop for refuel at either.

Posted:  2 days, 1 hour ago

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Think I want to be a trucker!!!!

With a reckless driving charge barely over a year old it is going to be difficult. All I can say you are going to seriously rethink how you drive.

Posted:  2 days, 6 hours ago

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What Should I Expect To Learn From My Trainer? article by Old School

I am not even half way through this article and I feel less anxious about driving with a trainer. Thanks!

Remember, As Old School wrote, we are not there to make you a polished driver. We are there to teach you the things CDL school probably didn't. Trip planning, HOS, time and clock management, etc... Our other main purpose is a second set of eyes for training and safety. To make sure you are not going to kill someone once you are in a rig by yourself. Once we give you the green light, all we are saying is that you can work the QualComm, you know the HOS, you can trip plan, and you shouldn't murder a couple old ladies trying to cross the street; because, you like to drag your tandems over a curb every time you make a right hand turn.

Posted:  2 days, 6 hours ago

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Merch?

Brett came real close about a year or so ago. Started a thread about things we would want and everything. Then he pulled the plug. We were broken hearted for months, lol

Posted:  2 days, 22 hours ago

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I need some advice, please!

Us trainer-drivers will help give pointers for improving your backing skills. However, the ONLY thing that will improve your skills is repetition. Our main focus is teaching you the basics of surviving as a truck driver. Trip planning, navigation, use of the QualComm (or whatever system is used), HOS, Clock Management, and company policies. Other than that we can give you tips and tricks to make backing and other maneuvers easier, but repetition is the only thing that will increase those skills.

Posted:  4 days, 3 hours ago

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Whatever Happened to TractorMan?

I actually called and chatted with Rick for a bit today. He said his work is doing well. The main thing taking up his time is his dog. She is getting big. Here is a picture of her.

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Posted:  4 days, 3 hours ago

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Opt idle

I get reimbursed for my trainee's hotel room. If they take Comdata check than no money out of my wallet. My wife and I do not fight. I had him stay in the truck for 2 reasons. My wife and I had to take care of the other F word. That and we were leaving first thing in the morning. I woke him up in the morning so he could come in and take a shower and what not. He was maybe stuck in the truck for 7 hrs the first night and maybe 8 the last night. Pretty much enough time to get some sleep.

Posted:  4 days, 11 hours ago

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Whatever Happened to TractorMan?

There are a few people who just vanish. Rick(ipedia) comes to mind. Miss Miyoshi hasn't checked in, in awhile. There are many others.

Posted:  4 days, 11 hours ago

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Opt idle

You kinda make me feel bad Susan. I had a trainee sleep in the truck bobtail in my driveway 2 of 3 nights home. I did take him to Gatlinburg, TN with me that weekend. I gave him 2 options. Sit in a hotel in Clarksville, TN for 3 nights or spend 2 in the truck and 1 in a hotel in Gatlinburg. He chose option 2. He had never been to Gatlinburg.

Posted:  5 days, 1 hour ago

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Today’s the day!

Best of Luck to you

Posted:  5 days, 16 hours ago

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Don't be "That Guy".

I had a drop and hook at a small business with only a few dock doors. I was backing in before sunrise and there wasn't a lot of light to see by. Next to my door was a box truck that was parked really crooked. I didn't realize how crooked until my third or fourth GOAL. It was an easy dock and I don't normally GOAL that much for such an easy, straight shot. I was having a hard time because my only reference point was this crooked box truck. The moral of the story is, When you're having an unusually hard time, it might be the other guy.

I was having some issues backing in. I have been to this place enough that backing in is usually not a problem.. it probably took me 10 mins to get in the door. I should of been in, in less than 5.

Posted:  5 days, 21 hours ago

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Mentor is out of control. Is this stuff typical?

Definitely not typical. He probably takes on trainees so he can afford his "habits".

Posted:  5 days, 22 hours ago

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Please Update Your Avatar

Test test.

My avatar is a pic from OIF1. Feb '03 - Jan '04

Posted:  6 days, 3 hours ago

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Don't be "That Guy".

It is the 2nd easiest here. The easiest is the the dock to the far right as you have the exit road to completely use and can do a straightline back.. but yeah, doing a blind side with no chance of a trailer on the outside of your turn. You could even cheat a little towards the stairs then do a short pull-up to straighten it out.

Posted:  6 days, 6 hours ago

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Hogan Transport or Gypsum Express

Location of the terminal is irrelevant. I live in Clarksville, TN. Wolding's ONLY terminal is 642 miles away. We have a SW Regional based around Phoenix. They have DAYS worth of driving to get to the terminal. We do have drop lots spaced all over the continental U.S.A. We are allowed to take our trucks home. Being close to a terminal has its ups and downs. If you live within a certain distance you may be required to park your truck at a terminal during hometime. However, you can get maintenance done while you are at home.

Posted:  6 days, 6 hours ago

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Don't be "That Guy".

He was so lazy, he didn't even stow the handle for cranking down the landing gear.

Posted:  6 days, 6 hours ago

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Cb radio

I agree with Turtle. A CB is a necessity. You don't need the best and most expensive rig. But even a cheap $40 CB hooked up to a trucks cheap preinstalled antenna can save your bacon. So what you only get a 1/2 mile from it. In a hilly situation or one of poor visibility, it could mean the difference between coming to a stop safely and plowing headlong into a bad situation.

More than a few times I have got the call that a full stop was happening just ahead of me. Trust me, you don't want to be full throttle and heavy cresting a hill only to find out everything on the other side of the hill is at a dead stop.

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