Profile For Patrick C.

Patrick C.'s Info

  • Location:
    Clarksville, TN

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 2 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:  1 day, 14 hours ago

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I'll be driving your brand-new truck before you do!

Best of luck in your new endeavor, Errol!!

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Is it Fair/legal to conduct Hair follicle test?

I’m just throwing this out there but I don’t believe it is fair maybe even be unconstitutional to hair test NEW drivers for Marijuana. Laws have changed and It is as legal as alcohol in Colorado for example. So how can a new driver be held accountable for a legal activity done months ago? A career can be ruined over something that is not illegal. It makes sense for current drivers etc and absolutely screen months out for other substances.

This is an easy one. States actually no right to fully legalize it. It is still a banned substance in the good ol' USA on a federal level. The DEA could literally park a prison outside of a dispensary in Colorado and as people walked out with their marijuana, arrest them for possessing an illegal substance. The best part, it would be completely legal to do so!!!!

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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To all of our moderators

What state do you live in now and what states have you lived in over the years?

I currently live in Tennessee. I have lived in Michigan, Indiana, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Virginia and Kentucky.

What careers did you have before trucking?

I was military from Oct '94 thru May '13. My 'jobs' were: 11H (Heavy anti-armor Infantry), 11B (Infantry) and 15T (formerly 67T - UH-60 Repairer / Crew Chief). After the military I was a barber for 3 years.

What made you want to start a career in trucking?

I always enjoyed going on the road with my father. He was a trucker my whole life.

How long you've been trucking? (include month and year you started training)

I started training in August '16. I was hired on at H.O. Wolding September '16.

What do you love most about trucking?

The solitude. The freedom of being in charge of only myself.

What is the most difficult aspect of trucking for you?

Being away from my wife.

What aspects of trucking do you think are the most difficult for new drivers to handle?

The solitude and loneliness.

What are one or two pieces of advice you would give to new drivers getting ready to start their training?

Make sure you are 100% committed and have patience.

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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GOT MY CDL!!

I hope all is going well for you in orientation. It was cool to meet you. Sorry I didn't have more time to BS.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Ct england pay and home time

Things do change. My friend left C R England as soon as his contract was up. That was over a year ago. He got a local job near we're his mom lived; so he could help her due to some health issues she was having.

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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My first week with Danny Herman Trucking

In the previous 6 months before I had come into trucking I had been on all sorts of various pain medication. Oxycodone, morphine, various anti-seizure meds that are also used for nerve pain. A whole plethora of different drugs. I was asked am I currently on them. Simple answer is no. I wasn't worried as I could easily obtain proof of the medications I have been subscribed if questioned about it.

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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My first week with Danny Herman Trucking

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Hi Adrian - What kind of drug test DHT administer - urinalysis or hair follicle? Thanks!

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This question always concerns me.

I agree 100%. The answer should be simple. It doesn't matter. Because if it does, you need to seriously straighten out your life. That rights kids, don't do drugs. This is your brain (an egg). This is your brain on drugs (egg cooking in frying pan). Any questions?

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Ct england pay and home time

I had a buddy that I went to CDL school with had C R England sponsor his training. The way he explained it to me is that after you are done with a trainer, you go on another rookies driver as the 2nd seat. After 2-3 months of that then you will get your own truck. But, you get a 2nd seat fresh out of training. Once you hit your 6th month mark you can choose to go solo at that point. Things may have changed. But that is what my buddy had to do.

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Turning radius for truck with 53' trailer (U-Turn)

I would come up with at least 2 spots. One for being loaded or even having a trailer and one for being bobtail. I wouldn't jump on anything of a permanent nature. Just get your ducks lined up. I don't go to the northeast much, but I know we deliver scrap to greenpac/norpac and we take loads out of there. With as close as you live to it, I would almost guarantee that often you will feel like you are running dedicated for them. I have been told of 2 spots that we do drop trailers at up there as a drop lot. A good many of our drop lots that I have come across are trailer repair shops or tire shops. Wolding gives them so much business in exchange for using their property as a drop lot. Win/win. The trailer repair place gets steady business and we get a place to drop trailers. The only downside is, a drop trailer is fair game. It is what it is. You drop a trailer just be prepared for it to not be there when you are heading back out. I have been sent on more than one wild goose chase looking for an MT after coming off hometime.

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Question on possible pre-hire

Just remember, A pre hire is just that. It is a piece of paper officially acknowledging you meet the minimum requirements to be invited to orientation. The only thing guaranteed at that point is a bus ticket. While trucking doesn't have a traditional interview process, orientation is just one long interview. Everything is being evaluated. Appearance, attitude, skills, etc..

As an example, before Diane retired, she had told me when she took prospective drivers down to the local diner that first morning, she would just sit back and observe. She would watch how you would interact with the other potential drivers. Did you converse with them? What kind of conversation did you make? How did you interact with the waitress? Were you rude? Were you polite? Everything was being evaluated. If you did something to raise alarms, you got a bus ticket home when you got back from breakfast.

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Turning radius for truck with 53' trailer (U-Turn)

With as close as you are to greenpac I don't foresee you being loaded to often. More than likely you will deliver your scrap and go home from there. If you get preplanned to pick up at greenpac when coming off hometime you can always drop your trailer at greenpac before going home. You would bobtail home then back to greenpac.

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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New per diem laws and affect on lease vs compny

Yes it is

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Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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New per diem laws and affect on lease vs compny

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blue trucks (sold)

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I do remember how excited you were about the blue trucks. I have to agree, you've gotta love em!

I used to love these trucks from Mill Creek - super cool looking Peterbilts. Man I wanted to drive one so bad!

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You always preach that the name on the door doesn't matter. If that doesn't matter than I am gonna drive the color truck that I want to drive, lol.

I am a simple man to please.

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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VA apprenticeship

Well, it is kinda hard to lose an eye playing the hat check game. A testicle could probably happen though, LoL.

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Trainer using drugs

Trainer on drugs?!?!? Hmmmmm, I am a trainer. I use caffeine and nicotine all day, every day. Yep, I'm a trainer on drugs, lol!!!

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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New per diem laws and affect on lease vs compny

I really didn't do an in depth analysis. Mine was simple. Rider Policy (check), inverter policy (check), willing to hire me (check), blue trucks (sold)

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Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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VA apprenticeship

Offended, hmmm.. I am not sure if I remember what that is like. I think it would take a lot to truly offend me.

Remember, it is all fun n games until someone loses a body part. Then, it is just funny.

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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VA apprenticeship

Parrothead, those of us who spent any serious length of time in the military as an enlisted person, to hear sir or ma'am in our direction feels so very foreign. Officers and warrant officers are sir, ma'am, mister, etc... I still cringe whenever I am referrred to as "sir" by anybody. I think that title will forever make me cringe. I rather be called Sergeant or in case of a marine, Staff Sergeant. That titles is what i am used to. That is who I am. I'm definitely not a sir! LoL

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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New per diem laws and affect on lease vs compny

We are all slaves to Master Freight. Master Freight is a cruel, relentless master who constantly is cracking his whip. LoL!!!

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Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Finding somehwere to park on home time is impossible

Good luck in your quest for parking.

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