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Owner Op dirt work trucker in Alaska

OK so I'm not OTR or in the contiguous 48 states....why should I/we be left out :'(

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Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Passed My Road Test!

Thanks for the dancing emojis guys :D it wasn't a pretty pass but a pass none the less. Almost fubar'd myself on the alley dock, they hooked me up on a shorty trailer O.o

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Passed My Road Test!

My CDL Class A Road Test WOOHOO! I'm so glad that is over with. Just need to head down to the dmv tomorrow and have the remove the passenger endorsement/restriction.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Ok so I've reached the age where I've just bought a.....

Love the post. Had me a good giggle, sorry. It's just different for men then women I think. We have smaller bladders and shorter urethras :( Every two hours isn't that weird. I had one child no c-section 14 years ago. My strong kegels can't stop pee from coming out when I sneeze if I'm not ready for it to flex them things! or if I cough too hard lol. I have to pee fairly frequently too, more in the morning. When I'm working (dirt work) most times I don't have the luxury of a bathroom or even a porta potty! (i get to pee next to/under the truck or in the dump box! do it on the regular) so I feel you, I wouldn't say I go 28 times in a day but it's way way WAY more than my guy. I've gotten in the habit of wearing pads or at least liners whether or not aunt flow is visiting. I wouldn't blame you for using some incontinence products during training or hell even on the road if that will work for you. Just in case you end up somewhere that you can not stop but you have to go right then. It always seems to work like that :(

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Hi!

Good on you for going for something you've always wanted to try. Now while you may think "your milkshake doesn't bring the boys to the yard anymore", keep in mind that "your milkshake will probably just be bringing a different crowd of boys to a different yard" lol. Still be prepared :D.

HI Lynn! Glad to "meet" you and look forward to future posts while you're on your journey :D

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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QUESTION!!!!!

Food for thought: not knowing anything about you guys. Guy response to your question: "a little femininity can go a long way" just a general attempt to look pretty for your man. "maybe some time apart". It's hard to miss someone when they are always there, you kind of yearn for someone if they aren't there all the time. by time apart maybe on your off time go do stuff not together or let him just go wander around without you (one sleeping while other drives doesn't count) lol. But like I said earlier, relationship dynamics, I've no idea what you guys are like as individuals, as a couple, as a team.

Third guy response "try watching some porn" lol

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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QUESTION!!!!!

A big sleeper. Ba ha ha. There has been MANY MANY times where we literally only had just a couple of minutes for any intimacy. We had to learn how to be okay with that and go for it anyway. We both are happier we have. Sometimes though that won't be enough and we just decide to rain check. Not sure how old your relationship is. I think it gets easier to flat out ask "are you too tired for some action?". We both know that when the other answers that yes...indeed their answer is the truth whether it is a yes, no or other answer like "*sigh* I'm sorry but I am upset about something" or not feeling well - ensue quick chat, rain check, sleep. We do laugh now about "man we are such an old couple" (overly comfortable) talking about other things when we are getting started esp when it is the complete opposite of sexy conversation. I guess sometimes we are mixing the fact that we have such little time for real conversation and sex.

There are times where something is upsetting my dude completely unrelated to me in any way or is too stressed/tired from work. He will not be able to get "in the mood" for anything. I believe this is another one of those relationship dynamic questions not exclusive to truckers lol. It really depends on you both as individuals as a couple. Guess the only advice I may offer as options is to either "jump him" or just flat out say when you can have his full attention, "hey babe. I love you. I need you. i need sex". You both may have to try a few different strategies to figure out what will work for you two.

Some more random personal experiences from us: Earlier on in our relationship my guy would have what I call "self destructive" behavior. Sometimes he would feel jealousy when dealing with the fact that my hobbies and interests are mostly "guy things" I would be around a lot of guys. The self destructive behavior included - not wanting to have sex even though I did because he was thinking about these other guys instead of me wanting to have sex with him lol. (the fact that his ex-wife cheated on him and even ditched him and the kids to move 4000 miles away with some other guy REALLY didn't help but I tried my best to remain understanding of his behavior until we fixed it). At some point he had to realize (and I helped) that sure...maybe I might be around other guys, maybe one of them will make me laugh, maybe one of them might help me with something when you aren't there. But "I want YOU! I am wanting/trying to have sex with you". It took awhile but at some point it clicked and stuck...why would I deny my woman sex with me because I am worried that she might be interested in another guy? Makes no sense and is "self destructive" lol.

I also try to stay on point and direct if I need to bring something up that is bothering me. Start: I am sad. Middle: thing I am sad about. End: what I want or reverse want. It took a lot of practice for me but I always try to start a potentially confrontational sentence with "I [feel][thing][want/reverse want]". When people start off [you] and worst follow it with [thing][my feeling] it automatically sets up the other person to be defensive. example sentences "You keep rejecting me when I try to start something, what am I supposed to do?!" vs "I'm feeling rejected sometimes when I try to start, is there something I can do differently?" it's takes the pressure off of them. More often than not the other at this time instead of firing back will think about you and your feelings since it was "I" sentences and say what is really going on to help you feel better if it really isn't about something you are doing wrong. If it IS something you are doing wrong, listen to what they have to say and consider it. Really have merit behind "is there something I can do differently". Hope for the best, plan for the worst (Kemo life rule #3).

DISCLAIMER: I'm no therapist, couples counselor or anything related. Just your friendly neighborhood Kemo :D. Not responsible for any advice taken not panning out how anyone would prefer.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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What do you eat while on the road? Is it possible to pre-pack meals?

Ohhh he he. reynolds sells crock pot liners made for putting in b4 u start cooking. it's polyethylene (plastic) melting point is 239–275 °F. Don't know what temp crock pots cook at O.o. Only other thing I can think of is to manually line it with some heavy duty aluminum foil before hand, it wont keep it totally clean when you go to take it out but it would help make the clean up easier than nothing, would have to be super careful if you went to stir or scoop some out you wouldn't want to break the foil and get foil bits in your food.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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What do you eat while on the road? Is it possible to pre-pack meals?

I meant the lid locking bits are plastic. It says it's Material: Ceramic, Glass, Stainless Steel. I would think this means the pot part is ceramic which would be good. It's too bad it doesn't explain what parts are what but this would be my guess. I would go physically check it out since the pictures don't show you much other than what it looks like :D

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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From Teaching to Trucking - My Journey So Far

Sounds like you've got a pretty good game plan and have been studying hard :D It's definitely a lot to remember. You'll be amazed that years, decades even from now you will still remember these things well enough to pass again. It's all important. Before you know it school will be over and you'll be on your way CDL in hand onto the next adventure... :D

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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What do you eat while on the road? Is it possible to pre-pack meals?

There are, Target: Locking lid crockpot looks like you're supposed to be able to carry it by the handle as well. Design wise that would work for what i think you want, what kind of quality we are talking about as far as how well it cooks and durability i have no idea :( I'd still be careful with it since the lock tabs are plastic and not carry it like that if it's full but this could be pretty handy. When scoping out a product I try to see what reviews are from multiple outlets and ofc what the return policy is if I decide to buy it and from where. I like finding somewhere local to buy from too instead of online if I possible. Good luck!

I've always been curious about cooking with a crock pot. I just never tried or owned one /gasp!

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Took tests on invalid permit

You and your fellow student wouldn't be alone in something like this happening (screw up by dmv on cdl permits). IMO your DMV should fix the issue and you should get your updated permit. I don't think the school would know if there was a problem with your permit. I still wonder to myself on my almost dmv permit mix up story:

Got my CDL A Permit from DMV Ended up taking a Class B road test instead - passed. Went to the DMV to get my Class B CDL. They revoked and confiscated my Class A Permit although not expired - computer said I never passed the Combination Written Exam. They removed me ever having a Class A permit from my records. I passed the combination written exam same day to get a new Class A permit.

So what would have happened if I had passed the Class A road test at the time? I'm not even sure I want to know but I often wonder. Either way if the written test "examiner" did not enter in the exam results and/or the dmv "teller" wrongfully issued a Class A instead of B it was a dmv mistake but either way dmv personnel didn't seem to care.

I wish you luck on getting your permit straightened out. I kind of don't see why they couldn't of resolved your issue the same day or why they say that you need to retake the written exams. Maybe this differs per state but as far as I know of the written exams are valid for 1 year. If possible I would recommend contacting CDL Driver's services (if any of your nearby dmvs has one) or maybe a different manager. When you add endorsements an updated permit should be issued to show the added endorsements and your old one confiscated. Unless your current (or old permit now) reached its' expiration date then you would need to file paperwork for the renewal.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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The training diary of Kemo - the longest road.

Thanks again nancy :D You can do this too, all you have to do is start. Whether it's simply reading your states CDL Manual or looking at schools. Good luck Nancy! I hope to see a diary from you soon too :D One step at a time, I'm sure you won't try to hit the ground running like I did hah.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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The training diary of Kemo - the longest road.

It feels like a good day today. Yesterday afternoon we went to the test area and I got to practice the backing maneuvers with our 3axle side dump. I "self tested" the straight back, offset right & left and an alley dock with 1 ding for a 3rd pull up on the offset left. Then I spent a good portion of time figuring/feeling out the parallel park driver side. I didn't want to mess with their cone set up so even though the test area was maybe 5' short for the parallel I figured if I can get this thing in there with 5' of area missing I can definitely do it whether or not they give me the extra 5' (you get the length of your truck trailer plus 15' in the parallel). I don't even know how many tries I took to get it right. But once I finally did, I kind of like to do it correctly three times in a row as a rule of thumb. I do, each one actually looking better. I go ahead and go to do the alley dock again. First shot was perfect, second shot I think I did 3 pull ups (1 ding), third one was good 1 pull up. I go to try the offset right again, somehow I managed to totally fubar this pass. I probably could have recovered by pulling all the way up to the test boundary again but the sun was setting, I was getting hungry and home is about an hour away so we left.

I feel pretty good about the backing. Granted I passed on my first road test and seem to have it down, that last attempt at the offset right reminded me "don't get too ****y". Keep practicing all of the maneuvers they might test you on whether you ace it in practice or not. Need to get some more practice in on the downshift double clutch. Hopefully we make time for dry runs. We're both still shocked that we are still hauling gravel at this point in the year. Makes it hard to get practice in but it's okay, it might just go to pay for how many tests I might have to take since less than ideal practice is my reality ha ha ha. Of course I plan on passing the next time I take the test, but I did plan on that the first time too :P I'm prepared for the reality that I might make other mistakes and have to keep retesting until I can pass. This will probably be my last training diary entry, at least until I pass my road test.

Thank you to anyone who has read it. Now maybe this wasn't the typical diary for TT. But maybe someone might think about trying to train the way I did, read this and then have a better idea as what it might be like to not go to a school for training. In hindsight, I think we both would have preferred to send me to a school. In the past 3 years the work that I could have gotten with the Class A that I didn't do would have more than paid the heavy school fees. It's easier to fully dedicate yourself at a school and regular life doesn't get in the way. I look at it like this, the money that we thought we were going to save by not sending me to school, we've lost in potential profits.

Anywho thank you all for reading. I'm hoping some dancing bananas will be in my near future he he.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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The training diary of Kemo - the longest road.

Thanks! we can root for each other! :) The support alone and to know that someone is reading these entries other than me is really helpful on it's own :D

I have to be the worry person. If I'm not who will be! he he. What is odd but seems like a good thing is if I am not worried about something than my guy is. And vice versa.

We plan on test driving which set up I want to practice in and use for my next test today once the sun comes up. It's 5:10am here. Woke up bout 3:30am due to nightmares le sigh. Maybe now I can catch a few more Zzz's.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Lyght's Journey To Become A Truck Driver

GOOD JOB to the both of you!! I wouldn't think you would need to wait as your paper permit is usually active for quite a decent amount of time. Maybe someone from home would be able to send you both your "hard copy" permits after they arrive if you've already been "shipped out". Good luck to you both :D

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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The training diary of Kemo - the longest road.

Hehe thanks for being the first person to reply to it! I feel like a bit of an odd-ball round here.

I have to wait a minimum of 14 days since I had to renew my permit, to take the pre-trip, backing skills and road test again. I will have to pass all 3 of those although two I had passed on my first road test. If this is what you meant. As for the written exams they are valid for one year and only apply to getting the permit. So say you pass your airbrakes written exam but you fail your general knowledge and combination tests O.o! It's ok, that airbrakes one is good for a year, so just retake your other two tests until you pass (one attempt per day [in AK at least] last I checked). I sure hope I got this! I will so long as we get out there and practice! Then it will be in the bag.

Somehow I deal with immediate stress way better than impending stress or past tense stress. I may have already mentioned this somewhere in my diary but, it's true. I stressed out WAY more before my test than when I was actually taking it. Or like when I go to work, I stress out on my way to work pretty bad but once I am on the job it usually goes away and I just do what I need to. Of course there are days that stress me out while I am behind the wheel but those days are special cases lol, a few in my memory come to mind instantly and it usually involves working with guys who like to haul ass.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Little frustrated

Hah Nancy that's great. I know I'll be looking at the Knik underpass different every time I pass it now too. Will probably point it out to someone if I have a passenger and we go by it. Might even flip it off as I drive by lol.

Don't worry MC, you're definitely not alone. Heck I failed my road test just this Monday to a curb. I know plenty of guys who wouldn't be able to pass a CDL road test today if they took one after having CDLs for years or decades even. Especially those who don't do alley docks, like...ever. I think waiting for the retest is almost just as lame as the fact of having to take a retest! It wouldn't be as bad I don't think if there wasn't a one week waiting period minimum. Especially for guys who can not practice in the meantime. I've got a 2 week minimum but it will probably be another month before I can retest due to availability of certified testers : ( Hope to hear from ya next week with a pass!

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Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Dogs as truckers

Well yeah. Stranger Danger for real. And with OTR you can be all over the place. It makes sense even though that is a small percentage of truckers who were serial killers. That is a large percentage of serial killers who were truckers.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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The training diary of Kemo - the longest road.

Well, to skip a couple of parts, I left the DMV with a new Class IA permit yesterday afternoon with a Passenger endorsement/restriction.

The best part of the story, is going back to the DMV. Grabbing Timothy from CDL Services (guy who had been working with me all day), going straight to the one of the "teller" people up front without waiting. But then, the teller hit a block in the system where it would not allow him to continue processing my permit paperwork. His manager and the CDL Services manager end up verbally duking it out again I am told. I go take a seat, I'm waiting for awhile. They are still going at it somewhere in the building. I decide, eh screw it while they are arguing I will go take the passengers endorsement written. I pass. I go sit back down. This fiasco started at 9am that morning and it was now almost 4pm. I'm like "man I am STARVING!". So I head to the vending machines, only to discover both managers doing their verbal duke out right in front of the vending machines as poor Timothy leans against the wall...waiting for a verdict. I jokingly pretend as if I am trying to sneak by without being noticed not sure if I am not supposed to hear this conversation. Timothy notices me and starts laughing like "it's okay come over". I tell him I am just starving and just wanted to use the vending machines. I hear them arguing over the passengers endorsement (essentially for some reason there was verbiage in two different areas in the regulations that were conflicting, one on my side, the other against me). I tell Timothy, "you can tell them I passed my passengers endorsement just now so....they can probably stop arguing".

They are like "oh...well okay then. So that fixes that then". They start discussing that they NEED to fix the conflicting verbiage as the against me manager was trying to split.

Somehow it happens all the time where I am the person that becomes a "learning experience" for people in different areas of service. Funniest thing for me was that for some reason "against me manager" didn't believe him when he told her that I had passed my gen, airbrakes and combination exams the same day she ACTUALLY went and checked the computer like "oh....i guess she did then". And that whilst they were arguing.....I went ahead and passed another. I'm half expecting that she is going to check the cameras for when I was taking my tests ppfftt.

So now.....this is the plan since my permit is renewed. Stay on the waiting list with NIT for a road test. Practice in our side dump in the mean time (now that I know how to do the backing maneuvers, what the test route/pre-trip entails and how they expect me to double clutch.

Just remember folks out there, who want to skip school and try to "fast track"...go to school if you have the opportunity! So you don't end up like me : ( ha ha. This has been quite the grueling process. 9/3/2013 is the issue date of my first commercial learner's permit....just wow...still hangin in there :D

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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The training diary of Kemo - the longest road.

Some entries went over here /gasp

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