Profile For Han Solo Cup

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  • Location:
    OH

  • Driving Status:
    Considering A Career

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  • Joined Us:
    1 year, 7 months ago

Han Solo Cup's Bio

Reading the training diaries and patiently waiting to become an OTR trucker.

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Posted:  4 days, 6 hours ago

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Local food service as a rookie

You are a saint among drivers, Rob. Tbh, I had probably close to absolutely no respect for local food delivery drivers until your blog. It has completely changed how I view this job and given me a new respect for you guys. Man, that is one hard a$$ job and I really appreciate you guys doing this just so I can eat at some of my favorite restaurants. I had no idea your days could be so brutally long.

Keep up the good work and good on you for pursuing those endorsements and waiting for your first year to be up.

Posted:  5 days, 6 hours ago

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What should i do

I'll give you my advice which is coming from roughly the same angle you're at right now... not-a-trucker who wants to become one.

I've been trying for 20+ years to get one of those state or federal jobs with awesome benefits and retirement. At least I was up until a year or so ago. Also like you, the desire to become a truck driver has been with me for a few years. However, I too have a family to care for and need a steady income which is why I'm in DoD contracting (tongue in cheek about the steady as I have been laid off a few times). Here's what I decided to do...

I'm going to keep working my DoD job earning a great salary and decent retirement package up until the contract cycle fluctuates again and a number of us find ourselves laid off again (nature of the beast). At that time... be it a few months from now or a few years from now... I'll pursue my dream of becoming a trucker. This would be my recommendation for you. You've landed this job which you, yourself, admit is hard to get. You also mentioned young ones at home (mine aren't so young 16, 19, 22); you'll want to be there for them as G-Town alluded to. Work this job, build up a savings and maybe a little retirement, be there for your kids... I used to always say "they're only this age once." If things go south with the job, then pursue trucking. My two coppers.

Posted:  6 days, 6 hours ago

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Stevens Transport Drug Test Question

The wording of his question is what causes me concern...

Is it urine only or do they take hair follicle samples as well?

That implies he's worried about past and present. With all the drug testing I've been around in the DoD, no one and I mean no one asks about second hand smoke unless they mean "first hand" smoke.

Posted:  6 days, 6 hours ago

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CFI at Crowder College

I've been following you since day 1... maybe even before that. Haha. I'm really excited for you and can't wait to hear how things go for you. Good luck!

Posted:  6 days, 7 hours ago

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PAM/Driver Solutions Training

Eagerly awaiting your news... fingers crossed that good things happen for you as we've all been witness to the effort you've put forth.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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My Day By Day Experience At Eastern Freightways Flatbed Division

Chris, I think we're mirroring one another. I'm a DoD contractor and my job can be like watching grass grow "fertilized" with a bag of politics (company and gov't). I too have anywhere from about four months to two years before I'm ready to make the career switch. Which leads me to...

Mike, they're right (as you've already acknowledged), don't make a life impacting decision while stressed, angry, etc. Congrats for telling yourself that! In the last few months alone, I've found myself sitting at my desk thinking "F it, I'm quitting and applying to Prime today." It's the stress from the politics and contracts that pushes me to think like that. Then I remember that I just got an out-of-cycle raise and told by management they need me to hang around for the foreseeable future (of course, in DoD contracting that could be an hour, a week, a year, ten years, who knows). It's when I step back and look at the bigger picture that I make a better, more well informed decision. I've got two years till my youngest graduates high school which gives me two years to prep the house for sale and to move my wife into a condo. And I'm making a good salary and home daily... it puts the daily grind into perspective. I say all this to show you that you're not the only one who can be their own worst enemy when things are in the crapper and you're left with time to think and do nothing (which is exactly why I started lifting).

Hang in there, this will pass, and keep the bigger picture in mind. Your blog continues to be one of my top three favs and you just recently documented your "plan, brick wall, replan, brick wall, re-replan"... love it and love your drive!

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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C.R. England Truck Driving School in Fontana, CA

I think it shows great motivation and willingness to learn that you showed up for the optional study session. I'm curious... what time was the extra study session? Did your other classmates just want to sleep in? I would jump on every extra practice session no matter what they were teaching or if I even needed the help. At my current job, I greedily take all the training they offer as it can only make me a better employee.

Enjoying your diary!

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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My Day By Day Experience At Eastern Freightways Flatbed Division

Congrats on getting married!!

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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C.R. England Truck Driving School in Fontana, CA

Thanks a ton, Colin. Identifying parts is my biggest concern and you did answer my question.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Prime: Let's do this!

I'm excited for you, Bran. I'm keen on Prime and will definitely be looking forward to your diary. BTW, how is that book? I've heard about it and I'm kinda interested.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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C.R. England Truck Driving School in Fontana, CA

I have two questions... the first is overwhelming... you lost 38 people in one week? That seems crazy ridiculous to me. I've always held a job which required a pee test to acquire and random tests whenever to keep the job. I've never once known anyone to fail and I guess I just can't grasp that many people failing a test they know is coming in an industry they know has no tolerance.

My second question is: I'm not a gearhead by any stretch of the imagination (I'm a computer guy). After it's been a few days of this learning method (learning the parts before the verbiage), do you think it's helping? I'm fairly certain I could memorize the words fairly easily but I'm equally certain I won't be able to sight-identify some parts unless I practice them first. Thanks.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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CFI at Crowder College

Congrats, Don, I've been reading everything you posted and I can't wait to hear how the next phase goes.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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PAM/Driver Solutions Training

Cool shot of the sideview mirror and foreground. I was excited to read about your first drive and I think I can relate to the mix of emotions you felt. Keep having fun and keep learning.

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Prime: Let's do this!

Who knows Bran, by the time I'm ready to do this, you may be a trainer. Prime is my company of choice right now as I really like their training plan. Good luck and I'm looking forward to reading your diary.

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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PAM/Driver Solutions Training

Me too! I'm excited to hear how your first big day goes.

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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My Day By Day Experience At Eastern Freightways Flatbed Division

Day 5

"alternate route ahead" I'm not falling for that one anymore!

--insert multiple LOLs here--

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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Prime: Let's do this!

Great job, Bran! Loving your diary.

Posted:  1 month ago

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1 year OTR in the books

Congrats, I'm definitely jelly!

Posted:  1 month ago

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Please Update Your Avatar

Updated. Love that we can personalize these now.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Errol!

This brought a smile to my face today; it's really awesome that two TTers could meet up.

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