Profile For Han Solo Cup

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  • Location:
    OH

  • Driving Status:
    Considering A Career

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    1 year, 10 months ago

Han Solo Cup's Bio

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

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Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Wils Trans cdl training just got approved for school

Good luck , have fun, and looking forward to reading your diary!

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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CRST, The second chance: Waterloo.

Absolutely fantastic! It was a pleasure and an honor to read your roller coaster of emotions and determination. Thanks for documenting everything for the rest of us.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Prime CDL Training

Regarding supplements/meds/etc, when I travel, I always leave them in their container. They do take up a little extra space but it's worth it IMO. If you're ever questioned about what something is, it's very easy to just tell the person (officer) to reference the bottle as it displays a complete description and, if it's prescribed, all the contact info for the pharmacy. That little extra space being taken up is worth the potential headache saving down the road. Just my two cents.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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My Maverick Transportation Diary

I'm curious... what kind of qualifying questions did they ask you? It's one thing to make sure you have a solid work history and clean bill of health, but I never considered the actual interview with a recruiter. I'm incredibly interested to hear what kind of questions Maverick asked you.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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I wanna be like Rolling Thunder!

Please consider doing a training diary as it helps the new guys as well as those of us still considering school. And good luck, have fun.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Jim Palmer Trucking - Missoula MT

I'm also excited to read your diary. And I can't imagine being in your shoes... so excited and nervous at the same time.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Another couple of milestones truckin helped me reach.

Congrats MillionMiller! Your story is an inspiration to us all.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Jim Palmer Trucking - Missoula MT

Thanks KnowItAll, I appreciate the training time and pay breakdown info. Jim Palmer is on my list and this is good info to know. Good luck with your training and cram in as much High Road Training as you can before you leave. Keep us posted!

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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The brotherhood of DMV and Insurance company hell - rant

I live in Ohio and those letters for sure aren't random but, then again, I've never let my insurance lapse. In Ohio, if the car is in front of your house or in your driveway, it needs a plate and that means insurance. Pull the vehicle in a garage, around back, on the side of the house (but not level with the front of the house) or cover it otherwise you can get dinged.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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My Day By Day Experience At Eastern Freightways Flatbed Division

Thanks for the update, Mike. I love hearing about your daily adventures.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Prime: Let's do this!

It will take a few months to really notice the differences. I felt a little different after a few days but about 3-4 months in, I really noticed how I was able to stay awake at work and was more alert all day long. I got my average events down to 0.77 / hour (my worst night was last week with 2.4 events / hour).

My machine is a Bi-PAP which just means it has two speeds: it starts out softer (not really all that soft actually) and ramps up, as I fall asleep, to full power. Mine also has an app that allows me to track how long I use the mask, events, seal, etc, etc. See if you have one as it helps you correct your usage over time. It also takes time to get used to having something wrapped around your head. Good luck! It's for the best!

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Local food service as a rookie

Long update coming: Brace yourself.....

I read that and got up to make another cup of coffee. Whew, that's a long update and a fantastic read. Your blog continues to a) make me appreciate my local food service guys and b) reinforces my desire to never try this position. You've mentioned many times you're doing this for your family and I respect that. I enjoy all of your posts; they're real eye openers.

Posted:  3 months ago

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I did it - I got my CDL!!!

Congrats Colin! I've followed all your posts and look forward to more (time permitting).

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Posted:  3 months ago

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PAM/Driver Solutions Training

Nighthawk, I remember you saying you weren't thrilled with the six months of teaming before going solo. Was this one of the big reasons for your change? And will you owe PAM anything for the schooling?

Posted:  3 months, 1 week 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:  3 months, 1 week 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:  3 months, 1 week 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:  3 months, 1 week 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:  3 months, 1 week 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.

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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!

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