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Plot Twist!'s Bio

It's a secret.

Okay, but really, right now I'm in research, research, research mode while I try to get some medical things taken care of and maybe scratch up some loose change to take with me to a CDL school for fees and feeDs.

Stay tuned, or don't. I'm mostly here to lurk and stare at you all anyway. Reeeeseeeeaaaarch...

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Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Best personal vehicle to let sit.

Ah, yeah, I've never had to worry about that with mine since the body is so solid, and I check the engine bay for any critters before starting it if it's been sitting. (And the wheel wells for any cats, especially in the winter.)

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Best personal vehicle to let sit.

I am my car's primary mechanic. It's gas, and OBD-I. Most of the important things on it are purely mechanical in nature.

Rule of thumb I use is I try to start my car at least once a month even when it's not in use, idle it for a while, let it warm up, move it around in the driveway even if it's not street legal at the time for whatever reason (my insurance lapsed for a few months, for example). Back it in if it was parked straight, or vice versa, etc. (That last bit's just a trick to let the landlords know that yes, the car is operational.)

The whole idea is to get the fluids cycling and move the axles around a bit. Beyond that, cars really don't care unless they have something wrong with them. And I've let it go two months before without any problems, though it doesn't make me happy.

I think once I get into trucking properly I'll either start using storage treatment on my gas or I'll keep the tank low and drain it every six months or so and put fresh in. Gas slowly turns into varnish as it ages, and the results are not pretty. Probably give it an oil change every six months as well even with all that sitting, because oil also degrades even when not in use, and my car is my baby. I take good care of it. I'm its second owner, it still has most of its original factory parts, and I slapped the 200,000 mile marker on the butt a while back with no signs of any troubles on the horizon.

I can't make recommendations on what car to get though, as I've only ever owned this one car and it's definitely a niche vehicle.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Backing Practice™ 19 - Claremont Paper Mill

I actually take it as a good sign that I'm equal parts terrified... and equal parts dying to know the trick to it.

I guess terrified's the wrong word. "I have a healthy respect for the problem at hand" just isn't as succinct!

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Backing Practice™ 19 - Claremont Paper Mill

Yeah, I noticed all that! Looks pre-tty terrifying to me.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Cricket wireless...any thoughts? 🤔

I can use my phone as a hot spot for nothing extra. It just uses my data. When I had Boost they charged $10/mo for hot spot. I don't know all the plans Boost has now.

I'm on AT&T and can turn on a secured wifi network hotspot via my phone. Tried it to see if it worked and yep, it even claimed it was checking my plan and then it just... worked. Verified it by connecting to it briefly from a tablet.

This was on a rooted android, though. A 2013 Moto X to be specific. Dunno if that makes a difference or if I'd be able to enable it even on a phone I bought directly from them and never rooted. (Perish the thought! I don't know if I could stand to use an un-rooted phone for anything besides spare parts...)

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Backing Practice™ 19 - Claremont Paper Mill

Maybe it's my lack of a CDL (let alone experience with backing into docks) talking, but man, that looks like such a mess...

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Lurking furiously to see what solutions folks have.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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GEAR SHIFTING

Here's a weird question... if you have to un-learn your habits as a manual driver to drive truck, how badly do you mess up your car on home time?

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My Little Jack is a 5-speed manual transmission, I hope decades of driving it will keep it second nature! lmao

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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You Tube Trucking Videos

Saw someone mention Red Viking Trucker could quit trucking and go into motivational speech? So true, lmao. Also, his smile is just infectious (in a good way, lol).

For better or for worse, these are the trucking channels I currently have subscribed to:

(In the order my subscriptions list has them in.)

The First Crew (American Truck Simulation videos, but he's using the game to try to teach backing)

jimmy cox (Also someone focused on backing maneuvers, though with paper and a model most of the time.)

Allie Knight

Junior Honduras

TheRightBrotha

PinkBabyDoll

trucker Brown

Smart-Trucking.com

sberger6604

J Canell

Mr.Sinnizter DaTrucker

Randee Lewis

Red Viking Trucker (He of the infectious smile.)

B Smoove Make Money

Red Head Trucker

Possibly lost a few in cutting out the not-related ones.

I admit some of them are more for entertainment value than information value, but whatever right? I may even make my own if I make it out there.

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I come here for most of my serious research.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Taking bicycles on the road

I favorited Daniel B's video when it was posted before:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1A2A8edXrA

Posted:  2 years, 12 months ago

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A single question that's literally for the birds: cab bouncing. How bad is it?

Yeah. Seems like that's what the bounce issue is going to boil down to.

But, the only way to know if there was a more definitive answer was to either wait and see, by which time it might be too late, or to ask.

So, I asked. XD Thanks everyone who replied!

Posted:  2 years, 12 months ago

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A single question that's literally for the birds: cab bouncing. How bad is it?

Yeah, like some airlines let you bring pet birds with you like you might bring a cat etc. Doesn't bother them the same way.

As for car sickness, I'll probably drive them around for a few hours in my car to see how they respond since it's been yeeeaaars, before I really consider sticking them in a truck for a month. I read that not letting them see out the side of the vehicle is key, which shouldn't be much problem in the back (and I tend to keep a beach towel wrapped around the sides and back of the cage anyway). I've also seen people say here and there that the more a bird flies, the less likely they are to get motion sick in a car.

My finches are in a flight cage and fly and fly and fly. When they invariably escape during any kind of cage transfer etc, it takes forever for them to wear out of flapping around in my bathroom (only room I do these things in, with the toilet seat down of course). They're strong little fuzzballs! Usually caged finches wear out fast, but my pair are a couple of workout fiends and they're in a big enough cage to do loops while also having four or five different perches (of different sizes and shapes, for toe health) that they land on whenever.

Posted:  2 years, 12 months ago

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A single question that's literally for the birds: cab bouncing. How bad is it?

Yeah, like some airlines let you bring pet birds with you like you might bring a cat etc. Doesn't bother them the same way.

As for car sickness, I'll probably drive them around for a few hours in my car to see how they respond since it's been yeeeaaars, before I really consider sticking them in a truck for a month. I read that not letting them see out the side of the vehicle is key, which shouldn't be much problem in the back (and I tend to keep a beach towel wrapped around the sides and back of the cage anyway). I've also seen people say here and there that the more a bird flies, the less likely they are to get motion sick in a car.

My finches are in a flight cage and fly and fly and fly. When they invariably escape during any kind of cage transfer etc, it takes forever for them to wear out of flapping around in my bathroom (only room I do these things in, with the toilet seat down of course). They're strong little fuzzballs! Usually caged finches wear out fast, but my pair are a couple of workout fiends and they're in a big enough cage to do loops while also having four or five different perches (of different sizes and shapes, for toe health) that they land on whenever.

Posted:  2 years, 12 months ago

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A single question that's literally for the birds: cab bouncing. How bad is it?

My Grey and one of the two Caiques use the trash can and the toilet. And yes in the cage when they must, the other Caique was a rescue and she is coming around slowly. But we haven't been training her as we did the other two. White paper plates. Put one in the area right in front of the door to the cage, open the door, bird climbs out and uses the bathroom on the plate... do this for a couple weeks and move the plate to the trashcan. Yes change the plate after each use.

So my favorite speach thing that happend with my Grey was when he learned the difference between a bath and a shower... Greys are powder birds vs oily skin... He would say "wanna take a shower" he goes in a stands on the curtain rod and soaks up the steam... well one day he said "wanna take a bath" so I filled the tub up and put him in. He looked at me and said "WANNA TAKE A SHOWER!!!) and sounded just like a little kid and even put inflection on the word shower...

I couldn't quit laughing and smile every time I think of that.

Ahaha, he learned an important lesson that day: be careful what you ask for!

Posted:  2 years, 12 months ago

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A single question that's literally for the birds: cab bouncing. How bad is it?

Luckily my grey has another slave "my wife" and he tolerates her especially since while on my hometime I make up stuff for him to get daily like dried fruits and some but not many nuts and plastic and wood toys in coffee filters. And put them in an old pellet bucket to stay fresh and she puts them around his cage for him to find. But with her putting them into his cage I think that gives her cool points in his eyes.

Anyone reading this that doesn't have FIDS or Feathered kIDS, yes they can be just like kids... different moods, bribery is common, And you will have times that they will surprise you with just how smart they are. A dog can be kicked by it's owner and still seek affection from him. I have a Caique small 6-8 inchs tall.. And birds get pin feathers that hurt if touched the wrong way. This Caique will come up to be petted or scratched knowing she has pins that hurt and still rub her head against your hand and if it hurts her she'll bite the crap out of you for revenge. If you move your hand away from her she will chase it down and not stop till she gets her revenge. She won't naw on you forever but she will make it "even"

My Grey talks alot but occasionally gets bored and starts being loud to get our other two birds going then he'll be quiet for a few minutes and then tell the other two birds "cut it out your being to loud"

On top of that, for the uninitiated, an african grey is the size of a housecat. And can take a thumb off.

I've never had a Caique. We had a grey in the house when I was a kid, and I've had a few 'tiels, and a two species of finch (who... obviously aren't parrots, lol). You can hand-train finches, but it's a lot of work and with so many cats around in my case, not nearly worth the risk. One chomp or claw swipe and a finch would be toast. Cats can even kill them through the bars of the cage, which is part of why I'd rather have them with me. Roommate staying behind can take care of the cats who will scream bloody murder if they run out of food or water, but even finches... they're, mnnn, I wouldn't say "higher maintenance", but more caution has to be taken.

Thankfully because they're not parrots they're quite pleased to just be in their (nice and large, for them) cage. I definitely won't have bird poop all over my truck. IDK how people truck with even the most travel-happy of parrots unless they are On The Ball about cleanup, because parrots aren't pleased to just chill in their cage all day every day. They're too smart for it.

Posted:  2 years, 12 months ago

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A single question that's literally for the birds: cab bouncing. How bad is it?

How heavy or light your load will make a difference. Also if you have your load balanced. Lighter loads I can feel the trailer bounce, but not much effects up front. Hitting a hard bump with a heavy load tends to toss my truck around pretty good.

Hm, noted. I may need to come up with some way to cushion them extra-good regardless of the truck itself.

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How heavy or light your load will make a difference. Also if you have your load balanced. Lighter loads I can feel the trailer bounce, but not much effects up front. Hitting a hard bump with a heavy load tends to toss my truck around pretty good.

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You can always tell when it's a good one.... All the doors for the cabinets are open.

Same with RVs. If it can swing, rattle, or open, it will.

Posted:  2 years, 12 months ago

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A single question that's literally for the birds: cab bouncing. How bad is it?

I thought about bringing my Grey in the beginning but I just couldn't do it and he is "my bird" so he has alot more fits while I'm gone.

But he's a happy camper when I get home. He won't shut up for the first few hours "just to make sure he gets all my attention for awhile"

I also recommend checking out a Pack O Bird. Other companies might make them now but for the times you have to get out of your truck like at some shops while in for service it makes life a little easier and they collapse down to nothing.

Oh, that's a good carrier. I hadn't found that in my research for carrier cages without gaping gaps in them (finch bodies are like, the size of shooter marbles under all those feathers). Onto my list of things to get, it goes.

Parrots are all such babies, though I suspect my cats will be just as needy whenever I'm home. They like the roommate who will be taking care of them well enough, but I'm me. Pretty sure they'll be first on the list for attention whenever I get home, followed by my car getting all its fluids cycled around and its two whole axles (!) moved. Cars need to be ran once in a while or all kinds of stuff goes bad with them, and no one touches my machine child but me. :)

(I'm going to be such a nuisance for the mechanics if I'm not careful, just pelting them with questions... I may have already started learning the basics of diesels. But, I won't wrench on it if it's not mine unless it's something stupidly simple like clamping a hose back on or cleaning off an electrical ground that's getting grumpy.)

Posted:  2 years, 12 months ago

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A single question that's literally for the birds: cab bouncing. How bad is it?

It depends on the truck. The 2010 cascadia I trained in bounced so much I asked the mechanic if the shock absorbers were still functioning. But in the 2015 Cascadia I slept great and didn't notice too much bounce.

I have a cat who sits on his pole while .driving and he rarely gets jolted. I know cats are different. Best I can day though lol no experience with birds.

One thing to think about is asking companies if they would allow birds. Some only do cats n dogs.

Yeah, I suspect it'll end up being a "wait and see what my solo truck actually is" situation. I plan to have my birds in my criteria for choosing a company regardless, if I don't find any other compelling reasons not to bring the birds. I would just be too worried about them in anyone else's care. Experienced as I am with finches (well over a decade now), I know how to jump most of the hurdles including in emergency situations.

I've been sniffing around fulltimer RV forums for travel specific issues, but a truck is a lot smaller living space with a lot more work it has to do. Bounce is the main thing RVs don't have to consider (for caged pets) as compared to a semi. RV suspension goes down the whole body, and doesn't have to carry nearly as much weight.

Posted:  2 years, 12 months ago

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A single question that's literally for the birds: cab bouncing. How bad is it?

I've been in trucks that don't bounce to terribly bad but not many. If it's not well secured it's not where you left it.

My Caiques get car sick so.. My Grey just stares at me hopeful that he isn't going to see the man in the white coat that puts him in a towel and does other mean things to him.

If my birds come along I plan to wrap a strap around the whole bottom mattress and secure it over the top of the cage, with the cage facing forward.

I'll also be zip-tying all the joints of the cage to make damn sure nothing pops apart.

Also I know you mentioned not wanting to hear about bord basics but one you may not have thought of.

Canaries were used in caves for the sole purpose of gas detection.

Be very vigilant in your pretrip while looking at the exhaust including underneath the cab.

Oh, trust me, I'm on it. I'm extremely chemically-sensitive myself. I've done alright as a DIY mechanic but that's in an open airspace, inside I'm damn near a canary myself. I plan to have a few flavors of detectors in the cab for extra measures.

Posted:  2 years, 12 months ago

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A single question that's literally for the birds: cab bouncing. How bad is it?

Yeah, I've taken the finches on a 12 hour drive before in the cab of U-haul, and they were fine with it. But if it's mega super bouncy all the time I'm concerned about that. Vibration, I can counter (after sufficient time for the materials to de-gas, of course). But big shaky boom-boom bounces? Not so easily.

Posted:  2 years, 12 months ago

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A single question that's literally for the birds: cab bouncing. How bad is it?

How bad does your truck bounce around when going down the road? People talk about being nearly bounced out of the bunk when team driving, but I -- having never been in a moving 18 wheeler -- don't know how much of that is exaggeration and how much of it isn't.

Please note, I'm not asking how easy or hard it is to sleep during team runs. That's just the only time I've seen it come up. And I know the seats have some suspension, but I'm also not asking about that. Literally, how much does the truck bounce around. Just on average; I know some roads are smoother than others, and some are washboards. (I've done plenty of 12-to-24-hour straight drives all around the west in a car with a 23 year old suspension. I'm under no illusions that the road is smooth and silky.)

Asking for the sake of potential pet passengers who would be strapped to the bottom bunk during driving. Tiny and notably hardy birds, in their flight cage, to be specific.

Disclaimers time: I already know how to keep their temperatures regulated without power for extended periods, etc. How to set up the cage to not have swinging nonsense inside it; how to avoid water and food spillage, etc. If I hit a really rough patch, the cage gets some nice soothing darkness. Not a novice at birds, just at trucking.

And I know I may have trouble finding a company that'll let me take something besides a cat or a dog. Understood. Right now I'm just considering logistics from inside the cab, not from inside the company (yet). If I can figure out the former, then I will worry about the latter. Company policy won't be relevant if I decide I can't safely bring my single cage, single pair of zebra finches to begin with.

The potential bouncing is all that I can't account for, not having experienced it. Sorry if my disclaimers seem a bit much, just trying to head off being told about bird basics. Unless you keep tiny, hardy cage-only birds in your truck, then by all means, dish them details.

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