Profile For Papa Pig

Papa Pig's Info

  • Location:
    Smiths Station, AL

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 7 months ago

Papa Pig's Bio

Never let the truth get in the way of a good story

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Posted:  3 days, 2 hours ago

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Mentoring done ... going solo ... nervous as hell

Mike C it’s all gonna be ok. Like I posted above my first few weeks I was all nerves. While I am by no means an experienced driver and green I have learned to relax a bit. It is hard at first . There is a curve. But you have made it this far. And will make it further. Just be patient and take your time. Can’t wait to hear more about your journey

Posted:  3 days, 2 hours ago

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6 month update. Good things are happening for me.

Congratulations!!!!🎊🎉🎈🍾

Posted:  3 days, 2 hours ago

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Dollar accounts teach you how to park it!!

Sheesh, and i thought I had it bad. Props to this dude( or dudette) and no thank you. I wouldn’t do this or dollar tree, both use rollers and require a lot more precision backing.

Posted:  3 days, 2 hours ago

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Papa Pigs Zainy Rookie Solo Adventures

Just shut it down at my store for tomorrow mornings delivery. I’m down in Mobile, Al. The store is part of a mini mall so the dock is around back. As I pulled around the back I noticed how dark it was, then I started noticing pillows and sleeping bags, blankets, etc. had a very long walk around the front of the store to see what time in the morning they want to unload (the earlier the better cause it’s hot down here) the manager gave me the time that the morning crew would get here to receive me than looked out the window and asked me where my truck was. I told her it was in the back to stage for unload and she almost turned white. Said “Oh no honey, you can’t park back there overnight. Come to the front lot and make sure you have a padlock on the trailer.” Lol I had already decided to ask if I could come up front to park, that back area didn’t look too safe. looks like I’m gonna be ratchet strapping the doors tonight and gonna have a nice 10-15 min crawl at 5mph in the morning(not to say I unload off the clock or anything like that 🙄🤣) Waffle House here in the lot so looks like I can fuel the trucks unloading mechanism(me) before we get started. It’s funny I have posted a lot about food lately but have lost a little over 20 lbs since I started this job 🤷🏻‍♂️

One more thing, after that sweep last night I went and got my load for this morning. Picked up the trailer and the liftgate wouldn’t extend. This was a problem because our trailer maintenance crew doesn’t come in on Sunday and nobody has time to put in a breakdown for a liftgate. So after some cursing, pb blaster, and a pry bar she came free and started operating like butter. If you are gonna do anything with liftgates I highly recommend having PB blaster,prybar, baby sledgehammer, extra fuses(30s I think)cheap transmission fluid( in case you have hydraulic leaks it will help in a pinch) and patience!

Posted:  4 days, 2 hours ago

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Papa Pigs Zainy Rookie Solo Adventures

So, I had planned to do a video of the sweep I had to do before I dropped off this trailer and picked up my new load. (New store) have to do the WHOLE trailer in one delivery lol. I was skeptical of this store because it was the example that my safety guy gave me where drivers have had problems. Here is a pic

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I decided to go late in the evening but there were still cars back there, went up and turned around so I could pull into the Walgreens across the street and angle my trailer in, but just too much traffic. Decided since I wasn’t delivering I would just swallow my pride , park in the street and load that way. Better than an accident.

This video is me showing what was going on. So if it seems rushed that is why. I needed to get out of there !

https://youtu.be/iaIwulqbBTs

Normally this store is a 6 am delivery and you will see why. Lol. Stay safe guys!

Posted:  4 days, 12 hours ago

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Mentoring done ... going solo ... nervous as hell

It’s gonna be ok man. Believe me you got it. First few weeks and months will keep you on your toes for sure. Relax, don’t panic, take your time, and put that trailer where it needs to go. I swear after the first time I got in a pickle and looked over at that empty passenger seat looking for advice and none was there to be give I thought about getting a plushy or something lol. You WILL be ok!

Posted:  5 days, 14 hours ago

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Papa Pigs Zainy Rookie Solo Adventures

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At the end of the day this is what all the blood ,sweat, and tears is for. Y’all make sure to enjoy the time with the ones you love when you can. I was tired this morning and didn’t want to come out but the looks on the kids faces when they started slinging in fish is priceless

Posted:  5 days, 23 hours ago

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The first week of hauling flat bed is in the books!

That’s awesome Chris L. I’m glad they are keeping you busy! Stay safe out there and sing them chains!

Posted:  6 days, 2 hours ago

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Papa Pigs Zainy Rookie Solo Adventures

Chris L. Tbh I always kinda liked doing track. I didn’t mind the rain, better than desert heat, or tx heat. How is flatbed treating you?

Today I finally said “no” to something. I’m so used to following orders and want to be a good employee, I have been doing anything and everything asked of me. It’s really not in me to say I can’t do something I had delivered my last load and was halfway home. Got called and they asked a “favor”. Wanted to know if I would come back to the dc and pick up one more load. I had to tell them that it had been a rough week and I was physically drained. Honestly I didn’t have another trailer unload in me. Most of it was physical but there was the mental aspect too. It’s damn hot out there lol. I know my body and don’t want to burn out. My FM said he understood (I hope he really did and doesn’t hold it against me) sometimes you gotta listen to your body.

Did 4 loads this week and would have had 5 if it wasn’t for the breakdown on Wednesday. 4 is the average and 5 is great. I have been doing 5 per week consistently except for my first week solo, and the week I volunteered to help the reefer account. By this morning I was ok hitting the average.

Tomorrow gonna take my boys fishing. No point earning a living if you can’t enjoy the fruits of your labor!

Posted:  6 days, 12 hours ago

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Papa Pigs Zainy Rookie Solo Adventures

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TA in Montgomery. Stopped for a mud flap stayed for some “Trucker “ breakfast. Too often I end up eating a pop tart and start unloading. Gotta take advantage of good food when you can. Found out one of my flaps was gone when I did my post trip last night , had to get it taken care of before I hit the interstate. Don’t want a ticket in my way home!!

Andrew “Semper-Fi” thank you ! I have delivered to millidgeville once I think. Though it’s normally not in our AO. You will do fine at the job. Just don’t overthink and be confident. I wish you luck

Posted:  1 week ago

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Papa Pigs Zainy Rookie Solo Adventures

Mr. Curmudgeon it was really good. Also much better setting there for awhile than in a noisy shop or service waiting area. Way I see it is ya gotta enjoy the little things out here and get away from the cab when ya can.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Delivering to Grocery Stores

I feel for you Rob. Those grocery store docs , especially if they are part of an older shopping complex can be a huge pain.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Looking for advice

Welcome Mike, if you haven’t already checkout the training diaries section. I think there are a few very detailed Roehl accounts there.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Papa Pigs Zainy Rookie Solo Adventures

Found out there is a hole in the wall Mexican restaurant in walking distance to the shop. Winning!

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Posted:  1 week ago

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Papa Pigs Zainy Rookie Solo Adventures

So, I have had a few breakdowns this week due to bad filters apparently. Setting here waiting to get serviced so probably won’t get a load today. Honestly I’m ok with that, it’s been a long week and I am tired.

Learned a few cool tricks though. 1. The roadside service guy taught me how to prime the fuel filter to get the truck started if I ever have the issue again.

2. While talking to an experienced driver on the account about crappy stores and trying to unload with a trailer lean he told me to carry some chunks of boards with me or find some big rocks to put under one of the trailer tires to get it to level out and not lean as bad .(mind blown) I wish I had thought of that earlier. I would like to say I can’t wait to try it but honestly would just prefer a level parking lot lmao.

3. Never using windex again. There is this foam spray cleaner from dollar general that I have been using for the insides of my windshield. No streaks and seems to be anti fog. Also I spray it on the outside before i start fueling, so by the time I Wash it the bugs come off so much easier with minimal elbow grease.

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It’s been a long week, but I gained some knowledge and more experience. Fleet managers and Dm are doing their best to keep me rolling and happy. I’ll take it. Werner as a whole has been good to me. I have yet to experience (big evil mega company) vibe from them. Got a call earlier from the guy over all the distributions centers in my region and he wanted to know if I was happy, and if I was being treated right. It might have been a check the block or not , but I believe it’s the right way to do business and appreciated it. Hope y’all are well.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Papa Pigs Zainy Rookie Solo Adventures

Thanks Anne, I appreciate it. That was a pre coffee morning delivery. That’s why I look so tired lol

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Papa Pigs Zainy Rookie Solo Adventures

Waiting to pick up my home load for the week.its been hot and muggy but not too bad. I got my first critical event this week. Was driving 2 my second drop of the day on a country rd. Bee or something flew in my window and started buzzing around my sunglasses, i shewed it off and when I looked down I was on a stop sign. Luckily i was going slow , anyways I hit the brakes and didn’t feel like I was gonna stop but could see nothing was coming, kinda made a California rolling stop and kept going. That’s when I saw the critical event warning “sh@t!” Came back to the dc for a new load and let my fleet manager know. He said it should be no problem so off I go with the new trailer. When I wake up in the morning I have 3 qual messages to please call corporate safety.🤦🏻‍♂️ Those dudes don’t play around. Dude made me feel about 2 inches tall (rightly so I will admit) so yesterday I had to talk to my dc’s safety rep who was waaaay more understanding . I had to do a few strainers before I could pick up my next load. Told me how I could have handled it better and to get my butt back to work. While waiting I was able to talk to my fleet manager face to face for a bit and asked if there was anything I needed to do to be more productive and he said I was performing very well for a new driver and they had no complaints! I’ll take it! After being here and pulling loads and not complaining I can tell the difference in how I’m treated. At first I was just a her new guy, now everyone is friendly and everyone calls me by my name. Werner is a huge company, but besides for the unpleasant call with safety(my fault) everyone has been very professional and helpful. That whole mega companies treat you like crap hasn’t happened to me. I don’t know if it’s from being dedicated or not but I like it here. They understand it’s a hard job and try to make it easier for us.

If y’all remember a few weeks ago I talked about the load from Hell that I complained about. They said to take pictures and they would see about getting me extra money for that unload. I never expected to get a dime but when I checked this weeks paystub they got me an extra $200!!!! For a messed up load. They made good on their word.

With my past 4 paychecks my weekly avg gross has been 1470! Not bad for a shave tail rookie driver! At least not in my eyes!

I didn’t have many opportunities to take videos this week but got a few pics of some crappy loading areas

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I will say I don’t know how ppl come to this account without training on it first. A one day here is your job session is not enough and is irresponsible and dangerous. Just my 2 cents. I was able to train on it for a month and was still terrified when I went solo. I am starting to enjoy it now though. If anyone ever decides to do this account let me know and I will offer as much help and advice as possible. If you somehow decide to do it as a rookie, (like my dumb a$$) demand a trainer that’s actually on the account. Don’t go with an otr guy and then come to work. 2 different types of driving and backing completely!

Hope this all doesn’t seem like a big old ramble lol

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Papa Pigs Zainy Rookie Solo Adventures

The last video was a short clip but I’m thinking about video documenting clips of certain stores and situations and doing a highlight Of the week every now again. Would anyone be interested in seeing something like that? We will see how it goes with time constraints and such

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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RECENT CDL GRAD (GOT TERMINATED FOR VIOLATING COMPANY POLICY)

We’re you in a hotel while out with a trainer? How did they know you had beer in your room? Hotel report you or your trainer?

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Papa Pigs Zainy Rookie Solo Adventures

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Me unloading a water rolltainer?

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