Profile For Bob O.

Bob O.'s Info

  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, PA

  • Driving Status:
    Considering A Career

  • Social Link:
    Bob O. On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    5 years, 4 months ago

Bob O.'s Bio

A millwright tired of sucking down dirt. I'd rather be poor in the west than live in this craphole for another year.

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Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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Meeting Rick tomorrow... anyone else?

Hi guys. I'm delivering in Pompano Beach FL in the morning and Rick and I are going to meet up. Anyone else in the area?

And if I disappear...hunt him down please. Thank you

Hahahh

Just be sure to bring rubbers and a dental dam. Jesus...have you ever read her books? LOL

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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Life Gets In The Way Of Over-The-Road Driving

So, my plans have changed. OTR will no longer be an option for me in the near future. I lost my job Saturday. First thought for my wife and I was it's a good time to make the leap into trucking. By today, Monday, we both changed our minds. She really would miss me and I her. Also, it's just the two of us and our dogs. She can't handle working all day and taking care of everything with the house. I have to much to take care of here. So, being away for long stretches won't work.

Thanks so much to Brett and this site. It has really helped me to learn everything I needed to make a well informed decision. I am currently looking for different jobs. Although, I did apply for a dock to driver job. I need to be working and have an income.

I will still hang out here and chime in from time to time. Thanks also to everyone on this site.

I kinda getchu but I won't be as nice. Really, what is the problem? Do you want to support your family, or do you want to work for 8 bucks an hour as a security guard? Men do what they have to do. Better men than you have sailed off to catch lobsters, or fight pirates, or get sunk by Nazi submarines. You either want to drive a truck, or you don't.

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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No recent job history

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No stripper or porn star. If you really want to know I've been collecting Social security disability and looking for way off, if i can pull it off.

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Was hoping for Porn Star myself.

We're plenty supportive here. Will your disability prevent you from passing a DOT physical? Are you on meds (psyche, pain, etc.) that you may have to get off or change, before you go to orientation?

We've saved a few people wasted round trips, by helping them find out things that will get them sent home to fox - before they get sent home to fix them.

Rick

Eww...Not looking to see a porn star that is padding income with trucking. Really can't see Siri doing that.

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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Refresh Training for cdl holder with 3month otr experience

Hey man, I'll tell ya right now. She's from Pittsburgh. Probably a union idiot. Totally a lost cause. She feels 100$ entitled.

Heather, this forum is not like many others. If you can give us the details that G-Town is asking for, we can give you give advice. It may be embarrassing now, but we all want to help you get through this situation, and continue getting started in your trucking career. We all want to help, not laugh at you. (Though we have some good kneeslappers of our own sometimes!)

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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Automation, Elon Musk, & Self-Driving Trucks

How much longer will the Elon Musk & Automation trade be around?

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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Starting a truck driving career with local LTL company

Is it A. Duie Pyle? I've been trying to get on with them for a year now.

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Patience...How do you deal with it

Bob as a truck driver your patience will be tested everyday in a variety of ways, some expected, some not.

Patience is one of the more frequently discussed topics on the forum. It's important, and should be considered a critical part of every truck driver's tool kit. Your performance, success and at times safety can depend on your ability to maintain patience, composure and focus...

Here is a link to past threads about patience: Patience

Good luck.

Thanks for that link. And thanks to the other replies in the thread. I don't work in shipping/receiving, but I am out and about in those depts. from time to time, and I see them jerking truckers around.

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Patience...How do you deal with it

One of my biggest obstacles to becoming a driver is patience...and my own pride and self worth. How do you legitimize ******* shippers and receivers regarding your time as nothing?

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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New guy here

Hey Bob, welcome! I'm pretty sure you'll need to do a refresher of some sort, but I'm also pretty sure there are companies that will allow you to do that on their dime with some time commitment on your part. I would apply to some companies and then talk to their recruiters to see what all is involved.

I'd do a refresher. Hell, I even got to talk to that good lookin' young man Lucas Karchar, the face of Schneider Bulk. A good man, he is. And I felt I let him down. I'm just too old and tired for all of this safety stuff.

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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CDL exam tomorrow!!

Go hang out at a truck stop for an hour. Realize that you are smarter than 97% of these mouth breathers. You'll do fine, brah.

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Average?

I was wondering if someone could give me an average training pay I.know it changes with company but while training for your cdl what is a decent pay ? Also do you have to have a home address or can you use a p.o. box for your home address? Thanks for your time.

At Schneider, I got about 570 a week training pay. They even paid me for a few days we missed because of snow, which was pretty solid of them. Plus free sandwiches from a local bar, upon which I will vomit upon if I ever see another one. They were good; I just got tired of eating them. But, thanks for the free food, Coraopolis terminal. I think.

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Embarrassing

So here it is I'm.not one to put things out there or want anyone's opinion. But for some reason i think different opinions may be helpful. My dad drove truck his entire adult life until he lost his arm due to cancer. I remember him being gone for days,weeks,even months at a time but I never was upset at him about it. I always worried but I wasnt mad at him I grew up loving trucks and I.had never grown out of it. He always told me he didn't want me driving truck that wasnt a life for a family. So I.made a agreement with him when I was about 12 that I would find a fall back career. Well I.started twisting wrenches on them and that ended up becoming my main career. I still see these trucks coming into the shop and some what long to be driving them. Its different now I have kids and another on the way I love coming home and hearing him yell daddy. I really dread the idea of twisting wrenches my whole life "them brake drums and heads are heavy now what about in 40yrs" I seen a part time driving job locally with Schneider I thought maybe that would get me an idea of it however I need my cdl first. I have traveled the country before I had a family for work and loved it I know I need to make enough to make a good living on. How do i know my kids will still feel the same way about me as I did. What are your opinions? I have never posted anything like this on a internet site before so hopefully if I make a fool out of myself someone will at least let me know.

Why do you care how your kids feel about you? They are kids. You do what you have to do to put bread on the table, end of story. When I was forced into trucking last year, I didn't think once about how my kids "felt". They had shelter, food, and health insurance.

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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New guy here

Hello friends. I went to CDL school last year on a whim(and it was free!), got a job with Schneider a month after that and only worked for about a month before I went back to my old job. My DAC or whatever it is says satisfactory performance. My question is, how hard would it be for me to get back into trucking now? I'll blow a grand on a 1 week refresher if I have to, no big deal. Just kinda tired of the life I'm living.

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