Profile For IDMtnGal

IDMtnGal 's Info

  • Location:
    South Central , ID

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

  • Social Link:
    IDMtnGal On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    5 years, 2 months ago

IDMtnGal 's Bio

Young old lady that drove OTR 1988 - 1993, getting off the road because the husband hated driving & wanted to work cattle. In 1996 he suffered 2 Traumatic Brain Injuries & lived with the issues of that for 18 years. I cared for him all that time except his last 2 weeks of life. Knowing that he would be going to a nursing home, I went to school, got my CDL, got a job & getting the husband settled in at the home when he fell. That caused his death in Sept 2014.

The company gave me time and several weeks later I started driving team with my brother 😝 That lasted 2.5 mths and for the first time ever drove solo. I have now been on the road for over 7.5 years. My driving partner is a 7 yr old mini Rat Terrier guard dog.

If you want to chat while driving boring stretches of the road, you can call me at 208.293.6808. I generally run late mornings afternoons into the night hours around midnight to 2:00 a.m.

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Posted:  9 hours, 2 minutes ago

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My new gig

The 'OLD LADY?' ... have you spoken to the Tomster, on the CB????? He'd be LOCKED OUT for that phrase, good sir!

The 'wife person' or S/O, good sir!. Ask Ms. Laura, PJ, PackRat, Old School, George B., even Brett nowadays, et al. . . .LoLoL!

You're LUCKY I've got lo'afetto for ya!!!

Just me... hehehe... ~ Anne ~

ps: Just bustin' your ... um... chops?!?!?

Ask me what? I'd love to be someone's "Old Lady" and not just a widow unattached to anyone πŸ˜” I used to have the "old man" but he's gone now. πŸ˜”

I'm a driver for sure but I can be more than that.... especially when I retire.

Laura

Posted:  2 days, 1 hour ago

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Starting trucking with shaky job history

You will need just 3 years of job history. What I would do is write them all down starting with your oldest and working forward. If you have many gaps that are a month or more, just annotate what you were doing...looking for work is acceptable.

To cover those gaps, write up a statement of what you were doing and have your friends or family sign it and see if that doesn't help overcome some recruiters hesitancy. Having W-2s also shows that you were working.

At your age, it is nice if a young person works real steady, but it seems to be expected that young people don't work steady yet. You'll be fine.

Laura

Posted:  3 days, 8 hours ago

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Just a funny trucking picture to brighten your day

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Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Thoughts After My First Week Solo

Ms. Laura has 'quite' the collection, on her phone! Look in her 'photo gallery' for her screen shot of all the widgets! Heck, I've got a pic of her phone's widgets, in MY gallery, too! Just click on my name (profile) and look through the photos.

Awesome tool. If she shows up, she'll post all hers! ODOT (Ohio) has an awesome feature, called OHGO .... it's actually intertwined with 'real time' cameras on our major highways; I've been able to actually SEE Tom, driving out there!

Updated with some new apps.

Laura

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Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Return to the Pumpkin Patch (Schneider)

Sounds like the right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing. I would keep bugging them to get my second physical paid for by them

Laura

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Time to jump in the deep end

πŸ₯³. πŸŽ‰. 🎊

Congratulations!

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Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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The TruckingTruth Meet Up Thread

Whos who? Just so I can put a face to name? Packrat w the beard?

Got another driver! Dennis L. and I at the eastbound I-70 rest area near Buckeye Lake, OH10.

Dennis is the guy on the left and PackRat has the long beard and thumbs up.

Laura

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Can I sue?

Why was the manager in your truck driving it and not you? I wouldn't sue because it won't get you anywhere, even if it was a small company.

You can contest your DAC record and I would talk to them about removing it. If you want to "threaten" them with your lawyer going after them with legal proceedings, they may cave and remove it.

Laura

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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New chapter in my life

Pack Rat, quit angling for a new job. I offered to team drive with you and you referred me to CRST. LOL

LOL but that's the thing, you wanted to run team. He runs solo.

There is a real reason why PackRat goes by PackRat....there would be no room for you! rofl-1.gif

Laura

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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New chapter in my life

Congratulations PJ. The older we get, the more we value quality time at home. Even if the pay is slightly less, you'll win. Success isn't measured by how much money you make or how many miles you log. Good luck!

You are so right Turtle. I'm looking to go with another company and was talking with a friend that said I could do better money wise. Yeah, probably, but home time is more important...esp relying on a friend to help me with my land that's up for sale and getting the house and land ready for sale.

Laura

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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GPS/Dash cam combos or not?

Garmin and Rand McNally, like Davy said have strengths and weaknesses alike. I've had both and I currently have the Garmin 500...which I do like. It also has a camera, but I never used it since the company has theirs installed.

I did have a Falcon Eye with three cameras, one facing forward and one on each mirror facing backwards because all the incidents I was involved in with four wheelers were back behind the windshield. It was a bit pricier than many but it was a good system.

The company I drove for put in four cameras, driver facing, dash camera facing forward and one on each door facing backwards, so I took mine out.

Laura

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

Just another unmarked bridge to squeeze through on the west side of Chicago. Western ave.

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Is it Western Blvd that has all the low bridges? One of the two Western roads does.

Laura

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Nice feeling

In my driving time, I've been able to stop and see some of my grandkids and great nieces and nephews. Kids are still fascinated with big trucks. They all enjoy pulling the horn cord and giving a loud blast. 😁

Laura

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Meet & Greet

If it's your sinuses stock up now. I was really bad off for about two weeks and just now tapering off. Mucinex spray worked well for me. Ibuprofen too.

Thanks. Nope, not sinuses. Slid the truck off the road just after leaving the shipper last week. It was a torrential downpour in KS and every time I opened the window to talk with the tow guys, I got soaked. The truck had quit running so there was no heat and I got really chilled. Finally changed shirts but I think it was too late.

I took NyQuil Sunday night after I got home and because I won't be on the road for a bit, took some more tonight. Pretty well have it shaken, I hope. Took some Mucinex yesterday morning also.

Laura

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Meet & Greet

Another shout out, always.. .to Ms. Laura ~ Happy Mother's day!

Thank you Anne.

Got home at noon after washing out the trailer and dropping it in the yard. Fighting a cold so hopefully it won't get much worse. Think when I got soaked and chilled the other night, it decided to hit me 😑

Heard from just my daughter and granddaughter.

It was an okay day, all things considered.

Laura

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Good time to go o/o ?

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I looked up the Flying J fuel price in Wytheville VA on Sunday and it showed $5.759/gallon. Went into that Flying J on Monday and it had jumped to that $5.85 shown in the picture.

That's the highest I've seen in the states I run from Idaho over to Greensboro North Carolina. Catlettsville KY was the cheapest, with my company paying $4.83/gal.

Laura

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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The β€œKnock on the door”

I would just pay the $20 because it doesn't show up on your DAC record.

Not too long ago I parked on a ramp in Nebraska and didn't see the No Parking sign as it was blocked by another truck. I was out of hours and Grand Island was full. Got a Level III inspection. Had I been offered the ticket, which he said was $10 plus court costs, I would have taken that instead.

Then I asked him about ramps in Nebraska that aren't posted and he said no ramps anywhere in the state are allowed to be parked on, that's why you see the green T-posts with reflectors blocking parking on the ramps in rest areas and off/on ramps.

Laura

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Only one year work history cdl training rejected everywhere

Basically I only have one year work history. Was taking care of my grandparents the last 6 years. I have applied to the usual suspects. Rejected by all. I was wondering what I can possibly do to move forward? Even if I get the funds to pay for trucking school myself the 3 year employment rule is still required no? I am just looking for advice to be honest. I have heard of people "working the docs" and getting approved for training a year later? Any advice is appreciated.

I came back on the road after taking care of my Traumatic Brain Injured husband for 18 years. I went through Sage trucking school and had no help getting a job. I hadn't signed up for Trucking Truth so didn't know about going through a company school.

Shortly after school my husband died and I was looking at several small companies. What they all required was a letter from Workman's Comp in the state of Montana who paid for domiciliary care for my husband after we moved to Idaho. I was the caregiver. So I got the letter from Workman's Comp addressed to my husband awarding the domicillary care, then the 1099s that were given to my husband for his care and two more letters from people that knew about the care, one being his doctor and the Senior Center in town that also knew of my care for him. That's all the companies wanted and I didn't even have to notarize the letters as they were on letterhead from their agencies.

Laura

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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SAP Program and Paid Training

How long ago was your failed drug test and when did you complete your SAP program?

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Where One door closes another one opens and with the help of the safety director!

So.. gotta ask....since you're not a 'Meltonator' anymore, does that make you a 'Paulinator?' (That doesn't sound right.)

Sure it does! Pollinator (paulinator) is one that pollinates and Victor needs to pollinate (paulinate) what he's learning so that it bears fruit.

Now I need to go get coffee to wake up my old brainpan so I can go get my load in a little bit.

Laura

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