Profile For Junkyard Dog

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    IA

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    2 years, 1 month ago

Junkyard Dog's Bio

Christian conservative, love my girls, college football, opening a new chapter.

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Posted:  6 hours, 12 minutes ago

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MY TROUBLES

I know I said this earlier. But driving for 10 months I probably only had to do four or five 90 degree backings. I was in St Louis two nights ago had a 3 a.m. delivery in an absolute downpour. I did the Google Earth before and thought there's plenty of room even though it's tight to do a 45. I'll be damned there are trailers lined up along the fence so now I have to do a 90 to get it in the hole. Like I said take your time. In all the crappy things against me taking my time I put it right in... Those are the times you're so proud of yourself but you know you could screw something up any day. Like I said take your time brother you can do this...BTW I was totally saturated, still got out and did three goals. Even though you're soaked it doesn't explain an accident.

Posted:  6 hours, 28 minutes ago

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Question on my DAC report

Rainy, one thing I learned very young is to leave your company in good standing. Not sure what its life to leave a company in the trucking business, but I really like the people I work for and they have been good to me so the last thing I would do is drop the ball on them. Thanks for the info...

Posted:  15 hours, 51 minutes ago

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Question on my DAC report

I'm coming up on my first full year solo over the road and the only blemish was my accident in a truck stop breaking a headlight my first month. I was curious to see if that was on there and it wasn't. I'm considering looking for a job with the little better home time and I noticed in most driving jobs requirements the question about reportable accidents. So if this broken headlight wasn't on the DAC report am I right to consider it not a reportable accident? I always believe in being upfront but if it wasn't reported would would you still tell a possible employer about it?

Posted:  2 days, 8 hours ago

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Beautiful dog Army. I was always confused when the vet told me that my dog was a mix between an Irish Terrier and a lab. Always thought she looked like she had more golden retriever in her.

Posted:  3 days, 5 hours ago

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Would this be a non preventable?

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So I'm descending a %7 grade today and I'm doing about 40 mph in I think 7th. It's just a two lane at this point. I'm loaded at probably 75k gross and inexperienced at mountain driving so I'm taking my time getting down. This other truck comes flying around the bend behind me and I just swore he was gonna hit me. He ended up slowing down enough. But my question is, was I in the wrong or was he/she going too fast? Where does the fault lay? And would it be a preventable?

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Did u have ur flashers on? I would say the other guy was going to fast and fault would be on him..

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Yeah I had my flashers on for sure...

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You can drive down hill too slow, as many times as you want. You can drive downhill too fast, ONCE.

You did the right thing. I take my sweet ass time going downhill, if some Bozo wants to come barrelling down past me, so be it.

smile.gif If he slams into you, its a preventable on his end. Absolutely no fault on yours.

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Cool, that's what I thought too.

Packrat, if you're reading this, I took a different route and ran into some mountainous terrain on US 65 through Arkansas 😆

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I read everything! If you get hit in the rear end, just about every scenario will be the other guys fault. Take it slow and easy, no rush. If they’re impatient, too bad. He should have left earlier. Just drive your truck safely in your comfort zone.

Totally agree with this. Can't tell you how many times I'm going down a mountain and I have the Cowboys flying by me. I'm not about to apologize for being safe. I don't drive under the speed limit if I do it's less than 5 miles per hour going down Hill. If I'm doing under 50 going downhill I have my flashers on. What's really weird is the guys that are flying past you are usually tankers? I think to myself I hope to hell they are empty. I hope to hell they are empty

Posted:  3 days, 12 hours ago

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One more thread on losing weight.

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I'm a lot older than you but I know I can do the job that you do with the pallet jacks.

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Really the job is pretty easy. I'm not too big on the cedar rapid stores because most are tighter to get into and you can make it back before needing a 30 min break (no $$) but overall it's not too bad. If grocery delivery is something you're interested in we're based in Ankeny off Delaware and Oralabor behind old Chicago strip mall. We dont share the same name as the Grocery store (not fareway) but we're owned by them and follow many of the same policies. Everyone starts on the Friday-Monday shift and pays $30 an hour for all hours (no ot pay) due to working sundays. Expect to do weekends a few years it's really rare anyone quits but if you dont work sundays pay is $21.50 I believe with 50 cent raise every 6 months until top pay is reached which I believe is currently $27 hr and pays OT. Routes are bid daily on seniority so you wont know where you're going or what time you start until about 3pm the day before. Could be 10pm for Mankato MN or Fitchburg/Madison WI or as late as 330am for Omaha. We cover iowa and 7 surrounding states with a total of about 250 stores I believe. ton of stuff to Minneapolis, Kansas city, Omaha, Quad Cities. Nearly all routes are home daily. Not sure if we're currently hiring but they also take people on as part-time you only need to be available for dispatch once per month as a way of getting your foot in the door which you dont need to give them certain days. you will receive a text anytime they're short drivers and to call if you can help. I had to go through a physical capabilities test where I had to lift at minimum 90 pounds repeatedly. It's rare to lift heavy boxes it's usually due to pallet being too tall to fit in coolers which usually just means downstacking maybe 5 cases of lunchmeat cheese or yogurt which only weigh maybe 10 pounds. Made us lift 90 in the off chance a meat pallet is stacked too high or falls over. Several of our guys are in their 60s and I believe even 70s so age isn't a factor. We don't offer a sign on bonus but in my 4 days a week I average 48-50 hours and make roughly 1500 gross a week before any quarterly bonuses which usually is 10-15%of your earnings for that quarter due to being "employee owned". If it's something you're interested in I can keep an eye on job openings and let you know if anything opens. I'd be willing to put in a good word for you. Looking at the preview I sure feel like a recruiter now jeez! I'm not looking for a referral just genuinely love where I work. Otherwise it's a bit of a drive but Fareway in Boone has been hiring quite a bit.

When I get my full year in I'll let you know brother. It's crazy because I've checked out a few jobs didn't even put in my information and I get nothing but call after call. Guess I don't understand the internet. They glean every single bit of information and use it

Posted:  3 days, 12 hours ago

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One more thread on losing weight.

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I also downloaded a pedometer on to my phone to track my steps and calories burned. I don't walk as much as I should but things are still working for the better.

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I was writing my "walking and step counting is dumb" speech the same time you were writing that.

Brett you're not at my age yet. Totally get what you're saying but downloading the pedometer gets you to look at what you're doing instead of sitting in your truck all day. I love the truck stops that are on a hill and make you walk to at least access the services. When you start doing this baby steps are better than no steps. I'm never going to run a 5k. But I might walk one someday.

Posted:  3 days, 12 hours ago

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Interesting Driver Recruiting FB Post!

I've talked to a couple of the KB drivers and they like working for them. Just like any other company you stay on the road you're going to make money. This is one of those companies that if you want to live in your truck your going to to make good money. Guess it's something to consider we have a thread that is going on about living in your truck

Posted:  3 days, 12 hours ago

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One more thread on losing weight.

I'm 60 and avocados are high in carbs but also high in fat and fiber. And their nutritional value is awesome. My girlfriend has taught me how to use them without them going bad. For years I threw them out because they went Brown in other words oxidized. I eat half an avocado each day. I also downloaded a pedometer on to my phone to track my steps and calories burned. I don't walk as much as I should but things are still working for the better. Brett posted earlier about the carb flu. I have dealt with that. And there are times when I feel that. That's when I load up on protein instead of carbs and it gets me through it.

Posted:  3 days, 13 hours ago

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One more thread on losing weight.

Junkyard that's awesome keep up the great work! I've been dealing with my weight a bit lately too. My eating habits for the last 5 years or so have been terrible although it hasn't negatively impacted my weight due to jobs being physical labor. I've been at my current job for about 5 months now and the extent of my physical labor is unloading my truck with an electric pallet jack. In the first 3 months I gained 15 pounds and it's been much harder to drop it than it was to gain it. We got a YMCA membership that i use the 3 days I'm off a week but my problem is not eating the greatest, not sleeping enough when I work, and too much diet pop/soda. I'll definitely be using some of the advice in this thread.

I totally get what you're saying. I used to be a restaurant manager and I know the guys that brought the food in work their butts off. Up and down those ramps with hundreds of pounds of food. And working when there was Ice... You have no idea how much I admire those guys. Approaching my one year driving over the road and I'm starting to consider other options for more Hometime. I'm a lot older than you but I know I can do the job that you do with the pallet jacks. So it is something I'm considering. Just cut out the unnecessary carbs and sugar. You're much younger than me and that should make it easier for you to lose weight. At least it was for me when I was your age...

Posted:  3 days, 13 hours ago

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Found independent Truck Stop

When you're in Georgia two independent truck stops that are amazing one is off of I-20 I think it's exit 5 the newborn truck stop Great Southern Home Cooking. Cheap showers. Also has a barbecue place next door and across the street another great restaurant. Also off of I-85 I think it's exit 41 is the Newnan truck stop. It's on the north side of the interstate there's a pilot to the South which sucks. But they have a Mexican place in there that is absolutely amazing. And the Waffle House and a McDonald's... several choices. I love places like this. Even though I get points for showers and drinks when I find these places I use them.

Posted:  3 days, 13 hours ago

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One more thread on losing weight.

I know nuts can be high in calories depending on which ones you eat, they can be very good as far as carbs. That's why I like to eat almonds macadamia nuts and pecans. Totally get what you're saying about the calories. Usually a handful is all it takes to knock off the cravings. And nutritious as far as snacks go. I bought a 40 oz bag of almonds at Sam's Club a month ago and I still have the bag. Also great for fiber which when you do low carb you have to search for fiber sources. I know what has worked for me in the past and what makes me feel good.

Posted:  3 days, 14 hours ago

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Need money who can help.

Walmart is the least expensive way to do this. Or your company can advance some money to you at a truck stop through your fuel card or even a commdata check, or similar item that you'd use to pay lumpers with.

Never had it happen to me but I know our company will advance needed funds if there's an emergency Via Comcheck... if you get some fuel you often don't even have to pay any fees to get a Comcheck cashed

Posted:  3 days, 14 hours ago

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One more thread on losing weight.

One thing about eliminating sugar is the mental Clarity you have. I've always been one to wake up and hit the road running early. But when when I was eating badly I was also drinking a lot of diet Dew to get going in the morning. If I'm at a truck stop it's coffee. If I'm in a rest area or somewhere coffee isn't available I'm more than fine with just drinking water. I feel I'm a lot more alert now and though I still drink a diet Dew occasionally only other caffeine I take is from coffee. And I know this sounds strange but I love coffee so sometimes I just get decaf so I don't have the blood sugar rushes

Posted:  3 days, 15 hours ago

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Reminds me of the story of why Men prefer dogs over wives. Lock your dog and your wife in the garage for 2 hours. See which one is happy to see you when you open the door.

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Posted:  3 days, 15 hours ago

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One more thread on losing weight.

I will preface this by saying I have been fighting the Battle of obesity for 20 years. Three times in my life I've lost over a hundred pounds only to gradually gaining it back again. I know this Probably sounds strange but I've always been very athletic, even my girlfriend finds this to be odd. But as big as I am I'm able to go underneath the trailer and check the fifth wheel, easily climb into a trailer to sweep it out... I've seen guys at deliveries that couldn't get into their trailer to take out their load locks . She always doubted me, she goes how could you do that? I did play football in college I'm sure that helps...I was overweight when I started training and then I gained 35 lb my first 6 months on the road. So my New Year's resolution was to lose the weight. First two months I lost 11 pounds but I was always cheating by hitting a buffet whether it be a Chinese or at a Petro. So then grumpy came along and was losing 5 lbs a week and the SOB really ****ed me off... LOL. So after my girlfriend threatened to get rid of me because she said I was a stroke waiting to happen I got in diet Nazi mode. Cut way down on the carbs, lots of protein and low carb veggies like broccoli cauliflower cucumbers avocados and salad. I have a microwave and refrigerator I also go to Walmart and buy hard boiled eggs and they also have a scrambled egg mixture in a quart container which I make omelettes from. I eat a lot of sausage and bacon and whenever I can I buy a couple of rotisserie chickens and portion them out into baggies for meals. I eat a lot of cheese and in the last two months I've lost 45 pounds. My goal was to lose a hundred pounds but since I'm more than halfway to that now I've upped it another 35 lbs that would put me back to high school weight. I'm charging Full Speed Ahead. I thought for a long time I could never get there again. But I was close before going to do it this time. It's all about being disciplined. I buy Atkins shakes and meal bars that I can eat while driving and I always keep a big bag of almonds next to me so when I get those hunger pangs I can low carb snack in a healthy way. Instead of chips and candy bars. So many drivers are obese, I wish I was a little more tech-savvy I would write a blog for obese Truckers. There are sites out there addressing this but all those guys look like rock climbers like the founder of this site... no offense Brett. But fat guys need somebody they can relate too...

Posted:  3 days, 15 hours ago

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New driver legs and but are killing me!

I must be doing something right because I haven't had any issues with my back since I had sciatica during training. I carry a tennis ball with me and anytime I get even a hint of sciatica I use the tennis ball to loosen up the area just check out on YouTube exercises for sciatica with a tennis ball. Like I said as far as my legs I tried to stretch keep the blood flowing as I'm driving and since I drive a reefer we have to send in periodic temperature reports and I make sure to walk around the truck at least three times. Really does wonders

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Thanks guys. The thing about a dog is when you come home no matter what kind of day you had they are there to greet you when your teenage kids won't... Your significant other is mad at you... A dog doesn't care about any of that. They are just so happy to see you. Not ready to have another dog for a while. I can tell in all your posts how much your dogs meant to you. The dog doesn't have to be a purebred because mine wasn't. She was a rescue dog, the vet thought she was Irish Terrier and lab in other words a mutt... But I loved that dog. We know she was abused when we got her because we had some issues early on. But she ended up being the greatest I never had. God bless our dogs...

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Posted:  3 days, 19 hours ago

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My ex picked up our dog's ashes yesterday, and this came with it I thought it was beautiful of course it made me cry again.

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