Profile For Junkyard Dog

Junkyard Dog's Info

  • Location:
    IA

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 3 months ago

Junkyard Dog's Bio

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

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Posted:  15 hours, 40 minutes ago

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When did you decide you were an experienced driver?

On my anniversary thread one of the guys told me to switch my description to "experienced driver." Even though I've learned so much and this job is so much easier than it was even a month or two ago I've got so much to learn yet... I do have a pair of cowboy boots and I used to have a beautiful Stetson hat but I lost that about 20 years ago. No, not getting any Cowboy outfit yet...

Posted:  15 hours, 43 minutes ago

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One year in the books

Thanks a lot guys, I appreciate it. It's been really fun and challenging I kind of have the mindset to live by myself for weeks at a time. I'm not a loner by any means, but I don't have a problem being by myself for long stretches. I made my truck into a small apartment a very comfy one. And yes Rob T, very happy with my choice to begin with Butler. I've mentioned on here how when I walk into the terminal everybody knows your name, I find that amazing. Really great culture, I have a good relationship with my dispatchers, I even have load planners call me to ask if I can help them out? And I always do and they take care of me. My trainer was amazing we got along great and I called him a lot those first few months, because there's no way you can be prepared for everything you come up against in those five or six weeks with a trainer. In fact he called me yesterday to remind me today was my anniversary. He told me people at the terminal talk highly of me. That's really nice to know.

Posted:  1 day, 2 hours ago

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Get out of the truck and explore

I've been there before pretty darn cool. Great pictures turtle.thank-you.gif

Posted:  1 day, 3 hours ago

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One year in the books

I made it one year solo. It went amazingly fast. Got to see so much of the country and we have a very beautiful country. Learn to drive in the mountains, in bad weather and learned when to shut it down. I wouldn't call myself an ace at backing yet but I do have my days when I surprise myself. I want to thank the mods on here and everyone that gave me advice either directly or by reading other threads. Thanks again everybody

Posted:  1 day, 14 hours ago

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Nicest driver lounge at customer you've seen

If a customer's driver's Lounge has toilet paper it's gold. Seriously, when I first started driving solo I can't remember where it was but they had bags of microwave perfect popcorn and a microwave for the drivers. I actually thought that was pretty cool.

Posted:  1 day, 14 hours ago

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Swift hair follicle test

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How many hair follicle test threads do we have to go through?

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For fun I did a quick scan of the database and we have 297 conversations with the phrase "hair follicle" at least once in the conversation.

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Posted:  1 day, 15 hours ago

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Swift hair follicle test

How many hair follicle test threads do we have to go through?

Posted:  1 day, 18 hours ago

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Free shower every day

My girlfriend told me she picked up a bottle of no rinse shampoo at a CVS store for me to try. I have heard of this and I'm one of those weird prepper types, and always meant to get a bottle. No rinse shampoo, baby wipes all I need is a shave...

Posted:  1 day, 20 hours ago

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Nervous!

Good luck to you and keep us posted on your progress. If you're having problems or questions you don't feel your instructors are adequately addressing don't be afraid to ask on here. We got some very smart and experienced veterans on here.

Posted:  1 day, 20 hours ago

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Free shower every day

Showers? What are showers? Sponge baths are all a driver needs, and those can be done right in the truck.

I always have a couple packages of baby wipes with me. For those nights I spend in rest areas

Posted:  2 days, 17 hours ago

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Free shower every day

Love's has the same deal. I don't really pay attention because I always have shower and drink credits between the two. I just realized last week that I was at the Platinum stage last month with loves so I have free shower and drink everyday. I don't go out of my way to stop at either for the night so I've been trying to take my 30 at one of the other so I can shower then. Almost always showers open during the day.

Posted:  2 days, 17 hours ago

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Doing The Happy Dance.. My sweetie is doing better

That had to be scary as hell... Glad they got him diagnosed properly and that he's coming back to health. Prayers for both of you Susan.

Posted:  3 days, 15 hours ago

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Last day

Good luck brother. It's been fun following your journey. God bless you on your new endeavor.

Posted:  3 days, 15 hours ago

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Storm

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I'm with packrat... New Jersey? I hate delivering in Pennsylvania for the most part. Old narrow roads... Traffic. I really hate going east of Ohio as far as the Northeast is concerned. I lived in Yonkers New York for six years and did a lot of work throughout New England, New Jersey and Maryland. And I was dealing with a car at the time.

Posted:  4 days, 14 hours ago

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Storm

I think I'm going to start checking the GPS feature on this site to see where Donna is... And run like hell away from her...

Posted:  4 days, 14 hours ago

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How Many Times Do You ACTUALLY UNLOAD YOURSELF?

We are 100% no touch... But like Donna said I've been asked if I wanted to do it or hire lumpers... As slow as some of them work I've been tempted...

Posted:  5 days, 15 hours ago

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Christian truck drivers

Not true. I see signs of God everyday all around me.

Amen to that. I see this more in the south, but when I'm having a really challenging day, all of a sudden I will see a cross on someone's property or on the side of a mountain. It brings me great peace. I receive Bible verses every day on my cell phone. And carry the book with me. My girlfriend asked me about this a few months into my solo career. I told her it can be really challenging to be a Christian when people cut me off all day....

Posted:  5 days, 15 hours ago

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How A Strong Woman Deals With Offensive Behavior From Men - New Article By Rainy

I Married An East Coast girl... She was from Connecticut. Got divorced four years ago... Got tired of her kicking my ass... LOL. I grew up in the Midwest and the women there are tough, and have a great work ethic. But those East Coast girls have an edge to them... A very sharp edge.

Posted:  5 days, 15 hours ago

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Extra Pay

Not familiar with what a travel allowance is, but I do know not every company pays a fuel bonus.

My company doesn't do a fuel bonus but we do get $0.02 a mile if we do over 10,000 miles that month as a safety bonus. We also have bonuses if we watch safety videos, and accident-free. I've had a couple months where I head over $400 in bonuses.

Posted:  5 days, 15 hours ago

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Parking at night?

If you are in a state that has casinos some of the time there are parking for trucks. Oklahoma and Arizona are states that I have spent a lot of time at casinos. The more you drive you will have those rest areas, turnouts, mom and pop truck stops and casinos in your mind that you know you can always find a spot. Like I said don't go too deep into your clock right now. My only Boo Boo as a driver so far was because I clipped a headlight in a truck stop because I was almost out of time and and I rushed things. I think it was my third week driving solo. Sounds like you like driving at night. The earlier you park the earlier you get to drive...

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