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    GREENSBORO, NC

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EricGuvNC's Bio

58 years young. Trucker since late 1998. States never driven in: AK., HI., WA., ND., OR., SD. Married to me Best Friend since 5-13, lived together since 9-96. No children. 2 Vehicles. 1 jobs. 1 home.

Living in Greensboro, NC since latter 1989. Living in Spindale and Rutherfordton, Rutherford County, NC from latter 1985 - latter 1989. Southern California (growing and learning LIFE LESSONS) from latter 1958 to latter 1985.

YOU WILL BE GIVEN LESSONS IN LIFE: EACH LESSON WILL BE REPEATED UNTIL LEARNED. YOU WILL BE GIVEN ONE BODY: DO WITH IT AS YOU WILL BUT THERE IS NO REPLAY OPTION.

ACTUALLY I'm a permanent TRUCKING STUDENT because WE ARE ALWAYS LEARNING and IMPROVING/UPGRADING OUR SKILLS.

Currently working through a Driver Temp Service and enjoying the NO O.T.R. Life!!

CHEERS!!

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Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Omg, locked my keys in my truck again

GREETINGS ALL KEY CHALLENGED OPERATORS,

So I was at a T.A. in Cleveland, Ohio one time and "locked keys in Truck". Was told by someone to check with Shop. Checked with shop and they said "Call the Local Police Department, here's the number, as they're always out here unlocking Trucks and they charge ZERO!!" Officer arrived within 20 minutes, had me sign a Waiver against "any damages", got his kit and popped door open in under a minute.

Locked self out somewhere else, called local Police, same type "waiver", unlocked and into Truck.

I drove a 1999 Freight-shaker that could be unlocked with just about ANY Key and 1 pick up location unlocked the truck with a 50's Chevy Truck Key.

Finally had another Key made and kept it on me personal conveyance ring along with King Pin Key and Trailer Lock Key Ring with medium Key Clip. - - - - ONCE I took a trip for a different company (through a Truck Driver Service in '08 or '09) and on return trip inadvertently Locked the Door (with a removable Arm rest) as I was exiting Vehicle at a rest stop. Engine remained running as outside temp wasn't over 35 F with Wind Chill. Luckily Window was down 2 - 3 inches so I was able to utilize a small Tree Limb to open Passenger window (window switches were in middle of cab near shift stick). - - - - Cornbinders (International Pro Sleeper and other Models[?]) with the small lower "spot window" on Passenger Door gave the option of entering Truck by uninstalling small Window. Might have not been designed for such "assistance" yet it was useful and went back together with a little more effort. Wife did such once at a company where we were Solo Drivers. Came to find out that the Company used Cornbinders that were keyed alike however Women Drivers could have their Door Locks key differently. Male Drivers weren't offered the same option. - - - - - - - - - - - - - I've locked myself out of my personal conveyance, yet had me Fone, ONCE this year and since Trunk and Hood open from INSIDE, other option was calling wife, luckily I wasn't 30+ miles away. Now, Every Time exiting Vehicle, or ANY Vehicle, I check at minimum 3 times, that I have Ignition Key IN HAND before closing Door.

Hopefully something in this Post can Help Someone!! CHEERS!!

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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DOT Drug Testing: Urinalysis or Hair Follicle?

GREETINGS ALL,

Was O.T.R. from late 1998 to early 2003 (due to a Preventable) then latter 2005 to early 2017. Brief period of College Course work in '03 & '04. Some employment in latter in '04 & '05 as Class A & B Heavy Truck Mechanic. 04/'17 to present at 2 local Driver Services (temp or temp to perm opportunities). - - - - - - - - - - - - - Never been subjected to Hair Follicle testing. Doesn't bother me. What I DO KNOW is that IF there is No Hair available, You FAIL!! Do NOT "believe" the "Shave The Body" idea! It's the same as "providing Urine" not from You. - - - - - - - - - - - - - ONCE during a Physical in 2013, I was subjected to a "Tobacco User Test" (which required 3 breathing applications [similar to the Alcohol Breath Test]). My "score" was 65%, minimal passing (average of 3 submissions) was 64%. I haven't again seen the "test" and I changed the D.O.T. Physical location/company. - - - - - - - - - - - - - As "Driver Requirements" change, so do the Trucks. (I started when there were ZERO Automatic Transmission Tractors [of that I was aware] except for the occasional Class B.) - - - - - - - - - - - - - CHEERS!! dancing.gif

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Finding a new job with a preventable accidents on my record

Ladies and Gentlemen (Old School formatting),

Qualcomm has been well known to become dysfunctional for any or no reason regardless of "signal strength". I've experienced such actions, over a 20 year period Nationwide in different Class A Sleeper Trucks. (I've also been a Class A & B Truck Mechanic within the "20 year Period" and had NEVER SEEN or HEARD of such calamity.) >>(not to say it doesn't happen, just that I've never seen or heard of it)<<

Serpentine Belts, of what I've learned, can last from 50,000 - 100,000 miles, however your mileage will vary. Some Brands of Belts will not even last 50,000 miles. I'm surprised to read about a Serpentine Belt terminating O. T. R. at such a Large and Well Established Company, yet things happen. (Could have been from faulty Pre-Trip Inspection/s).

As to Steering: "Yes, Steering is incredibly difficult without power assist, yet still can be done without Popeye Arms. Results vary depending upon terrain, weather and Initiative".

Brakes still work regardless of Engine Performance ****il Air Capacity drains to Brake Lock), so use of Brakes would have possibly eliminated your

"being forced to hit a/the guardrail".

As to "not being able to contact company on a Cell Phone", well, that's just weird UNLESS your service was terminated due to something OR possibly in a weird area that didn't offer much connectivity. At such point after vehicle motionless and 4 ways initiated, walking 1/2 to 1 mile from Vehicle might have assisted connectivity (unless service terminated). I'm curious as to how long was the Driver O.T.R. with a Trainer?? The least I've heard was 2 weeks (Many Companies). The most, 3 months ( A Refrigerated Company on I-30, just North of Texarkana).

The Coolant/Overflow Tank does NOT appear (per the only Picture) to "be melted", otherwise the coolant would not still be seen IN the Compartments. There "appears" to possibly be some Coolant just below and to the front of the Reservoir however a "1 picture Diagnosis" is not adequate.

In the future Young Driver, TAKE MULTIPLE PICTURES of Both Sides as well Top AND Bottom! Same for ACCIDENTS (like the one you incurred).

Thanks Everyone!! CHEERS!!

Posted:  2 months ago

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Friday Short Haul - Love's requires masks, 10-million-mile driver, brake check blitz, and TuSimple truck incident

GREETINGS ALL DRIVERS & NON DRIVERS,

As to CoVID-19, I just follow the suggestions/rules in wearing Masks and either work gloves or throwaways when out-n-about which anymore is on an "as needed" basis. - - - - Pilot Joining Love's in Mask Mandates and soon enough shall all other Truck Stops, Garages, etc. - - - - I've done some calculations regarding the 10,000,000 mile "award": 10,000,000 / 100,000 a year = 100 Years. 10,000,000 / 150,000 a year = 66.66666666666667 Years and NO TIME OFF since 1954 or 1953. 150,000 / 12 = 12,500 a month at the average of 4 weeks a month = 3,125 a WEEK and NO TIME OFF. 150,000 / 365 = 446 miles a day (it's feasible, yet every day for 66 years?). Adding in all the changes in Trucking just from the 1980's, he's truly a "Knight Of The Highways". - - - - CHEERS!!

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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What does a quarantine due to coronavirus mean for truckers?

GREETINGS ALL,

How MANY Of Ya have a separate Piece of Paper from Your State or Federal Office (or 2 pages) stating "You Can Drive (Work) in restricted Conditions (like curfew and other) as long as you carry (retain) this page (or pages)????

I have a single type page from my Short/Long Term Driver Employer Service. Not likely I'll use it since I've been at home (except for short Food, Medical runs) for over 2 weeks and not interested in Slip-Seat operations, nor the cleaning of (before driving) the entire Day-Cab Interior.

THANKS Y'ALL!! STAY HEALTHY!! CHEERS!!

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Magnastop??

GREETINGS TO ALL OLD HANDS as well NEW!!

How many of US have (or had) a spray bottle with a bit of Dish Soap and filled with Water in the side box or Cab?? For spraying the Trailer Pins and Track!!

I learned that from a Old Hand (most likely an Owner Op) in 1999 or 2000.

Of course it usually helped NOT AT ALL for extremely RUSTY Trailer Slides, when the Pins would even retract.

Using a $50.00 Tool to help stop at a certain point when sliding Tandems seems to me to be one of them thar Truck Stop "Gotchas", along the line of "Jake Brake Shoes and Fluid, Muffler Bearings and $5.00 Showers".

Use What You Need To Complete The Task!!

CHEERS!!

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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How is alcohol consumption related to being in the truck?

MANY Trucking folks have been terminated for consuming Alcohol on Company Property regardless of doing a "34". Most Large Carriers state "NO ALCOHOL ON COMPANY PROPERTY" and unless one owns their own Truck to do as they please, Company Property extends to the 10-20 of You and the Truck.

When one is doing a 34 and has "a couple of beers" with a meal, no big deal (long as it's a MEAL and not a pack of crackers). Just DON'T consume IN the Truck, don't move the truck and remove key from ignition.

A .02 can still be seen as Under The Influence (if the Officer wishes) which basically carries the same weight, especially in Transportation.

CHEERS!!

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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Trying to get into Trucking...

In my twenties I racked up a total of 3 DUI's. Had one at 21 years of age, then 8 years later went through a divorce and got 2 back-to-back. Pulled over, jailed, bailed myself out, got my car back and proceeded to go back to the same bar only to get pulled over by the same cop 2 days later and back to jail.

Most Carriers CLEARLY stipulate in their Literature: "NO MORE THAN ONE D.W.I./D.U.I./O.W.I./O.U.I. CONVICTION IN A LIFETIME!" -for misdemeanors-

3 Convictions in that close time frame is anathema in Trucking.

J.B. HUNT, SWIFT, SCHNEIDER were the only 3 LARGE CARRIERS that would not hire me. J.B. kept calling and calling about Driving for them until I told someone I had 3 D.U.I. convictions in 2 years and they stopped calling. Schneider stated in '08 "that D.U.I. conviction in N.C. would be a problem with our Insurance Carrier". SWIFT stated basically the same.

I've had 2 D.W.I. or D.U.I. convictions in me Lifetime. 1 each: South ('86) and North Carolina (91). North Carolina only sees the one in 8-91 since they didn't (then) "communicate".

A D.W.I./D.U.I. is like a Felony as it follows to the Grave.

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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Rookie Solo Adventure, thoughts, questions, vent, and ramble.

GREETINGS and SALUTATIONS Spoonerist,

WELCOME ABOARD!!

It's WONDERFUL READING your exploits!

I'm a semi-experienced Driver having been Observing The Reality since early '99.

I dig your linguistics! Illuminating as well entertaining!

Never dealt with Over-Size Loads (Obstructed Sight Lesson), just standard and spread-axle 48' & 53' Skateboard (Flatbed) and Dry Van.

Name on Truck: little importance. Driver in Truck: Major (or General) importance.

States i never visited: Montana North Dakota Oregon South Dakota Vermont Washington

I'm based in North Carolina at Greensboro (which is, like most Cities, losing the Green to Industrialization). My FIRST Long Haul was with a Skateboard Company in South Carolina (Bulldog Hiway Express). Running a Cornbinder (International) with a 10 speed non auto, pulling a 53' spread-axle. Trainer and I went to Pocatello, ID., with a "hot load" (they're all hot loads/hot freight).* That was FUN and we were arguing the entire trip out and back about when who was gonna drive. (That was when we were still coloring Comic Books [Paper Logs]). He told me "You'll have no problem in Trucking since You just wanna Get 'er Done". That's been MY Philosophy: get close to or onsite at the shipper or receiver as conditions permit. *(side note: I drove a few years for a Company called HOT FREIGHT EXPRESS where I liked it better with the E out of freight) Only stop for essentials: Food, Fuel, Toilet, Sleep and of course Repairs. Food: Carry ample supply. (i carried about 30 pounds, mostly canned and dry bulk that wasn't refrigerated.) Fuel: at 1/2 tank (if you believe gauge) or 700-800 miles from last Fuel. (tried to have full tanks b4 loading) Toilet: Preferably not some Off/On Ramp. (emergencies exist especially in Desert and Mountain terrains) Sleep: When/Where feasible. Repairs: sometimes repairs occur where one doesn't wanna be, but such is of The Adventures in Trucking. A few times in my consistent Training, I've "hooked" some trailers to discover that the tug test is best confirmed by "eyes on the prize" instead of "tug test", pulling forward and turning, to drop the trailer, and spend time cranking in low gear. It's been most enjoyable when Trailer was M-T however a few times LDD. NEVER did damage to ANY Landing Gear. Last week I was dropping a trailer: pulled release, disconnected air/electric, got in cab, "did I roll the Legs?", got out, confirmed a NO. Such was the result of not following PROCEDURE; Roll Legs, Pull Pin, Disconnect Lines. YOU'LL DO WELL IN YOUR ADVENTURES!! There is NO LOAD So Hot It Has To Cool off In A Ditch! CHEERS!!

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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Turn on your CB!

GREETINGS ALL,

Used to run a C. B. in whatever Truck I drove whether it was Company or Personal install. Tried that "portable C. B. setup" and retired it.

Last 2 years OTR (April '15 to April '17) I had no operational C. B. due to "I just didn't bother to replace the broken (Fire)Stick" and C.B. traffic wasn't worth the Constant Bashing.

Was running mainly I-85 from NC to Hotlanta, then 20 to DFW Airport area. weekly turns. Other route: I-40 to little rock then 30 to DFW Airport area and back or on 20 thru Hotlanta. NEVER had a problem with Traffic even when Clear/Icy/Snowy/Torrential Rain because I was alloted Enough Travel Time so I was afforded "waiting time".

I started Driving OTR in 2000, when C.B. was King and we could barely get a word in due to all the Chattering. Parked Up at Truckstops, Communication was GREAT as was help getting into slots, All Night Long where the OFF switch was engaged for "west and wewaxation, heh, heh, heh".

"THINGS" bought and sold on 19, like Left Handed Automatic Revolvers, Cans of Wh**p A**, Cans of Squat, Jake Brake Shoes and Fluid, Muffler Bearings, Strifoam Fuel Containers and other assorted oddities. - - - - Slip Seat Local operations: IF there's a installed C.B., i might turn it on, but most times I leave it OFF as hearing the excessively pointless profanity and negativity, ain't worth it for a Bear Trap/Traffic Report.

CHEERS!!

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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You and the equipment... Don't be that guy!

October for me:

13 lights replaced

7 mud flaps replaced

6 flat trailer tires

3 batteries replaced

2 drive tires replaced

20 wild goose chases for empty trailers that didn't exist.

Every day seemed like a challenge. Most were a challenge due to poor maintenance, poor upkeep, and drivers leaving the problem for the next

Copy that.

How many Glad Hand Gaskets had you replaced in those manuevers?

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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You and the equipment... Don't be that guy!

GREETINGS ALL,

I noticed no mention of the easily seen activity of not properly securing Trailer Doors (Barn/Swing). MANY Drivers "get in a hurry" and can easily have a non secured Trailer and then Seal applied. Please Drivers as well Yard Jockeys, Look UP to be certain Trailer Doors are properly secured prior to relocation.

Loads have been and will be refused due to improper securement and such goes DIRECTLY on the current Driver. - - - - Carrying and Actually USING a Tire Pressure Guage will help prevent the "waiting for Road Repair". Having as well a 50 foot Air Line (which attaches to Tractor Emergency [RED] Line) helps especially for Drop-n-Hooks. Air Lines come in RED, and Hi-Vis GREEN. Cheap Insurance!!

For Those of US that have the Proper Tools and Skills to "adjust Brakes", please DO proceed. You may also discover things going south like Air Line connections and components and Electrical (A.B.S.). Good time to also check for structural integrity of Trailer Framework (Cracks, Splits, Missing Bits, Potential Failures).

Shiny Side UP, Greasy Side DOWN! There is no load so hot it has to cool off in a ditch, upside down or in water. CHEERS!!

Posted:  1 year ago

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Have a chance to get a manual

Sometimes, them thar Elder Folks (like ME), caint git the bleedin' Clutch Pedal to operate the way our legs prefer, so floating is the only way up and down other than stoppin' and backin'.

For all the Trucking I do, which is almost consistently parked, I no care for "autoshaft". Eye jist toler8 et.

>>when I was rolling OTR from 2011-2017, I used (separately) 2 trucks with autoshift AND Clutch Pedals. That was SOOO MUCH BETTER than the clutch free versions. In essence nowadays, all Automatic Trucks are simply LARGE CARS!

CHEERS!!

Posted:  1 year ago

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Have a chance to get a manual

Jamie, if you go to manual, you better make sure you can go back to AMT if you don't synchronize with the manual. No pun intended.

EXCELLENT!!dancing.gif

Posted:  1 year ago

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Company flipping me from day driving to night driving over and over

For the final few years before getting "off the road" (4-5 day turns), I was doing a dedicated run NC-GA-TX turn and I was driving mostly Daytime. - - - - I DID A LOT OF CONVERTING DAYS AND NIGHTS in the first Trucking Time Period (2000-2011) because most LARGE Freight Companies used BROKErs (Load Boards). Interesting "Schedules". Best allowed time period (0001-0600) was being able to "nose into a spot" at ANY Truck stop for a nap. That was a bit before the Bucking Bronco of Electronic Logging (unless one was with WERNER).

CHEERS!!

Posted:  1 year ago

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A Bizarre Conversation With A New Driver

SKATEBOARDING 101:

Since I already had a Valid Class A and wasn't beholden to any Company:

I took the Flatbed Securing Lessons in N. Charleston, SC the beginning of 2000. I had ZERO PROBLEM climbing on ANY Load except of course mushy stuff and Coils. I treated Skateboard Loads like Mountains: most are solid with loose parts. Pick a Route.

I had NO problems with Loaders, Loads and Securing. My problem was Tarps, so i didn't last very long with Skateboards because I would not Tarp some Loads, much to the chagrin and anguish of Dispatchers + Company Rules, and I refused to Tarp Treated Wood. Untreated Wood and Coils, no problem.

I ventured off to Dry Vans.

CHEERS!!

Posted:  1 year ago

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Length

I noticed being up north that a lot of trucks were pulling double 53’ trailers are the laws different in different states?

Howdy Donna,

Ever heard about 57' Trailers? That had or have a 18' Tail Swing with Tandems Forward AND they used to be "only Legal in 8 States" (when I learned about them, early last Decade). I no recall seeing any 57's at Shippers/Receivers this Decade.

CHEERS!!

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Old dui's

Old Dui's Paully,

Getting Hired with 4 DUI CONVICTIONS over 22 years out may or not be a problem. Most Companies want NO DUI CONVICTION in previous 7-10 years, HOWEVER, D.U.I. convictions usually reside on ones' Driving Record for EVERMORE.

My LAST DUI conviction in a 4 wheel vehicle on a Class C License was August '91 and it's still listed on State Driving Record AND there have been some Well Known Large Carriers and Smaller Carriers that stated through their Safety Departments: "ANY such Alcohol or Drug Conviction, regardless of time since, renders applicant non compliant."

CHEERS!!

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Getting my CDL on a budget.

I hate signing things, but if it's the only way, I will look into it. Thanks.

Missed that part.

You'll be SIGNING THINGS, A small BOOK of Things In ANY Orientation!

You'll also be Signing:

Papers for a agreement for CDL TRAINING, because it's a CONTRACT. For a Drug Test. For a Physical. For a Class A License. For Shipping and Receiving Paperwork. For a D.O.T. INSPECTION. For a Overweight Ticket. For a Company to get permission to see your Driving and Criminal Records (as well HireRight and P.S.P.). For a speeding ticket or other Driving Infraction. For the Receipt at a Truck Stop or other location Before AND After Repairs. PLUS You'll be REQUIRED to show Your License pretty much everywhere to Back Up Your Signature.

There are "Trade Offs" in Everything! Costs to Everything! ANYTHING, NOTHING and SOMETHING are the only (seemingly) FREE items.

What If, Why, What For, I Don't Need To, I Ain'T Gonna and Not My Problem are phrases for not following through.

Remember: There's NEVER TIME to do it Right BUT There's Always TIME To Do It Twice (or Thrice) and Warehouse work is full of it!! - - - - - CHEERS!!

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Getting my CDL on a budget.

John H.,

Nice Avatar! It appears of Australia or New Zealand (mudflaps up front).

I went through a Truck Driver Training School in latter 1998. It WASN'T FREE. I did some research yet nothing "popped up" claiming FREE so I went the Paid route. I did get a Pell Grant, so that helped a little.

There are Colleges that advertise Truck Driving Courses. Company Advertisements regarding Driver Training.

I've NEVER seen ANY Construction Companies, as a example, offering to Hire potential Dump Truck Drivers/Equipment Operators without Experience. Heavy Equipment Operators is another avenue some many folks have explored.

How's your CRIMINAL RECORD? This has a MAJOR BEARING upon even getting INTO TRUCKING. Any questionable Misdemeanor convictions since 18? Recent D.U.I./D.W.I./O.U.I./O.W.I.?? Drug Charges/Convictions? Vehicular Accidents whether or not at Fault? Points on License?

Do you LOVE Alcohol? Other Substances?

Just Checking, because I was unaware of a D.U.I. being a problem regarding Trucking and I had to wait 7 years (August '91-August '98) from conviction date BEFORE applying to ANY Freight Trucking Company. I had a CLASS A License before December '98 and I still have it because I quit drinking Booze, June 4th, '92. - - - - - Do Some RESEARCH at this Site! Check out TRAINING OPTIONS! Get PREPARED Mentally! - - - - - - The World is full of "What IF?"

The TIME to discover IF you would not like Trucking is in ORIENTATION because you're not fully committed!!

Just like working in Warehouses, NO COMPANY starts ANYONE at the Top (unless, possibly, one buys 51+% of the company), you had to "work your way up". Same in CLASS A & B Trucking. Get the 1st INCIDENT FREE YEAR, then see where ya wanna be. Might well be where you are then, might not, you'll never know till you arrive, IF You Choose To Do Such!!

BE EASY ON SELF BUT STUDY WITH PERSEVERANCE!!

Thanks 4 Yur Tym! CHEERS!!

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