Profile For Adam J.

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    Waterville, ME

  • Driving Status:
    Considering A Career

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    1 year, 7 months ago

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Posted:  1 month ago

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Pop quiz mostly for newbies

It looks like it is sitting low. Not much clearance. Is the load shifted? Perhaps something with the suspension? That would be my guess

Posted:  1 month ago

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What are some hobbies you do?

Gee.... I though I was the only one has done geocaching. I enjoy it as a way to kill time. Granted I am not on the road yet, but when I travel or work I am always looking for them. There is also another game called Munzee. I think you can Google it for more info.

Interesting. I don't remember this thread but it's a good idea.

Often my days are so busy there simply isn't time for a hobby. I eat, shower, harass y'all on TT for a bit, then get some sleep and prepare for the next day.

However, when time allows I really enjoy something called geocaching. You can Google it or go to geocaching.com to get more details, but basically it's an outdoors-based global scavenger hunt of sorts. It's totally free, though there is a premium version for $30 a year that gives you a few more features. But it isn't necessary.

There are literally millions of "caches" hidden worldwide in open public spaces. Some can be as simple as a paper log for you to sign. Others can be a box full of little trinkets or gifts that you swap for one of your own. Some can be within a hundred yards or so from where you sit right now at the truck stop. I'd almost bet there is.

The idea is to use your phone, tablet, or handheld GPS to search for and navigate to the cache locations. Once found, you simply sign the log and leave it right where it was for the next searcher. Then you log it online as found and move on to the next one.

There's no winning or losing in this hobby. Just some adventure and stealth, plus getting you outdoors to see places you may never have seen otherwise.

I urge anyone who likes adventure and exploration to look into it and give it a shot. It can be done by any age group and by someone of any activity level. Many caches are wheelchair accessible as well.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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This... I'm completely stunned. 2nd year in a row

Congrats. That is awesome news.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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The First Year Trap - Article By Rainy

I read this article when it was first published. I enjoyed re-reading it again and thanks for the update. I kind of figured he was not going to last long. I went off the radar for a time but I am now back (I had to take care of a ton of personal things and make some tough decisions about my future). I recently told a friend of mine that my out look is that when I go OTR my job is to get the load there on time (early if possible) not complain about things and most of all......doing it all safely. I have learned a lot about the "behind the scenes" stuff in being here. One thing that I have overlooked though.....getting to meet the office staff especially the dispatcher. When I plan to make the jump....I will for sure bring him a cup of coffee and sit down with them. It is easy to forget that communication is a huge key to being a success at what ever I chose to do.

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Looking to getting into trucking and also an introduction

Good luck and welcome

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Companies That Hire with Automatic Restriction

I remember those. My dad had a '63 Valient with push button. I so wish he kept that car.

Anyone remember push button automatic transmissions? :)

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Is the school bus stuff really necessary?

I was wondering thw same thing, but was not sure. Thanks for clearing that up for me Rainy (I see you changed your pic)

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Keeping a level head

My thoughts go out to you and the entire family.

Posted:  5 months, 4 weeks ago

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Time to buy a CB radio

Back years ago (1993 ish) I drove from CT to Wyoming and eventually back to CT. I had a cb for that trip and found it a huge help knowing what was coming up and planning my trip (even though I was only driving my car). Going through St. Louis at night I heard on the cb that gang iniation then was to drive with headlights off. When someone flashed you they wod turn and round and round and follow you u til you stopped. Once you stopped they would shoot you. Knowing that information from the cb I knew what not to do when I saw a car driving around with his lights off and kept on driving. I was not sure if it was true of just talk but I wasn't going to find out.

Posted:  5 months, 4 weeks ago

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Getting rejected by a trucking company

I agree that it can be like a kid at Christmas, which is why I read things before I sign my life away. If just didn't dawn on my that my credit score may be an issue. That is one thing I will have to ask about. I know my credit stinks but going from a good job to nothing really hurt. I have been trying to dig out for years but it is a long road. Easy to fall behind, but hard to get caught up. I have read that you need to have goals and was and asked what my goals were. I answered simply: year one...survive....then added to be debt free by year 2 (if not sooner ). All I feel I need is that chance and know that it may not be with my first choice....or second choice. Heck it could be my 5th choice but it's the foot in the door that sometimes is hardest.

Posted:  5 months, 4 weeks ago

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Getting rejected by a trucking company

I was going to ask what company you tried with. I have very poor credit (500-+) and never thought it would be an issue. Yes I have stuff in collections (all medical) but once I get on my feet again and make better money they will be paid off. I don't remember any of the possible companies I am working with has asked about my credit.

Posted:  6 months ago

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My New(to me) truck!

Congratulations. Enjoy hometime. That didn't take long at all

Posted:  6 months ago

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A fun little exercise for the rookies.

That is a good eye. I didn't even see that

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Sorry I must of forgot map picture.

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Look at Google Maps to study and then call and if the allow entering of of W 8th? If so drive past, adjust, and back it in? Looks easiest and safest to someone like me that is not yest a driver.

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That used to be the truck entrance, however that gate is now blocked and inaccessible. Good eye though.

Keep em coming y'all.

Posted:  6 months ago

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A fun little exercise for the rookies.

I think that would be the best try and something that I would do.

I am not even a rookie, so I know nothing, and this looks way too easy, so I know I am wrong, but what the heck, I've been wrong and embarrassed before.

Red is forward, blue is backing. There would be some pullups in there I'm sure, and I don't like the building on the blind side, but it is going to be there no matter what, so...

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Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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Heading to Atlanta!

Glad to hear that you are finally on the road. Sounds like twittling my thumbs is a skill I am going to have to learn. I just remembered one of my questions...do I need to have my permit before going or is that something I get there? I ask because it seems a week of training before hitting the road doesn't seem like much time to get everything done that needs to be.

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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Schneider training is changing

I know you are just getting started but how long did it take from the time you applied to go to training? How long (if you know) does it take to get paid? Hopefully my daughter will get her license which is one thing holding me up. I can not just leave her here in rural Maine with no transportation. Her birthday is next month and I am looking to go a week or so after her birthday. I am just trying to figure out how long it will be (roughly) without an income

Adam I sent you a Facebook message.

Don’t worry Old School, any non personal information will be shared here. 🙂

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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Schneider training is changing

I would send you a message, but there is no link in the profile. If you click on the link in mine it takes you to my Facebook. I do have a couple of questions. 1) I was told that I would have to pay for the classes and they would reimburse me. I don't have the funds to pay for it out of pocket, can't get a loan and seemed to hit a dead end with them (although I did do the pre-hire and was approved). That was about a year ago now though. I was looking hard at them but that kind of killed the deal for me. I could look into it more now as things change I forget the other questions right this second, but I am sure there were a couple.

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I looked into schnieder to get my CDL and was told they did not do company sponsored training, but that was about a year and a half ago. If it is true they are doing training I guess I should check with them again

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Yeah Adam, they’ve done company sponsored training this whole time, they just farmed it out to Trainco instead of doing it in-house. You didn’t see it on the website because they just told their instructors the other day. It won’t move that quickly. Here’s what you do if you’re interested in Schneider. Either call the number on their website and they’ll send you to their sponsored Schneider National school, or check with the local school of your choice and ask if they have a local Schneider recruiter. He/she can get you sponsored by Schneider right there. If you have any questions, send me a message and I’ll do my best to find answers for you. You can also give the recruiter my driver number and they’ll give me a bonus, lol! 😂 Seriously, it’s a great company. Very strict and serious but safety is the number one concern around here. Best of luck!

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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The Joys of small town receivers.

Great story....It goes to show that sometimes it is the small gestures that make the most impact. That personal touch made not only a difference that day but for the future.

I was doing quite a few back-to-back pickups at one grain elevator in an itty-bitty town in Kansas, hauling milo to Salina. The old boy who ran the little elevator was just a grump. Someone pee'd in his Cheerios every morning, I think. After a couple days of this, I stopped him mid-whine and asked him if he liked banana bread? He gave me a puzzled look, "What the heck does that mean?" I asked him again if he liked banana bread. He said he did. I ran out to the truck and brought back a loaf of homemade banana bread my wife had made. She made several small loaves to send out with me that week. His eyes lit up and his whole demeanor changed! He apologized for acting up all week and went back to work with a little hitch in his giddy-up and some banana bread in his tummy. He gave us his personal cell phone number and told us to call ANYTIME and he'd come down to load us, day or night. After all, "He lived just down the block and usually didn't have anything better to do."

LOL

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Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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Schneider training is changing

I just checked the website for schnieder. Unless they have not updated the information (which is possible) they say you need to have the CDL prior to orientation.

https://schneiderjobs.com/company-drivers/orientation-and-safety

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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Schneider training is changing

I looked into schnieder to get my CDL and was told they did not do company sponsored training, but that was about a year and a half ago. If it is true they are doing training I guess I should check with them again

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