Profile For Moe

Moe's Info

  • Location:
    Portland, OR

  • Driving Status:
    Company Driver In Training

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  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 2 months ago

Moe's Bio

New CDL holder running a regional NW solo route.

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Posted:  6 hours, 1 minute ago

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Senators propose legislation to promote women in the trucking industry

Personally, I think all of this promotin of gender n race causes more division and disunity and unhealthy competition amongst the sexes. Im not saying we shouldn't make folks aware of opportunities or support folks to follow their dreams or use their talents, but constantly reinforcing the idea(s) that one gender can do anything the other gender can do or that 1 race oppressed all other races and has privilege is not healthy.

It boggles my mind why the government chooses to focus on this stuff at our expense

Posted:  6 hours, 6 minutes ago

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Instant Pot on the road

Yes you can, do it all the time with mine.

Use a 1:1 ratio of rice and water. Bout 10 minutes for white rice, 25 minutes for brown.

I've to mix some olive oil, salt, pepper, dried minced garlic and onions into before adding the water and cooking.

Comes out separated and fluffy everytime

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The next cooking appliance I purchase will be one. With that, and a charcoal grill this Spring, I'll have it all covered:

InstaPot, charcoal grill, George Foreman, Presto electric skillet, microwave, and a rice cooker.

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You can cook rice in the InstaPot.

Posted:  6 hours, 12 minutes ago

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Had foot surgery, was prescribed Vicodin (opoid)

Had to have severely ingrown toe nails removed on both feet and was prescribed vicodin (opoid pain killer) for pain. I was also given 3 days off per dr orders due to fact that he did both feet, cauterized my nail bed to prevent regrowth, and being prescribed the vicodin. iv had issues with ingrown before in the past so I'm hoping this will be the last time I deal with them.

I am getting better day by day and should be able to safely go back to work tommorow. Currently I'm in a non driving position running a forklift and hosting trailers, still have my CDL obviously.

My concern is about the Vicodin and any possible rando UAs. So far I've just been contact with my direct report supervisor about the time off and doctor note. My doctor just wrote a standard "off due to medical procedure" type note with no mention of the Vicodin.

Do I need to let my safety director and supervisor know I was taking those the last 2 days? Tonight should be the last day I need them as the pain has lessened considerably since Monday when I had the procedure done.

I just don't know how long stuff like that stays in my system and wouldn't want to risk anything?

May I have some best advice please?

Thank you

Posted:  3 days, 10 hours ago

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Checking in and saying hi, where I have been and what I am doing

Hey all,

I wanted to say hi and let yall know what has been going on with me. I took a dock worker/hostler gig for a local company which has been going okay up to this point. I have learned how to run a forklift (with no experience prior really) , work on the loading/unloading docks, how to inspect and manifest inbound and outbound freight, how to load a trailer etc. It has been a learning curve for sure. I currently work swing shift 3-11 after a 2 week training period on day shift, it has taken a bit for my body to get used to the new schedule (I am a creature of the day not the night, so my sleeping patterns got disrupted for a couple of weeks. I am adjusting better now and get my usual sleep amount). Not to mention being on my feet ALOT. It is a physically demanding job , but has been good for me. I strive to keep my head down, do the work, learn what i can and move forward.

Backing of the trailers, yard hosteling my skills are improving - I am still not as fast as the swing supervisor wants and so he has opted to have me work the docks more at this point, I was bummed about that -truly, however I...have...not .....hit ...anything! So in my mind that is a big plus. I will use multiple GOALS to ensure i don't hit anything.

The main challenge with our company yard, is that it is completely disorganized. There are 28 footers mixed with 48s, 48s with 53s. Outbound fully loaded trailers parked in front of empty trailers (thus requiring the fully loaded trailers to be moved and adjusted out of the way of course sometimes some drivers will park ultra close on one side thus requiring my TLC in pulling the trailer that needs to be moved out of the way. All of that adds up to inefficiency of time, which is my biggest concern in terms of my performance. The biggest issue is drivers coming back with either their empties or returns and just parking them where ever, so they can get home and non enforcement of logistics.

That all aside, I have come to realize that I cant focus on the external in so much as the internal - basically keep a good attitude and do the best I can. Personally I hate inefficiency ,but what can I do? I can not control others.

That is where I have been at, we are on a slow time with work as freight has slowed down the last couple of weeks from back east due to the snow storms, but we hope it will pick up. I hope yall have been well.

Moe

Posted:  3 days, 10 hours ago

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Should I keep my CDL?

My personal vote is to keep it, you've worked hard for it and who knows what could happen for you in the future, could mean the difference between having a job or not, a job is better than no job and it has taken me over 43 almost 44 years of life on the planet earth to finally understand that there is no perfect job, no perfect company , no perfect situation. Our idealizations, expectations and perceptions exist soley in one place - our head.

Trucking is a journey with a lot of lessons (professional and personal to learn). Have you thought about maybe taking a warehouse job running forklifts? Its easy (relatively speaking), pays decent enough to live on , and still keeps you around the industry (cross transference of skills, networking, better opportunities etc) . Plus with your CDL maybe you could get a hostling job, just backing trailer or running trailers from one yard to the next on public roadways. Regualr schedule and hours , plus home every night- cant beat that. Just some options to think about.

It may seem like this is the worst thing you are going through now, but trust me life has SO many more curveballs. Keep your head up bud!

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Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Committed a truckers sin today

If I may say it was my adopted brother's idea (notice I emphasize ADOPTED- lol) to use his Traeger wood pellet smoker grill to cook the bacon, I failed at not keeping an eye on it or questioning the cleanliness of the grill to begin with. Today's tragedy WAS in fact totally avoidable and I am not without fault for sure. Glad I get to keep my CDL, makes starting over inlife much easier. Normally I am a decent cook...we all foobah ...some more royally than others.

Annie - I have been doing good. I start the warehouse gig monday , loading trailers , yard hostling with the intent to move into driving after that ..we shall see where it goes.

I am looking to relocated back in east in the next 2 years at most, now that mom is all settled into her new place and the house is sold , she can focus more on her health which has been huge relief. I am thinking SE , possibly Florida and would like to use the experience I glean out here to a gig out there.

I will keep in touch more , this AM's photo was too funny not to share with you guys lol

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Committed a truckers sin today

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Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Committed a truckers sin today

Burnt the bacon, tried to grill it and grill caught on fire, do I turn in my CDL to who? Old school?, Kearsy, Pack, who?

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Has anyone heard?

Deactivated my Facebook recently and only allow messages from accepted friends , ain't taking any applications for new ones none either.

Best move i made this year

If you listen to Facebook too much you won’t know whether to scratch your watch or wind your A$$.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Has anyone heard?

Means a trucking company cant operate anymore, simple answer.

As a driver it means find a new job...

Moe

Total noob question: What's it mean to lose authority?

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Happy Holidays and where I've been

Thank you, I will! 2020 brought enough social isolation with it. I need to get out more lol.... thank you for looking me up and reminding me that folks here do care. I was in a real bad spot (mentally) there a couple of months ago.

I will keep you all posted on progress. I gave the DOT offering for the drug screen at the new gig today, will see where it goes.

Thanks!

Moe

Thanks for the update share with TT, Moe~!!

Super glad to hear things turning positive for ya, here in 2021~!!!

Stop by more often, wouldya?!?

~ Anne ~

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Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Happy Holidays and where I've been

Good Morning

Well 2021 has started off right for me , I have applied for a yard hostler position and it seems I am the pick. Its actually a perfect fit for me as it will allow me to work on my backing skills alot more and I can be home every day (night shift). After that there is the potential to go LTL or OTR with them whatever I choose to. I had looked at OTR, but with everything going on nationally as well as at home. I think it is best that I take the humble road and remain close to home.

Happy New Year to you all, I hope that this turns out to be a better year for us all and may we not forget some of the hard lessons that 2020 imparted to us.

I will keep you all appraised.

Moe

Posted:  3 months ago

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Happy Holidays and where I've been

Blessings brother, good to hear from you. lets both of us knock 2020 out of the park.

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I heard Old School is down for the count, get better buddy always appreciated you.

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Moe, it's great to hear from you. I'm glad to see you pressing forward!

Don't worry about me. When I get knocked down to the mat you'd better have a referee who counts fast, because I'm going to get back up quicker than you expect!

Posted:  3 months ago

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Happy Holidays and where I've been

Annie reached out to me shortly before Thanksgiving and had asked about me. I appreciate that. I also realize I have not been on the forum much the last part of this year. Fortunately, things are turning around. I got clear of colon cancer earlier this year and now am in the process of dealing with family issues between me and my mother. Good news is her house sold and she will be moving on first of the year. For an older lady with a knee replacement, soon to be dual shoulder replacement, oxygen therapy with pulmonary fibrosis a weak heart and some memory problems, she can't keep up with the three story Victorian house she owns.. So that sells in January and hopefully get her an apartment or something around that time.

I still have my CDL and am protecting it, just getting over the little hiccups that have come up. I'm looking to do a more local route if I can with dump trucks. We shall see. This week I am putting out applications and see what bites. If I do go OTR again, it wont be till after the holidays or when mum is settled.

I heard Old School is down for the count, get better buddy always appreciated you.

Thanks

Moe

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Backing practice

May I try?

From my looking at the photo, I concur with Delco the best option would be a blind side back, coming south from the top of the photo. I would park on the right side of the road just short of the dock and then GOAL. I would also make sure the dock was free of debris, people etc and let receiver know I was ready to back in. Id be more in the middle of the road and begin my back making sure the trailer is angled toward the dock and proceed with backing. I would of course have to GOAL quite a few times, maybe a dozen. but I would take it slow. My thought is being more in the middle of the road might allow there to be space in the front of the truck swinging and avoid the fence?? Hard to tell exactly how much space there is just by a photograph.

Since I would be blind side backing, I know it would take me quite sometime -think 30 minutes or so to get it done, as i would be doing alot of GOALing. Is this a well traveled road too?

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Company holding me hostage

No company I have ever worked for inside or or outside of trucking ever put a gun to my head and said, you are stuck.

I'm trying to leave this company I'm with, yet they're refusing to route me to a terminal and I've been sitting in a truck stop for days. What do i do

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Dating OTR....

"I give two minutes for you and your valiant crew"...... (Commander Krug, STar Trek 3 , in the scenes leading up to Enterprise's destruction)

I figure when I have enough patience to tolerate a Dog, than I will consider dating. I've had some bad ones lol , my fault and theirs.

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Then again, Diver Driver looks like HE'd be a good find, too . . . LoL ~!!

Wish you the best, m'lady. You know what you want, and I love that aboutcha! That's the 'Joisey' in ya, for sure.

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Diver Driver is indeed a hottie...but also one of my best friends. And engaged. Lol

I had a "pervert" student who told me not to trust Diver cause he has perfect teeth. People are screwed up.

And Pack Rat has me waiting in line for a chance.

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Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Best company to get CDL with 4yr old dui

Apply For Paid CDL Training

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Best bet is to use the link to apply for as many companies as possible, be prepared for alot of Nos. Most companies want 7 years and older. Best of luck.

I'm new and would like to know whom I can get started with.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Cancer Free

Results came in the clear, alot to be thankful as we approach the holidays. Mom has settled down too and moving back home has lifted her spirits it seems. It doesn't look like it was dementia, just plain old "I was not ready to give up my home and living independently" I did make her promise to agree to a home health aide/nurse to check on her once a week since I cant be there full time. She felt that was a good compromise given her bad shoulders and lungs. Things are on the mend it looks like. Thank you all for the well wishes.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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I'm Sick in bed. Company vs Lease

Sorry to hear you got ill. Speedy recovery!

Something people don't ask about with leasing is health care. Most don't have health insurance. so they have to pay tons of money if they get sick.

And check this out... .i just got strep throat and an ear infection. My truck needed to go into the shop. I got back to the terminal went to the Prime doctor for a $30 copay they did two tests and determined strep and ear infection. My prescriptions were $3.10 for both. They gave me a note out from work until Monday and because the truck is in the shop I got free hotel rooms for both me and my student. And I get breakdown pay for sitting here. So I am sick in bed and still making money.

If I was lease.... No insurance so probably $100 for doctor. No RX. So $74 for meds.... No free hotel rooms. $400 for 2 rooms. No breakdown pay, but I would have to pay the student $100 per day so $400. And I would be in the hole about $4000 in revenue ($1000 per day)... In addition to the $1250 of the lease/incidental payments.

So company.... I will probably come out to getting paid about $370 which does suck but I needed to rest and am not in the hole. Also....i made $3300 this week as a trainer running 5600 miles and $2800 last week. So I can deal.

Lease.... I would have been down about $6000 just for being sick then would have to run hard for 3 weeks to make that up and have money for me. Sounds like fun huh?

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