Profile For PJ

PJ's Info

  • Location:
    Elberton, GA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

  • Social Link:
    PJ On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    5 years, 5 months ago

PJ's Bio

Retired police officer from Ca. Relocated to Ga. I was looking for a second career that will give me some new experiences in life. I have 4 amazing daughters and 7 grandkids. A lot of my friends were truck drivers and loved the job, except being away from the family. I figured I would give it a shot and see what happens. I have learned alot about myself, the industry and life in general. I love my new career. My email is pat.jerrold@gmail.com

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Posted:  1 day, 22 hours ago

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Axle weight question

Unless otherwise specified it goes by the tire size. Watch out in Mississippi they have the lowest I know of.

Posted:  1 day, 22 hours ago

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35-year trucker Joe Bartlette got a seatbelt ticket — until this video got it thrown out!

Mine are black. I think the orange is/was a freightliner thing for a few years. I was just in a 2018 cascadia and those were black.

Posted:  1 day, 22 hours ago

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Grabbing wrong trailer?

Once in Indy 2 of us were at the same small shipper and they had us in doors next to each other. It was very early in the morning and the loader looked pretty tore up still from the night before. I was preloading a trailer going to Ca by rail and the other driver had something else goong to NY. We got done and were both in the office getting our paperwork and I noticied the info was not correct. Bottom line was the loader loaded the trailers backwards. I thought no problem we’ll just swap trailers. We did and I called my DM and she was good with it and swaped the info in the system. I had told the other driver what I was doing, but he decided to call his DM and he said no problem and switched them. That was a nightmare. Too many fingers on the keyboard.

Posted:  2 days, 10 hours ago

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Is Freight Slow Right Now?

I think it’s just a short slow down, changing seasons tend to effect it. I’m currently running short regional stuff trying to get off the west coast. My girlfriend got a 2100 mile refer load out right off the bat. This kind of thing happens. No big deal. I always keep money back for these times.

Posted:  2 days, 20 hours ago

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Game: How Do You Motivate Yourself?

I know the feeling, however I make a cup of coffee and get it done. I know at the end of the week I have certain things I want accomplished and not getting it done is unacceptable... In the words of Larry the Cable Guy “Get’er Done smile.gif

Posted:  3 days ago

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Testing out to go solo

Congrats Sir!!! Well earned and deserved... dancing-banana.gif

Posted:  3 days ago

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Upcoming Surgery Coming Up Sooner Than Later!

I wish you all the best Sir!!!

Posted:  3 days ago

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Regrets

Kim I’m glad your still hanging around and thinking. I too was suprised at your leaving so quickly, however I know you thought you were taking the best course of action for yourself, and do not ever apologize for that. I got into trucking after 1 year of retirement. I had just started a new relationship and it was what we both thought was the best course of action. We had a plan in place which was me too get 2 years exp. and then work locally being gone 3-4 days at a time. The plan worked fine and I landed a great local job doing just what we expected. Then after a year she decided after all that to move on in a different direction. I second guessed things all the way through that 2 years and then some. I gave her a year to figure out what she wanted and it never happened. I finally decided what made me happy the most and just did it. I have not looked back once. Being out a month sucks when you have someone at home. But if you don’t, it really isn’t that big a deal. My kids are all grown. Generally I see or hear from them when the want something. They are all married and have lives they are leading. I come out of the house and just go. If I need to get home I do, otherwise I find ways to enjoy my time were ever I’m at. We live in a beautiful country with alot to offer. I could do regional close to home, but right now I don’t wish too.

You just need to figure out in your own mind and heart what you really want. Then just do it. Don’t question it from that point forward. We can talk ourselves into or out of just about anything if we choose too. By you putting in the effort up front, you don’t need to look back.

I wish you the best whatever you decide to do!!!

Posted:  3 days, 6 hours ago

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NASCAR in Fontana

The photo’s do exist, lol. Tractor Man on the left and you guessed it, I’m on the rightsmile.gif Was a great time. Not a bad back drop eitherembarrassed.gif

Posted:  3 days, 6 hours ago

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NASCAR in Fontana

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Posted:  3 days, 8 hours ago

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Leave of absence

Bruce I know the feeling to some degree. I have been using 1.75 cheaters for about 6 years now. I still have my distance, but the close up is really gone. I had prescription glasses for awhile, however I have this tendency of laying things down and forgetting I did it and leave them somewhere or sitting on them. I have family members that had lasek for distance problems and swear by the results. I was always told they couldn’t do anything for close up, but now I understand they can. Best of luck getting it corrected

Posted:  3 days, 8 hours ago

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Heading out on the road tomorrow

Congrats, you have hit a milestone. There will be more, but stay foscused on this one. I wish you the best!!.

Posted:  3 days, 15 hours ago

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NASCAR in Fontana

Kyle he is. I guess I’m lucky my terminal is 1 mile out the back gate from that track. There is a good size pilot right across the street from the main gate too.

Posted:  3 days, 15 hours ago

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Question about working for my father...

I agree with the above completely. As mentioned insurance carriers probably won’t allow it until you have 2 years experience. Get that through a mega carrier. After that time if you wish to go into the family business you will be better equipped to handle it. I will share this, working for family usually is really good or really bad. I have never found middle ground with it. It is great your father is being supportive of your choice.

Posted:  4 days ago

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Truck comparison

Everyone has preferences in this life. Trucks are no different. Alot of that preference depends on what you learned to drive first. And you add or take away based on experiences. My preference is a 13 spd, however my truck has an 18. Not a big deal to me. I prefer a cummins n14 engine, but mine has a ISX 15, again not that big a deal. I prefer long nose pete’s. My preference. I pull heavy and average 5.8-6.2 depending on the weight of my right foot. That is awful fuel economy, but again its my preference. It’s not my male ego, it’s my desire to be comfortable. I have more than a couple lights on it. Again no ego, safety in mind. Most trucks have 2 tail lights, mine has 18. Most companies don’t do driver survey’s to decide what type of truck to buy. Company drivers get what the company decides to buy.

Posted:  4 days, 1 hour ago

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NASCAR in Fontana

Thank you, that is most kind. I’ll mark my calendar and try my best. As it gets closer I’ll touch base with you.

Posted:  4 days, 2 hours ago

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NASCAR in Fontana

Hello ya’ll, nope my feelings are not hurt in the least. We all have things we love to do. I am an old dirt racer and raised my kids at the Kings Speedway in Hanford Ca. We raced IMCA dirt modifieds. I agree with Brett, Nascar isn’t what it once was, in my opinion because of the leadership. Big Bill France was a master at many things. He knew how to get the most out of a buck, the most out of people, and was a marketing genius. His son on the other hand did not learn the people aspect of the business very well. Just my opinion. I still enjoy it. This race weekend was special for me because it was a family vacation. My 4 daughters drove down with all the grandkids, 7 of the little folks. They all still live in central Ca. I flew my sister in from Ar. and my girlfriend got her company to grant her home time in fontana. She is a new driver for Stevens Transport. 17 of us enjoyed a wonderful weekend.

It was great meeting Tractor Man. I have met a couple of the Rob’s in Chicago and St. Louis. Was too cold for my brain to work and didn’t get photo’s with them. I guess a redo is in order sometime..My girlfriend did get photo’s of Tractor Man and I and we’ll be getting them to him.

Posted:  5 days, 18 hours ago

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Calling tractor man

Hey I will be at the track in the morning. Give me a call 706-988-4614. Awesome photo op going to be had.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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The photo and opportunity that took almost 7 years to achieve!

Wow, congrats my friend!!! That is awesomegood-luck.gif

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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How long has it been since you updated your location?

I’m so sorry to hear this news, Prayers are with you sir!!! Wishing you a speedy recovery

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