Profile For Stephanie K.

Stephanie K.'s Info

  • Location:
    Columbus, OH

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    7 months ago

Stephanie K.'s Bio

I am 52 years old. I have 2 grown children. I was born and raised in Los Angles near Venice Beach. I left when I was 20. I walked away from a life that was headed for either death or prison and never looked back. I have lived in 6 states since then. I get restless and need a new adventure so I pick up and move, somewhere, anywhere. I have been a hairdresser for 32 years, I have been a safety coordinator for BP, I have built above ground pools and put up siding on houses, I worked in real estate, I worked for the Veterans Affairs Hospitals in West Los Angeles and Columbus Ohio, I got my GED and my Associate of Arts degree with a focus on Psychology from Columbus State Community College with a GPA of 3.67 at age 46. I then attended Ohio State University for a year. I have 96 semester credits towards a psychology degree. I then dropped out due to my step fathers death and losing the house he was renting to me for 250.00 a month so I could go to college. I went to Charlotte North Carolina and Managed 3 Great Clips Salons over the next 3 1/2 years. I threw myself into my work and became known as a fixer. I took stores that were in serious decline and put them on the path of growth. I think I became a really good manager, but I just was not seeing any real satisfaction in my position and I needed a break. I needed to figure out what would make me happy and give me a sense of satisfaction, so I quit my job, packed up and came back to Columbus Ohio where my children, my mother and my sister live. I have been back now for 6 months working as a stylist at Great Clips, (I am very fast and good at cutting so I make about 20.00 an hour). I crash at my mothers, have a storage unit, minimal bills and no ties to anyone or any place. My children are 21 and 34 years old. They don't really need me hanging around anymore. My passion is writing and I think I am pretty good at it so I have started writing a fiction novel that seems to have developed into a young adult story.

That is where I am now in my life and how I ended up contemplating what to do next. I am bored in my career and can no longer seem to enjoy standing on slab cement 35 hours a week cutting 100+ people a week. And so I had the brilliant idea of becoming a long distance truck driver. I grew up with a few truck drivers so I knew the life. I have always been a true loner, I have driven across the country 5 times, I am a rule follower and a pretty good driver. My last ticket for no seat belt was in 2002, my last speeding ticket was 26 years ago and my only DUI was 25 years ago but was pleaded down to a Reckless Operation. I learned my lesson big time.

Driving a truck just sounded perfect. I could be alone, write and drive all over the country. I worried that I would not qualify because of my age and height. I am only 5' 1 1/2", but getting on this forum has made me realize that it is possible. So I have been working my way through the High Road CDL prep tests and studying every chance I get. I think I have decided to apply for Roehl Transport so I can do their school. I am saving money so I have a couple of months of bill and food, etc. money to get me though until I start the training, which they advertise as paying 500.00 a week. I can live off that.

I am sitting at Panera Bread with my laptop getting ready to study more since I want to be totally prepared before I apply for my new career. That is my story.

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Posted:  2 days, 5 hours ago

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Going speed limit

People are stupid. They don't follow the rules and then act surprised when it all goes south. I am a rule follower. At least I can say I was doing what I was supposed to if it does go south.

Posted:  2 days, 6 hours ago

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Laugh for the Day....

I was on no nicotine vapor. Halfway through my PSD training I was getting so much nicotine from him smoking I had to ask him to stop at a vapor store so I could get nicotine to add to my vapor. Now I am trying to wean back down to no nicotine. It's an awful addiction.

Posted:  2 days, 6 hours ago

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PA interstates shutdown

Thanks for the info. You know it's bad when they issue a statewide ban on all commercial vehicles.

Posted:  2 days, 6 hours ago

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Going speed limit

I always set my cruise control for whatever the speed limit is. Getting a speeding ticket is not ok with me. So going through Indianapolis last night on 70 I set it for 50, which is the limit. All of the sudden a truck speeds by me blowing his air horn. I am thinking, "you idiot, it's 50 trough here.". Five miles down the road he is getting out of his truck looking all surprised to talk to the officer that pulled him over. You can imagine how big my smile was as I kept rolling past him going the speed limit.

Posted:  2 days, 6 hours ago

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To Ease Your Mind About Winter Driving...

I drove 587 miles yesterday to get out of PA and through Oh. I had 9 min left to my driving clock when I got to the first rest stop west of Indianapolis. At 4:30 am My weather alerts started sounding on my phone. High winds, ice and blowing snow through St. Louis. Heading to AR. Same exact route I was on when I had to shut down last weekend just going the opposite way. Frozen nuggets again. Lol. No qualms about it this time. I am not driving till these alerts lift. Got a big 10-4 from my FM. I just gave him the alert info I had, informed him I had enough fuel in my truck and reefer and DEF, and that today was not the day I was going to end up in a ditch.

Posted:  5 days, 19 hours ago

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Decided to shutdown

Lol. I think I was just stunned when you turned around and looked at me and smiled. I had just woke up and was with my crazy trainer. You are shorter than I had imagined you, but no, you looked fine. I left saying, "OMG, that was Rainy!!!". It did make my day because I find you to be a true inspiration.

Posted:  6 days, 20 hours ago

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Decided to shutdown

Thanks everyone. Once I got going it was smooth sailing. I will always trust my gut from now on. I made it 962 miles and am at my 02. No Ic e just a bit of snow when I first headed out yesterday morning. I just love you guys. You are real, but very positive. I hope to run into some of you one day. I was secretly smiling at Rainy once in a Loves. She was ahead of me in line. I didn't want to act like a crazy fan, so I just smiled as she made her purchases. Yep, she had her Prime "uniform" on. Lol

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Decided to shutdown

I am going to head out as soon as the sun comes up. DOT says some black ice but 44 is clear. Illinois dot says 70 is clear but watch for icy spots. Being light outside should help to see the roads ahead. And hopefully a little warmer. I am heading your way Rainy. I have 3 deliveries around Denver PA and York PA. Stay safe

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Decided to shutdown

So glad I did. Seeing all the crashes and stranded people on 44 E going into St Louis was a real wake-up call. It's supposed to freeze tonight creating a layer of ice. It's still backed up. Reopened around 2:30. Supposed to warm up tomorrow and refreeze tomorrow night. Going to try and head out tomorrow after the sun comes up. By then I should know more about 70 E thru Illinois. Got both Dot # s for Illinois and MO DOT #. They are very nice and helpful with road conditions. Just been catching up on all my British murder mysteries on Britbox and eating way too many snacks.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Decided to shutdown

Thanks. It's pretty clear here in Doolittle MO now, but to MoDOT map still says road closings everywhere near St Louis and Illinois is all icy snow. Not going forward untill I get some good news on DOT websites

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Decided to shutdown

Thanks for the encouraging words. Yep Rainy, I Got 10-4/I will let sales know. I 44 is closed EB. Trucks kept sliding down the hill. Not real comfortable trying a different route. I find major highways to be the safest in traveling during snow, ice etc.. I feel that if they are shut down than I am shut down. Looks like I will be parked untill at least tomorrow.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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GPS issues

O m g. I was just talking about the phones they used to have on the tables at the truck stop restaurants. I always thought that was so cool

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Decided to shutdown

I am heading to PA from AR. Got to MO and parked for the night. Got up at 2 am headed out at 3. About 90 miles down the road, in Dolittle, I hit sleet, wintery mix. Man was that slippery. I pulled over to a truck parking area with a fancy outhouse. Waited till the sun came up and checked the weather and road apps through St Louis, which is where I am going through. They all say road closings, rain, snow and ice. Checked with other Prime drivers and the ones heading that way have been stuck on the highway for hours and advised I do not leave my parking spot. Being new at this I wasn't sure if I was just being a wimp or smart. So I sent my FM a message and said I was staying put for awhile. Seeing the trucks pass by on the highway still makes me wonder if I should try, but my gut says stay put. Any thoughts?

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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GPS issues

Thanks everyone for the advice. It really helps.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Two right turn lanes....

Dave, even if it is an old thread, it is great for all new drivers to read. Thank you

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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GPS issues

Yep. I was passing a pilot on the way to OK. So I just stopped. It took 20 min. The casheir was so nice. When you do an update on Garmin it wipes out the maps to reload the new ones and unless you have a home computer, fast internet and 8 or so hours to spare you are basically screwed. You have no maps except Foursquare.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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GPS issues

The update kept freezing and another driver came over and said, "oh no. I did the same thing. It won't load. You have to hook it up to a computer. It wiped out all it's maps before it started.". He took his back for an exchange and vowed not to update it. I was able to get a full refund and went with a simpler version of Rand McNally. Since most everyone here uses those I will ask about updates when I am ready to do them. Do I need to update it? It won't connect to my hotspot for some reason. I did get it on, and yes it is navigating. Lol. I know it is Wal Mart. I was frustrated when I sent the message.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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GPS issues

I did the factory reset. Then it said there were no detailed maps on the device and it needed it. So I am sitting here running an update on it, but it is slow as molasses.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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GPS issues

My new Garmin is on Foursquare and can't find the wall Mart facility in Ochelata Ok. Can anyone help me ? Not sure what happened, but I don't think it was on Foursquare before

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Two right turn lanes....

Thank you Rainy. That is exactly what I meant. When I first started driving a car I was taught that is how you refer to both turning lanes. When relaying directions if you needed to make a left after the two right turning lanes you would say, " make a gradual right, then a left". Etc....

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