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    Lansing, MI

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Posted:  8 hours, 58 minutes ago

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What's everyone doing for Thanksgiving...

I thought I would lighten it up some, too many heavy topics lately. What's everyone doing for Thanksgiving? I'm at home (mainly because I'm not on the road yet) going to my step-daughter's house for Thanksgiving. My job is to bake two pumpkin and one blueberry pies tomorrow and help test the deviled eggs my wife's making. I'm sure I won't have any issues with the last part.

For those of you on the road I have a neat story for you. I once had to spend a Thanksgiving in Vidalia GA due to work responsibilities. Not to be deterred, I decided I wanted Thanksgiving dinner. I made a nice turkey dinner with all the trimmings in the hotel kitchen for myself, one of my coworkers, a couple of guests at the hotel and the folks that had to work at the hotel that night. Probably my most memorable Thanksgiving dinner ever. So, no matter where you are you can probably find someone to share a dinner with and with just a little imagination have a nice dinner.

Here's wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Posted:  12 hours, 12 minutes ago

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Denied Medical Cert.

First off your doctor is doing you a favor, she got your attention. The second thing is, her job is not to get you a card, it's to protect the public, that's her job and that's what she's doing. Trust me when I say she's not going to risk her license for you, or any other driver.

Diabetes is nothing to screw around with, IT IS DEADLY! If you are diabetic it means that your blood sugar is not well regulated. Going too high or too low can cause you to lose consciousness thus the reason they pulled you off of the road, you are a danger to yourself and others. Put on your big boy pants and go see your doctor. If your A1C is OK you don't have anything to worry about, maybe it was an unusual reading due to the big breakfast, I don't know. If it wasn't, then you need to control your diabetes. If you don't control it sooner or later they will likely start whittling you away as your tissues begin to die. It will likely start with a toe or two, then some more toes, then part of your foot, maybe your fingers and hands, I think you get the idea. When my sister-in-law finally died from diabetes she didn't have any arm or legs. It wasn't pretty. Please don't let yourself get like that. Please!

Posted:  12 hours, 47 minutes ago

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I think I've found the perfect company.

So G-town is it all of that clean living?

Posted:  19 hours, 26 minutes ago

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Welp, headed to Springfield on Sunday

Actually I have no idea how to pick winning lottery numbers, I've bought one lottery ticket in my life and they drew the wrong numbers, so I quit. The reason that you pick the longest answer is because many times the right answer needs a longer explanation that wrong answers, but it need to be quite a bit longer, not just a couple of words. The reason I said to pick B was because that's what a teacher in high school told me to do, and he was a whole lot smarter than I am. Just out of curiosity I just looked this up and from what I've found on the Internet the longest answer holds up and so does the B answer. Actually if you have absolutely no idea what the answer is and they're all about the same length the best thing you can do is to pick the same letter all of the time because if the test is truly random (most are these days if they're generated by a computer) you have a 25% chance of getting the question right if you guess, assuming there's 4 answers. If you are in a situation where there is a penalty for a wrong answer (they will probably tell you this) you're better off leaving it blank. I truly was trying to be helpful.

Just for an example. Let's say that you have 75% of the answers on a test that you know are right because you know your material and the passing score is 80%. That leaves you with 25% that you have to guess at. If you guess the same answer all of the time the chances are that that you will get 1/4 of 25% right or 6.25%. When you add 6.25% to 75% you get 81.25% and you pass. Does this work all of the time, no, but it works often enough that it's better than not answering the question if you don't get penalized for wrong answers.

Really, I'm generally not trying to be a smart alek unless it's painfully obvious, but it's been known to happen,

Posted:  19 hours, 55 minutes ago

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Prime CDL Training

Kim,

I'm happy for you that you're going out in your own truck, I'm sure you deserve every bit of it. Enjoy your home time and make sure you hug your kids before you leave. Once again, congratulations.

Posted:  20 hours, 34 minutes ago

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Pre-paid legal services---yes or no?

First off make sure you know what you're getting. Many prepaid legal plans are just some sort of discount, kind of like dental insurance. As for the second part, I'm pretty sure you're right. If you don't speed why would you worry about speeding tickets. If you're not overweight why would you worry about a weight ticket. Even then, if you don't get a lot of tickets it won't put your license in jeopardy so why worry about it. Like you said, if you stay out of trouble you won't need a lawyer. I'd save my money and put it in a savings account. If you need a lawyer you'll have the money for one, it you don't need one you'll have a little nest egg for that new bass boat or whatever. This kind of gets to something my dad told me a long time ago, insure for the things you can't afford to pay for, out of pocket. That's things like your house, car etc., not the little annoyances in life.

Posted:  22 hours, 25 minutes ago

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I think I've found the perfect company.

Well if your perfect company is indeed perfect I don't see where it would hurt as you will probably be employed there for life. Now, having said that, how confident are you that your perfect company is in fact perfect. Personally I don't think there is such a thing. I've had very good jobs and one's that I really liked, but frankly none of them came close to perfect, even the ones I owned. Have you talked to other folks that work there? Have you read Internet reviews of the company. Now I will be the first to tell you that Internet reviews of anything should be taken with heaping portions of salt. However, if you read 10 reviews and they're all talking about some specific issue then there is probably something to them. If they just say something like "ABC company sucks" then I pretty much ignore them. If the only information you have is something you got from a recruiter I would also take that with a heaping portion of salt. I guess what I'm trying to say is I have real doubts that such a perfect company exists because if it did every driver in the world would work for them. Just be very sure before you burn any bridges. Also, if you owe your current company any money make sure you can pay them the day you walk out the door, because if your perfect job doesn't work out you'll have a debt to pay and no income from which to pay it. As always your mileage may vary.

Posted:  1 day, 9 hours ago

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Incidents keeping me from working

Pssst Jamie. I think he is a she - Beth B.

Beth B. I agree with everyone else here that we need the details. If we don't know what you're up against how can we possibly help. Everyone here has probably made some kind of mistake in their life, some worse than others, but at the time it probably felt like the sky was falling. As for me, I'll try very hard not to judge.

Posted:  1 day, 11 hours ago

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Upgrading

Figured it out, pretty cool!

Posted:  1 day, 11 hours ago

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Upgrading

Nope Old School sure don't. I remember seeing something about it. I'll have to check it out. I just saw 635 and KS 32 and 42nd street and it sounded like Kansas City. I was born there but my parents brought me to Michigan as a young child and abandoned me 32 years later. My mom moved to Kansas City after my dad died so I got to be a little familiar with it.

Posted:  1 day, 13 hours ago

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Welp, headed to Springfield on Sunday

What Cwc said. If you've done the High Road course you should be fine. Don't second guess yourself, if you flat out don't know, skip it if you can and come back to it. If you can't skip it the best answers are the longest one or "b". Watch out for "always", "never", and "except for". Most importantly for me is to slow down and read the questions and answers twice. Get a good night's sleep the night before and you'll pass it the first time. I have faith!

Posted:  1 day, 20 hours ago

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Upgrading

Rainy

Are you in KC?

Posted:  1 day, 22 hours ago

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Turning radius for truck with 53' trailer (U-Turn)

Grumpy, Before you buy that piece of property you might want to check with the county or state, depending upon what kind or road you are on, about if you can put in 2 driveways. I know where I am you need permission and a permit to connect to the roadway and if it's a state highway your driveway that is in the right-of-way needs to conform to state road specs. There is also likely some sort of minimum frontage for 2 driveways. I know that I have 485 feet of frontage on a county road and my friend that works for the county said that I couldn't get the three driveways I have if they weren't grandfathered in. It's probably worth a phone call or two to find out. Just my dos centavos.

Posted:  2 days, 12 hours ago

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Windshield washer fluid additives?

I've lived in Michigan my entire life and I've never had any issues with the blue stuff, just make sure it's good to at least -20. If you go to temps lower than that get something that's rated to the lowest temps you will encounter and then 5 to 10 deg. lower. Don't worry about wind chill as that only applies to people not inanimate objects. The comments about the winter/new wiper blades were right on, it makes a big difference.

Posted:  2 days, 14 hours ago

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CB Question(s)

JoAnne,

I didn't want to hijack the Crashed! thread so I thought I would make this comment here. That is one of those situations where I have seen a CB be very handy. More than once I've heard a driver say something like "Back it down westbound wreck at MM143". This gives folk a warning that there's a traffic jam ahead. This is one of the reasons I think that CBs are really handy. Just my opinion

Posted:  2 days, 14 hours ago

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Crashed!

Glad you, your codriver and everyone else is OK. Also glad for your that it wasn't your fault. Stay safe.

Posted:  2 days, 20 hours ago

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Does anyone here use a tire pressuer monitoring system?

I've been reading recently in RV forums about Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) that seem like a good idea. Jamie's post about 3 blown tires in 2 months got me thinking. I realize it might not be practical for a trailer as they change regularly, but since most folks drive the same tractor all the time it seems like it might be something worth looking into. I'm wondering if it's one of those things that sounds good on paper but doesn't work in the real world or what. Does anyone have any experience with them on big trucks?

Posted:  3 days, 13 hours ago

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Just a hint, carry copies with you, not the originals. If for some reason the originals are lost you're in a world of hurt replacing them. Something else you may want to check into is if you can record the documents in the county where the court is. It costs some money but you can then get certified originals for a few bucks and you don't have to worry about losing the originals. Just suggestions.

Posted:  3 days, 14 hours ago

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Another dumb coolant question

You might also want to check on the filler cap, it might specify what you need.

Posted:  3 days, 15 hours ago

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Introduction!!!

Welcome. Actually Turtle told a little fib, a couple of folks around here do bite, but kind of like an old tom cat, it's a display of affection. Rainy on the other hand I can't figure out, her truck beeps at her. Maybe you can solve the mystery.

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