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    Lansing, MI

  • Driving Status:
    In CDL School

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    5 years, 11 months ago

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Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Hey guys i'm thinking of driving a truck?

I'd start with what G-Town suggested. If you're married please pay attention to the part about what kind of job you want, OTR, regional, LTL, etc. I've never been a trucker, I'm looking into it right now, but I did have a job once where I was away from home for 20 months. I that time I only got 3 or 4 visits home and my wife came to spend a week with me once. Fortunately there wasn't too much strain on the marriage and the money was really, really good. You also won't see your friends much. Just some things to think about. If you're single and making $350 a week you'll make more than that going to training for some companies. After you get out of school your pay should go up substantially from what I've seen, but see what other folks have to say, they've been there I haven't. Good luck and please be honest with yourself regarding the time away from home.

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Just introducing myself, (pre cdl newbie) and asking for very specific advice...

What Big T said. I checked around and everyone I found want a 160 hour school. I did find one around Detroit that makes you come in with a permit and they charge $3,395 for a three week class, but you're in the truck the first day. Maybe you can find something like that around St. Louis.

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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I think I've found the perfect company.

Rainy, you don't look a day over 34, birth certificates have been known to lie.

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Staying in touch with the recruiter.

I'm trying to figure out why 2 days would be that important, I sure don't keep track of the date I start any job. Month and year yes, but the exact date? Am I missing something?

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Some good news after a few days of problems

Good job!

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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What's everyone doing for Thanksgiving...

Tinker, I'm glad you're OK and hopefully your co-driver will have a speedy recovery.

Funny you should mention rib roast Old School. For a couple of years in a row I bought a rib roast for Christmas dinner and my family wouldn't eat it. One won't eat roast, I don't think he had any idea what the difference was between a rib roast and pot roast, another only eats beef well done, and a couple of others had some reason they wouldn't eat it. What I wound up with was very expensive hot beef sandwiches or beef and noodles. So I gave up. I sure do miss it. Any chance you have an extra place for dinner? good-luck-2.gif

Posted:  5 years, 7 months 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:  5 years, 7 months 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:  5 years, 7 months ago

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I think I've found the perfect company.

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

Posted:  5 years, 7 months 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,

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