Profile For Mr. Curmudgeon

Mr. Curmudgeon's Info

  • Location:
    Plainfield, IL

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    1 year, 6 months ago

Mr. Curmudgeon's Bio

I joined this profession after 28 years in another profession. Knew it was getting time to retire, and started a skills assessment. What did I do daily that I could do when I grew up? Well, sarcasm isn't a marketable skill in the private sector, but DRIVING? That I could do. Didn't hurt that I had a brother doing this for over a decade that said "Hey, you could always drive a truck. I mean, if I can do it... "

Worked about a year and a half doing OTR regional, home every weekend. Learned, a lot. Missed my family, a lot. Got paid by the mile, NOT a lot. Ended up finding a gig with a company that hired me for local driving, home every day, paid by the hour, tractor and trailer shop on site for prompt and effective repairs. Jumped at the chance and haven't looked back. After two years of local work, I climbed back into a sleeper, and am running OTR Regional Midwest pulling intermodal and dry van loads. Happy as a clam again.

I do dabble a bit in training drivers that come over to our company, as a polisher / finisher for folks that need some extra one on one training time to get them fully smoothed out and ready for solo.

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Posted:  11 hours, 49 minutes ago

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What is wrong with the trucking industry in USA.

There needs to be a standardized national truck route.

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We have that already. It's called the Interstate System. It's wonderful. Wait, maybe you want a roadway system designated for truckers only - no 4 wheelers allowed. That sounds great! Who should pay for it? I have a feeling most taxpayers would insist that Big Trucking foot the bill. There goes your competitive salary, and here comes increased regulation.

Old School... maybe we just neeD a more strenuous enforcement of the already existing "Where Are Your Papers!" rules. shocked.png Indiana Toll Road was 3 trucks per car yesterday on my way to PA...

Posted:  1 week ago

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Backing a semi

John, for the first year i had to wear a hat every time would back. It, quite literally, kept the sweat out of my eyes.

GOAL is never going to cause u a problem, and don't sweat the supertruckers that'll make cracks about it. You're protecting the investment your outfit placed in your care. That's gotta count for something..

Keep at it. One day you'll just do it, without stressing over it, much to your surprise. That's when you get outta the cab, walk to the front, and fist pump like a pro!! Might even get an airhorn response from some clown like me.

Posted:  1 week ago

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4 scale tickets in first year solo. Excessive?

Just Mitch, probably a bit of both. I run a 2015 Freightshaker with a tag axle drive system. I have a suspension pressure gauge that I use to screen loads b4 I leave a shipper. If that is over 65 psi, guarantee i will be tap dancing on the 34000lb tandem minefield, and if I've made sure the load transfer is off, and I've adjusted my tandems / 5th wheel, I dont leave. I send a grief form and separate message to dispatch informing them of apparent overweight. Wait for their guidance, in message format.

Learn your equipment and gauge reading meanings. Learn how to, if possible, move your fifth wheel to adjust loads. Learn how to adjust trailer tandems to balance loads for optimum axle weight (AND driver comfort). It sounds like you're not taking some aspects of this profession, the minutiae as it were, seriously enough. CAT Scale charges 12.50 for a first weigh, 2.00 for a reweigh, and you can get as many of those as you need, as long as you keep giving them the two bux. Get the app, you can see exactly where you stand WHILE you're on the scale, incredibly efficient...

You DON'T want to have an ohcrap where a blue hair drives under your trailer tandems while you are over on those (or any) axles. If the truck isnt legal, it shouldnt have been on the road. In a fatal, EVERYTHING gets the fine toothed comb from the folks in the unusual hats.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Starsky Robotics calls it quits

Not to mention how Hug is gonna deal with it...

Posted:  1 week ago

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Geytin a Cuppa

We are all in this together. I know it sux for the folks that have to enforce the rule as well. They know the lifeblood of the overnight haul is that rich black nectar of exotic Gods...

Very apologetic.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Geytin a Cuppa

Three and a half hours left on my run tonight, late start due to a dvir issue. Sheboygan, at a QuikTrip, figuring to get myself a cup of joe, help work some of the cobwebs out.

So nice young lady behind the counter was very apologetic, and when I asked about just hot water to make some instant, she said that would be self-service too.

Sorry boss, I 43, and US 41 going into the u p at 10:30 on a Sunday night, there ain't nothing but self-serve available. I guess now there is just straight-up nothing! Why do I anticipate that this is really going to start To really suck big time?

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Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Jeremy... how are you?

…. I'm on lockdown one room one bathroom so much for home daily I'm back otr without the paycheck lol. ….

Jeremy, if there's an upside, you've got your own bathroom and don't have to worry about finding a landing zone to get some sleep. Take care of yourself, wishing you a rapid and complete recovery and return to work.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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What does a quarantine due to coronavirus mean for truckers?

Illinois is supposed to have a press conference at 3 Central supposedly implementing a new stay at home order. My guess is similar to those in effect in California and New York.

Yep - 'non-essential' stay at home. Absolute mayhem is about to ensue.

Fortunately, we'll be out there on the hiways and biways, witnessing. Hopefully from afar.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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What does a quarantine due to coronavirus mean for truckers?

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It's becoming very obvious that this was all premeditated. Richard Burr, a senator in the intelligence committee, sold off a large portion of his stocks back in February. They all knew this was the plan all along.

I can't speak for anyone in the House or Senate, but I have a decent amount in a 457 from my previous career. In January, when the Chicom virus was reported in Taiwan (interesting that the pro-democracy protesters are ALL gone now, isn't it) I started moving money in my 457 from stocks/real estate / international to the stable 1.2% bond type thing. If people were watching, they could see the potential. So, I'm guilty of insider trading or being part of the conspiracy, I guess. This was BEFORE the tyrdlies in DaCesspool caught on. This is not a political thread, so I shall keep it free of that.

How many of you are aware that the ChiCom gummint has been advocating ElectroMagnetic attacks on US military vessels (ships and aircraft) in the region? I know many suspect our government of complicity in the virus, I suspect rather that they are trying to keep us panicked at home, while the military quietly gets ready for a war with the Horde.

YAMMD. Peace.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Update and is this coronavirus going to shut truckers down too?

Victor, I dont think u need to worry about getting sent home. By definition this career encourages Social distancing, shelter in place, and self quarantine. (I threw up into my mouth just a little for even using those terms). If you are worried about getting this badbeerbug, wash hands frequently, dont lick countertops, and dont consort with large crowds of Chinese nationals. embarrassed.gif

As for activity, the steps taken / announced by the tramp today should do yeoman's work to stabilize economic matters. Not sure what will happen for manufacturing, but im guessing NOBODY wants 1929 again.

Hang in there. You will get this. Dont be afraid to ask for help, despite truck driver's traditionally brusque exterior, most really want to be helpful. Or at least, be able to feel good about themselves for showing "that FNG how it's REALLY done". They get to feel like a subject matter expert, and you gain some (hopefully) valuable assitance and guidance.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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What does a quarantine due to coronavirus mean for truckers?

A new wrinkle, have any of you experienced this or heard of it? One of our drivers went to deliver to a DC, and before they would let him in, they said they needed to check his temp. Using one of these at his forehead...

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Im thinking all kinda ways of screwing with this A/C or heater on forhead for starters. Not to mention the fact they are using an industrial tool to make a (fully untrained and inappropriate) medical assessment.

I kind of think I can guess what Old School and Brett would say about this. My response would have been, quite simply "Nope. I'll unhook the trailer and leave her right here in your drive and you can getcher temp checked and approved jockey driver to move it and bring'er out to me when it's unloaded. Oh, and by the way, my detention clock starts *check the watch* NOW"

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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What does a quarantine due to coronavirus mean for truckers?

The discussion about armed resistance is interesting. The different perspectives show posters underlying beliefs, imo. High tech is troubling, but one needs only look to the Afghani anti-Soviet Mujahadeen or 1960's and 70's VC for examples of how mindset and a willingness to die for a cause can vex a high tech foe.

Granted, our men and women in uniform have gotten better at dealing with low tech. The disadvantage that a "resistance force" would encounter is a more than ample supply of surveillance, both tech and human.

Any use of tech to coordinate would sound a death knell. So, a return to 1940 france / 1950 cold war humint style messaging, and its innately ponderously slow nature, would be required. Vex the tech forces? Yes. Triumph? Possibly, but with great loss on both parts. Your actual mileage may differ

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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What does a quarantine due to coronavirus mean for truckers?

Got the above text from a friend. While it is a very simplistic explanation (not going into HOS, max cargo bolume or weight in a 53' trailer, or any of the other myriad issues that factor into our Nation's pretty efficient retail logistics system) he was satisfied. My ending line was "it's going to like that for months - consumption is outstripping ability to replenish" I never heard back from him on that part...

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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What does a quarantine due to coronavirus mean for truckers?

"Why is it nearly every new illness originates in China? Apparently now the chinese Gov't is blaming the US Army for releasing the virus. "

Rob, full disclosure, I'm that guy. Y'all know, the one that sees a nefarious hostile state actor behind many of our current events. Child of the coldwar, MP during the late Soviet era, rise of Sino-Asian dominance.

That said, i am in no way surprised they are blaming our military. I have suspected from the very beginning that someone in the chinese gummint authorized weaponization of this bug, and used it to terminate the out of control pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. The protests stopped concidentally promptly after the bug was reported.

Once the bug starts to get fully unravelled, if it is determined there are fingerprints of genetic manipulation of the lab sort, they want to be the first to claim it "an act of war" - maybe not in that strong of terms, but still.

Ya. I AM that guy. But no one in the Sino-Soviet Bloc is our friend....

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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What does a quarantine due to coronavirus mean for truckers?

Illinois Governor BJ the Toiletswapper Pigster closed all k-12 schools thru the end of March on Friday afternoon, effective Tuesday 3/17. Today he announced ALL eat in restaurants and all bars and taverns are closed thru end of month. He has already banned gatherings of more than 1000 people.

And he said NAUGHT about the rampant hoarding going on. He didnt answer my email asking how families that can't buy groceries are supposed to eat without restaurants... guess subway is considered a meal to him... or the ever popular roller grille delite....

For the first time in almost 4 yrs, the current presguy almost got labeled "uppercase P president" for addressing the hoarding of foodstuffs.

We will see where this goes. Will the Ill-noise ban on gatherings larger than 1000 include a prohibition "of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances" ? Dangerous times, imo, for personal liberty...

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

There is a sign...

Funny how security is often a very subjective concept...

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Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

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Can't claim this as my photo, taken by a driver I work with who was on his way back from Kalamazoo, MI this week.

Had to laugh at it...

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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What does a quarantine due to coronavirus mean for truckers?

The run on all foodstuffs is the most troubling aspect of this whole thing.

There are a virtually unlimited number of asshats that will hoard food items because the media has whipped up a fear frenzy. There are, however, a very limited number of men and women able to operate the CMV's that carry those foodstuffs from point a to point b, and ultimately to point c (for consumer). It is going to take quite some time to restore balance to the supply chain so that those in need are able to obtain.

I feel like I'm watching "The Last Ship" all over again. And it's not a good feeling. I worked a completely different job during the previous 30 yrs worth of outbreaks - swine flu, sars, bird flu, etc. Had to deal with the impact of those on everyday interactions with folks. Each of the outbreaks had about the same potential as this one, but lacked the media frenzy and doomsday predictions. IMO, there is a political component to this that rankles.

Wash your hands. Don't lick doorknobs or counter tops. If you start feeling crappy (CDC will give you the symptoms list) contact your MD and get checked. Universal Precautions. They're not sexy. Not the stuff of media darling Super Heroes. But they work, and have worked for decades.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Y'all, Pray For Me

Nowadays your phone is much smaller than your face, so it's hard to hide behind. I don't envy this new generation of drivers without a newspaper to hide their faces. I know that's one way trucking has become more difficult. Terminal rats can see your face!

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Brett: keep a tightly twisted band of aluminum foil handy. Wrap it around your head, just above the ears. Mumble to yourself, and occasionally say "What was that?" Look over your shoulder quite a bit. Most rats will avoid the crazy man. The crazy men, however, may find you to be a kindred spirit...

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Well this sucks :( Sent home from Prime

And, to follow on Protege's sage commentary... being there means you GOT that second chance. Don't squander the good fortune that landed you there. Your second chance employment is Kind of like the end of Private Ryan... "earn it".

Let the gas money go, chalk it up to a lesson learned, and move forward. Your new employer isn't going to want to catch a whiff of u complaining about your former employer. It does nothing to support their taking a chance on you, because by your own statements as background info, they did.

Not intended as flaming, but also i opted to be honest and drop the diplomatic tone. There is a disney (i think) tune called let it go. You should. Or don't. Your success or lack thereof rests in YOUR hands.

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