Profile For Mr. Curmudgeon

Mr. Curmudgeon's Info

  • Location:
    Plainfield, IL

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 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 and profanity aren't really marketable skills in the private sector, but DRIVING? That I did pretty much all day, every day. 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 for 32 hours (add in one hour each way to terminal). 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.

The outfit I work for is G&D Integrated, based in Morton, IL with terminals in Joliet, Morton, Champaign, Decatur, and Montgomery, Illinois, with additional footprints in Georgia, Indiana, and South Carolina. No job or outfit is perfect, but I've been with these folks for long enough to know it's where I will finish out my career, as they're a good outfit.

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Posted:  3 days, 12 hours ago

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What will the future of automated trucking look like?

I believe that when we start to see automated spotter units in the big DC's, automated CMV operation is likely to be achieving some level of "not Elon's pipe dream".

The DC's have fewer variables, contolled access for safe operations of driverless units, and consistency of ooerational tasks I didn't, however, sleep in a sleeper berth last night, so my expert status is questionable.

Posted:  4 days ago

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W900 peeper window

Those lower door windows? Havent seen those on newer Freightshakers. On my old FLD i used simple green. They seemed to get a decent amount of soot.

Posted:  1 month ago

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FNG in MD looking for Driving Info

Excellent news!!! Very happy for your success. The first few months are going to be really really tough, but if you got it out, keep your eye on the long-term, you should do okay. Keep us posted as you have time, your enthusiasm and excitement is refreshing.

Posted:  1 month ago

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FNG in MD looking for Driving Info

Gabriel, CRST is almost exclusively team operations. The drivers I have talked with are professional.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Greetings, new driver, unusual situation

Excellent point about logging. Compensated work of any type is considered by FMCSA to be on duty time.

Volunteer FF? you're probably ok. POC? That time would have to be logged as on duty. Dicey to try doing both.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Driver Pulse

My outfit is using tenstreet now, and I had to use it for all of my return to work submissions. Be careful to check that you're not only "uploading" but also "send to company" any document they request. Seems logical to some people, not so much to others. I thought uploading was what they wanted. And the hiring folks kept telling me the upload didnt take. My 20's something son laughed at me. "SEND IT, DUMMY". I love that kid...

Posted:  1 month ago

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Need A-Z advice please

Hi, Krissi and welcome!

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Posted:  1 month ago

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Anybody Get the Covid?

Had it February 2020. PA at the clinic said " we don't have a test kit yet, treated like flu, u should be better in a couple of days, if you get worse call us back." 5 days later I had pneumonia, they put me on antibiotics and steroids, and I rode that out for about a week before I felt well enough to go back to work.

Now the question is vaccine or no.... ;)

Posted:  1 month ago

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What made you want to be a driver?

Hi, Tyler. Just my two cents worth. I got into driving after 28 years doing something else, and knew I didn't want to keep doing anything related to that prior career. My brother had been driving for quite some time, and he said "well if I could drive a truck, you can sure as hell drive a truck.:" I laughed, and he said he was serious, and after further discussion on work ethic, selfc reliance, and being able to let stuff roll off my back, I realized he was right. So that's how I made by second career decision.

A couple of things in your original post that caught my attention, however. If you don't like doing a customer service job, being a truck driver may not be for you. The bottom line, we are all serving customers. Sometimes the customers are the people are picking up from, delivering to, or working for and with on a daily basis. If you, in my opinion, decide that you want to be a customer service professional, and represent the brand that you work for well, you will succeed in this job. If interaction with customers in a manner that reflects well on your employer is not in your wheelhouse or interest, don't walk, run, away from the profession. There are already enough angry, miserable, disgruntled, a-hole truck drivers ruining the profession, we don't need anymore.

The second thing is your lack of self-confidence. Going into any endeavor with the preconception that you're not very good at anything is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Drop that, decide that you're going to succeed, and throw yourself fully into doing everything you need to do to succeed. The self-proclaimed sabotage won't be sabotage, it will be a timidity caused failure.

Good luck to you, this is a great great great profession, the opportunities for real financial and personal gain are limited ONLY by one's willingness to ride for the brand and always strive for excellence.

Posted:  1 month ago

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FNG in MD looking for Driving Info

Hi, Gabriel and welcome! You will find a lot of us here that won't fit the spring chicken label. Check out these links, to get a good well-rounded overview of what you'll need to do and will likely experience. I started this job after 28 years in public safety, no spring chicken, and have completely fallen down the rabbit hole of enjoying driving a truck.

If you ask the group questions, you will get a variety of answers. You can guarantee that the answers won't be sugarcoated, and we'll be factual based on the responder's experiences. And experience is what this group is loaded with. Good luck to you, keep us posted!

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Posted:  1 month ago

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Should I keep my CDL?

Apologized and still in the truck. Maturity and humility are sometimes the best route. Stick with it. You've gotta be almost done with it while all of this has been going on!!!

Posted:  1 month ago

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What is a Good, Safe Universal Speed

One consideration, not mentioned, but very real. If your Corporate Safety people tell you that 61 miles per hour is a good safe speed and your truck will go 68, if you're doing 68 and and are involved in a crash, have you opened yourself up to issues where you did not follow the guidance of the safety department on a safe speed?

I understand all the discussions about the driver being the captain of the ship, etc etc. However, the safety people are ultimately the Arbiter of whether your crash was preventable or not. And that affects your employment history.

If they said 61, maybe 61 is the route to go. If you are a new driver don't be surprised if they are monitoring your average speeds looking to see how well you respond to guidance and direction

Posted:  1 month ago

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Game: What are your goals?

Great thread topic!!!

1) Stay married to the woman that rescued me from myself 32 years ago. Doing WHATEVER that takes.

2) Live long enough, and well enough, to retire to Mayer, AZ and while away my days with The Beloved.

3) Finish out my time with this outfit in an honorable fashion, leaving with reluctance and their well wishes. Stand as an example of one way that it should be done, making my dad and my grand-dads proud of their progeny.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Greetings, new driver, unusual situation

Hi, Mike! Welcome to the t-squared!

My second career followed pretty closely on yours, I did 28 years as a copper, got my CDL the last year that I was working before I retired. If you don't find a job in 90 days after you get your initial CDL, 6 months at the outside, you may not find a job with many carriers. They view it as a stale CDL. I fought that battle long and hard, the best offers I could get from most companies were " go back through the training for 200 hours then come talk to us with a fresh CDL." Roehl and one other company graciously offered to let me go through their training school again, starting out fresh, and letting me work for them like I never had a CDL.

I chose to keep looking, and found a small Regional carrier that was considered a second chance outfit, they took me on, and I worked for them for almost a year and a half. It wasn't a great company, but they treated me fairly, and I got the experience that I needed to broaden my search. If you can talk to a human being in addition to an online app, focus on the self-reliance, self-discipline, and willingness and demonstrated ability to follow policy procedure laws and guidelines. That may be the edge that you need to get a legit second look. The experiences you have as an NCO and as a firefighter clearly set you apart from others in the ability to self start and self Direct.

Thanks for standing in the lines you did, and do. Good Fortune to you!

Posted:  1 month ago

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Should I keep my CDL?

Zach, speaking from experience of 28 years working for type A personalities like that, I feel your pain. When I began that career, I made the decision that it was important to me to succeed, and I chose to take a deep breath, nod my head, smile, acknowledge the direction, and move forward trying not to provoke a similar Outburst in the future.

At the rate that they are going to run you, 200 hours should be right around 3 weeks total. I managed to survive 10 weeks of Academy, 14 weeks of field training, and 18 months probationary period working for people that were type a, knew everything, and would accept no questioning or resistance to Direction. I read earlier that you had military experience. Do you mean to tell us that you never had an NCO, senior NCO, platoon leader, or company Commander with similar behaviors and attitudes?

Dude! wtf-2.gif Put on your big-boy pants and suck it up! This is not an I told you so, it's simply acknowledging that you're struggling, and telling you that you can either choose to succeed, or you can walk away and acknowledge the fact that you chose not to cut it. Maybe Western will take you back, but you need to examine yourself and ensure that the issues are not with the driver instead of the company.

Your successes and failures rest solely in your hands, no one else can make the choices to succeed for you. I wish you well.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Should I keep my CDL?

Zach, Good Deal. I was listening to a podcast last night on my way back from the UP to the terminal to end my week. It was Digging Deeper with Robert Plant. Someone asked him the 'best piece of advice' he had ever gotten. It resonated with me, and I think many on here. He said simply "Mean It". I never gave it much thought, but if we all lived our lives that way, and made our way through our careers that way, I think the world would be a much better place. So, Zach, Good on ya' for getting back into the saddle. And Mean It. Keep us posted as you have time.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Questions about local driving

Done OTR Regional and Local.

Local blows.

If you have a work ethic, and you are willing to ride for the brand and move Freight for the full 14 hours available to you each day, your outfit will grab that brass ring. That means youll get to run a dull 14, and then you have 10 hours to be back for your fixed start time. That means, yes, you get to drive home, S,S&S, and then drive back to work. In time for your fixed start time. 10 hours after your end time. Not much time for a life.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Photos, oddball things

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This was on a dropped trailer. At a customer location. Loaded with 35K, headed into Ohio. Via I-70. Yes, the land of DOT "Come to Jesus Meetings".

That flaky thing inside? It's a leaf. I think... I wasn't gonna put my hand inside to find out. The mobile mechanic that came out (crusty old dude with 30+ years doing wrenching) said he'd never seen one that far gone. Said it was good I didn't put anything in there with the spring pressures... good way to lop some things.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Famous Quotes on Trucking Truth

From a previous lifetime, heard frequently during the process of training low frequency high risk tasks... "They let their eqo write checks their skills couldn't cash". Clearly, todays version would be something about venmo and bitcoin....

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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How Does Your Spouse Handle It?

and I keep a 2# ball peen on the right side of my seat, and a similar in the sleeper

Thrusting into the eyebox with head crosswise to repel armed boarders. Dont go for the rotational swing, not enough space, and hard to recover from. Multiple punching jabs into the eye region will change their channel and give you the opportunity to create distance for a retrograde advance ( Or, retreat) to safely do as the company wants and give them the truck....

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