Profile For Mr. Curmudgeon

Mr. Curmudgeon's Info

  • Location:
    Plainfield, IL

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    1 year, 4 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:  4 hours, 1 minute ago

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Post A Picture Of Your Significant Other Here’s Mine

Miss Melody approves of your decision. She likes to visit my truck, but won't stay in it. Obviously something in her background about sleeper cabs... she was a KY kill shelter rescue with undetermined back story.

Congrats in the team addition!!

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Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Post A Picture Of Your Significant Other Here’s Mine

My two girls. The first rescued me from myself 31 years ago, on New Years Eve. She has been the seamstress of my contentment since then. The other we rescued from a euthanization appointment, brought up to IL from a shelter in Hazzard County, KY. These two give me a big happy heart.

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Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Stuck with super singles

Andhe78, ...

Ooops… Original Poster was JosephJ… sorry bout that.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Stuck with super singles

Andhe78, I run a 2015 Cascadia with automatic trans, and a tag axle and am based in the Chicago suburbs. I feel your pain on tag axle winter driving. They flat out suck on ice, and getting started in deep snow is just a delight. I got stuck on a city street last winter while bobtail. Parked for my 10, got drifted around, and couldn't for the life of me get out. Tow hooks stay on all winter long... my unit has "Load Transfer" which rearranges the weight balance to put more weight onto the powered drive axle, supposedly.

I carry a small aluminum shovel (brand name of bear claw maybe?) that retracts onto itself to keep it compact enough for the sidebox. I also carry a container of kitty litter, but with only one powered axle it's touch and go as to whether it helps.

Good luck.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Rookie Solo Adventure, thoughts, questions, vent, and ramble.

Costco DC in Yorkville, IL is usually about a 50 minute unload for a full 53 footer. Don't even worry about getting there too early, they won't give you a dock assignment until 45 (I think, it has been a while since I delivered there) minutes before your appointment time, and they seldom start to unload until your appt time. You can dock, they just hold pretty tight to the schedule.

I've enjoyed your updates. Keep up the great work!!

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Random drug tests of drivers to double in 2020

Have any of you been asked or told to fill out the FMCSA Clearinghouse Consent Form? Our outfit just pushed hard to get everyone to sign the consent to submit test info to the Clearinghouse. This was apparently something relatively new, and my research into it suggests that one only needs to give consent WHEN they are actually tested, not before. I was going to have a heartfelt with our safety crew, but figured it's not worth the O2...

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Training with Veriha updates...

Marc, if you are running a spotter truck (rather that a day cab with a lifying 5th wheel) you will find backing and even blindsiding to become second nature and (almost) fun quite quickly. I used to challenge myself to see how many one-shots i could do in a day.

Most jockey jobs are VERY high energy, and grossly underappreciated (except by this guy and some others in the world). Good luck in the interview.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Owner operator

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Christmas Pup and I just love it when this topic comes up!! Jared, Kudos to you for not going all bristly ridgeback beast when the "slow down" advice starts... still amazes me when I hear drivers bragging about earning 200k+ per year as o/o. I don't even engage in the convo anymore... gross and net seem foreign concepts to some of them fellers.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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30-minute break rule

I try to start mine at the 5.5 hour point. Finish up at 6hr into day, and you've got another full 8, unless you expend your drive hours beforehand.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Decade to All!!!

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Merry Christmas everyone!

Its a green Christmas here in the Heartland, and I'm not complaining at all.

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Illinois Recreational W33d

Good evening, all. Have any of you experienced living in a state that passed a recreational Cannabis law? Illinois passed a law that goes into effect January 1, 2020. Other than the obvious messages from our safety people, reminding us that marijuana use is still prohibited by federal law, and truck drivers are prohibited from consuming marijuana... I am curious, based on prior experiences, to see if there will be a spike in the "random " drug testing of employees.

On a side note, my son and I were butt blasted in his car over the weekend by an 18 year old who was fully baked. I walked back to do the driver exchange process while the police were on the way, and when I asked for the kids driver's license, he handed me a credit card. Not to mention that when he put the window down it was like Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Fortunately, none of the four people in the two vehicles were injured, and we were able to go upon our way.

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Question Regarding Sleep Apnea

I see my pulmonary People annually, about three weeks before my ZDOT physical is due. We have a conversation about my usage percentage, how many hours of sleep I'm getting every night, and whether I'm still feeling refreshed. I have had to have my pressure increased twice in the years that I've been using it, usually because I start to feel a little draggy when doing mundane tasks or late in the day. The conversation with my doctor is, believe it or not, one that I look forward to. If I were only showing 4 hours of CPAP use per day, I suspect that my physician would comment in the letter that goes to the dot examiner that I was meeting the minimum required usage. Big picture, if you only show 4 hours of CPAP use per day, and something bad happens to your tractor beyond your control, the vrdolyak law group, or the truck accident Hammer guy, are going to draw inferences that you don't get enough sleep, and you are a rogue missile Waitin For a place to land And go to sleep.

While it may seem to be simply checking a box for the heavy-handed and over-reaching government, CPAP will save your life. Strokes, heart disease, and a whole plethora of other nasty things like depression, are linked to lack of REM sleep. I know that I stopped having nightmares shortly after starting CPAP.

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Views From the Office Window (Post Yours Please!)

Bird-One, I want to say yes... but not 100% sure. I was just kind of struck by the composition of the fog, the lights, and the wrap...

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And this is my NEW out the window look, Decorah,WI for a lamp redo, didnt have the .75" led gumball lamp... so out about 90 min of "git home for Christmas morning..." ah well... better this tha splaining to the man in the funny hat why my lights dont work

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Views From the Office Window (Post Yours Please!)

0611619001577218140.jpg it was a foggy morning in the Upper Midwest today. Took this outside the Target Distribution Center, in DeKalb Illinois

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Question Regarding Sleep Apnea

I have been using a CPAP unit for probably 15 years. You may think you're getting along fine, but i suspect until you actually have a sleep study, where you're in the room wired up with the full electroencephalogram and brain scan stuff, you won't know. I didn't realize how bad I was sleeping until I got the CPAP and really started sleeping. When your brain does not get into REM sleep, you wind up convincing yourself that everything is okay. Yes, I know I'm no physician, but having transition into CPAP 15 years ago, I can speak with quite a bit of positive experience.

I am a regional OTR driver, have a CPAP unit that I keep in my tractor. I have a mask and headgear that covers only my nose, not my mouth, and I sleep fine with it. It took me about one night to get used to sleeping with it.

One suggestion I would make, just be sure to get a CPAP that has the ability to humidify the Air Stream. If you blow just the air, it's going to dry out your nasal and sinus passages, and you will be likely quite uncomfortable.

If you fit the physical profile for possible sleep apnea, overweight, no neck, extremely large neck size, snoring, smoker, Etc, a prospective employer may require a sleep study anyway. It's on your history, you don't want to get hired, and have it come up that you were diagnosed and didn't disclose it.

That would be problematic for not only People that hired you, but potentially future employments as well.

Good luckl.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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I made a little guys day

My former outfit ran lotsa freight from Western IL to KC. Rrquired route was US36, from Quincy across MO to I35.

Probably 1/2 of my daytime summer runs, same 6 or so year old kid, same farm house, running towarf the road pumping his arm for he was worth. Rural. Seldom other traffic. Dump probably 15-20 psi thru that air horn, until he was out of sight in the mirrors.

Reminded me of elementary school along rte 59 in Plainfield, il back in the 60s. Whites, Hendricksons, Macks, Petes, Diamond REOs. We'd thrash them all for air horn. And, we played truck tag. Stoop and call the name of a truck brand to avoid a tag. No tag backs, and no immediate repeats of what was just called.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Following distance

The BEST answer is shadow. The rear of the vwhicle in front will have a clearly defined passage, anything off road is going to have some fudge going on due to inrerpretation of the angle of passage. Zipperlines also work if there is a decent shadow from the vehicle to use as reference...

Just my $.03. ( It used to be $.02, but Im just THAT good... )

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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The Proper Way To Merge?

So, kind of on topic (or should i new thread this?) a while back i had to relocate a new fancy Freightliner with all of the bells and whistles. Including, to my dismay, the accursed "slow you down because somebody does something in front of you" apparatus. My question for the group is this, at what distance does that trigger? In other words, if I'm passing you, and your truck has that, when is it safe for me to move over in front of you without causing you to have the speed reduction?

There are so few drivers these days with radios to communicate, and many choose not to give you any visual indication of clear....

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Crooked Lines

Sunday night, Columbus OH, i would have GLADLY taken crooked lines. No lighting, no lines, 11pm delivery time. The only light was the anemic flashing green. Until I asked them to open the dock door. Nice big square, and easy to line up to...

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