Profile For Chris L

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  • Location:
    Gouverneur, NY

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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    10 months, 3 weeks ago

Chris L's Bio

Retired Military 23 Years on Active duty, Former School bus driver, Currently a Rookie Solo Driver for Gypsum Express LTD which is based out of Baldwinsville, NY Regional haul Eastern Seaboard, and Central region.

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Posted:  1 day, 6 hours ago

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Damn deers...

A couple of weeks ago I was driving on the Ohio back roads and I saw a Billboard for a local car dealership promotion it said "Shoot a Deer - Get a Turkey"..... lol

Posted:  1 week ago

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Have you met this Guy / Gal?

So I'm sitting at the Coulmbia NJ TA getting ready to head down to Asbury Park NJ to deliver a load of Pepsi products to the bottler there. The last time I was here as I was walking to the building I had a guy drive up in a van and try to sell me a "Home Theater" System the exchange went like this: Van Guy: Hey how are you doing? Me: Ok Van Guy: Would you be interested in buying a Home Theater System? It's not stolen or anything it's last year's model and my boss just wants to get rid of it. Me: Sorry still not interested! You pitched this same system to me here two months ago.... Exact same pitch. Van Guy: Oh Me: Take it easy dude.... Walking away. What is the most strangest thing that someone tried to sell you at a truck stop?

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Some Drivers!

PJ wrote

Some folks only care about themselves. Taking breaks on the fuel island is getting more often.

Last week I reserved a spot at a pilot because I knew it would be late when I got there. Well drivers had parked in the reserved spots without paying. The manager started checking tags and telling the drivers that didn’t pay to move. One driver got upset and refused to move. Police were called and he argued with them. He felt he should be able to just pay. He failed to understand they were sold out. He ended up in jail for the night for his stubborness.

I'm currently at Superior Beverage in Solon Ohio waiting to get unloaded. This place is really strict once you are unloaded they (Sup Bev) want you to leave the premises ASAP! Last time I was here a driver that finished unloading pulled out from the door and just parked his truck. So the Security Guard came up from the gate and told the driver to leave. When the Security Guard came up to the drivers truck the driver was out of his truck and they began to have a conversation from my vantage point it looks a bit heated because both guyd were failing their arms and gestering at each other. Finally the driver walked away from the Security Guard and instead of heading straight to the tractor the driver walks alllll the way around the back of his truck and then gets into the cab but not before the Security Guard came back and talk to him again. The driver finally started move towards the gate begrudgingly slowly. When I left I asked the Guard about it he was like I've got to deal with at least one knuckle head every day.!

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Some Drivers!

0821694001572472736.jpg So yesterday I was waiting to get loaded at Hillside Distributors in Edison, NJ it's located in the Raritan Business park right off the Turn Pike. I got there and checked in and they put me into a door right off as I was walking back to my truck this guy pulls in and parks basically right in front of the dock I need to back into. Oh what you can't see is there is another truck on the right side of this guy also waiting for a door. Space in this place is at a premium with drivers getting live loaded and pre-loaded containers waiting to be picked up. Well anyway this guy pulled in and basically blocked everyone. I figured he was checking in and waiting for a door but that was not the case from what I could surmise he either got loaded or unloaded at a different part of the warehouse and pulled into the lot to either wait for another assignment or do his 30. I jumped out of my truck and tried to ask him to back up so I could get back into the door oppsite his truck he said something to me but I couldn't understand him but I got the gist he wouldn't move till he was ready. Long story short one of the warehouse guys came out and made the guy move his truck the guy argued a bit with Warehouse Guy but finally moved his truck. When it was all said and done this guy basically brought the place standstill for about 45 minutes. Not only did he block me but I blocked two loaded drivers trying to get out, the local guys trying to pick up the pre-loaded containers. When I get to a location I try my best to stay out of everyone else's way unfortunately that didn't happen here. It's always a fun adventure when I drive in New Jersey

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Quick unload

Well I guess that one way to save on Lumper fees! lolrofl-1.gifrofl-1.gif

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Made a costly mistake

Old School wrote

Chris, do you guys have PC (Personal Conveyance) available to you? I will use it to reposition my truck (if necessary) while "off duty." I can't vouch for the legality of it, but nobody gripes at me for doing it.

The company owner put the kybosch on "Personal Conveyance" We don't have that option. My screw up I thought if I moved "On Duty - Yard move" I'd be covered since I was only moving less than a quarter mile from the street to the door. But because I had no HOS time it still put me into Violation. Looking back I should have checked in an hour prior to my appointment that would have put me close to my 8 hour reset. Normally this place is busy on a Monday morning but today it was slow and I got in right away.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Made a costly mistake

How far into the sleeper clock were you?

7hours and 37 minutes.... I was just parked down from the entrance to the distributor... Figured I could get in the lot before my EDL booted up. Fail!!!

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Made a costly mistake

I made a costly mistake this morning. I moved my truck before I had completed my 8 hours in sleeper birth. So now I have to wait and complete another 10 hours reset. Since it's Monday I didn't expect to get into a door earlier than my scheduled appointment. But I checked in and they had an open door. I tried to move and keep my speed under 3 mph when I moved but the truck speed poped over 5mph and my ELD put me into drive mode and I was flagged for a HOS violation Dohhh. So now I'm sitting outside the distributor in northern Philadelphia not being able to to move until my clock resets again. My company just upgraded to the new EDL system and it's not as forgiving as the old one. I talked to our compliance manager and my fleet manager about it and they both told me that I'm not the first one to screw up. But lesson learned I'll make sure I plan better so I don't run into this problem again.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Had my Six month evaluation this morning

This morning I sat down with the manager of the dry van division for my six months performance review. Everything was positive no major issues. Said I'm doing well no customer complaints overall safety and compliance no issues. I got a raise in my millage pay which made Momma happy. I asked him about the company health and if the company is moving more or less freight than a year ago at this time. He told me that the volume is about the same but the quality of the loads are not as good but we are still very busy. I also asked about moving over to the flat bed division and it's just a matter of following up with the flat bed division manager and see if a position is open or opening soon. I plan to follow up when I get back to the terminal. Overall I'm pleased with my performance so far I continue to learn something new every day.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Handicap reserved parking spaces

I shut down at the TA in Jessup Maryland last night and while I was heading over to get my parking receipt I noticed that there are three Handicap reserved parking spaces for Big Rigs near the maintenance shop. That got me thinking. Most disabilities disqualify a person who is trying to obtain a commercial drivers license. Are there certain disabilities that do not disqualify or can be waived? Who determines what would be acceptable and what is not. I'm assuming the Feds and the States determine this... but in this political climate we are currently in some states pick and choose what federal law they will follow. So if the Feds determine that disabilitie X disqualifies a person from obtaining a commercial drivers license theoretically a State could ignore Federal law and grant a state CDL to that person with that disqualifying disabilitie. These are things I think about when I'm at the shipper getting loaded.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Who should go first!

Every one talking about CB's the one I have in my truck right now I've had for about 10 years it's a Cobra 29 I originally had it in my old pickup and I never put in my new one so it sat in one of my old deployment boxes on my porch in hot and cold weather of Northern NY for the last 10 years before I installed into my truck for work I think because it has sat in the hot and cold for so long I think there might be damage of the circuit boards because I can only transmit and receive a short distance I pretty much have to be right next to some one so they can hear me. Also my Freightliner doesn't have an actual antenna there is an antenna cable my trainer told me that the whole truck is the antenna. I'm planning to invest in a new CB at the beginning of the New Year Of course that is if Momma will let me...lol.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Who should go first!

I had an interesting situation yesterday when I was heading into the TA Truck stop in Columbia, NJ. I was making a left turn into the truck stop to get fuel and park I was facing west oppsite me was long nose Peat that was stopped and waiting no blinker on. The in the entrance was a while Kennworth waiting to turn right. Since the Kennworth need to turn right and I was effectively blocking him from making a wide right turn so that his Tandums wouldn't clip the curb. As some of you that are familiar with that truck stop if you get off the exit heading east you cross the bridge and road curves to the right and you can't see the entrance till you are almost on top of it. I didn't see the Kennworth until I was almost even with the entrance if I have I would have stopped short so he could make the turn. So I figured since the Pete was stopped and the Kennworth couldn't turn till I got out of his way I made a wide left turn into the entrance and that gave the Kennworth enough space to make his turn. As I was turning I waved to the Pete driver just to say thanks for letting go in front of him. Well Mr D@#sh bag Pete gets on the CB and starts cussing me out because I turned in before the Kennworth got out. I guess D#@shBag Pete stopped to let the Kennworth out. Since the Pete didn't have his turn signal on I wasn't sure what his intentions were. I figured I got clear then traffic wouldn't be held up and the Kennworth wouldn't run the risk of clipping his Tandums on the curb. Well I got into the fuel pumps but not after exchanging some choice words with Mr. D#@sh Bag Pete. I guess my question would be who should have gone first? I was thinking the "Right before Left" rule since I was to the Kennworth's right I went first. Or should I have just stayed put and let the Kennworth turn and he possibly clipping his Tandums on the curb? Oh and since the Kennworth was already in the entrance the Pete couldn't have made the turn into the entrance without him clipping the curb on the left side.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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My tightest backing yet

0319511001567164260.jpg0214480001567164321.jpg0473798001567164361.jpgI So this was my challenge this morning the Consignee wanted me into door 10 since there wasn't any manuvering next to the trailer at the end I couldn't do a see side back. So I figured that I would swing down close to the trailers and loop up towards the fence and get it close as possible to do a straight line back. Well it worked perfectly if I could back into door 9. Then I spent about 15 minutes trying to get lined up with door 10 it got frustrating I'm either cutting the wheel to soon or way to late. On thing I have learned is no matter how difficult the spot I have to back into I'm the only one who has to do it! I might fustrate the shipper or consignee whose door I'm backing into because it takes me a while longer but I know that will start getting better.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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A moment of shear panic

So this morning I was conducting my pre-trip inspection as I came around to the back of the trailer I noticed that the seal was missing I was like "Oh Schnikes someone got into the trailer!" I was kinda panicked for a split second then I realized that my trailer was empty. I think I need a vacation.....lol

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Rough week of a drop and hook nightmare and more!

Chris, did you read the thread about Murphy's law? "If something can go wrong it will"? You had a Murphy's WEEK!

Bruce true enough! this week couldn't end quick enough for me. Good thing I took today off.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Rough week of a drop and hook nightmare and more!

Well I've had a bit of a rough week this past week. It's started out with what I thought would be an easy Monday morning pick up at North American Beverage in Rochester NY. I was supposed to do a drop and hook head out for a Tuesday morning delivery in Richmond VA. So I get to NAB drop my trailer and head over to the shipping office to get my paperwork and hook up the loaded trailer and head out. Easy right? Well I check in and the guy tells me that the order didn't get loaded because they (NAB) didn't have the product on hand so I have to be live loaded. I go into the que at 12:00 P.M. 10 hours later I get a door and backing a 53' attached to a sleeper tractor in the door sucks those of you who have had to pick up at NAB know what I'm talking about. I finally get loaded and head out at 12:30 A.M. I basically run hard to Richmond to make my 11:00 A.M appointment time I was late by 19 minutes but the warehouse guys got me in and unloaded. I was supposed to pick up that afternoon at AB in Williamsburg VA but because I burned up most of my drive time getting down to Richmond I had less than an hour on my drive clock I wouldn't be able to get down there hook up and get to safe haven before my time ran out. So a call to my DM explaining my situation and my plan shut down and pick up after my 10 was up. My DM concurred with my plan so I got to the Love's on 64 east and shut down. My plan was to get up at 22:30 and head out to AB. I overslept and woke up at 00:30 ugh!!! I headed out as quick as I could got to AB at 2:00 A.M. I dropped my empty trailer and hooked up to the loaded one I had to scale twice because the AB guys won't let you out until both your drives and tandems scale under 34,000 I got them dialed in and it was off to Penn Beer in Hatfield PA. So I ran 64 to 95 and headed straight up through Washington, Baltimore, and Philly. I've never driven to Penn Beer going South to North by the time I get to Hatfield I'm close to my 09:00 A.M. delivery time and the route that my GPS plotted had my going down Big Truck restricted roads so I had to re-route and the detour cost me time and I went into HOS violation a mile and a half from Penn Beer. I got lucky because when I got to Penn there was no other trucks waiting to unload so even though I was 20 minutes late they got me into a door. I sent a message to my safety explaining what happened with the HOS violation. After I got unloaded I headed to The Home Depot DC in Cranbury NJ for a load of Cardboard to bring back to Syracuse . I had Two hours left on my drive clock so my plan was to get up to either the Pilot or TA at exit 7 on 78. By the time I get up there both truck stops are pretty much full so I continue to head to the Penn Jersey Truck stop hopeing there are some spots but I miss a turn and head off into the Jersey country side I actually ended up turning around at a power generation station if I didn't come across that place I'd probably still be driving around the Jersey country side....lol. well because I got lost I went into HOS violation again! Twice in one day I figured my truck driving career was over. By the time I got myself un-F@#$ed and got to the last Truck stop I was originally heading to was also full so I had no choice but to get back on 78 and find a place to safe haven. When it was all said and done when I shut down I was 2:45 minutes over. That prompted message and a long phone call with Safety. It was more of a lesson learned call than a butt chewing. As they say hind sight is 20/20 the route we take the Turn pike from Cranbury and get off and take 287 north to 78 west. I should have stopped at the service plaza just north of Cranbury and ate the 2:00 hours of driving time this would have avoided the other problems.. Like I said lesson learned. I just got my assignment for next week beer going to Carlstadt NJ Oh WHAT Fun!!

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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I made a little guys day

Last week I was driving on the Ohio back roads towards Wabash Indiana. I had just picked up a load of scrap paper from the Republic recycling facility in Oberlin Ohio and I was heading west on Ohio Route 6 as I passed this farm house there was a little guy who couldn't have been more than 4 maybe 5 furiously pumping his arm up and down. Who couldn't give him a toot so I pulled the coord and gave him a nice long horn blast! I hope I made his day.... Come to think about it I can count on one hand how many times I've done that. Funny thing was that afternoon after I got loaded up at Paperworks trying to head out of Wabash the local cops were re-routing big trucks due to an accident I went by three adults standing outside yell to me to blow my horn had to ablige. I guess we all have a little bit of kid in us

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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It's been a while since I posted

So I'm sitting here at the TA in Binghamton, NY heading out tomorrow morning to deliver soda to Port Logistics located in Dayton NJ . This week has been busy started out delivering Paper Rolls to West Rock ironically in Dayton and then a back haul of Coffee from RPM in Edison. I was able to get down and back with 10 minutes to spare on my HOS clock. Then it was off to Elkhart Indiana to deliver more paper rolls then down to Wabash to pick up another load of paper rolls that I brought back to Baldwinsville NY. I got back this afternoon dropped off that trailer and pick up the one I have now and headed out again. Hopefully tomorrow I can get unloaded early and I'll have my back haul set up so I can get back to Momma tomorrow night. It's been a long week I can't wait to get finished.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Freezpak, Clifton NJ

G-Town I've skimmed through your post I plan to give it a good look over this weekend. I already have my load assignment for Monday and I'll be headed back into the Lions Den so to speak I'm delivering to USTC in Edison and then probably a back haul of Coffee from RPM.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Freezpak, Clifton NJ

Update I'm currently sitting at the TA in Columbia, NJ it took so long getting me unloaded that I only had time to get to Secaucus drop my empty trailer and pick up the loaded one and get up the road before I ran out of hours. I sat a Freezpak from 11:40 to 2:30 because there was a descripency on what the vendor thought was ordered and what I brought down. What I had in the box matched the BOL so I was good. But the vendor wouldn't release me till he reconsolided the descripency with the supplier. So another missed Friday night with the wife! This will cost me big time! Flowers and a Pedi aren't going to cut it this time..... lol

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