Profile For Roehl-Lee

Roehl-Lee's Info

  • Location:
    Godforsaken Nowhere, NY

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    Company Driver In Training

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  • Joined Us:
    3 months, 3 weeks ago

Roehl-Lee's Bio

onward to my next life....I think it's probably # 6 or 7 lol. promises to be as interesting or more than all the prior ones!!

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Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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To be blunt- bras vs concrete highways...

Hi Scott. thanks for your input- I appreciate it. Honestly- women with too much boobage are mostly used to bumps, bridge transitions, potholes, etc. I mean its the same crap we deal with in our personal cars. just that mile after mile, with the exaggerated effect of the chair/suspension.... it's a bit more extreme in the big rig. Its like when 1 mosquito bites- its annoying. the cloud of millions of mosquitos assaulting you for hours is a different thing entirely.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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To be blunt- bras vs concrete highways...

Rotflmao... I feel ya there!! only maybe I feel it more- you don't feel uncomfortable? I swear everything I do inflates the boobs. Babies? C to D....Gain weight? D to DD Loose weight? Boobies be like- nah fam, just kidding we only move in 1 direction.... keep going you'll be a stick with big boobs.... I lost a band size but gained a cup size. They can be nice when I want to dress up, but a complete PITA when I'm getting stuff done, like building the rock wall when my profile pic was taken. That was a sport bra day, which worked out ok because there was no BOUNCE!!!

It's looking like there isn't a ready made solution...I think I'm gonna have to highlight my atlas.... How many highways are concrete? I'm mostly used to asphalt- only recall concrete on Rt 81 south of PA....

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Nervous lady here.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Nervous lady here.

If done at the leisurely pace shown in the video it'd be a walk in the park. but the scoring mechanism requires you to put as much speed into the force you apply as you can manage...

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Tell me about curtainside.....

Oh Bruce- you had me rolling.... yes indeed curtains for me. question is- when??? preferably after a make a little money ;-)

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Tell me about curtainside.....

Lol I'm cool with that!!! question is- how sissy is it pulling the curtain frames ?? I can't imagine its anywhere near as hard as throwing tarps,. plus it's in a direction of force I can work with- sideways, not overhead.... ask your other-half what the toughest part is in his opinion.... pulling the frame or securement? inquiring minds wanna know..

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Tell me about curtainside.....

I'm considering asking about curtainside with Roehl. I was hired on for reefer national, which I intend to do for the next few months while I get my driving game polished up a little since it appears that van/reefer is about as simple a driving job possible. but once I get that down a bit I'm interested in curtainside. I gave up the idea of flatbed because I tested some of the weights I'd read online at the gym IRL and no way can I lift 70lbs up past mid forearm level. I put my shoulders thru some hell a few years ago and I recovered to the no-pain point, but never really got the strength back. I can however wrangle, wrestle, push, pull, bully, maneuver and finagle just about anything to just about anywhere, I just do it smarter, not harder. The cranking down straps, throwing straps or chains, heaving down on bungees, tiedowns whatever, I think I could do that no problem. I've heard that pulling the curtain frame and cover along the bed is a PITA. OK- so is gutting a house lol. I'm pretty good with loads, forces, math and directions coming from a engineering background, I always work safely from years of working renovations solo. And mainly- I worry about getting old, fat and weak. I just hit the 50 mark and here's where things get real lol. I'm totally at peace with ageing, but I want to do it smart, and ferociously :-)

Lee _/\_

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Nervous lady here.

Hi Denise- it looks like you're starting tomorrow. I just posted my experience with the Roehl 'machine' lol. There is a video of the machine and the basic motions. I can't tell you much more- that's what I saw, did, and overcame :-) The minimum is around 125 IIRC. I have nothing to relate those numbers to- it's measuring resistance in some fashion, and I think that is a cumulative score of all 5 outcomes- 1 on the abdominal crunch, 2 for the arm/shoulder tests left and right, and 2 for the legs/knee tests left and right. The guy who administered our tests was on his last week before leaving the position, so you won't get the experience of Big Tony giving you a simultaneously encouraging and terrifying "GO GO GO GO" to motivate you to do your best. Huge man in physique, persona, and voice. Absolute teddy bear in real life I think, but that was nerve wracking LOL. I ended up with a 195, partly because I was scared I might fail if I didn't give 110%, and partly because I was secretly hoping if I didn't fail, that I might prove myself strong enough for flatbed...but that's a different story.

My only suggestion that might be helpful- since you are apparently around my age (I'm 50 this year) if you have borne children and know that there are some lasting effects....um...I wish had I worn a pad. I peed a little doing the abdominal crunch and I had just emptied my bladder prior. Mortifying while it happened, but at that point there was no going back so I just went all out. Tony even looked at me at the end and said "this is my proud face' LOL. But I still wish I'd had worn a maxi pad... :-(

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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To be blunt- bras vs concrete highways...

For my CDL test I wore a sport bra pulled over my precious Soma 40$ dd. I swear I could hardly breathe. There should be a better solution. I got to thinking OMG- if I'm not permitted to pull to the side of the highway or off ramp, and I find out out I get to bounce down the road for an hour or more.... I'm gonna be very unimpressed....to say the least...

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Starting Roehl CDL school on 2/11

Hello Again!! dancing-dog.gif I'm finally home for a minute. It's been absolutely amazing, I survived, and if I didn't think I was indestructible before, I sure do now!! 1- Roehl company physical (AKA The Rack) lol- it's mostly what it looks like in the video. I'm still not sure how it measures, I do know that in the 4 weeks I was there 2 people I heard didn't pass, 1 woman and 1 older man. The minimum for van/reefer is around 125 / flatbed is 150 IIRC. I racked up a 195---go Me!!! One young man out of the Armed Forces pushed out about 325 in my class and I heard rumor of a close to 400. So I think it's quite manageable if you are a basically physical person without being a gym rat. 2- Appleton Wi puts 6 of the people in each class in the local Fox Valley Technical College. This is where I went. Not sure how it is decided- they have the school people pre-selected from the group. We had 1 guy never show up, he had been on the list to go to Tech, when they looked in the master list for who would be the replacement, badda boom it was me. I can't stress enough how great the instructors are at FVTC. My guy- Rob, was very experienced as a trainer having been a Schneider OTR trainer for years before going to the school. He was very good as a trainer, professional, calm. I can't speak highly enough about him. As a matter of fact- Mr Rob from FVTC is SO GOOD..(how good is he??) He's SO GOOD that his students can get in an ACCIDENT...ON the test...and still pass. True Story. I got hit by a car in a round-a-bout pulling back in the college at the end of my test. YEP. They labeled it Contact, unavoidable. Talk about making a long day even longer. 3- I'm not sure how I could have improved my hotel-training arrangement..... but I was in the same room and same truck with a lady I would have probably been better off only seeing 1/2 as much of. We both survived but I think that might be less than optimal for most people, not just she and I.

thats' all for now.

p.s. this forum is very helpful. I was aware of stuff many of my classmates were not. Good job Brett. Thanks

lee_/\_

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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To be blunt- bras vs concrete highways...

Ok ladies- if you're built like me then you know what I'm talking about. any suggestions? I'm almost considering researching all the highways and highlighting them in the atlas so I can dress accordingly...

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Starting Roehl CDL school on 2/11

Thanks Tim- good to know. The 99% of my brain that's usually pretty sane can use that to subdue the panicking 1% lol

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Starting Roehl CDL school on 2/11

PJ- no, I wish I was 10 years younger, I would do flatbed in a heartbeat..unfortunately I think I'd probably get hurt even if I could manage to get in!!

G-Town - thanks you for helping to clarify what I was trying to convey in the earlier post -the DOT physical is bare minimum requirements, black and white, for safety. The Company physical (what I called a 'different beast') is an employers screening for economic viability or as could be said- a companies CYA procedure. I have NO problem with that. At no point did I whine about 'those meanies who unfairly discriminated against me for silly irrelevant blah blah' --no, because I GET IT. I've hired, fired, sat unemployment hearings, priced group insurance policies. The Company procedures that I was caught in are NOBODIES fault. I don't think the policies are bad, wrong, or unfair. The point I was trying to make in the earlier posting was this- Don't confuse the policies and rationale of the DOT physical for the policies and rationale of the Company physical. When I got to the Company physical after delays for buses with no heat, no brakes, snow storms, multiple extended visits in bus terminals (13 hours in Chicago OMG) arriving a day late, bunking with a hyper-wound Puerto Rican girl who talked until midnight..... Yeah- I wasn't as clearly focused as I could have been. I would have benefited from remembering that this company is not my friend (as in a social setting) they are a business entity looking for potential red flags...DON'T GIVE THEM ANY. And that, my friend, was the tip I was alluding to. Not lying, not being unsafe or disregarding the safety imperative of this line of work. I'm very sorry the convo turned in that direction because I don't perceive either of us needing those reminders. But perhaps I misread your intent. Either way- no harm, no foul. I've got last minute details to wrap up here, so to all- be well, be safe. Lee _/\_

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Starting Roehl CDL school on 2/11

Right on point- no more, no less. volunteering info that I had taken a drug that 1-would have shown up on a drug screen and 2- that hadn't been in my system for over 6 months...led them to request the script log that showed the last refill on November 3. When I squeezed in my last appointment before i my insurance ended on Nov 30. I'm NOT hiding behind HIPAA- I'm saying that if it was a drug I was still taking it would absolutely show up in any drug screening- the 1 I took for a local job on Nov 6, the DOT one on Jan 3, the company one on Jan 14, or the hair and urine one I just took last week. I stopped taking it when I considered changing employment. But I filled it on my old insurance because I don't 600$ out of pocket. So that being said- if I'm NOT taking it, and NOT testing positive for it, there is no reason they would find it without me 1- opening my damn mouth2- for no good reason, and signing a HIPAA release. They asked if I had any open scrips, so I thought I was being honest. Having 56 out of the last 2 bottles sitting in my medicine cabinet and not ingesting any since last summer doesn't mean anything, I need to wait 6 months since my first provable clean date, the drug test on Nov 6. I'm not hiding anything, not here now, or in general as a principle in my life. And although I have no way of proving it to you, there is no-one here or in your circle of friends and coworkers that takes the responsibility of other peoples health and safety more seriously than I do.

Lee _/\_

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Starting Roehl CDL school on 2/11

Rainy- kinda northeast, but I tend to call 'here' the southern Canadian annex ROTFLMAO....( Watertown NY). And thanks for the welcome- reading your comments is part of why I know I can do this.

Hobo- funny thing that- the DOT physical that I've done twice now, was no big deal really, at least for me. I'm at a decent weight, probably a BMI of 24 or 25, always had low range blood pressure. I smoked my last cig on 10/1/17, stay busy with renovating an old house and keeping up with a border collie pup. But the Roehl physical capacity test has me terrified. I don't know why. I tried lifting 30 lbs overhead, I used a propane tank, it weighed out a little over 25lb on the scale, and that seemed easy enough. I push, pull, squat, lift, I've been framing and roofing and lugging demolished cast iron and etc for what feels like forever!!!! But people say they got flunked out of the Roehl on the test and I'm legit scared!!!~ All I can say is that the DOT requirements are written out in black and white and seem very straight forward. The COMPANY physical however, is a different beast, and they may ask you other questions not DOT specific. I might suggest that you carefully consider ANY voluntary information that couldn't be found out without a HIPAA release. I thought I was being open and straightforward about something from last year, and if I'd kept my mouth shut I'd be driving with Rainy right now instead of missing another mortgage payment... :-( Saying I can start work in a few months doesn't do much for my banks opinion of me...

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Any recommendations on Roehl?

Roehl now pays for the hotel and food bit not sure about the transportation. Maybe you could find that out.

Randall- I leave Friday on a Greyhound (I paid for the ticket) to Appleton. The information I was sent on Monday from Sara , my recruiter, says that I get a room and hotel hot breakfast, and they provide lunch. Dinner and weekend meals are on me.

I do wonder however if there might be a bit of recruiter discretion in extreme situations? can't hurt to ask.. Lee

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Starting Roehl CDL school on 2/11

Tx Turtle. failure is not an option here. and I know I have the aptitude...but everything I've witnessed in my every FUBAR and clusterf**k, and what I read here confirms- it's the attitude. and I'm a bit more desperate that I'm comfortable with. I really need this to work. so just gotta keep steady, not panic. good-luck-2.gif

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Starting Roehl CDL school on 2/11

Putting that out there both for feedback and as way of introduction. I'm so extremely looking forward to the solitude aspect of the job...but I'm also being realistic that in the next 4 months my ego, brain and soul are going to be melted, crushed, stretched, twisted and reassembled multiple times, so I'm planning on using youse guys as a sanity check, sounding board, etc. to help me thru this.

so- introducing myself- Hi- I'm Lee. I just turned 50, I have my permit and physical (getting the permit in NY requires the medical cert first). I have had a trial go with another Big CDL trainer which resulted in me still having an offer, but with a start date delayed for a few months. Since I've been unemployed for a month so I can't really work with that...so I'm off to Wisconsin. Wish me luck...

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