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Dual citizen living in Calgary. Drove for about 8 months back in the '90s. Frozen food. Starting over and giving this a second try, assuming technology and my maturity will make it easier.

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Posted:  3 days, 21 hours ago

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Time to Say Goodbye...

Good luck to you, Rainy. I only just got here but I know already I'm going to miss your input. I'm sure you're going to take your great attitude to your new situation and so you're going to do well.

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Try again

I did my first session of backing practice (in 23 years) yesterday and found the blind-side alley docking quite difficult. On my way home I realized that I probably need to get glasses--53' trailer, small mirrors--I suspect the cones could look a lot sharper. I have been passing eye exams up to now, 59yo, so I feel fortunate. Considering asking for a pair of slightly telescopic glasses, say 20/18, since I will only need them for backing for now.

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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It's hot out there, what's a trucker to do? Can't idle.

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It's sad when you can go to jail for leaving a dog in a car - but no one cares that truckers can suffer or die.

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Sad but true.

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Not to mention the horrible tragedy when a child is left in a over-heated car. Breaks my heart.

Since were on the subject, many trucks have sensors to prevent idling when the outside temp is below a certain degree. I think Schneider was 72 degrees. There were a few times when it was about 70 degrees outside, and my truck wouldn't idle for more than 5 minutes. I could try to park with the front of the truck facing the sun to heat up the sensor (My Frightliner had the sensor in the back of the driver side mirror.) However, even at 70 degrees, it can reach 80 or more inside the cab. I thought about wrapping a 12V heating pad around the mirror to trigger the sensor, but never got around to doing it.

Hot weather is a real problem for me as I get older. I can bundle up in cold weather, but I can only take so much off before people start calling the police. So, my question is: How do you deal with the heat?

My trick for dealing with unavoidable heat requires some practice, but one can get better at it: fasting. If you've ever tried it you know you start feeling cold after several hours. You can use that to advantage. At the very least, eat lightly.

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Adult

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Real men wear wigs. : )

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Desperate, sleep issues

I'm thinking it's possibly valley fever.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Rick C.'s CDL renewal journal

Classroom week done, yay. Painfully long at times, but it's mandated so whatcha gonna do.

Next two weeks: pre-trip, coupling, backing, etc. Two weeks?? Yeah, only 3-4 hour days and... mandated.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Adult

I will state directly and unapologetically that if you were not born a woman, you do not belong in a woman's restroom; nor do women who identify as male belong in a men's restroom.

Asking philosophically... Is this because our parts determine our behavior, that is, we don't really have free will?

Posted:  1 month ago

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Adult

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I grew up with Star Trek and Star Wars, and I look people of the various races and the otherwise very different (from me) as simply "aliens" from other worlds. I hope if I give them a chance I'll learn that they are, like me, working for the Federation towards a common goal. I know this might sound flippant, but it really is the practice I use all the time and have for many years. It's science fictional but has a real, positive effect every day.

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Perhaps u having a problem looking at this from a woman’s point! I could care less if they are from Mars. When I enter into a women’s bathroom in a truckstop in the middle of the night and the only other person in there looks to be a man. My first thought is he here to rape , murder or play peek-a-boo! I have put myself in a bad situation, because really no one even knows you’re in there.

Your op asked "guys" to answer how they would handle a person in the men's room at a urinal dressed "like a woman". You got my answer. It was not very different from the other answers along the lines of "I could care less".

Posted:  1 month ago

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Rick C.'s CDL renewal journal

Also applied to Bison today. They take new drivers if they already have their CDL. Still undecided on OTR vs. local/seasonal, but thought I'd get that Bison app in early since they have a 13 week training period. The local driver postings often say "willing to start immediately".

Posted:  1 month ago

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Three days of classroom down, two to go. The drugs and alcohol module seemed to last forever, so boring to one who does no drugs and very little alcohol. This school is beginning to look quite a bit better than the school I went to 20+ years ago in Denver. I suppose that's because of the M.E.L.T. law.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Adult

I grew up with Star Trek and Star Wars, and I look people of the various races and the otherwise very different (from me) as simply "aliens" from other worlds. I hope if I give them a chance I'll learn that they are, like me, working for the Federation towards a common goal. I know this might sound flippant, but it really is the practice I use all the time and have for many years. It's science fictional but has a real, positive effect every day.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Parking at night?

Start keeping notes. “Great spot here”, “Never any spots here”, “Get here before 1500”, “Usually get blocked in here, but there is a WalMart within walking distance”.....This is the kind of stuff that I write down on index cards and file away for future use.

This is one of those things that you must get the hang of over time, but it’s not going to happen overnight.

Index cards are a great idea! Cheap, easily found, flexible because their sequence can be reordered, portable, small enough to rewrite a card in minutes, and independent of electricity. I can imagine putting, e.g., a "C-122" notation in Google Maps, too, and associate the info on card # 122 to that location.

Downside might be a backup copy...

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Rick C... Here's Why I Don't Focus on Detention Pay

Good post, Rainy. Imo you have the right attitude for OTR. I look forward to mining your previous posts and reading the new.

Agree entirely about the importance of trip planning and time management. I'm counting on those to make my second go at driving much more interesting, healthier, and yes, profitable.

Perhaps a lot of drivers who could and would (and did) drive 5000 miles or more a week resent the tighter regulations and lower pay, I read that many are leaving trucking for that reason. But one has to admit that those rules, among other things, level the field for people with less stamina, and lives to live. It's another reason for new people to consider and reconsider driving as an occupation, and I say that confidently because it is one of my reasons.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Advice please - started solo and second time this is happening.

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Ain't that the truth!

Real, does your company pay anything for a full day wait like that? I mean, you were looking at what, a 2-3 day drive, and now you divide your pay by 3-4 days... Hopefully you could make it up on a great run.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Rick C.'s CDL renewal journal

That's not a job offer. That's an offer to attend orientation where you aren't offered a job until the end of the week after all their background checks and drug screens come back acceptable.

A fair point, and encouraging, thank you!

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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I do have my freedom to choose. I got a job offer on the first day of class. There will be more.

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For what it’s worth? You have 1 dangling carrot that cost you 9k. Sorry...I call it like I see it.

Did you bother reading any of the links I sent you? They were intended to help you.

If you really want the freedom to choose...

Commit to your first job longer than 1 Year, have a spotless driving/safety record and 100% on-time delivery, then you’ll see the true meaning of “freedom to choose”.

Commitment and performance. No substitute.

And I call it the way I experienced it. The first time I got a job it was from a recruiter at a private school.

But perhaps my CDL training journal is not the appropriate place for criticism of my decision.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Yeah, you paid a premium price at $9,000. That’s the highest cost I’ve ever heard of for some so-called “freedom “.

Mountain Transport Institute in Castlegar is $15000. The thing is, Alberta has a new baseline program called MELT (mandatory entry level training), and the number of minimum hours is fixed. You can't find a school in Alberta now for less than what I paid.

I do have my freedom to choose. I got a job offer on the first day of class. There will be more.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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At air brakes course today... The school manager found out I had previous experience, but didn't ask how much, and offered me a job teaching on the spot. I laughed and thanked him and said I didn't have nearly enough experience to teach. So then he offered to put me in touch with a Tim Horton's recruiter today, as they are looking for some 30 drivers. Lol, wow!

The course was rushed. 8 hours is not enough to learn the new Alberta regulations. We were running out of time and skimmed through the final three chapters of the book and then went out for the practical test at the truck. Wow, did the memories come back when I climbed into the cab, and not the good kind I needed to do a full system test of the brake systems.

About 30 items on the test checklist, and I did not have it memorized. We got to use the checklist for the first run through, then the final exam was without the list. I know I'd have this down after a few more days of doing pre-trip and pre-hill checks, but I knew I didn't have it today. Then I remembered, I don't need to take the final, I already have the air brakes endorsement! The instructor was relieved he could save the time.

So overall I'm a bit disappointed because I wanted to take the course in good faith as if I was a total beginner and realized that I might not pass the test in just one day. And yet, the instructor said he has only failed one person in four years. Hmm...

At any rate, I'll have a lot more practical training in the months to come when I get in with my ICI.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Tough local backing for a newbie

i was scared and i sucked :(

I hear ya, me too (and soaked in sweat). How much should one pay a "yard dog" these days?

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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A positive: I'm going to school today in jeans and a t-shirt!

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