Profile For Mike D.

Mike D.'s Info

  • Location:
    Temple, TX

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

Mike D.'s Bio

Living in Temple, TX., for now. Four kids. Insane ex wife. Start school with Millis in August. Old newbie.

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Posted:  2 months ago

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Need help with issue

While I believe this post is from a troll, it's still a plausible scenario.

If it's true, the only issue I would have is with any trainer, male or female, gay or trans, being overly sexual with a student in the truck as that would be unprofessional.

Your job would be to train and teach your student to be professional and keep your private life, private.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Need help with issue

As long as he doesn't act inappropriate with you, and he's a good trainer, overall, then I'd just be accepting of his lifestyle choice and tough it out.

But that's just my opinion.

Hey guys, I’m going to ask for advice and be as respectful as I can. I’ve been a long time lurker and really enjoy this site and the advice you all give. I’m working for a major carrier (would prefer not to say who) and on my trainers truck. My trainer is 34 and has been driving for 5 years. The issue I’m having is he is gay, very flamboyant, and very emotional. He wears makeup, wears very short shorts on the truck, sometimes wears halter tops, etc. Several times he has flirted with truckers over the CB calling them honey, baby, cutie, etc. Its driving me absolutely crazy! I’m just very uncomfortable with this situation. He’s been a pretty good trainer but I don’t want to be around this for 30-45 days. I was raised with values that don’t support/agree with his lifestyle and I don’t want to be living with him in a box for this long. I understand I will have to deal with people I don’t agree with in this industry and that is just fine, but there’s a difference between dealing with people and temporarily living with them. Instead of being PC, please think about what you would do if you were in this situation and let me know. Thanks

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Mailing address

I know I've seen a link on how to set up a mailing address in your home state if you plan on living out of your truck.

If anyone knows where to look or find that information, I'd appreciate it.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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Drug Testing history question

I'm old but new to truck driving. This is a great forum.

I'm flat out going to judge your decision making. Did uou decide, six weeks ago you wanted to become a truck driver?

To not know the drug testing regulations is poor planning on your part and will possibly bite you in the hind end.

Acting like being clean for six months is an achievement shows a lack of understanding and bad judgment so I wouldn't act too cavalier about it to a prospective employer.

I wish you luck, but this is a high risk career so you might take it more serious, going forward.

Hey y'all, I've been reading all through this site. You're some very helpful, very entertaining folks.

My question pertains to drug testing. I do not currently hold a CDL or permit or anything. It's just been a career path I've had my eyes on for a few years when construction gets old.

Last month I failed a pre-employment drug test for a construction company. I thought I was clean, I hadn't used anything for like 6 weeks after a trip to the Rockies, but I guess my fat ass was holding onto some metabolites.

My question is, have I screwed myself out of getting my CDL for the next 5 years? Am I in a database as a drug addict now and untouchable by carriers?

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Western Express Second Chance Advice

Good luck.

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See if you get any more bites next week. If not, reconnect with the WE recruiter and begin Day 1 of getting your driving career back on track.

Stop back here and let us know how things are going. We always enjoy reading success stories, so become one, okay?

"Embrace The Suck!"

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I've been looking for some time now and of the companies that accepted me, western was the only that will allow me to bring my dog along, I know that seems minuscule but I can't just abandon my boy. I went ahead and gave my WE recruiter the green light and I'll be joining the team. I'll keep you guys updated and do everything I can to make it a success. Thank you for the advice and words of encouragement!

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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What did you do before becoming a truck driver?

Who did you end up choosing?

I’m a beauty school dropout!

Serious answer, I’ve worked front-desk type jobs my whole life, struggling to make ends meet the entire time. Tried the college thing, I couldn’t pick a major and years of studying plus compounding student loans made it so not worth it for me. So, I worked, I traveled the world a little bit, spent a couple summers in Italy as an au pair, worked some more, and started to lean into some of my passions, cosmetology being one of them. I enrolled in school and not a week later, COVID hit. My job description changed from “hairdresser” to “front-line worker” and “self-sacrificer” overnight, and that was NOT what I wanted to do. Not for minimum wage at least. Plus, the public response that they “needed” their haircuts and highlights..... people are dying, Karen.

So, I did some more soul searching, and came across trucking by chance! Then I discovered this website, hours of research turned into weeks into months and well, my first day of training starts any minute now!

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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What did you do before becoming a truck driver?

Other than a three year hiatus from 2012-2015, I was in the flooring business since 1992. An ugly divorce burned me out and I'm completing training with Millis Transfer to get my late in life career change going.

Posted:  8 months ago

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Im Lost!

Millis is excellent, Prime has a great program as does Wilson Logistics.

Posted:  8 months ago

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Tips, Tricks, And Techniques For Rookie Drivers

Great stuff, thank all of you.

Posted:  8 months, 4 weeks ago

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Calling Tortuga???

That's about 10 miles from the company I worked for before leaving for Millis a few weeks ago.

TaaaDaaa! Man, he's fast!

I'm going to get loaded at "U S Green Fiber" 615 Forrest Street.

I think I'll be there around 0930.

You can text me at the # on my bio if you like.

Posted:  9 months ago

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Skin of my teeth

Yeah I thought being able to back up a big pickup with a 16ft car hauler would make me a natural. I was wrong.

Humbling experience

For the majority of people backing is the hardest part when they first start

Just make sure you’re looking at the correct points when backing.

So don’t forget to look at the ground where the tires are touching, not just the back of the trailer.

Posted:  9 months ago

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Skin of my teeth

Oh I'm wanting it but it was postponed for the seventh time until November 18th, so...

But yeah, we only have two GOALS for testing but plenty of pull-ups, if necessary.

Thanks for the encouragement.

Mike D, dont worry too much about it. As long as you can do it well enough to pass your CDL test with DOT you are golde! and you get like 3 attempts at that I believe. If your school is like most you are doing all of your maneuvers with the tandems fully to the rear. In real life situations your tandems can be anywhere but are rarely all the way back and you will find backing as well as turning works different based in where the tandems are. After a while you just kind of get a feel for it based on trailer location and dont use the visual cues and distance measurements to back. Just remember, the best way to keep from backing into something is to G.O.A.L. multiple time as needed. Congrats on your 2nd chance, I wish I had found trucking before putting almost 18 years in with the Post Office as I hated that job but absolutely LOVE truck driving! As for the zoom divorce...CONGRATULATIONS...if you want it as I did when I got mine in 1996, CONDOLENCES to you if you weren't wanting it.

Posted:  9 months ago

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Skin of my teeth

My first "I may not make it" moment, happened.

My 90 degree angle backing has been sporadic, at best. Everything else I'm doing well at.

Last Thursday and Friday I seemed to have it down but on Monday, I was all over the place. We had our practice test yesterday afternoon and I flubbed it, as well as one other student. We only have four students and one quit, yesterday.

One guy is 25 and a natural at backing up. He was exempt, yesterday.

So our trainer agreed to meet us this morning at 6:30, this morning, with one last chance to keep training.

First attempt I was off, but the second I corrected my mistake and dropped it in with no pull-ups and my hand was shook and I was told I made it.

Unfortunately I have a divorce by Zoom meeting at 9AM, today, so I'm unable to make the trip to Black River to meet everyone and that's a bummer and I wasn't able to stay and support my fellow classmate on his attempt but, I am beyond relieved.

I left a good paying and secure job for the chance to start a career late in life that I know I'll be happy with and trying to sleep last night while running the maneuver over and over in my head, well let's just say I got about four hours worth of sleep, at best.

I was thinking of all of the other recruiters I had spoken with and what I was going to say to them when I called them and told them "Hey, I was good enough at everything but the 90 degree and I'm close", etc.

Now, I'm beyond relieved and thankful for Millis giving me a second chance, because I really didn't want to work for anyone else.

Thanks Trucking Truth members for your positivity and all of the information I've gathered from reading the many informative posts and comments in this forum.

Hopefully I'll meet some of you on the road.

Posted:  9 months ago

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Millis Transfer training, Richfield Wisonsin

Excellent read.

Posted:  9 months ago

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Update on new Millis Transfer job

Where are you training?

I start tomorrow. Going to the hotel this afternoon.

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I'm with millis too. Went through their school and did a diary here as well. I graduated the school in Richfield Wi in march of 2019 and been solo since May of 2019.

If you got any questions let me know.

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I start tomorrow. Going to the hotel this afternoon.

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I'm with millis too. Went through their school and did a diary here as well. I graduated the school in Richfield Wi in march of 2019 and been solo since May of 2019.

If you got any questions let me know.

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Posted:  9 months ago

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Update on new Millis Transfer job

That's great to hear. I'm just trying to make it another week without getting kicked out of Millis and starting my career.

I've heard good things about H.O. Wolding.

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Are you still with Millis? If so, what's your opinion after a year?

Thank you

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Haya, Mike D. Not sure if you are addressing this to Kevin, or whom. Grumpy drives for H.O.Wolding and always has; haven't seen Kevin pretty much since that post; sorry!

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Anne

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Yep, still with Wolding, and couldn’t be happier.

I work my tail off when I want, and can take off when I want (unpaid), which is nice since my wife gets 4 weeks vacation.

The only negative is that my dispatcher, who I have had an awesome relationship with, is moving to load planner, but I’m sure my new one will be fine.

Im hourly so I tend to run my clock out with less miles than an OTR driver being paid mileage, but just did 2400 miles in 4 days. My last load brought me home yesterday and they asked if I wanted to head back out Monday. I said Saturday AM would be great, so as soon as my 34 is up Ill be rolling again.

Posted:  9 months ago

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Millis regional

Are there any Millis regional drivers here for Texas that could answer some questions for me?

Thank you

Posted:  9 months ago

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Update on new Millis Transfer job

How was your experience with Millis, Pack?

I'm here....

Posted:  9 months ago

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Update on new Millis Transfer job

Thank you. I actually started training on August 3rd, backing is bit challenging but I'm getting it down.

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Are you still with Millis? If so, what's your opinion after a year?

Thank you

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Haya, Mike D. Not sure if you are addressing this to Kevin, or whom. Grumpy drives for H.O.Wolding and always has; haven't seen Kevin pretty much since that post; sorry!

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Anyway, one of our most recent Millis drivers is Pete E Pothole, and the story of 'how' he got that 'earned' name is in a thread. Here's a link to all his posts:

Pete E Pothole

Also, our longtime driver and moderator, PackRat, drove for Millis for quite some time. I'm not too sure (or know how?) on linking two members...so LOOK UP PackRat (all one name/word) and you'll even see PHOTOS of him w/his Millis truck, AND meeting Pete E Pothole.

Wish you the best; just saving you sometime with the waiting game, as to who's around, and who isn't.

Be safe, good sir.

Anne

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Posted:  9 months ago

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6 month update. Good things are happening for me.

Congratulations and keep up the quality work.

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