Profile For Optical

Optical's Info

  • Location:
    OH

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Posted:  3 days, 2 hours ago

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Got upgraded!

Backed into my first dock solo....little nerve wracking....but didn't hit anything.

I was staged to the left of second PAM trailer from the right.

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Posted:  3 days, 18 hours ago

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Got upgraded!

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Refresh my old memory: who are you driving for? Your Bio is blank.

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Dutch Maid out of Willard, Ohio. Anne directed me to them.

Super happy with the company.

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And congrats from ME, as well, Optical~!! I'm glad you are happy! Quite a family group over there, they are...yet big enough to be TCO.

My other half is on his way 'over yonder' right now, with boxes for Pepperidge Farms, next door. YOU THERE atm?!?!?

~ Anne ~

No...I won't do those cookie loads...I'm fat...hahaha rofl-3.gif rofl-3.gif.

I'm down in Columbus with my first solo load. Getting unloaded tomorrow then home time until Sunday afternoon.

Posted:  4 days, 1 hour ago

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The oldest profession? Not what you think.

HA!

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Posted:  4 days, 1 hour ago

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Got upgraded!

Refresh my old memory: who are you driving for? Your Bio is blank.

Dutch Maid out of Willard, Ohio. Anne directed me to them.

Super happy with the company.

Posted:  4 days, 6 hours ago

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Got upgraded!

So, I finished up with my on-the-road trainer on Sunday. Got into a temporary truck on the yard and stayed in that while getting tested to go solo. Got MY truck on Tuesday, and officially soloed out yesterday. Got all of my stuff moved into my truck and am now waiting on a load to take home for a couple days of home time.

So, it's official...I've been upgraded to my own truck and am on my 90day starting probation.

Super excited!

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Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Best backing videos on YouTube?

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I know the one that really helped me....now granted I'm still not THAT great...but the SWIFT one was really good with showing reference points.

https://youtu.be/O8I0OwRHzUQ

I do agree that nothing will do better than figuring out your own little way. There is the basic overall techniques but building your own muscle memory will ultimately be the best.

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Sure would be GREAT to UPDATE !!!

(Overall ... i mean ?!?!?)

~ anne ~

Nothing to update just yet. Lol...still out with my trainer right now. Though...plan is to be back at the yard for my upgrade evaluation Monday. So...once that happens I'll throw a post up. Haha. rofl-2.gif

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Best backing videos on YouTube?

I know the one that really helped me....now granted I'm still not THAT great...but the SWIFT one was really good with showing reference points.

https://youtu.be/O8I0OwRHzUQ

I do agree that nothing will do better than figuring out your own little way. There is the basic overall techniques but building your own muscle memory will ultimately be the best.

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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These winter storms

That cute XD cynches your age, haha!! Anyone else 50'ot know what that means ?!?!? ( i do i do i do! ) luvya, Keith. Hope my last one grows up like you!! XD, haha ~

I'm not 50ot and I know what XD is....same with :) and :P. Also some more obscure ones.... T_T and (^_^)

Ah the good ol' days....

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Need some advice...

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Don't know about Brian, but Luc is still around.

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Good to hear. Tell him Tom's wife says hi (and Tom also / G13Tomcat.) Brian may have gotten too injured in that rollover during training 'one of our own' from TT to go back. Email in my bio, LoL.

If and when I meet him, I'll make sure to tell him. 🙂

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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These winter storms

I don't discriminate. Nearly everyone hates me sometimes. Some never get over being wrong!

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This is actually good training for those not used to standing their ground. Yeah! That's why I do it...

Yeah...let's stick with that 'training' reason...haha

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Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Need some advice...

Don't know about Brian, but Luc is still around.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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These winter storms

Who says we didn't know?

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another one the other night in Arizona(if you guys didn't know there was a 20 vehicle pile up on 89A at I-40 just west of Flagstaff), and another in Tennesee.

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Well, I don't know if ya'll did or didn't....why I clarified with "if you didn't know".

Y u so mean to me PackRat? I'm offended!! (Kidding btw, all jokes)

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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These winter storms

Just a friendly message to you all to be safe during these winter storms.

We've been seeing how some of these storms have been making the roads with the pile up in Fort Worth, another one the other night in Arizona(if you guys didn't know there was a 20 vehicle pile up on 89A at I-40 just west of Flagstaff), and another in Tennesee.

These storms are relentless and unforgiving, so please be safe out there.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Need some advice...

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Sorry, been out with the trainer for a week now and LOVING it. Trainer is a good dude and has been helping out a lot. Not holding my hand but guiding me when I need it. Got to the receiver, checked in, backed into the dock, unloaded, without any guidance last night.

Looks like about another week before I get upgraded to my own truck and go solo. If the hours and loads work out that is.

So all in all...I am SUPER happy here.

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I figured you were either SUPER busy, or .. sadly, dropped out.

I'm SOOOOOO HAPPY it's not the latter!!! Yay!

Let us know when you upgrade; might see you out on the road(s) someday; my husband delivers to Pepperidge Farms, right there on 224 ~!!

Would your trainer's name be Brian, perchance? (Asking for a friend, haha!) Also, do you 'team' train? Leme know when you can, and again....KUDOS!!!

~ Anne ~

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Haha, yeah I will let you know. Shouldn't be too much longer. Once I get back to Ohio I should be around 130hrs out of the 200 needed to upgrade. My trainer's name is Nate. Good guy and been with the company for 4yrs. Also, we have been dispatched as team. Our first few days out was solo, but we've been team since.

Side note: I'm done with the winter storms and weather...I'm ready for the spring and summer.

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Don't know Nate. Juan still there in the office, kinda like the T/C (Training Coordinator?)

I'm excited to hear; you are getting so close to UPGRADE!! Awesome!

(No rush getting to Ohio. We are supposed to get 9 to 12" over the next 2 days!)

Be safe; thanks for the reply!!

~ Anne ~

Don't think there is anyone named Juan here...the 2 I know who coordinate the orientation and training is Jeff and Louis, mainly Jeff and Louis helps him out.

Yeah I heard about the storm coming in. Checked the radar and it's stretching from St. Louis down to New Orleans and just moving like a big wall north east. Will be a few days before we get back in that direction. Got a 4 stop load and our first drop-off isn't until Wednesday. So won't be until this weekend more than likely until we START to head back. Glad I'm missing out though, anyone else out there be safe, the storms this year have been relentless and unforgiving.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Need some advice...

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Sorry, been out with the trainer for a week now and LOVING it. Trainer is a good dude and has been helping out a lot. Not holding my hand but guiding me when I need it. Got to the receiver, checked in, backed into the dock, unloaded, without any guidance last night.

Looks like about another week before I get upgraded to my own truck and go solo. If the hours and loads work out that is.

So all in all...I am SUPER happy here.

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I figured you were either SUPER busy, or .. sadly, dropped out.

I'm SOOOOOO HAPPY it's not the latter!!! Yay!

Let us know when you upgrade; might see you out on the road(s) someday; my husband delivers to Pepperidge Farms, right there on 224 ~!!

Would your trainer's name be Brian, perchance? (Asking for a friend, haha!) Also, do you 'team' train? Leme know when you can, and again....KUDOS!!!

~ Anne ~

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Haha, yeah I will let you know. Shouldn't be too much longer. Once I get back to Ohio I should be around 130hrs out of the 200 needed to upgrade. My trainer's name is Nate. Good guy and been with the company for 4yrs. Also, we have been dispatched as team. Our first few days out was solo, but we've been team since.

Side note: I'm done with the winter storms and weather...I'm ready for the spring and summer.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Need some advice...

Sorry, been out with the trainer for a week now and LOVING it. Trainer is a good dude and has been helping out a lot. Not holding my hand but guiding me when I need it. Got to the receiver, checked in, backed into the dock, unloaded, without any guidance last night.

Looks like about another week before I get upgraded to my own truck and go solo. If the hours and loads work out that is.

So all in all...I am SUPER happy here.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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I need a new pair underwear (near miss)

I keep my inside visors down 24/7.

Install the best winter wipers I can find. I spray WD40 on a rag, then wipe down the exposed rubber on all parts that don't touch the windshield glass. Do this once a month and ice will not build up.

I run the defrost as needed, then crack open the passenger window about an inch.

I also only use the -30 degree washer fluid from September through May. You can only find this wiper fluid from I-80 northwards, or in Canada, from my experiences. I also add a cap of apple cider vinegar for each gallon of fluid. Lowers the freezing point of the fluid and cuts the road grime better.

If my next truck is a new one, I'm going to install heated wipers on it.

Holy crap the tips....I'm writing these all down right now. Thank you.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Need some advice...

Congratulations!

Please keep us updated on how things are going. We are thrilled you found employment. Your situation was a mess. Having your trainer advise you to do a U-turn was really messed up. I'm glad you got the payment plan worked out too. You're making all the right moves now. Keep it up Optical.

Thank you. Thinking back on it...there were a LOT of things that I feel my old trainer did and had me do that I feel just wasn't right, but at the time I didn't know any better and didn't think to ask about. I know better now and have a better grasp on what I SHOULD be learning.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Need some advice...

A bit of necro'ing the thread...but should be final update.

Finished up orientation and will be heading out with my trainer this weekend. Also got my payment plan with CRST setup. Super excited to get back out on the road and behind the wheel again.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Famous Quotes on Trucking Truth

There's about 3 quotes that I tend to live by. I know they aren't from here...and this is supposed to be quotes from the forums...but I really like spreading these out.

"No obstacles. Only challenges." - From an old movie called Groove. Just means that you have NOTHING that can STOP you, just things that are challenging you to pass.

"No use getting upset and throwing stuff at a situation you can't control. Spend that energy on trying to fix it and find the solution." - A good, close friend of mine said that to me when my car broke down. Stuck with me ever since.

"Time is all we have in this game we call Life" - A quote I came up with when I was about 13yrs old. A way to remember that you only have a finite amount of time in life and you never know when it's going to end. So enjoy and make the most of every moment.

This is a really cool idea...I'm a HUGE sucker for good quotes.

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