Profile For Wine Taster

Wine Taster's Info

  • Location:
    NC

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    5 years, 3 months ago

Wine Taster's Bio

I have been a Paramedic for about 20 years. It is time for me to change careers. Taking care of people, many times when they are at the worst, takes a toll on you over time. Recent changes have brought a "reduction in hours". That is political speak for a pay cut. Our benefits are getting worse and worse every year. Yet, the cost of the benefits have been increased each year. It is time for me to look for a change.

I have three daughters and a wonderful wife. Providing them the best possible life is what drives me. Being away from them, I hate. Over the years, many holidays, birthdays, and milestones have been missed. I do what I do for them. The adventure has started.

Being a free spirit, trucking would suit me. Being alone with my thoughts is a good day. Travel, adventure and exploring has always made the heart beat a little faster.

Hobbies: Texas Holdem, computers, novice woodworker, auto mechanic, running and travel.

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Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Roehl pet policy

Wow, a lot of Roehl guys around now. There used to be only a couple of us. As others have said, yes pets are now allowed. The cleaning fee is so funny to me because I see some guys without a pet that have gross trucks. A pet with them may even make it cleaner. ROFL.

Posted:  4 years ago

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Drivers Guaranteed Pay for All On-Duty Hours - Transportation Bill

Well, I think it is a good thing if it happens. One of the big positives of it passing, drivers would actually log on duty time tarping and doing other work. We all know many people don't log on duty many things they are supposed too. On the flip side, it still will not pay the driver when sitting waiting for a load and things like that because all that time is logged off duty or sleeper berth.

Posted:  4 years ago

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The first year down....

Thanks guys. I tell you it has been a lot of adjusting to being on the road. It is really hard being away from family and friends. Every now and then I hit a day where I say this is just not for me. Then the next day, I keep on trucking. Not sure I will stay doing OTR for the long haul. I enjoy going places I have never been. Some of the things you see out here are absolutely beautiful. The hardest part is being away from home so much.

Posted:  4 years ago

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Safety First

I try not to judge. I have made similar mistakes. It is usually when I get in a hurry. Luckily, none of them ended badly like these did. The best advice I can give, slow down and do it right.

Posted:  4 years ago

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The first year down....

Wow! It has been a while my friends. It seems like yesterday that I had started asking questions. I have learned so much over the past year and yet I still feel like a complete rookie most days. I was talking to Pat on the phone today and he said he had referred someone with questions about Roehl to me. I realized I had not been on in a long time and needed to jump in and say HI.

Just a little story for you guys. This morning, I arrived at the consignee. All the guys in the warehouse were just grumpy and rude. I got the truck in the dock and the guy started to unload me very slowly. There was a young guy sweeping the floors and picking up trash. He had a big pile in the floor and grabbed a shovel and started scooping it up. I walked over and took the broom leaning there and held the pile while he shoves it. After the pile was up, he grinned real big and said, "Hey, thanks." I said, "No problem." Then the forklift drivers stops and says, "Hey man, where are you from?" I said, "NC." We talked about stuff for a second and then it was like someone put turbos on the forklift and my truck was empty in no time. I stood there shooting the bull with these guys that at first looked like the would beat me if I even spoke.

This was just one of the small lessons I have learned everyday out here. I did not have to say a word. I just offered a helping hand. I did not ***** about them being mean or moving slow. By holding a broom for two minutes, my truck got unloaded 30 minutes faster.

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Do I really need work boots?

If you are going flatbed, some of the places you load and unload require you to have steel toe or safety toe shoes. Most of the time I wear tennis shoes. I just switch into my safety shoes if it is required. Just remember if you do flatbed, you have heavy chains that can smash a toe.

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Woman killed after semi carrying pumpkins crashes into home

The trailer "wobbled" and no brake tracks... yeap he fell asleep. How do people think these things they say will actually be believed? It makes no sense. I guess they think everybody is stupid and will believe that BS story.

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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I'm really stressing!! HELP!

Most hair test are only good for 6 month to a year. Stay clean for that long and you will be fine!

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Roehl Training August 2014

Hey Andy! Sorry I have not been on much. Congrats! Welcome to Roehl! Does it seem like a blur? Just remember most people have an accident between 3 and 6 months of driving. Remember to always pay attention. Turn the radio off, roll down the window, and eliminate any distractions while backing. G.O.A.L!!!!!! Get out and look!!!!!! There is NO shame in taking 10 minutes to get into a parking place. Never get in a hurry because being in a hurry is a distraction! Good luck out here man. Hope we happen to bump into each at the terminal (not with our trucks).

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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Roehl Training August 2014

Wow, skid pad. We did not get to do that in training. Roehl has really changed the program quite a bit. Sounds like it is much better. Not that it was bad before....

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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Roehl driver training from start to end.....

Wow, it has been a while since I have posted. I have been turning and burning. I made the switch to curtianside trailers and I must say, I like it much better. If I never have to touch a tarp again it will be way too soon. You guys that like tarping (ummm old school) are complete lunatics. ROFL!

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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Roehl Training August 2014

Welcome to Roehl! Trust me this is just the beginning. You think you head is spinning now? Wait until you are out there all alone. It is amazing that school really was that long ago for me. It is so much a blur now. After about 6 months, I am finally starting to feel a little relaxed. It is daunting but you will get through it.

If you like sushi, the place beside festival near the hotel is fantastic!

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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DALLAS ,Texas newbie need help :)

Well, just to toss this out there.... there are many really good company sponsored schools out there. There are advantages and disadvantages to the different schools. By going through a non company sponsored school, you have to put a lot of cash out of pocket. You may get it reimbursed after you get hired over many months. You will not make any more money either way. You will still have to go out with a trainer for the company you choose after school either way. Many of the company sponsored schools will pay for your trip to the school. I started with Roehl. It was a great school and they have treated me great. Just don't want you to discount company sponsored training with out researching them as well.

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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I have been approved to go to Primes Orientation

Supplies.... mainly just food, clothes and hygiene stuff. I think at Prime, you do not get to go home before going out with your trainer. So, sleeping bag. Pack as light as you can because you will not have much room during training on the truck. You don't need much cash with you. If you have a check card, it will work for most things you will need. To be safe you may need cash for the DMV. This is a good link on here that may help you

Items To Pack

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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I need input!

Yes they will honor your permit. However, you may have to have it transferred to their state. What I mean is.... When I came to Roehl, I had my class A learner's permit. I had to transfer it to WI when I got here for school. Once I completed school, I had a WI CDL-A. I went home and had to transfer it back to NC. It gets kind of costly. Had I know then what I know now, I may have waited and tested the endorsements once school was over.

As for the school, I have no idea. Basically all the company paid programs are going to do is get you driving and pay you low for the first year. After that the sky is the limit. Just remember to try and complete your first year wherever you start no matter how bad it is. Stick it out and tyr to keep your record clean. Best of luck!

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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Career Update

PJ good luck man. We will miss you at Roehl. I got your text the other day. My headset broke and I have not been able to make any calls to friends lately. I did finally get to actually talk to the legendary Old School. I think I scared him away thought with my ramblings. ROFL! Anyway, hope you are well and I will talk to ya soon.

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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Roehl driver training from start to end.....

All I can say is Roehl has been very good to me. You guys and gals flatter me. I did not realize that this thread would have such an effect. Hope to meet some of you one day on the road.

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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Paranoia on the road!!!!

Guess I am not too nutz then. Then again, I have literally stopped three times in the first 25 miles to make sure I didn't forget to latch a door or put something away.

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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Paranoia on the road!!!!

So, I have been driving a few months now. I am starting to settle in. It has been a huge learning curve with ups and downs. I have ripped a hole in the sidewall of a tire (my very first day out solo). I have stuck the truck deep in mud. Other than that, no problems.

Here is the question. I do a walk around on a trailer when I hook to it. I try to make mental notes of any minor damage, scratches, etc. Anything major gets a picture taken before I hook up. It never fails that later on when I am doing a vehicle check or a post trip, I notice another dent or scratch. Then my paranoid brains starts wondering if I did that. It is like sand in an oyster in my brain. Am I being over paranoid?

I really think I am going to start taking a picture of each side of a trailer before I hook to it. Kind of a CYA, put my brain a rest later kind of thing. I do not hesitate to take responsibility if I were to cause damage. On the other hand, I do not want to be on the hook for someone else's mistake.

Just a little / lot paranoid lately!

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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Roehl driver training from start to end.....

Yes you get a bonus for referrals. Most of the people on here do it to help others.

Hey wine taster Really enjoyed the read, I couldn't stop once started. I have a question on referrals, Does Roehl pay them? I know that you have influenced quite a few people to go there way, I'm probably going to be another. I just figured if your name gets dropped that you could benefit from all the hard work you put into this. MRC

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