What Are Some Hobbies You Do?

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Gladhand's Comment
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Last week and a half has been a lot of sit and wait. I am okay with it right now and understand that it's going to be like this the next few days as I work on getting home. Actually wait all day to pick up a load going to Thorton, CO. Can get there by Sunday morning, but they won't let me t call. Anyways besides all this, what do you guys like to do when you have to wait around like this. I would explore okc some, but money is tight.

More less just an open talk haha. I am bored. I like to read which I am right now, learn Korean, and watch what I got on my laptop. Need to better my Internet situation. Also does anyone have a kindle? I am thinking of getting one and don't know if I'll like it.

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Last week and a half has been a lot of sit and wait. I am okay with it right now and understand that it's going to be like this the next few days as I work on getting home. Actually wait all day to pick up a load going to Thorton, CO. Can get there by Sunday morning, but they won't let me t call. Anyways besides all this, what do you guys like to do when you have to wait around like this. I would explore okc some, but money is tight.

More less just an open talk haha. I am bored. I like to read which I am right now, learn Korean, and watch what I got on my laptop. Need to better my Internet situation. Also does anyone have a kindle? I am thinking of getting one and don't know if I'll like it.

I read and talk to my wife and family on the phone. I don't really have the money to Uber around and do stuff so I mainly just sleep and bug dispatch lol.

Btw, about the t-call they won't let you do...If you really want to get it there early, could try to just taking it there and asking again about the t-call at the dispatch window. I've never done it but I was talking to another Swiftie who says that's what he does (he was a Diamond driver too lol). Worst case scenario they say no when you get there.

Whats your ETA on Sunday if you did that? I'm headed there from CA this afternoon for a t-call on Sat night or Sunday morning, so I might be able to meet you!

Pianoman's Comment
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"You could try just taking it there" is what I meant to say..

Matt H.'s Comment
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Also does anyone have a kindle? I am thinking of getting one and don't know if I'll like it.

What reason were you thinking of getting it for? Were you looking at the Kindle E-readers just as a book replacement, or one of the Fire's?

As for different hobbies, I would imagine that thinking small would be the way to go. What about knitting/crocheting? You can get started in that quite cheap (under $20), have tons of resources on it online, plenty of communities out there to chat with people about it, and I have never been to a Walmart that didn't have a section with the supplies you need to restock.

Do you have the patience for fine detail things like making models? Again, you can get what you need at Walmart and the cost to get started is quite cheap. Plenty of online resources and communities to talk about it.

How about learning an instrument like guitar? Costs a bit to get into (couple hundred for a decent beginner guitar) but upkeep costs are quite cheap. Again, plenty online and can be a great fit if you already really enjoy music. You could pick up a keyboard if guitar doesn't suit you. A cheaper Casio will run you only $50. You can pick up an adapter later to hook into a laptop and get involved in using music production software to really get some extra miles out of it.

If you can be an adventurous eater, how about cooking? I imagine someone could spend a ton of time trying out different recipes and methods of cooking in a truck. Between looking at possible recipes, doing the shopping, and perfecting your cooking skills, you should be able to fill a lot of time. You already eat, and if you eat out a lot, your food cost may drop overall.

You are traveling around so how about photography? You can start with just learning how to get the most out of a smart phone or tablet camera, then add higher end equipment later on. You could combine it with blogging, talking about where you have been and what you have seen, or try your hand at vlogging/YouTube. That might seem like it is just talking to a camera, but if you treat it seriously and start to get into editing on a laptop, you will see that you can dump tons and tons of time into doing it.

Gladhand's Comment
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Last week and a half has been a lot of sit and wait. I am okay with it right now and understand that it's going to be like this the next few days as I work on getting home. Actually wait all day to pick up a load going to Thorton, CO. Can get there by Sunday morning, but they won't let me t call. Anyways besides all this, what do you guys like to do when you have to wait around like this. I would explore okc some, but money is tight.

More less just an open talk haha. I am bored. I like to read which I am right now, learn Korean, and watch what I got on my laptop. Need to better my Internet situation. Also does anyone have a kindle? I am thinking of getting one and don't know if I'll like it.

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I read and talk to my wife and family on the phone. I don't really have the money to Uber around and do stuff so I mainly just sleep and bug dispatch lol.

Btw, about the t-call they won't let you do...If you really want to get it there early, could try to just taking it there and asking again about the t-call at the dispatch window. I've never done it but I was talking to another Swiftie who says that's what he does (he was a Diamond driver too lol). Worst case scenario they say no when you get there.

Whats your ETA on Sunday if you did that? I'm headed there from CA this afternoon for a t-call on Sat night or Sunday morning, so I might be able to meet you!

I could try, but because of no t call I am taking my sweet time haha. I am picking up this evening then coming back to the terminal to spend the night. If I pushed it I could have it there about Sunday at 0200. Also I need a load on the i25 corridor I can sit on for a few days while I am at home. So I'll drive tomorrow to burlington co and then be in denver sometime around lunch on Sunday, just hope parking isn't too crappy which it usually is in denver haha.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Gladhand's Comment
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Also does anyone have a kindle? I am thinking of getting one and don't know if I'll like it.

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What reason were you thinking of getting it for? Were you looking at the Kindle E-readers just as a book replacement, or one of the Fire's?

As for different hobbies, I would imagine that thinking small would be the way to go. What about knitting/crocheting? You can get started in that quite cheap (under $20), have tons of resources on it online, plenty of communities out there to chat with people about it, and I have never been to a Walmart that didn't have a section with the supplies you need to restock.

Do you have the patience for fine detail things like making models? Again, you can get what you need at Walmart and the cost to get started is quite cheap. Plenty of online resources and communities to talk about it.

How about learning an instrument like guitar? Costs a bit to get into (couple hundred for a decent beginner guitar) but upkeep costs are quite cheap. Again, plenty online and can be a great fit if you already really enjoy music. You could pick up a keyboard if guitar doesn't suit you. A cheaper Casio will run you only $50. You can pick up an adapter later to hook into a laptop and get involved in using music production software to really get some extra miles out of it.

If you can be an adventurous eater, how about cooking? I imagine someone could spend a ton of time trying out different recipes and methods of cooking in a truck. Between looking at possible recipes, doing the shopping, and perfecting your cooking skills, you should be able to fill a lot of time. You already eat, and if you eat out a lot, your food cost may drop overall.

You are traveling around so how about photography? You can start with just learning how to get the most out of a smart phone or tablet camera, then add higher end equipment later on. You could combine it with blogging, talking about where you have been and what you have seen, or try your hand at vlogging/YouTube. That might seem like it is just talking to a camera, but if you treat it seriously and start to get into editing on a laptop, you will see that you can dump tons and tons of time into doing it.

Kindle as book replacement, I am a minimalist of sorts and don't like having much clutter. I definitely need to get on cooking. With all this free time I could be eating good today haha. Also I do amateur photography of sorts on Instagram and I youtube. Only thing about youtube is the internet situation. Not a lot of good Internet around and I have verizon which can get expensive. I would get sprint but my mentor had it and he rarely had service. Anyways thanks for the creative suggestions.

Rob S.'s Comment
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Crosswords, Kindle, trip plan, sleep, drive. Haven't found time for much else in 10 months.

Kanelin's Comment
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I have had a kindle for a couple years now and I love it. I also have kindle unlimited which allows me to download books for free, as long as they're on the list of books they offer. You have to have wifi to download books, but you can do that at most truck stops and terminals, I think. Once they are on your device, you can read away.

I also have my amateur radio license, and I'm trying to figure that out for OTR.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Pianoman's Comment
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Gotcha. We'll see what happens. My goal ETA is Sat night so I can start again on Monday morning after my 34, but I'm running harder this week than I ever have before, so I may end up getting too tired and taking an extra 10 hr break along the way haha.

Gladhand's Comment
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Gotcha. We'll see what happens. My goal ETA is Sat night so I can start again on Monday morning after my 34, but I'm running harder this week than I ever have before, so I may end up getting too tired and taking an extra 10 hr break along the way haha.

Sounds good. How are you liking being dedicated?

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