What Are Some Hobbies You Do?

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Gladhand's Comment
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Hey Devan, are you still going to be in Denver today? My plans got turned upside down and I'm getting there around 10 and will be at the terminal til around 1500 or so. If you're gonna be there send me an email at pgwright88keys@gmail.com and I'll give you my phone number

I sent you an email. I am shutdown already in Bennett. Parking on Sunday is a mess in denver so I was too scared to go over to the terminal. Barely made it out last time 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.

Pianoman's Comment
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Hey Devan, are you still going to be in Denver today? My plans got turned upside down and I'm getting there around 10 and will be at the terminal til around 1500 or so. If you're gonna be there send me an email at pgwright88keys@gmail.com and I'll give you my phone number

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I sent you an email. I am shutdown already in Bennett. Parking on Sunday is a mess in denver so I was too scared to go over to the terminal. Barely made it out last time haha.

Chicken!! You're right though, it was crazy packed 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.

Chris (the chick)'s Comment
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Chris, That is a big list and quite ambitious! Many days you will burn through your entire 14 hour clock. You still need to eat, shower, shop, pre and post trip. Oh yeah.... Sleep too! Trust me, there isn't much time to do all of the above when you are turning miles. Not to say there is no down time, but life on the road was an eye opener for me, and in my previous life I regularly worked 60 hour weeks! You'll find out soon enough!

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Hey now, I didn't say I'd do all those things every day/every trip!!!! LOL that was just a list of *options* I'll be providing myself with, to do whatever I choose whenever.... since I'm a person who loathes routine. Not looking to become the automated/auto-pilot employee anywhere, including in the trucking business so, of course, I'm going to provide myself with versatility! I'm just not going to sit here and think I'm stuck with my hotspot and books, or even just one type of workout equipment. Nuh huh!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

G-Town's Comment
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I have passed over this thread many times...no particular reason except that usually when I have the time to post on here the focus is more on trying to help people.

So here goes; overall my hobby is this, what we do, trucking. Before getting my CDL , most of my professional career involved some level of process automation in the transportation industry. Trucks, trains and supply chain distribution.

For instance, Walmart recently began taking delivery of their 308 series Great Dane Everest reefers. My inner-geek kicked-in and I immediately checked with the shop to see if I could get a tour of one of the new units. Since I have known the mechanics there for quite some time, they were happy to oblige my request. I am admittedly, a truck foamer and have been or 50 years.

From a hobby perspective I photograph trucks. Probably have a portfolio of easily 5000 photos, many on slide film. At some point I will begin to covert those to digital. The good news; I can continue to enjoy this hobby as part of my job.

The other aspect of this love affair with trucks is HO scale truck modeling. I have been active in truck modeling for most of my life, HO for about the last 20 years.

Although my free time to practice this hobby is at a premium, I am still able to dabble during my days off. I have a few of my models in my profile photos, check em out. At some point I'll add more...but with most things, time is the limiting factor.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bravo Zulu's Comment
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G-town, those models are sweet!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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G-town, those models are sweet!

Thank you kind Sir!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
England's Comment
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Why not do some sort of exercise so you don't get out of shape? Buy a jump rope for example. Or the perfect push-up device.

Mr. Curmudgeon's Comment
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I am going to bump this up. It's a couple years old, but still a valid question.

Me? I have taken up the penny whistle, have a book and cd that is used in my laptop during longer my 10's. On my 34, at home, i enjoy time with Mrs.Curmudgeon (the woman who rescued me from myself 30 years ago) and our rescue pocketpittie Miss Melody.

I also try to walk 1.5 miles a day at the end of my drive day. I have found that deliveries or loads into small town America are great for that, if the load or unload is going to be a slow one. I try to snap photos on my phone which capture the tone, and post them for family to see.

How about y'all?

Turtle's Comment
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Interesting. I don't remember this thread but it's a good idea.

Often my days are so busy there simply isn't time for a hobby. I eat, shower, harass y'all on TT for a bit, then get some sleep and prepare for the next day.

However, when time allows I really enjoy something called geocaching. You can Google it or go to geocaching.com to get more details, but basically it's an outdoors-based global scavenger hunt of sorts. It's totally free, though there is a premium version for $30 a year that gives you a few more features. But it isn't necessary.

There are literally millions of "caches" hidden worldwide in open public spaces. Some can be as simple as a paper log for you to sign. Others can be a box full of little trinkets or gifts that you swap for one of your own. Some can be within a hundred yards or so from where you sit right now at the truck stop. I'd almost bet there is.

The idea is to use your phone, tablet, or handheld GPS to search for and navigate to the cache locations. Once found, you simply sign the log and leave it right where it was for the next searcher. Then you log it online as found and move on to the next one.

There's no winning or losing in this hobby. Just some adventure and stealth, plus getting you outdoors to see places you may never have seen otherwise.

I urge anyone who likes adventure and exploration to look into it and give it a shot. It can be done by any age group and by someone of any activity level. Many caches are wheelchair accessible as well.

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

Old School's Comment
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If anyone is interested, we have several discussions on geocaching. Just put "geocache" into the search box on this page. You may be surprised at what you find!

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