My Last Day Of Work. Uncharted Territory.

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Turtle's Comment
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After 27 years in my career as a flooring contractor, I hung up my tool pouch today for the last time. These next few days will be spent finalizing some affairs, and preparing to leave Sunday for Prime orientation Monday. Suddenly this trucking dream is getting very REAL.

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It's such a bittersweet feeling to leave my comfort zone, so to speak. My prior career has been rock solid and steady, and now I'm going into an untested field with an uncertain future. I can't wait!

I'm extremely excited, yet incredibly nervous at the same time.

Change can be tough, but I'm fully embracing it. Bring it on!!

Victor C. II's Comment
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Same here Mr. Turtle! I have never done anything apart from jobs like working on farms and dealerships so this step as I get ready to gear all my focus on passing this test for the CDL license. I am at a school, and the closer I get to the finish line the more excited I get! So are you going to be doing their flatbed, van or refrigerated division? Which one?

I am pretty sure I will be going with TMC since they seem impeccably solid as a flatbed company.

I wish you the absolute best in this awesome career called Trucking! I say that because to be honest, its like a constant adventure which is awesome!

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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.
Tractor Man's Comment
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Turtle, I spent 20 plus years in the Construction Trades. Installed 10's of thousands of sq.ft. of Tile, Wood, and Laminate floors ( as well as many other diciplines). I do miss it, but my knees, back and shoulders don't. Good luck to you. You've been around here for quite a while, you will glide right through the process.

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Turtle's Comment
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I'm going into the flatbed division Victor. Something about it has always intrigued me.

Good luck with your schooling, and with TMC if you decide to go there. They're a highly respected company.

Yeah Tman, it's my knees, back, and shoulders that prompted me into this career change. I take some pride in handling the very physical nature of my job, but there comes a time when enough is enough. It's time.

Tastebuds's Comment
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Good luck, Turtle! I only have a few weeks of school left and I'm excited about it. Just listen to your instructors and you'll do fine. It's not easy, but it's not rocket science either.

Just curious, why do you have the handle "Turtle"?

Turtle's Comment
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Just curious, why do you have the handle "Turtle"?

Well, my dad's handle was always Turtle. He's very slow & meticulous at everything he does. He has to "cipher" a situation before acting on it lol. Thus, his two speeds are "slow & "stop". Hence the nickname Turtle.

As a kid, I'd sit for hours with him at his base cb radio. His cb buddies began calling me Turtle Stew. Over the years, I've shortened it to just Turtle, like the ol man.

G-Town's Comment
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Good luck Turtle. I know exactly what you are going through. You have a great attitude, realistic expectations and obviously a solid work ethic. I truly believe you will succeed.

Be safe.

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Me too. Good luck. I'll be rootin' for you.

Turtle's Comment
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Thanks folks, I really appreciate your vote of confidence.

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Vendingdude's Comment
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Just curious, why do you have the handle "Turtle"?

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Well, my dad's handle was always Turtle. He's very slow & meticulous at everything he does. He has to "cipher" a situation before acting on it lol. Thus, his two speeds are "slow & "stop". Hence the nickname Turtle.

As a kid, I'd sit for hours with him at his base cb radio. His cb buddies began calling me Turtle Stew. Over the years, I've shortened it to just Turtle, like the ol man.

That's funny right there. Is there a thread asking how others got their handle, either their cb handle or their moniker here?

CB Handle:

This is the nickname people use on the CB

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