Life Gets In The Way Of Over-The-Road Driving

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Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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So, my plans have changed. OTR will no longer be an option for me in the near future. I lost my job Saturday. First thought for my wife and I was it's a good time to make the leap into trucking. By today, Monday, we both changed our minds. She really would miss me and I her. Also, it's just the two of us and our dogs. She can't handle working all day and taking care of everything with the house. I have to much to take care of here. So, being away for long stretches won't work.

Thanks so much to Brett and this site. It has really helped me to learn everything I needed to make a well informed decision. I am currently looking for different jobs. Although, I did apply for a dock to driver job. I need to be working and have an income.

I will still hang out here and chime in from time to time. Thanks also to everyone on this site.

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.

Rick S.'s Comment
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So, my plans have changed. OTR will no longer be an option for me in the near future. I lost my job Saturday. First thought for my wife and I was it's a good time to make the leap into trucking. By today, Monday, we both changed our minds. She really would miss me and I her. Also, it's just the two of us and our dogs. She can't handle working all day and taking care of everything with the house. I have to much to take care of here. So, being away for long stretches won't work.

Thanks so much to Brett and this site. It has really helped me to learn everything I needed to make a well informed decision. I am currently looking for different jobs. Although, I did apply for a dock to driver job. I need to be working and have an income.

I will still hang out here and chime in from time to time. Thanks also to everyone on this site.

LOL..

Sorry about the job loss.

Yer like me - forever on this site - can't seem to break loose and get out OTR.

OTOH - my attitude towards my business is so poor (because I'm so friend) that I just about told my big contract to f-off this morning. Every day is a struggle not to just change my phone number and disappear.

Best of luck finding a new gig - stay in touch and connected, so if the opportunity does arise again, you've stayed up to speed and are ready to just jump right in.

Rick

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.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

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.

Bob O.'s Comment
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So, my plans have changed. OTR will no longer be an option for me in the near future. I lost my job Saturday. First thought for my wife and I was it's a good time to make the leap into trucking. By today, Monday, we both changed our minds. She really would miss me and I her. Also, it's just the two of us and our dogs. She can't handle working all day and taking care of everything with the house. I have to much to take care of here. So, being away for long stretches won't work.

Thanks so much to Brett and this site. It has really helped me to learn everything I needed to make a well informed decision. I am currently looking for different jobs. Although, I did apply for a dock to driver job. I need to be working and have an income.

I will still hang out here and chime in from time to time. Thanks also to everyone on this site.

I kinda getchu but I won't be as nice. Really, what is the problem? Do you want to support your family, or do you want to work for 8 bucks an hour as a security guard? Men do what they have to do. Better men than you have sailed off to catch lobsters, or fight pirates, or get sunk by Nazi submarines. You either want to drive a truck, or you don't.

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.

Old School's Comment
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Bob, lighten up just a little man!

We don't all have to leave our homes and the people we hold dear to earn a living. Big Scott and his wife are making a conscious decision together. What works for one family doesn't always work for another. I applaud them for recognizing what works for them.

Trucking is not a career choice to be taken lightly. The tens of thousands of whining online wannabes is testimony enough to establish that fact.

Best of luck to ya Big Scott!

You're welcome to hang with us as much as you like.

MindFreak's Comment
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Very sorry to hear about the job loss Scott. You and your wife will be in my thoughts and prayers. Hang in there buddy and things will turn around.

G-Town's Comment
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Sorry to hear that Big Scott. You always had a way of greeting newbies in the diary section that I believe set a positive tone for their experiences here.

Good luck, hope it all works out for you!

Rick S.'s Comment
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I kinda getchu but I won't be as nice. Really, what is the problem? Do you want to support your family, or do you want to work for 8 bucks an hour as a security guard? Men do what they have to do. Better men than you have sailed off to catch lobsters, or fight pirates, or get sunk by Nazi submarines. You either want to drive a truck, or you don't.

Totally unsure what to make of this...

Some have LIFE that gets in the way of doing what they would really like to do. I'm just not sure how deep in left field, this comment is coming from.

I am probably the oldest continuous contributor on this board (aside from Brett of course - and I've held a valid Class-A PTX/TWIC/DOT Med the entire time) - and every time I try and break free of my life where I'm at, and get my butt out there, "life" gets in the way. Be it my responsibility to my business, my home, my family. And I make way more, for way less work now - than I would driving a truck. But sometimes, that's not all there is to it.

I personally - may feel sorrier for Scott than most - because my situation is similar - and even more frustrating, because I'm single and my kids are all grown up (or at least their age says they are, I wonder sometimes).

So this "better men than you..." crapola, is frankly, kind of insulting to a friendly positive long-term member of this forum - especially coming from a newcomer such as yourself.

I'd take it as a kindness, if you would take a moment to apologize, because either your statement was meant as a joke that none of us appeared to have gotten - or just totally rude and without justification.

Rick

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Pianoman's Comment
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I kinda getchu but I won't be as nice. Really, what is the problem? Do you want to support your family, or do you want to work for 8 bucks an hour as a security guard? Men do what they have to do. Better men than you have sailed off to catch lobsters, or fight pirates, or get sunk by Nazi submarines. You either want to drive a truck, or you don't.

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Totally unsure what to make of this...

Some have LIFE that gets in the way of doing what they would really like to do. I'm just not sure how deep in left field, this comment is coming from.

I am probably the oldest continuous contributor on this board (aside from Brett of course - and I've held a valid Class-A PTX/TWIC/DOT Med the entire time) - and every time I try and break free of my life where I'm at, and get my butt out there, "life" gets in the way. Be it my responsibility to my business, my home, my family. And I make way more, for way less work now - than I would driving a truck. But sometimes, that's not all there is to it.

I personally - may feel sorrier for Scott than most - because my situation is similar - and even more frustrating, because I'm single and my kids are all grown up (or at least their age says they are, I wonder sometimes).

So this "better men than you..." crapola, is frankly, kind of insulting to a friendly positive long-term member of this forum - especially coming from a newcomer such as yourself.

I'd take it as a kindness, if you would take a moment to apologize, because either your statement was meant as a joke that none of us appeared to have gotten - or just totally rude and without justification.

Rick

Very well spoken Rick.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Pianoman's Comment
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So, my plans have changed. OTR will no longer be an option for me in the near future. I lost my job Saturday. First thought for my wife and I was it's a good time to make the leap into trucking. By today, Monday, we both changed our minds. She really would miss me and I her. Also, it's just the two of us and our dogs. She can't handle working all day and taking care of everything with the house. I have to much to take care of here. So, being away for long stretches won't work.

Thanks so much to Brett and this site. It has really helped me to learn everything I needed to make a well informed decision. I am currently looking for different jobs. Although, I did apply for a dock to driver job. I need to be working and have an income.

I will still hang out here and chime in from time to time. Thanks also to everyone on this site.

Sorry to hear that Scott. Otr is a huge lifestyle change for sure. Sometimes I wonder if I should have done it. It really hurt my marriage. Sure, my wife supported me and all, but I don't think we were both on board with the decision as much as I would have liked to think. Of course, now it all seems worth it because I made it through the first year, and I'm home every night and making fairly good money. I learned some important life lessons along the way, as well. But the end doesn't always justify the means, ya know?

Anyways, good luck with whatever you decide to do for now. Maybe one day you'll take the leap when the time is right.

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.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I can get the missing each other part. But if I was your wife, I'd send you OTR then call Merry Maids to clean the house and a landscaper for the yard. Lol

Good luck on your decision. And I'm really happy you have a great wife who actually wants to be with you....when so many get divorxed. It is good not to jeopardize what you have.

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.

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