My Head Will Explode!***

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Brett Aquila's Comment
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You're forgetting, it's a diary....

No, he's not forgetting anything. I've almost mentioned this several times myself but haven't. I don't know if you realize how incessantly negative you seem to be and how petty it sounds to continuously rant about every tiny little thing that someone does that in your mind is less than perfect execution, but it's borderline ridiculous.

Is this the commentary you would like the rest of the world to put out there about you? Would you want every last interaction nitpicked to death and every tiny flaw exposed to the world and ridiculed?

The idea of a diary is to help people understand the process you're going through. Your incessant griping about every interaction you have isn't helping anyone to be better prepared for training when the time comes.

Go back and re-read your stuff from a truly objective perspective and ask yourself, "What impression am I giving people about myself?"

Most people I've known that are incessantly negative don't realize it. It's just their natural way of thinking. But believe me, everyone else notices it.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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It's also ironic you're using a cross as your avatar and yet you ridicule and gripe continuously. Not the most Christian approach.

G-Town's Comment
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Get serious Greg...

Calling a Doctor a Quack is no different than a complete stranger, uninformed associating truckers with Bowery Bums. The "Quack" was trying to help you extend your life. "Petty"...and not helpful to anyone.

We fundamentally disagree,... diaries are supposed to be informational...

...intended to teach and share relevant experiences. Not to serve as an editorial platform for constant complaints and myopic ridicule of people trying to-do their jobs. Just imagine their opinion of you as you relearn how-to back a trailer into a tight spot...

Walk a mile in another Man's Shoes...etc.

Greg H.'s Comment
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I think you guys have misunderstood me and a lot of things that I have written here.

I can understand that the subject matter may seem mean or inappropriate at times, and for this I would apologize. And I also have to admit that I have been wrong on some things, which I do again apologize for.

But, honestly, it wasn't at all meant to be mean or belittling to anyone. The last thing I wrote, involving Gabriel was more or less just playing a bad experience down. And to be completely honest, not trying to be mean here but, I wouldn't recommend to anyone to go to the same place I did for an exam. I found them to be unprofessional, for a few reasons. As for the doctor recommending that I go get it checked out, it was the way he went about doing it, not that he did it.

Anyway, sorry for any misunderstandings. I'm not a very aggressive person, as this all may have made things to seem.

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.
Greg H.'s Comment
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My mothers sick, and I have been caring for her for the past couple of days. I don't know, she has 4 to 5 symptoms of food poisoning. She has a headache, fever, stomach pain and chills. These are all signs of food poisoning. I spent the better part of yesterday sitting with her and checking in on her.

I guess it worked out, not that this is a good worked out situation. I spent the day making copies (I gave mother my printer/copier because, well, she needed one and I hardly ever used it. So, anytime I need to print or copy anything, I use it.) of everything that I think I may need for school. I bought a folder to hold all of the copies in. It looks all nice and tidy and professional, lol .... Honestly, I just like being prepared for anything.

Otherwise from those things, I was going to spend the weekend studying (refreshing my memory) for the Permit. I'd told my recruiter Thursday that this is what I would be doing, and hopefully going to take the Exam early next week. I don't think the early week is going to work out. I'm still feeling a bit uncomfortable about the Exam and would like to do another serious study before going. So, later this week will have to do.....

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Greg H.'s Comment
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Well, I hope that anything that has gone on before this hasn't completely turned anyone off. It's funny, because I'm normally accused of being to serious. I have my reasons. And because of this, I may be a bit over zealous sometimes but, I assure you, I am a pretty serious, direct and straight forward person. Even though, I do tend to like to steer clear of conflict, at least, as much as possible.

I seriously just like to share things. And, I believe it's good to share our experiences with one another.

Ok, moving right along.....

Boy, some of those are some pretty wacked questions.

115 questions, I got 8 of them wrong. I did quite a bit better than I'd expected to do. I've been cramming all week. Whew, and the wait at the DMV isn't getting any shorter. I was talking with a guy in the restroom, and he said that Fridays are the worst, especially in the evening. Good thing I got there early.

Anyway, yeh, passed.... I've got my learners permit and am trying to get in touch with my recruiter now. Voicemail...... :(

And I'm still gathering things together before leaving for Corsicana. I also called the Hotel and asked them a few things. They DO have microwaves.... that's a good thing. Especially since I've already bought a large quantity of food to take with me. :) They ALSO have coffee makers. Oh, and free coffee.... that's cool though, I'll buy my own coffee. I'm not a caffeine drinker and want to have plenty of decaf on hand. Even though I did buy 2 jars of instant coffee. Oh, that and tea. I'll either brew some tea or use the instant. Ah, and the pool.... I haven't swam in a pool in years. I may have to make time for it. Breakfast is $6. They give rides to Walmart but, they only give you 20 minutes to shop. This is ok also because, I'll be taking my own vehicle to drive around in.

Alrighty, this about wraps it up for today... later gators.

I still need to give my employer notice. I hope my recruiter calls me back shortly, or I can get in touch with her. I want a set date before I do anything.

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Army 's Comment
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Congrats on your CLP. What school are you attending again?

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

PackRat's Comment
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Great update, Greg! Congratulations on your CLP success.dancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifgood-luck.gif

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Greg H.'s Comment
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Congrats on your CLP. What school are you attending again?

Thank you, PackRat, Retired Army.

I am attending, Swift Driving Academy, in Corsicana, Texas. They have a terminal in Landcaster, Texas.

I just looked it all up on the map... I was meaning to. Corsicana is around 83 miles from my city of residence. And Landcaster isn't but, another hop skip and a jump of 45 miles from Corsicana.

Not near as bad as I'd originally thought. Landcaster isn't but 117 miles from my city of residence. I was thinking that it was further. And yes, I suppose it is, if I were to go back down to Corsicana first, instead of hopping up on the Interstate. Still not much further. Might decided to go the country, scenic route. :)

My recruiter got back in touch with me. I'm enrolled for the 28th, and will be leaving on the 27th to go to the Hotel. She was telling me that I couldn't get signed into the Hotel until 3pm. I think I was hoping that this time would be earlier. It doesn't leave much time before having to get to bed and get up in the morning for School. I would have liked to have had a day. Ah well.....

Anyway, thank you again....

I started sweating it a bit thinking about passing or trying to learn everything to pass all the test. I took 4 separate test. No endorsements.... truth be known, I'm not much interested in Tanker or Hazardous materials. Maybe someday, naa, not. :) lol

I still am a bit surprised I passed all of them.... 20 questions on the first test (and I would sit there at question number 20 before comfirming my answer going, come on, come on, lol... pass, You can do it..... and I'd press the button to see the results of the test), then uh 20 I believe again, then 50 and 25. They saved the airbrakes test until last. They wouldn't even put it on the screen until after I'd finished the other test.

Ok..... oh, they have a fitness room too. Now that's something I want to check in to.

Oh, and they have some good fishing holes around that area. Thinking seriously about taking my catfish pole with me. :) Yes, that will be me at a rest area where I can find a grill. :)

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.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Greg H.'s Comment
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I think my brain has shut down. I might as well just walk around moving my finger quickly up and down on my lips, making the bbbbrrrr sound.

Way to many facts and twisted question as of late. My brain needs a break. It needs time to catch up. :)

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