Canuck CDL Journal: Balls To The Wall

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mikemotorbike's Comment
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CaturdayMay 5, 3:42 AM

I GOT MY CLASS 1!

Sliding into home base, I was worried I might lose steam. It wasn't about the test anymore, just getting through it. It is like a test everyday: A test of endurance. If I hadn't learned to chill, I would've burned out. So yesterday, after a brief warm up around town, I took the test. And I made a mistake! I aimed for 'normal', not 'super'. And I achieved what I set out for.

I haven't been to bed yet. I can't sleep well lately. NO reason to escape with sleep. My universe is safe.

The Big Cahoona recommends I seek work in my own town first. He's seen it where people go to Fort McMurray (oil up North), burn out working long days, never to return to trucking. It's important to have home.

Or the gravel pit! It's just two blocks away. I hear it at night and see the lights.

But I think....what I've been looking out my window every Thursday all these years...garbage truck.

Will I get romanced if I say I am garbage truck driver? If l am fit, then I think I might have a chance!

I was BS'ing with a beer drinking ex trucker tonight.: he suggested taxi. That is something I hadn't considered. I figure that's his dream. (btw, appropos, They can make $1000 a day up North)

He also wished he had got a heavy equipment ticket. He could operate anything then. But it too late, he's too old at 60, he says. I say, its about hope.

I say that a lot. Does anybody hear? I've leveraged everything I had, 15 Grand on my mastercard, my shoes are falling apart, my car needs a muffler, and I am packing for the undiscovered country. A mix of pride, sweet tears from the ordeal which nearly broke me, but i persevered. I learned humility, to fail well, and follow my dream.

The truck's idle throbs, poised on the bridge over the sleeping town. A few townsfsolk are roused, and astonsihed, find me levitating high above the town, marker lights appearing as a beacon.

I can't help but observe that it's the middle of the night now, as I re-visit this precient poem I wrote in my member page before I started. I'm heading out now, car packed, in trhe dawns early light of the dewy morning. My passenger seat is open.

Wanna take a ride?

G-Town's Comment
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Congratulations!

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PackRat's Comment
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John P.'s Comment
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Wed mar 14 2018

A few days off from the journal to recalibrate. Less hype, mo money.

Study less…except for the pre-trip inspection. Its your mistakes that reveal where you need to focus, not perfect marks. That has almost nothing to do with real life. My deficit is awareness. Using Mirrors, watching and considering Pedestrians. Looking ahead.

Seeing road signs. Its mostly remembering them a moment or minute later. And listening to my instructor.

I am finally slowing down after 2 and a half weeks. I must see what is happening, and learn to think and plan. I cant go faster, its not a contest. I have to think of all the things, and more: plan escape route, if people change their plans.I gotta relax in order to be able to mange shifting focus, to include shifting the gears. And share that focus by distributing my attention around and back and out around again, the mirrors, tach, traffic, conversation. I find when I get flustered, I go faster and race through the gears.

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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