Update On Hubby (ElmerFudd) On The Forum..

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CherryKissies's Comment
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Last, I posted was the Hubby had decided to change schools... So I thought I'd give everyone a little update on how things are going... He is in Gary, Indiana at Roehl... He decided to go for his CDL Flatbed OTR ... He started last Monday and things are going really well...He is loving it and really likes the people there and his instructor... The process to get there was good except the 24hr bus ride sucked...The recruiter was wonderful...I have to admit he tells me what exactly he is doing and I wanted to remember so I could tell y'all but it goes over my head, kinda like me talking to him about computers...He is getting great joy over that part...He secretly all these years does this invisible eye roll when I get to talking to him about computers and he patiently listens...So while he talks to me about all this trucking stuff I don't have to invisibly hide my eye rolls since he's on the phone (LOL) but I listen as he does me... giggle... Anything after the word computer and he's off thinking about something else I'm sure... For me anything after the word driving I'm lost, I try to keep up but this girl is lost...Maybe the data is being stored in the cloud somewhere and needs to be rebooted to catch up or something..LOL But I do know that things are going great..On his 3rd day he was practicing backing up or parallel parking I can't remember which now and the heads of Roehl were there walking around and whatnot...They watched Eugene do his thing and was impressed...While he was in class his instructor James calls him out...It seemed these people from Roehl wanted to meet him...They thought he was in his 3rd week of training, he said no he was only on his 3rd day and they were quite surprised...Come to find out they were there making a training video and they ask him to be in it...So he got to spend the afternoon with these people making this training video... He said they even had extra shirts for him to change into..lol He's been doing a lot of studying and working hard...He said it is very hot...I told him I was going to write y'all with an update, he told me to tell y'all something about what he was doing but I've got to be honest it was trucking related terminology and I really don't remember what it was he said...So this is the best I've got for now... LOL :)

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.

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.

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.
Old School's Comment
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Hey, that all sounds like good news!

Thanks for the update, we are all glad to hear things are going well.

Another flat-bedder is born! dancing-banana.gif

Simon D. (Grandpa)'s Comment
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"Walking around and whatnot ".....

Is that not the greatest description of Pre-trip ever??πŸ‘πŸ˜œπŸ˜

I'm definitely stealing that!! lol

Just made my day! πŸ‘

Cheers,

Simon

Cwc's Comment
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That bus trip is a rite of passage... And nobody enjoys it😁

Splitter's Comment
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That bus trip is a rite of passage... And nobody enjoys it😁

Sorry, I passed on that initiation. I flew! A few hours over a few days is worth the price of admission. I even made money on the deal cause the flight was cheaper than the bus ticket. Thank you Allegiant & Prime!!

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.
CherryKissies's Comment
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Hey guys, new update... 3 days ago hubby tells me his stomach was hurting...I figured it was gas and told him to walk around... He calls back saying walking around hurt too bad and he was headed to bed... I get a text at 11:30 the next morning from him saying "I'm in the hospital ER"... I'm like WHAT ??? FOR REAL ??? A text at 12:00 saying, I'm headed to CT scan, possibly kidney stones, I'll keep you posted... By this time I'm like WTH, you're going to get a CT SCAN (I used to work in surgery so I kinda know about this hospital stuff)... At 12:20 I get the following... I have to have surgery...I'm like HOLD UP...Don't you dare go anywhere... In the span of an hour, you text me saying you're in the ER and now you have to have surgery what the hell is going on ?? He text, it looks like my Appendix is bad so I have to stay for surgery...I said...Oh wow...But they are going to feed me the nurse said...So I'm thinking ok...If they are going to feed him then surgery would have to be for next day...Then I get a text at 1:19 that says "I'm going into surgery now and have to turn my phone off...I'm texting all caps WAIT WHAT, NOW ?? he text Calls Dad and give everyone an update...Hell, I couldn't give anyone an update because I'd never even given them a current...LOL They couldn't wait to do the surgery..His appendix was seriously inflamed...Surgery went fine...Dr said that if he'd not come in when he did his appendix would have ruptured and things would have been worse..He was back at the hotel the next day..This kinda puts a dent in his pretesting..He was supposed to pretest on the 27th and test on the 3rd.. So now he has to come home and recoup for about a week go for his follow up Dr's appointment..Then he goes back to 2 week for like a refresher, then he moves up to week 3 to where he is now and just test out... They have been really great about everything... He's been bummed this was not in the cards for sure... They were shocked that he actually drove , did the pre trip and all that other stuff that morning before he had his trainer take him to the Er..

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Wow! So that's like a 2 out of 10 on the bummer scale, but a 10 out of 10 on the "thank God it wasn't worse" scale........so that's great news that things will work out great. Hope he heals quickly.

We always say that everyone hits roadblocks and challenges while trying to get their trucking career underway, but that doesn't normally mean surgery!

Well this will be a great story for him to tell the other drivers! Really glad to hear things are going to be ok. Wow!

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JD's Comment
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Hey, that all sounds like good news!

Thanks for the update, we are all glad to hear things are going well.

Another flat-bedder is born! dancing-banana.gif

Man do I have some stories about them flatbedders.........

One dry van guy told me once that a flatbedder parked on each side of him one evening and the next thing he knew he was neatly tarped and and strapped and was half way across the country and they were singing Willy an Waylon songs to him, scary stuff....

JD

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
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