What Am I Waiting On.

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Rainy 's Comment
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You feel like a number now but in a couple months u will feel like family. did u get the free fri breakfast safety meeting with the owner?

beach..no...im working to get home wed ;)

Donna M.'s Comment
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Hey I’m out of here in the morning. At Walmart getting last of my junk. Drove back from the plaza to the training center bobtail. Awesome


"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

Kim T.'s Comment
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Yay Donna!! Have fun and be safe!!

Donna M.'s Comment
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Kim trying to get my clothes washed . Then to pack my junk up so in the morning won’t be so hectic.

Kim T.'s Comment
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I hope your trainer is knowledgeable, is a great teacher, and that your personalities mesh well. It’s crazy to think that just over two weeks ago you posted on here that you were considering going to school and now here you are getting ready to head out on the road with your trainer.

I’m still in a holding pattern until my daughter is moved in to her dorm, starts her classes, and I know she is going to be ok. And I have to get some stuff squared away here at home. I already have my letter of resignation written in my head for my current job...waiting impatiently to get it on paper and turned in.

Be sure to post when you can and tell us how it’s going. I am soooo jealous!!

Rainy 's Comment
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Hahaha this is awesome!!!!

Training is going to be frustrating, Treat it like bootcamp. it is temporary to get you to your goals. Your trainer is going to push you and aggravate you. Living in a closet with a stranger is not easy. even friends will fight at some point. Splitter and i get along great but we had our moments. but he just stated he knows he can call me and wake me.up now if he needs something two.months later.

you can do this and it is sooooo worth it. Ask questions, watch your mirrors, predict the actions of those around you. if you think you cant make it...dont try it!!!

Kim...im glad you are truly thinking unlike some people we post here. many rush out and sign up for CDL school then get things in order. that doesnt work once out on the road.

i wrote some articles about team training, the culture shock of trucking, and trainers. take a look over them and i hope they help.

Rainys Articles

it would be cool to.meet up at the terminal lol


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.


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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Kim T.'s Comment
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I’ve been reading and reading. Rainy, you are a very good writer. You definitely get your point across. I liked what you said about team training....just get through it, learn all you can. I just hope my trainer has a sense of humor. lol Of course I also want them to know what they are doing but being able to laugh makes a lot of things bearable.

I actually went out today and bought a bunch of regular clothes...jeans, t-shirts, etc., since all I wear at work now are dress clothes. Yuck!!

Donna, how goes it? I know you’re going to do great. You got this!

Rainy 's Comment
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Thanks Kim about the writing. i try ;)

yeah..i used to be a jeans girl but sitting all that time bothered me. they rub and the seams make.me itch. now im all.sweats and the bright yellow safety shirts and jackets. many customers make you wear a vest anyway, so i often use the prime rewards points to get the clothes. and since they are work clothes, they are tax deductible ;)

As far as a sense of humor...we cant all be funny. But i usually bring the humor with me. sometimes i just looked at splitter and he busted out laughing at me. go figure lol


Donna...we are waiting..do do do doooo (jeaopardy musc playing hahhahah).

inquiring minds want to know...

Kim T.'s Comment
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Oh believe me I got sweats too...and sweat shorts too. And men’s basketball shorts to hang out in. I’m all about comfort. lol I’ve always been a jeans, t-shirt, tennis shoes, hoodie kinda girl. The law firms worked at for 20+ years didn’t agree with that dress code so I had to go with the office appropriate clothes. *puke*

Not having a sense of humor isn’t a deal breaker, it would just make things a little easier. If my trainer doesn’t have one I’ll just have to laugh at myself. Ha! Maybe I’ll have my crap together around the same time you are ready to take a student and you can be my trainer. It may be a couple of students down the road, but still.

That was Jeopardy? I thought it was the theme from twilight zone! rofl-3.gif

Yooooohoooooo Donna!! I hope everything is going well for you. If you ever find yourself comthing through Charleston, WV, give me a yell and I’ll take you to the store or wherever you need to go. We can grab something to eat. Rainy, you too!

p.s. Every time I see your name I think of one of my favorite book characters. Her name is Rainey Bell, she’s former FBI, a private detective/security advisor/bail bondswoman, and she’s bad @$$!

Donna M.'s Comment
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Hey guys I’m still in Springfield took a little longer than Sean excepted to get some tires put on. Sitting here now waiting on them to finish and guess we’re on the road in the morning. Little sad to be leaving have meet some awesome people here and my roommate is just the greatest. But I’ll be back in a few weeks.

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