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Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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Ok, for all you folks that might want one of these blankets. My cousin charged $400 for the blanket, $200 up front, $200 when she is done, that includes shipping. It takes 2 - 3 months to make each one.

Ernie

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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It's easier for us ol codgers to follow pictures ^^^

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But Aug 29th???? wtf.gif

you got some kinda knee or foot fetish or something????

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couldnt help.it..im in a silly mood tonight. sorry

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Ya know, I know somebody would have fun with that!

That's my daughter in law's knee when I was testing the camera on the new drone I just got with points from Loves.

Side note: the drone lasted a whole ten minutes before it flew itself into a bush and burned out two of the prop motors. Junk. Don't bother.

I'm just glad it wasn't a picture of your polished toes. smile.gif

Kim T.'s Comment
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I’m finally back out on the road with my trainer. So ready to knock out the rest of the 30,000 miles. She has asked me if I want to stay on her truck through winter. I’m seriously thinking about it. But boy I want my own truck. lol

Be safe!

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I’m finally back out on the road with my trainer. So ready to knock out the rest of the 30,000 miles. She has asked me if I want to stay on her truck through winter. I’m seriously thinking about it. But boy I want my own truck. lol

Be safe!

If the money is right, it would be good training

Kim T.'s Comment
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Yeah, that’s what I’m thinking. We travel I80 quite a bit so we shall see how much winter driving I will get over the next few weeks.

Old School's Comment
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Kim, I'm not trying to confuse you, and I'm quite sure you'll know what's best for you, but if you stay on with your trainer how much actual training do you think you will receive? I'm pretty sure you'll be driving, and your trainer will be sleeping, and/or vice versa. There's a certain comfort level of having someone there if you need them, but as a solo driver there's the excellent motivation of being forced to really learn what you're doing when it's all on your shoulders. I couldn't wait to be running my own truck. Boy, did I make some mistakes in the beginning, but it was a great learning experience that helped shape me into the successful driver I am today.

Generally when a trainer wants someone to stay on the truck with them, it's because they see the potential for profit from the relationship. That means that you are capable of managing your own truck. That means you are doing well. I have no opinion on your personal decision in this matter, but when you said this...

boy I want my own truck.

That makes me think you may be more content on your own. It's a tough decision, but you seem to be very independent and motivated to make this happen. Again, I apologize if I'm muddying the waters, but I'm confident you'll know what's best for you.

Kim T.'s Comment
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Old School, you didn’t muddy any waters. As usual what you say makes a lot of sense. I had thought of the actual training I would receive in that situation since she would be sleeping while I’m driving. I think you’re right, it’s the reassurance that someone would be there if/when I needed them. If the roads get snowy I would just slow down, be careful, and go on. If the roads got really bad I would be parked. I really do want my own truck. I’m a third of the way through my miles after only one week and five days before I went on home time. Only 20,000 more to go. My trainer tells me I am a very good, conscientious driver and that she is comfortable sleeping while I’m driving. Will I be terrified to be in my own truck by myself? Yes. But, I have several experienced drivers and trainers that I can always call for advice. I have a little while yet before I make a decision but I think I know which way I’m leaning. Hell, I already have a crockpot and bedding for my truck. lol

Thank you again.

Donna M.'s Comment
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Kim yesterday I had one of those days. We were at a truckstop between Fort Worth and Dallas it’s pouring rain. Trainer is going to bed. Okay what u want me to do ? Go to Dallas get trailer washed out and fuel the refer, go off the 12 loop to the Walmart dist. drop the trailer and get ours and head to 01 in Utah. I’m just looking at him, it’s raining and raining hard. He said u will be fine u drove all over Miami, Dallas is easier. Okay but ... if I need u I am gonna wake u up. !!! Everything goes fine till I get to Walmart now I have to drop the trailer. I find a spot that has two slots. Well I just might manage to get near one spot or the other. Never backed by myself before. I did it. Wasn’t pretty. Get to my pickup trailer it’s too high and landing gear jammed. Find a yard dog ...anyway finally leave there at 4:45 . 5:00 traffic in Dallas and it’s still pouring rain. I drove to Oklahoma City and wake him up and said it’s your turn. Did I manage okay yes however I knew he was there if I needed him. I sure am questioning my ability to cut the cord ..

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Splitter's Comment
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Let’s be realistic! The only reason they want you to stay on their truck is the moola you’re making them. You remain a B-seat? It’s $700 a week until you upgrade. While they’re banking the rest of the money you’re supposed to be making. Kim you’re from W. VA, winter driving isn’t new to you. Shoot, I drove through blizzard conditions yesterday along I-80 in Chicago. Luckily it had just started but it was blowing sideways.

Donna, I was at a pick up that had my trailer jacked up so high it took me an hour with 3 breaks to get my heart rate down from cranking so hard. You did the right thing by going to the yard dog to help out.

I agree wholeheartedly with OS! The sooner you go solo, the quicker you’ll learn what it takes to be successful out here. Some folks love teaming. Personally, I think that once you learn how to manage your clock, you can make just as much, if not more than teaming. I know Rainy makes more solo than when I was training with her.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Donna M.'s Comment
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If I felt better about the backing I would be ready I’ve got my miles.

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