Sometimes We Do Whatever It Takes

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Old School's Comment
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I ran a load of Aluminum beams from Delhi, LA to San Diego, CA this week. The place I delivered to was overcrowded just like most of the big cities in Southern California. You had to back in off a busy street into a congested unloading area where they would put two flatbeds at a time with just enough space in between them for multiple forklifts to be buzzing around unloading you. There was no staging area and really no room in the unloading area to deal with your tarps.

So... I untarped while waiting out in the street. If you look to the right of the picture you'll see the driveway entrance to a business across the street. Several times I had to stop what I was doing and let cars run over my tarps as they were coming and going in and out of that driveway.

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It was a great load, it just had some challenges to it. It gave me a 3,400 mile week, so I can't complain. Here's the unloading area that I backed into from the street.

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One more thing... As I was driving back to Delhi my dispatcher calls and says, "Hurry back in if you can. I've got another load headed to that same customer and you did such an awesome job I'm planning on sending you right back over there."

Yeah Man, that's what I'm talking about - 6,800 miles in two weeks. That puts you in the money!

Dispatcher:

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.
Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I ran a load of Aluminum beams from Delhi, LA to San Diego, CA this week. The place I delivered to was overcrowded just like most of the big cities in Southern California. You had to back in off a busy street into a congested unloading area where they would put two flatbeds at a time with just enough space in between them for multiple forklifts to be buzzing around unloading you. There was no staging area and really no room in the unloading area to deal with your tarps.

So... I untarped while waiting out in the street. If you look to the right of the picture you'll see the driveway entrance to a business across the street. Several times I had to stop what I was doing and let cars run over my tarps as they were coming and going in and out of that driveway.

0869267001536890196.jpg

It was a great load, it just had some challenges to it. It gave me a 3,400 mile week, so I can't complain. Here's the unloading area that I backed into from the street.

0517283001536890379.jpg

One more thing... As I was driving back to Delhi my dispatcher calls and says, "Hurry back in if you can. I've got another load headed to that same customer and you did such an awesome job I'm planning on sending you right back over there."

Yeah Man, that's what I'm talking about - 6,800 miles in two weeks. That puts you in the money!

Gotta git 'er done somehow, right? smile.gif

On another note, is that you in your profile picture?

Dispatcher:

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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That's awesome. Man, backing in off the street and tarping in the street! At least you had that Southern California sunshine.

6,800 miles in two weeks, you're definitely raking in the dough! And two long runs across the Southern part of the country. I mean, it doesn't get much better than that.

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Old School's Comment
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On another note, is that you in your profile picture?

Yes, that's me. You can find the story behind the picture by reading this older thread.

A Week In The Life Of A Flatbed Driver

Old School's Comment
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6,800 miles in two weeks, you're definitely raking in the dough! And two long runs across the Southern part of the country. I mean, it doesn't get much better than that.

I was very fortunate this week. Normally I'm working on the East Coast. Somehow this week, while Hurricane Florence raged on the East Coast, I got dispatched twice to the Southwest. These are definitely "gravy" runs.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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On another note, is that you in your profile picture?

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Yes, that's me. You can find the story behind the picture by reading this older thread.

A Week In The Life Of A Flatbed Driver

I thought it was. Unless you gave permission, you might be due some $$$. Especially since you may not want your image associated with the story.

At the very least, you made the news. smile.gif

Old School in the news

Old School's Comment
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Haha! I'm famous!

It's a great photo. My daughter took it, and it turned out really good.

G-Town's Comment
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Wow...

I am more concerned that Old School’s picture is associated with yet another article spewing forth negativity and offering a very jaded version of the truth.

Contrast the content of his thread to the article in the link Grumpy provided.

Old School's Comment
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Yeah, the story was pretty bad.

G-Town's Comment
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Haha! I'm famous!

It's a great photo. My daughter took it, and it turned out really good.

It’s one of my favorites...

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