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Bruce K.'s Comment
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Hi everyone! I still haven't gotten my laptop fixed so that I can post from the road, as a result I've been unable to stay up with TT for the past two weeks. This was my 4th week of driving solo and I got my first 10,000 miles on Friday. No mishaps and I am getting pretty comfortable with the routine. While driving around the country I've noticed several things. I hardly ever see children outside playing, even where it's warm. I think television and electronic devices have taken away a valuable part of childhood. The number of billboards I see advertising for injury attorneys is mind boggling, especially in the south. I believe I counted over 100 for one shyster lawyer alone! I guess many people see getting a big legal settlement as their big opportunity in life. The infrastructure in this country is beyond imagination. The road system, especially in interstate system, is the eighth wonder of the world. Construction is EVERYWHERE! Roads, warehouses, bridges, tunnels, sub-divisions, etc. The warehouses we service are incredibly large. A Unilever distribution center I delivered to has 1 and 1/2 miles of exterior walls and I bet there are bigger ones. Is all this infrastructure sustainable? Yet it seems to be fairly well organized. I have rarely had to deal with any botched paperwork or delays. Almost all of the shipping and receiving people I've dealt with are courteous and efficient and respond well to the words please and thank you. And if I as a driver have a smile and a good word for them they seem very pleased. What are your observations from the road about life and business in America? Truckers are in a position to observe a wide range of things that most others are not. What do you think?

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

PackRat's Comment
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Big? Hunts Point Market in NY. First, and only, time was mind-boggling. Bet those billboards were for "the hammer".....weasel. Lots of roads out there. Some don't even have bumps or potholes.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
RealDiehl's Comment
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Hi everyone! I still haven't gotten my laptop fixed so that I can post from the road, as a result I've been unable to stay up with TT for the past two weeks. This was my 4th week of driving solo and I got my first 10,000 miles on Friday. No mishaps and I am getting pretty comfortable with the routine. While driving around the country I've noticed several things. I hardly ever see children outside playing, even where it's warm. I think television and electronic devices have taken away a valuable part of childhood. The number of billboards I see advertising for injury attorneys is mind boggling, especially in the south. I believe I counted over 100 for one shyster lawyer alone! I guess many people see getting a big legal settlement as their big opportunity in life. The infrastructure in this country is beyond imagination. The road system, especially in interstate system, is the eighth wonder of the world. Construction is EVERYWHERE! Roads, warehouses, bridges, tunnels, sub-divisions, etc. The warehouses we service are incredibly large. A Unilever distribution center I delivered to has 1 and 1/2 miles of exterior walls and I bet there are bigger ones. Is all this infrastructure sustainable? Yet it seems to be fairly well organized. I have rarely had to deal with any botched paperwork or delays. Almost all of the shipping and receiving people I've dealt with are courteous and efficient and respond well to the words please and thank you. And if I as a driver have a smile and a good word for them they seem very pleased. What are your observations from the road about life and business in America? Truckers are in a position to observe a wide range of things that most others are not. What do you think?

This is why I want to be back OTR. You get to see the country from a whole new perspective. Aside from the annoying billboards of course. I get a kick out of the little things sometimes. Like states where you can buy alcohol in a convenience store. You don't see that where I live. Or slot machines in convenience stores and truck stops...

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.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Bruce K.'s Comment
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One of the worst roads I've been across is I70 through Indiana. Terrible road to bridge transitions and lots of bridges.

Susan D. 's Comment
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The Hammer.. lol. Several years ago while he was riding his bicycle on Bardstown Road in Louisville, someone hit him with their car and ran off. He was in the hospital for several weeks. Me personally, I don't think they hit him hard enough. I despise those billboards with him and his foot crushing a tractor trailer.

He's completely disgusting.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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I flip the bird at every single billboard of his. I text stupid messages to the ones that have a text number listed.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Does anyone else drive around Chicago and get sick of seeing Brian Urlacher and his new hair? Must be a lot of money in hair restoration.

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