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NeeklODN's Comment
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I'm sorry, I know I post a lot but y'all are the only ones who understand what we go through out here! I don't have any trucker friends. Everyone is clueless. It's nice to be able to come here to discuss things and brag a lil bit. 😁

So here it is:

When I park at my house tomorrow around 12 noon I will have driven 3,100 miles for the week in 5 1/2 days! That's from 4 loads which I had to secure. One was tarped. Who says you can't make money doing regional runs? Folks, this is crazy good money for me. $1,532 gross! These are the checks I've been trying to work towards. I have had many troubles getting a job in the first place (due to some criminal mistakes I've made in my past). It's all falling into place. Thank you all for the great advice and I know I don't always respond but I read them all and contemplate everything. I'm going to try to start giving back when I can here on the forum. Best part about all of this? I get to spend about 40 hours at home with my lovely lady and my beautiful pigbull.

One more cool thing is last week I booked our honeymoon to Cancun for a week in October. All inclusive meaning free drinks and food from 8 different restaurants. Not cheap, but now the money is coming right back!

I don't think people understand how much one can learn by asking questions, being observative, and most importantly paying attention!

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Army 's Comment
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Congrats, always means more when you have to work extra hard for it.

Cwc's Comment
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I might have been to Cancun once or twiceconfused.gif0723239001556323244.jpg

Enjoy!! And you will continue to make new "personal best" pay checks for awhile to come... Every time I do it still feels awesome to see a new big number... And I still grin like an idiot everytime I see a new personal best.

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.

Cwc's Comment
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In fact my Avatar was taken on Isla Mujeres.

NeeklODN's Comment
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Congrats, always means more when you have to work extra hard for it.

Indeed!

I might have been to Cancun once or twiceconfused.gif0723239001556323244.jpg

Enjoy!! And you will continue to make new "personal best" pay checks for awhile to come... Every time I do it still feels awesome to see a new big number... And I still grin like an idiot everytime I see a new personal best.

I'm so pumped for Cancun! How are the Mayan ruins? Pretty cool? Any secret tips on cool places to see? I'd like to ride a scooter around town or something. Yes I know to be careful because it's Mexico. But hey I've been to some pretty darn bad places right here in the US of A

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.

Cwc's Comment
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Try and see if you can have transportation from the airport setup before you get there. Your hotel may include it. After that trip re-evaluate rather you wanna ride a scooter or not.

I've never stayed in Cancun for more than a night or two. It's a little to party for us. We usually stay closer to our scuba dive sites we plan on checking out.

We did get a scooter while in Cozumel but it's a small island with much less traffic.

Lol try as we might... We've never made it to the ruins... We've done lots of Cave, Cavern, Cenote´ dives thoughsmile.gifundefined

And your right... You can find bad places in most major cities. That said my wife and I have lived in a couple US territories and have traveled quite a bit. Never had a problem. As long as your respectful of others, aren't stumbling drunk and trying to fight people... Typically your left alone.

Old School's Comment
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Congratulations NeeklODN!

I appreciate the things you post here. It's rewarding to see your excitement. What you're experiencing is what makes this whole career so rewarding. I think we can never talk enough about this career being performance based. We reap what we sow, and that can sometimes bother us (kind of like when you asked for advice on turning more miles), and at other times it can motivate us (kind of like the excitement you show here when you see the fruit of your labor).

Just seeing a few good paychecks makes you realize the potential that's out here for people who figure out how to make things happen out here. Keep it up. Your paychecks will fluctuate with each pay period, but you'll eventually get a good rythm established with your dispatcher so that you are each contributing to a solid approach at being productive. It's great to see you catching on and progressing toward your goals.

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.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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Neek, the problem may be that you don’t post enough! Always enjoy what you have to say.

My only caution is that rich Americans like you run the risk of getting kidnapped in Cancun. So be careful and stay in your hotel room as much as possible. good-luck.gif

Cwc's Comment
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Last trip was to Isla Mujeres. They have an underwater museum. The reefs are a big part of tourism and to help rebuild them an artist made lots of statues and sculptures out of rebar and concrete. They added low current electricity to them and it attracts sealife and speeds up the growth of reef to the statues and sculptures. Rebuilding the reef... Pretty cool... And kinda creepy all at the same time.

I would post more pictures but I swapped phones awhile back and haven't backed up my pictures yet.

We really like Playa Del Carmen. It's a little more laid back. Easy access to Cozumel. If I could talk my wife into going back to Mexico it would be to Playa. But Honduras has over the water bungalows... Ever seen the movie Triple X or XXX with Vin Diesel? At the end they are in Bora Bora... Kinda like that without the ridiculously lomg flight time.

After living in Guam and flying back and forth a few times my 6ft self doesn't really care to spend 24hrs flying one way.

Cwc's Comment
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Sorry... Didn't mean to jump all over your post... You just hit the right nerve with travel plans to places with white sandy beaches.sorry.gifrofl-2.gif

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