Leaving For School On Midnight May 4th

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Doug C.'s Comment
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Thank you Spaceman.

Spaceman Spiff's Comment
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Oh and word to the wise, a good set of ear plugs can be the difference in a good teaming experience and a bad one.

Doug C.'s Comment
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Already packed!0

Doug C.'s Comment
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I made final preparations today. Picked up my bus ticket, and some snack stuff at Walmart. My friends made a cake for a send off and it was a good time. They all support what I am doing.

I had hoped to ward off the sad feeling about leaving home, but with out warning it showed up this evening. I know that we men don't talk much about how we feel, but we're all friends here and a sort of family. So to you I will admit I had a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye. I have a really wonderful wife and we have a good home. Although going to school is right and I want to, it's still hard to go.

It's almost bed time now and I'm feeling good about everything again. I'm ready to leave tomorrow night and with the city lights in the rearview mirror take head off for this new adventure.

I'm thankful for this place where we can talk about all aspects of trucking, even the emotional side. Thank you guys for always being around here.

Dm:

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.
PackRat's Comment
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Good luck, Doug. Heading off to a change for the better even though it's tough.smile.gif

Doug C.'s Comment
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Thanks Pack Rat.

Spaceman Spiff's Comment
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It's all good. That feeling at the point right before leaving is probably the most intense it will be from here on out. Things will get easier and you will stay busy.

Hope you can stay in good contact with everyone at home.

Doug C.'s Comment
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Spaceman, as I write this it 4:15am and have just arrived in Des Moines, Iowa for a five hour layover. I felt really good one we left home for the bus station in Minnesota. It has been a pleasant trip so far. I will be in Cedar Rapids by noon. I will have good contact with home. Lot of support there.

Spaceman Spiff's Comment
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Great man! I'm near the Mexican border at a truck stop doing laundry. I hope teaming is going to work for you. I was really dreading it but it becomes tolerable once you get into a pattern. I'm sure the real trick is getting a person you really mesh well with. I'm kind of just on survival mode for another 11 miles.

I'm glad it's been a pleasant drive so far, lots of horror stories about the bus ride.

Rob T.'s Comment
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as I write this it 4:15am and have just arrived in Des Moines, Iowa for a five hour layover.

Dang. The bus terminal is only about a 10 minute drive from my home but unfortunately I'm not home today. Had it been yesterday I'd swing by and treat ya to a quick breakfast. Instead I'm in Keokuk Iowa (far southeast corner). Of course by the time I make it back this afternoon you'll be at CR.

Terminal:

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.

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