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Jamie's Comment
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Thanks Marc, we are both excited it has all come together.

Congrats Michael. I know what you speak of though. I get customers thanking me all the time for being on time, and not hitting anything. There are so many steering wheel holders out here today it isn’t funny.

While I was still driving for Schneider, I picked up from a place in Minnesota, some of the craft cheese. Anyways, I got there about 20 minutes before my appointment, and the guy was pretty shocked and said how Schneider drivers are usually late there. I got a pretty good laugh, by far the fastest I ever got loaded, from the time I walked in and backed into the dock, I was loaded in about 12 minutes.

Marc Lee's Comment
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I'll play... My experience, brag, and some History...

I just started with a new carrier, leased on, I'm an owner operator , truck is paid for, been doing this for quite a few years, and I am not a super trucker... Just turned my authority OFF, not worth it out here right now as a one truck operator... Back story, but I will not bore you...

My new company... I am hauling containers, something I swore I would never do, but it is so bad out here with the roaring economy that I had to lower myself to find steady work, LOL! And I am being tongue in cheek with that last comment, containers, but there is some truth in it once you have been around.

And let me clarify something right now, a roaring economy, which we have, equals a KILLER for wages and rates in this industry, especially since deregulation.

Some proven history in regards to a great economy... Everyone and his brother jumps into trucking, and rates crash, they buy a truck, or trucks, and figure they will retire early... That is exactly what we have today. And then throw in the 1099 outfits, Driver Inc. in Canada, that is what the Canadian government has named them due to all of the lost revenue... Outfits mainly based overseas in Europe, with trucks and drivers here, who have no skin in the game and can haul for .90 a mile, they are having an incredibly bad affect on trucking across the board...

So, just started at this outfit... They are a very well established company out of Indiana. Very happy so far, everything pays the same, so what it there to complain about? It is a buck sixty a mile, to the truck plus a few extras. Dead head and or bobtail is less than 100 miles a week, freight out the rear end, and a dispatch with more than a few that have actually driven a truck, like it used to be...

I talk to dispatch, they tell me they have never worked with an owner operator like myself? Seriously? Everyone in the office is talking about me, in a good way. Even the guy that everyone hates on nights is gushing... All I do is my job, I do not get excited, and roll with it. I will not say that I have never been complimented on my work ethic, but what I am hearing these first two weeks has me wondering, is it really as bad out here as I suspect?

I believe it is.

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Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

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