Im Really Tired Of This, This Week...

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Victor C. II's Comment
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So after a week and a half, I finally get a truck. Get a load after some home time and I get the load and get almost within 30 miles using google and the Qaulcomm and since I started to not trust google so I used only the Qaulcomm. Well then I got led to a shipper instead of my reciever. So now, I am late getting there. I get there at 1200 instead of 0700 like I had planned. I planned on being early it was not a long run. Then I get this preplan that picks up even before I got done at the reciever. So I get started going to the shipper and got fuel and went to the shipper. Well I for one got led to the wrong company and parked and then I went parked in the right place and waited till the morning. Then today I went, to get my trailer and the darn thing is sunken in a mud pond and then had to wait for almost another 10 hours to get help to get the trailer to where I can hook it up. I hook it up and there is a glad hand that is turnt the wrong way. Im sitting yet again. Two days and I am to have this weekend off. Im on NorthEast regional for this week and supposed to go home on the weekend. I have been doing tons of thinking too and just dont see me doing well at this. At least at this point. I am nigh to attending school in the summer instead of Fall and I would be ahead of the game. Im not even getting long runs, and I need to make money. Its right now a love hate relationship. If I am going to be away from my beloved family, I need to make money.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

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.

PackRat's Comment
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How is a glad hand half sitting the wrong way? You can hook an air line to it in any position.

Got two trash bags? Install these over your footwear and PRESTO, rubber boots that will get you by in a pinch.

Incorrect directions via GPS and a mud hole set you so far behind that you're questioning driving at all?

You've been here long enough to know sometimes you need to think outside the box. After reading your woes, you didn't even have a box. Rookie mistakes are one thing, but C'mon Man!

Errol V.'s Comment
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Victor, that very first run is often a crazy experience. I listed over ten "problems" I experienced in my first time out. But you know, they seemed to disappear from most of my later runs.

And over time I've read other posts full of crazy things happening. Stick with it, try to figure out what happened and still learn more about this career. Good luck!

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Old School's Comment
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Victor, some of the stuff you say is really incredible. One thing I learned early in life is to never depend on someone who constantly has excuses. You are playing games with yourself if you think this is just too tough for you. I think you need this experience badly. You want to skip over the challenging parts of life and get straight to what you were born to do - being a fighter pilot!

What will you have in your background that says, "This guy is disciplined. He's accomplished. He's managed his way through trials and difficulties - he is prime material for the elite group of people who make up our nation's air defense heroes?"

It's remarkable how you say you were "led" by the Quallcomm. You are the driver Victor. That means you are the one controlling the situation. You had no viable plan! You were depending on something outside of yourself. You were five hours late on a simple and short run! You accepted no responsibility. Here's the result of your first few catastrophes...

I have been doing tons of thinking

The only problem is that your thinking somehow led you to playing the blame game! Victor, you're talking to a bunch of truck drivers. Do you really think our days are filled with easy assignments where nothing ever goes wrong? Have we somehow been assigned to a different realm of reality than yours?

You have got to rise to the challenge. Haven't you heard us say "There's no faking it in trucking?" Victor, I'm being a little tough on you. It's because I really think you need it. My Dad would have laid into me something terrible had he heard me say the things you posted here. If you ever want to do great things, you've got to figure out how to do the common things that all men build their lives and character on. What you're doing now is foundational. Nothing in life will stand without having a good foundation under it.

You need some commitment in your life and your career. Quit jumping around all over the place in that overactive brain of yours. Buckle down and prove to yourself that you can actually accomplish something that challenges you. Here you are again, ready to quit one pursuit and bound aimlessly after another.

You need to master this first. Then you can move on to other things. You're like a kid who wants to go straight to the desert and skip over eating the meal. You are going to find that all things worth doing are full of challenges. School sounds exciting to you today, so you are ready to make the leap! Where will you decide to jump when you start doing poorly in school? Will you just "do a ton of thinking" and find something else nice and shiny that catches your eye?

Victor, the best thing for you right now is to embrace trucking with a passion to conquer it. I'm being your Dad tonight. I'm trying to be stern but honest and helpful. I hope you can figure this out, because at this point, your own thinking has led you in paths that are worse than the one you trusted the Quallcomm with.

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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Really Victor C II!!???

If I was your Sqdn Commander, you would be booted under a Bad Conduct discharge!

As a 14 yr active duty Air Force Veteran, I can tell you that with all your whining and excuses you will NOT make it in the Air Force much less as a pilot!

If I remember correctly, you are about 24 or 25. While you are new at driving, you have been out in the world for awhile so your excuses don't hold water. Man up, grow some balls, learn to not make excuses and accept responsibility for your actions!

Laura

Victor C. II's Comment
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Yeah thats true, I was looking more at my financial set back by this week not going well. And getting some badly tarped loads. Oh well hopefully next week goes better or the rest. Thank you for the encouraging word and admonishment!

Victor, some of the stuff you say is really incredible. One thing I learned early in life is to never depend on someone who constantly has excuses. You are playing games with yourself if you think this is just too tough for you. I think you need this experience badly. You want to skip over the challenging parts of life and get straight to what you were born to do - being a fighter pilot!

What will you have in your background that says, "This guy is disciplined. He's accomplished. He's managed his way through trials and difficulties - he is prime material for the elite group of people who make up our nation's air defense heroes?"

It's remarkable how you say you were "led" by the Quallcomm. You are the driver Victor. That means you are the one controlling the situation. You had no viable plan! You were depending on something outside of yourself. You were five hours late on a simple and short run! You accepted no responsibility. Here's the result of your first few catastrophes...

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I have been doing tons of thinking

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The only problem is that your thinking somehow led you to playing the blame game! Victor, you're talking to a bunch of truck drivers. Do you really think our days are filled with easy assignments where nothing ever goes wrong? Have we somehow been assigned to a different realm of reality than yours?

You have got to rise to the challenge. Haven't you heard us say "There's no faking it in trucking?" Victor, I'm being a little tough on you. It's because I really think you need it. My Dad would have laid into me something terrible had he heard me say the things you posted here. If you ever want to do great things, you've got to figure out how to do the common things that all men build their lives and character on. What you're doing now is foundational. Nothing in life will stand without having a good foundation under it.

You need some commitment in your life and your career. Quit jumping around all over the place in that overactive brain of yours. Buckle down and prove to yourself that you can actually accomplish something that challenges you. Here you are again, ready to quit one pursuit and bound aimlessly after another.

You need to master this first. Then you can move on to other things. You're like a kid who wants to go straight to the desert and skip over eating the meal. You are going to find that all things worth doing are full of challenges. School sounds exciting to you today, so you are ready to make the leap! Where will you decide to jump when you start doing poorly in school? Will you just "do a ton of thinking" and find something else nice and shiny that catches your eye?

Victor, the best thing for you right now is to embrace trucking with a passion to conquer it. I'm being your Dad tonight. I'm trying to be stern but honest and helpful. I hope you can figure this out, because at this point, your own thinking has led you in paths that are worse than the one you trusted the Quallcomm with.

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.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Victor, I believe it to be more 'tough love' than admonishment. I'm not the author of that post, but that's what I gleaned.

You KNOW I'm pulling for you, in many ways.

Best to you~!

Anne :)

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.
Victor C. II's Comment
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Thank you and I can learn to like that. I will post more later.

Victor, I believe it to be more 'tough love' than admonishment. I'm not the author of that post, but that's what I gleaned.

You KNOW I'm pulling for you, in many ways.

Best to you~!

Anne :)

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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.
Rob T.'s Comment
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Victor it's hard to tell by the pic, but was the trailer sitting low as well? If it was dump the airbags(if your tractor is equipped with the switch) after you're hooked reinflate and it may lift enough off to move the trailer forward out of the mud. Was it an option to lay on the deck and crank it up enough to get out then finish cranking? If I was OTR I would invest in a pair of rubber rain boots for this situation.

You didn't hit anything and kept dispatch informed what was going on. You're doing good. Keep it up. Don't let the bad/rough days cause you to make any rash decisions.

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.

Spaceman Spiff's Comment
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Thank you and I can learn to like that. I will post more later.

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Victor, I believe it to be more 'tough love' than admonishment. I'm not the author of that post, but that's what I gleaned.

You KNOW I'm pulling for you, in many ways.

Best to you~!

Anne :)

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THATS what you're concerned about? No dude, that ain't a problem. That's "wow a pre tarped load, sweet."

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.
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