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Marc Lee's Comment
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Rather, how about an update that says your trainer was surprised that you covered over 550 miles and impressed with your backing skills.

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Yeah, I agree with Rob. I'd like to see that too.

You were tired after 100 miles? I can barely finish my first cup of coffee in 100 miles. You were sitting with nothing to do all day, knowing your trainer would eventually show up and want to get rolling. You have to be ready when it's time to roll.

Come on, man. Everyone wants to see you succeed. Right now is the time. You must raise the level of your game. Step it up and make this happen.

Late start, maintenance on tractor and trailer... welcome to trucking!

Trainer normally drives first day. He wasn't displeased - not sure why you are...

Drove 384 today in 5:43. Took a 43 min. break. About an 8 hr. day. We are on a 3-stop load, checked in at 18:30ish for a 00:30 delivery. I am in SB. Trainer will optimize his clock and logs to deliver down the road and position us for stop #2.

We are "running the truck", optimizing our productivity and "gittin' 'er done!"

Trainer is very pleased with my driving and overall "handling" of the truck. He specifically commented on the "number of trainers I have been with" and "how open and receptive I am to his direction." He actually thanked me for it! Just added this is what makes it so fun for him.

Saw some great views today. PA hills. Both sides of the Susquehanna River. Learning how to manage hills with my Jakey Breakey Heart!

Messed up a setup and back - picked the "easier" hole with the truck opposite side to complicate things.

Just did my 1st successful back. Essentially a straight back (after the setup). Sitting in said spot.

Happy with the day (so far). Trainer happy.

Don't worry. Be Happy!

Peace out!

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OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Andy Dufresne (a.k.a. Rob's Comment
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Rather, how about an update that says your trainer was surprised that you covered over 550 miles and impressed with your backing skills.

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Yeah, I agree with Rob. I'd like to see that too.

You were tired after 100 miles? I can barely finish my first cup of coffee in 100 miles. You were sitting with nothing to do all day, knowing your trainer would eventually show up and want to get rolling. You have to be ready when it's time to roll.

Come on, man. Everyone wants to see you succeed. Right now is the time. You must raise the level of your game. Step it up and make this happen.

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Late start, maintenance on tractor and trailer... welcome to trucking!

Trainer normally drives first day. He wasn't displeased - not sure why you are...

Drove 384 today in 5:43. Took a 43 min. break. About an 8 hr. day. We are on a 3-stop load, checked in at 18:30ish for a 00:30 delivery. I am in SB. Trainer will optimize his clock and logs to deliver down the road and position us for stop #2.

We are "running the truck", optimizing our productivity and "gittin' 'er done!"

Trainer is very pleased with my driving and overall "handling" of the truck. He specifically commented on the "number of trainers I have been with" and "how open and receptive I am to his direction." He actually thanked me for it! Just added this is what makes it so fun for him.

Saw some great views today. PA hills. Both sides of the Susquehanna River. Learning how to manage hills with my Jakey Breakey Heart!

Messed up a setup and back - picked the "easier" hole with the truck opposite side to complicate things.

Just did my 1st successful back. Essentially a straight back (after the setup). Sitting in said spot.

Happy with the day (so far). Trainer happy.

Don't worry. Be Happy!

Peace out!

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Great update.

Keep-em coming Marc

Rob

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Congratulations and keep up the good work.

Pete E Pothole's Comment
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I see nothing wrong with taking the easy spot. The more spots you put it in, the more your confidence and comfort level grow with the handling and reaction of the trailer. I'm no expert, but I always look for the easiest spot.

Marc Lee's Comment
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I see nothing wrong with taking the easy spot. The more spots you put it in, the more your confidence and comfort level grow with the handling and reaction of the trailer. I'm no expert, but I always look for the easiest spot.

Thanks All!

EXACTLY what Trainer said. Besides... it is a straight shot for him out the drive to our unload in the wee hours of the morning!

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Marc Lee's Comment
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Even found food I could eat OTR!

Rutter's truck stop had made or order vegan burger and vanilla almond milk and stevia for coffee.

Got a shower in too while trainer topped off reefer fuel!

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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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Andy Dufresne (a.k.a. Rob's Comment
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Marc,

Hope things are continuing to go well.

This comment below got me thinking last night:

He wasn't displeased - not sure why you are...

I'm glad that things are going well for you, but please understand our concern when we read a post that says you drove 100 miles and then got tired.

I, for one, sincerely want you to succeed at this. I don't want to win our competition because you got sent home again from another company. You have had a lot of set backs. While I don't know all the reasons for the prior failures, it makes me think of the saying in Twelve Step programs: "If nothing changes, nothing changes."

I think that you mentioned in your posts "going to a meeting." If that is the case, you should understand the saying above and also understand the importance of being honest with yourself. The "Big Book" says that the program works except for those who are "constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves." Many times those very constitutionally incapable people have the most "sobriety."

I have a relative who has been sober for decades. He is a district representative and goes to national meetings. A couple of years ago on a trip, I blew up at him because he was being a jerk. I immediately apologized. I followed up with an e-mail that explained why I blew up at him and why his behavior makes it difficult to be around him. I haven't heard from him since, and it is going on three years. He has a lot of failures in life and continues to have bad things happen to him, because nothing has changed about his core behavior from when he used to drink. And ironically, he is the one who told me the saying about certain people who don't get better even though they attend meetings religiously "I used to be a drunk *******, now I'm just an *******." I truly believe that he is constitutionally incapable of being honest with himself.

If I see posts that indicate it looks like you're headed for failure, I'm going to say something. You can take it however you want. Perhaps like my relative who doesn't want people to point out the reality. But I will tell you that I am only saying something because I want you to succeed.

And I believe that Brett wants the same thing.

I know this post has been very preachy, but I can be like that many times. I think a lot and maybe over analyze things.

Again, I truly have your best interests in mind.

So, I'll leave with another saying from the meeting. "Take what you like and leave the rest."

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Marc Lee's Comment
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Thank you Rob. I appreciate your comments, your tone AND sincerity.

Didn't get to that meeting but when I go to NA or CA I usually introduce my self saying "I am a grateful recovered addict and my problem is mostly Marc." I do so for the (perhaps) obvious (perhaps not) reason that I constantly need to remind myself of this fact. (At AA I use the term "member" rather than addict out of consideration for their "singleness of purpose" statement relative to alcohol vs. other drugs).

RE: The specific statement and response... It seemed in my opinion to have been taken out of context. Yes, I drove 100 miles and yes I was tired. Trainer drove first as per SOP and his desire. I took over when asked. I drove a bit (maybe a blip) - won't call it a stint, certainly won't call it a "reasonable stint" - it was what it was. I don't recall why we stopped or exactly how but I did not ask to be relieved. I believe he asked if I was tired and I said "a little" or something like that. He instructed me to pull into a rest area where we used the facilities and changed seats. It was (as far as I can tell) normal, natural and appropriate. While we have even discussed the "rolling job interview" (which this is) concept, I don't have the sense that this was a big miss. Perhaps I am wrong.

Most indications are it is going pretty well. I will continue to work on many things. We are sort of balancing clocks, rest, driving, etc.. While this is NOT supposed to be Team Training or Team Driving we are both driving to maximize productivity.

To date I have not been given an opportunity to drive 500 miles...

More later...

Be well and be safe!

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IF I GET ONE MORE EMAIL FROM ONE MORE CEO ABOUT WHAT THEY ARE DOING ABOUT THE PANDEMIC I MAY PULL OUT WHAT LITTLE MOSTLY GREY HAIR I HAVE LEFT!!!

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Marc Lee AKA The 100k mil's Comment
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Great job Marc, keep up the good work

Marc Lee's Comment
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Great job Marc, keep up the good work

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