Moe's May Trucking Journal

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Moe's Comment
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Today is Monday 4/5/21 and in exactly 1 week - 4/12/21, I will be at orientation for my new career with May Trucking. In typing this journal, I decided to omit the word Job and use career instead. Those of you who know me on the forum know that my journey has not been easy. There have been setbacks. But I have determined not to give up. I admit I am scared. I am down to 2 months living expenses after having been laid off from a warehouse gig about a month ago.

Today was errand day. My paper work, DOT long physical form and proof of my 160 hours of trucking school completion have been organized. Plus all the usual I9 stuff (ssn card, passport etc) I've also finished laundry. Even though I leave early Monday AM, I plan to have all my bags packed no later than Thursday, so that I can spend some precious few moments with friends and family before my adventure begins. They support this as well.

Even though I am nervous, I am not the same Moe who came here 3 years ago. I have grown alot and learned alot about myself and life. Namely to never expect things to be easy or seamless, dont quit and stay on target. My path wasn't straight, I didn't follow all of the advice given early on in my career, I am hoping to turn that around and change where this ship was heading.

Ill update more after orientation.

Moe

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Anne A. (momcat)'s Comment
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Today is Monday 4/5/21 and in exactly 1 week - 4/12/21, I will be at orientation for my new career with May Trucking. In typing this journal, I decided to omit the word Job and use career instead. Those of you who know me on the forum know that my journey has not been easy. There have been setbacks. But I have determined not to give up. I admit I am scared. I am down to 2 months living expenses after having been laid off from a warehouse gig about a month ago.

Today was errand day. My paper work, DOT long physical form and proof of my 160 hours of trucking school completion have been organized. Plus all the usual I9 stuff (ssn card, passport etc) I've also finished laundry. Even though I leave early Monday AM, I plan to have all my bags packed no later than Thursday, so that I can spend some precious few moments with friends and family before my adventure begins. They support this as well.

Even though I am nervous, I am not the same Moe who came here 3 years ago. I have grown alot and learned alot about myself and life. Namely to never expect things to be easy or seamless, dont quit and stay on target. My path wasn't straight, I didn't follow all of the advice given early on in my career, I am hoping to turn that around and change where this ship was heading.

Ill update more after orientation.

Moe

I'm so excited FOR you, Moe!! Having known your struggles and backstory, I can truly say . . you deserve this to finally come together!!!

I'll be following your journey for sure, good sir! Congrats!!

~ Anne ~

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DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Moe's Comment
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I am all packed (for the most part) and ready to go on Monday! This last week I spent the majority of the time getting ready for the big day (laundry, errands etc). Turns out my recruiter did suggest that I get a new med card so I took care of that yesterday (Friday 4/9) and I have all my documents ready.

I cant emphasis enough how supportive and transparent May has been with me. My recruiter kept me informed step by step during the process and even admitted to a mistake on their end when it came to verifying my employment, she owned it and sought management approval for exceptions where needed and helped ensure I was ready to go on Monday. Lastly, May was kind enough to put me up ina hotel room for the week of orientation and waiting on mentor training. Its a relief on my end as yall know the last year of 2020 was not too kind to me financially speaking and this alleviates travel expense from my house to the terminal daily ( gas) while I am in training.

So far so good. Monday is Pretrip, Road test and a backing exam.

I'll post again Monday night (if I'm not too tired lol)

Moe

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.

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.
G-Town's Comment
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Good luck Moe.

PackRat's Comment
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Getting excited for your start tomorrow, Moe.

Moe's Comment
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Thank you sir!

Good luck Moe.

Moe's Comment
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Not as excited as me, ill bet money on that.

Getting excited for your start tomorrow, Moe.

Anne A. (momcat)'s Comment
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It's TOMORROW !!

...as we all chomp on the bit~!!!

Equine or not . . . it happens!

AND ?!?!

Always in my best wishes, you.

~ Anne ~

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Moe's Comment
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Hi everyone! I am here at my hotel room and will give an update on my first day with May! For time sake, I will need to be brief due to the fact that I have homework/studying to do before class tommorrow.

I arrived at our Brooks, Oregon terminal early this AM. I departed Portland around 545 or so and arrived at roughly 630, since I was not due to report until 745 AM I had some time to kill, so I listened to some music (I'm an old soul so it was classical Jazz). Once the time arrived I got in and got started.

We had four at 745 AM, as of writing this at 710 PM, my class is down to 3, we lost one due to no showing. Most of the AM was spent on the usual, document verification, the whizz quizz for drugs etc. We took our road test at about 930. I drove first, no issues, solid and instructor liked what we he saw. Next we did Qualcomm introduction and got our logs set up for the day etc, or maybe we did that before going on the road, I cant remember lol...

The afternoon was on the backing yard, we had 1 student really struggle so May took the time work with him most of the PM.

I was up next and not to brag, but I did very well, it seemed somethings have finally started clicking. The one thing May is training out of us is the concept of being truck drivers, they view us as trialer drivers (which makes sense). It is our job to pull or push the trailers to wherever they need to go without hitting anything. I did the straight back, offset great, Alley dock I did need some fine pointers on but nothing major.

We went over alot today and I really don't have time to go super detailed as I said I do have materials to study, but I wanted to give this update and let yall know I'm doing great!

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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.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Anne A. (momcat)'s Comment
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I kinda figured this would (finally!) all fall into place for ya, Moe~!!

Congrats, man. For sure, for sure.

~ Anne ~

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