Wrapped It Up

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Mr. Curmudgeon's Comment
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Greetings, hope all of you are enjoying the lovely weather, between snow events.

Monday 4/12, I turned in my letter of resignation, with an anticipated last day being 4/22. The Beloved and I are relocating to Mayer, AZ after a whirlwind experience with purchase and closing on a new home. Given the discomfort from the vibration and bouncing, the light was at the end of the tunnel. Drove Monday and Tuesday, by Wednesday the level of discomfort was back to pre-op levels. Reached out to my neuro, explained the symptoms, got directed to an MRI on Thursday evening, and admonished that continued driving of a CMV was probably not in my spinal health's best interests.

I honestly believe that making the decision to resign allowed my brain to give up blocking the discomfort. I spoke to my TM on the phone, explained the situation, and lost my composure a bit as well. End result was a 2100 hours ghosting at the terminal , all paperwork, keys, ID's and company property turned in to the TM, and the truck cleaned out as good as it was the day I collected it. An emotional time for the Curmudgeon. Mixed emotions to be sure.

I'll sunset off the list here, as I'm not going to be operational any longer. There are plenty of others who will be able to provide the same or better input on topics here. I appreciate all that y'all are doing - whether considering the job, doing the job, or teaching the job. I'll leave a space open in the hammer for you to get around that slowpoke in front of you, and I won't blind you with my high-beams. I'm going back to the land of the consumer, no longer the provider.

Despite my resignation, I'm still a fan of the outfit I drove for. G&D Integrated - terminal presences in Charleston, SC; Griffin, GA; Peoria, Joliet and Rockford, IL and Monticello, IN. They are always in the need for drivers willing to do Regional OTR. Depending on home terminal the work period is either one or two weeks out with weekends off. Decent equipment, a robust DVIR system to get repairs done - no arguments getting stuff fixed, and the expectation is that drivers won't drive equipment that isn't FMCSA compliant.

Wishing health, happiness, limited drama, and safe travels to all of you. Good fortune to you all.

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.

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.

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.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards

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.

Fm:

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.
PackRat's Comment
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Damn! I smile and also shed a tear because some day that will be me. A tough day for you.

I salute you for all your contributions on here, too. Please don't be a stranger! We still need experience and the wisdom of seasoned drivers here.

RealDiehl's Comment
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From Mr. Curmudgeon's bio:

"No job or outfit is perfect, but I've been with these folks for long enough to know it's where I will finish out my career, as they're a good outfit."

Well said, sir! And it sounds like that's exactly what you did. A fine example of driver loyalty and commitment. I hope you enjoy the heck out of your new home and this new phase of life.

G-Town's Comment
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God bless. Thank you for your selfless contributions to the is forum.

You will be missed.

Peace.

Navypoppop's Comment
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Mr. Curmudgeon,

You are surely going to be missed here on TT but please don't assume that you cannot offer very constructive advice to anyone who seeks your knowledge. You have been as honest and sincere a mentor that anyone seeking a good answer could want. It takes a really smart person to know when to hang up the keys before it's too late. Good luck to you and yours and please don't be a stranger.

PJ's Comment
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Wow Mr C, this is mixed news for sure. So sorry about the health issues. Happiness on the new home. Wishing you all the best towards the future. Please stop by when you have a chance. You will always be an inspiration. May God Bless you and the family!!

Old School's Comment
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You'll be missed greatly.

I hope you will reconsider and stay somewhat active in our forum. The collective advice in here is made more valuable by your excellent contributions. You have great experiences to share with newbies, and you've got a world of valuable advice that can be shared whether you are driving or not.

TCB's Comment
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Wishing you the best. I looked up Mayer, AZ on the map. It seems like a nice place, with it's 1,900 population and higher altitude. I am sure that you will enjoy. Like the others said, never hesitate about joining in a discussion here. Heck, it would be nice just to hear from you from time to time, even if it's not anything to do with trucking.

Junkyard Dog's Comment
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Good luck and God Bless. Thank you for your contributions πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡²πŸš›

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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I might miss you the most; was hoping you'd hold tight until 'my' turn....to drive or ride along.

I'll still look for you.. here & there.

Best wishes~

~ Anne ~

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