A Big Thank You

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Antron's Comment
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Hey guys,

After lurking on this site literally since late 2011, this morning as My alarm went off and I did my normal snooze button and surf the internet before I get out of bed, I guess I just decided it was time to join the ranks.

Quick back story, I’ve been in the mortgage world all of my adult life. Have always wanted to drive trucks my entire life but just couldnt pull the trigger and walk away from the money I was making as a manager for the largest non-bank mortgage servicer in the county. Paychecks were great, but I was miserable. Its funny as a person who loves money and is motivated by money, I use to scoff at people in disbelief when they would make statements about being miserable at work when I knew what they made. Impossible to be miserable when u make that much. I quickly realized once I was in that spot how that actually felt. I was in charge of several departments and lliked all the people and my direct VP but I was simply miserable. Called out twice a month. Just didnt like what I was doing which made getting up every morning harder and harder. In Begining of 2021 I finally made the move. Finally left my cubicle.

I have literally read 90% of everything ever posted on here since 2011. has been a daily check for me for new posts to the point where I feel like I know alot of you personally simply by reading your posts so often. So this site was vital in my decade long research about driving trucks and my ultimate career change and all I can say is thank you.

Although I looked at several forums, I always felt this one was the best. and thats not blowing smoke. Just the caliber of people who were part of this family has always been far superior to the others.

Anyway, I ended up leaving my career in corporate mortgage management, relocated my fiance and almost 3yr old daughter from FL back to our home state in NJ and am currently a P&D driver with Old Dominion and have never been happier.

All my mortgage friends find it hysterical i left my 6 figure cushy cubicle and I drive trucks and they simply don’t understand. Me, I have Never looked forward to going to work as much as I do literally everyday. i havent called out of worked or took a day off in 7 months and thats unheard of for me. I never say never, however it doesn’t appear I will ever go back to a cubicle. My new motorized cubicle is way better in every aspect.

So thats the quick down and dirty story. I really thank every contributing member on this forum. This site has been instrumental in my research and just a blast to read and keep up with evryone while I felt like the creepy guy in the shadows. I was lurking back when old school was finally getting started with western express after several medical setbacks, when guy hodges and his brother were running team on the jit fleet for werner, Daniel B was with central, etc.

Thank you guys and gals for everything you do. You never know who is lurking in the background and what value they are gaining from just general genuine conversation amongst strangers. It’s really wlld!

Thanks again guys

Ant

P&D:

Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers for instance will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

PackRat's Comment
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You left NJ for FL, then moved back to NJ? That's a real head scratcher for me.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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You left NJ for FL, then moved back to NJ? That's a real head scratcher for me.

I left NY for FL and ended up in Ohio, haha!!

Welcome 'officially' to TT, Ant !!

Now, PONY UP some contributions, LoL !

~ Anne ~

Antron's Comment
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You left NJ for FL, then moved back to NJ? That's a real head scratcher for me.

I left nj when I was 18 in 2009. I moved back this year. Love Florida but its a dead zone so to speak in terms of freight in general, especially wpb where I was and few companies hiring local with no exp, at least at the time there were few. I figured getting a local job out the gate was impossible so if I had to be on the road initially, I rather my fiance and daughter be down the street from her mother in nj rather than 1k miles away if anything happened. Plus I figured i’d get a job within an hour of graduating cdl school being in the northeast. That was the logic behind it. Miss FL dearly

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Good to see another OD driver here. I've been here 4 years and hope to make it another 33 years till I can retire.

I'm guessing you are out of JCY?

Antron's Comment
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Good to see another OD driver here. I've been here 4 years and hope to make it another 33 years till I can retire.

I'm guessing you are out of JCY?

PHL….just over the bridge from Philly in Pennsauken NJ. Love it here

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Dude if you remember Guy Hodges or even me with Central then you are a serious old timer like myself. I believe im either #2 or #3 longest tenured member here and that would definitely put you top 5.

Yikes! Time flies. Congratulations on your P&D gig!

P&D:

Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers for instance will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

Old School's Comment
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Welcome aboard Antron!

You are definitely in the Old Timers club. It's great to hear you are enjoying your trucking career.

Antron's Comment
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Dude if you remember Guy Hodges or even me with Central then you are a serious old timer like myself. I believe im either #2 or #3 longest tenured member here and that would definitely put you top 5.

Yikes! Time flies. Congratulations on your P&D gig!

Yes sir, flies for sure. I think you went to prime after maybe? Then fuel hauling with the straight tank and trailer/ doubles type combo? Digging deep in the memory banks lol. Glad the site is still thriving and glad to have signed up.

P&D:

Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers for instance will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Antron's Comment
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Welcome aboard Antron!

You are definitely in the Old Timers club. It's great to hear you are enjoying your trucking career.

Appreciate it. You, sir, are one of the people I looked for posts from more than most over the last 10 years. Your attitude, the clear time and effort that went into your posts and responses to people. The well written outstanding advice that people can utilize in everyday life even outside of this industry. Thanks for what you do.

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