Where One Door Closes Another One Opens And With The Help Of The Safety Director!

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Victor C. II's Comment
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So just an update, I had to be flown out to Tulsa, Oklahoma to get my mri that I then found out was not necessary and then I got my truck which was a T680 that had just been overhauled and detailed. I got my FIRST step deck load and then started to plan my route and finish taking care of things necessary for flatbed with my new truck. I get going and the place where I selected to get my fuel was suppost to be down my route. Found out it took me to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and then back towards Virginia where I was suppost to be going in the first place 🤨. I ended up stopping at Chateau, Oklahoma and spending the night which was 126 miles away from Tulsa, Oklahoma. I get a qaulcomm message, Victor call Russell (Russell Robertson) at that time I was getting a new bluetooth set. Gonna have to return it though. So then I see I have two messages and the second one is Victor bring the load back there's something wrong with it.

So I thought that a bit weird but ok. So I do my pretrip and get up the road. I get to the terminal and go through the check point to make sure the truck is in good working order and do all my duties as is required in that situation and I take the load drop it cause they said they would get me another one; then I get another message saying go see Russell. Ok. So I take the truck to door 8 at the garage for some repairs. I go into the main building to see Russell and I am told he is running behind so I get lunch.

Russell gets back and I go to see him and he says have a seat I'll be with you shortly and I asked if this was a good or bad thing and he says bad. And in my mind I am like ????. So he gets things done calls me in and we go to this room. He basically said that because I turned in a trailer that I had switched the lines on BY ACCIDENT mind you but genuinely thought there was a problem; it did cost a few days in a hotel I originally paid for but they reimbursed me and the van that I thought had a wheel bearing going bad and then found out whoops nope and then the accidental mishap going the wrong direction that it had added up to me not being productive enough, mind you I was on light duty but he was gonna give me the option of resigning or being let go. Now I had told him during the meeting that I would definitely improve and that it was just an mishap, but he insisted it was not up for debate. So I chose to resign. But Russell the caring man that he is, suggested me over to where a lot and I mean a lot of former Meltonators go after Melton is Paul Transportation Inc. It is not even two blocks away from Melton. Lot of good friends with Russell is there too! Also they helped me understand why he did what he did and I am genuinely excited to work with these amazing people.

Im sad about the story ending with Melton maybe temporarily but I have learned so much from Paul Transportation and so its actually gone to my benefit!

Hope this is a good update. Ill make a diary for Paul Transportation here today sometime.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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it had added up to me not being productive enough

Hey Victor, it's great to hear from you!

What I quoted above is the key takeaway from this. You've heard us talk about how trucking is performance based. Everything about your success and your employer's enjoyment of having you on board is based on your productivity. It's the one thing that shows you've got this. Excuses like...

I had switched the lines on BY ACCIDENT mind you
accidental mishap going the wrong direction
I had told him during the meeting that I would definitely improve and that it was just an mishap

carry no water. The safety guy was stern but right when he said...

it was not up for debate.

You've made some typical rookie mistakes. That's OK. What's not OK is excusing them as simple "mishaps." You've got to realize how critical it is to be on point every moment out here. This is child's play compared to your goals of being a fighter pilot. FOCUS Victor, FOCUS. Your future depends on it.

Anne A. (Momma Anne) & To's Comment
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It's SOOOOOO good to hear back from you, Victor.

Paul Transportation seems like a great (smaller) company, on line and especially on SaferWeb!

Ya know what, man? Old School is SO right. We all need 'love' ... and you, my dear, need some tough love.

Between Russell and O/S, I'm pretty sure you've got a dose for a minute. Hope all goes great in your new endeavour. There's always reasons for 'His' seasons. So.. gotta ask....since you're not a 'Meltonator' anymore, does that make you a 'Paulinator?' (That doesn't sound right.)

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Best always, hun! Life is a sequence of learning events; even MORESO in trucking!

I really hope you WILL do a diary, even if abbreviated...or just continue here.

Thanks, man. Appreciate ya, posting.

~ Anne ~

ps: Always treasure the wisdom.

You've made some typical rookie mistakes. That's OK. What's not OK is excusing them as simple "mishaps." You've got to realize how critical it is to be on point every moment out here. This is child's play compared to your goals of being a fighter pilot. FOCUS Victor, FOCUS. Your future depends on it.
IDMtnGal 's Comment
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So.. gotta ask....since you're not a 'Meltonator' anymore, does that make you a 'Paulinator?' (That doesn't sound right.)

Sure it does! Pollinator (paulinator) is one that pollinates and Victor needs to pollinate (paulinate) what he's learning so that it bears fruit.

Now I need to go get coffee to wake up my old brainpan so I can go get my load in a little bit.

Laura

Victor C. II's Comment
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Oldschool good to hear from you too! Your right, I should not have made those mistakes and then made excuses. I see that now. Im blessed though to have God who is greater than I by a long shot, and I already have a employer whose willing to work with me and I am going to remember to be productive and not hurt myself.

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it had added up to me not being productive enough

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Hey Victor, it's great to hear from you!

What I quoted above is the key takeaway from this. You've heard us talk about how trucking is performance based. Everything about your success and your employer's enjoyment of having you on board is based on your productivity. It's the one thing that shows you've got this. Excuses like...

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I had switched the lines on BY ACCIDENT mind you

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accidental mishap going the wrong direction

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I had told him during the meeting that I would definitely improve and that it was just an mishap

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carry no water. The safety guy was stern but right when he said...

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it was not up for debate.

double-quotes-end.png

You've made some typical rookie mistakes. That's OK. What's not OK is excusing them as simple "mishaps." You've got to realize how critical it is to be on point every moment out here. This is child's play compared to your goals of being a fighter pilot. FOCUS Victor, FOCUS. Your future depends on it.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Victor C. II's Comment
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So a quick update. Looks like Paul Transportations receuiter and I had a miscommunication about school. Small but significant. She thought I was doing it online but Liberty wont let me do that till I get a GPA with them so it just was not a good timing. Then I called Bennett Motor Express, and had to leave a message and then I called Payne Transportation and the super-visor says he is willing to work with my schedule of being in school in August!!! 🙏☝️. Yaweh has my back, even when I fall and fail in my personal and career life He is still there! Praise Him!

PackRat's Comment
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So this Payne transport is going to hire you as a rookie driver to work there for three months (May, June, July)? Then you leave that job and go to college for a semester for what? Then there's the AF pilot part. Is this the reason for the college work?

I may be the only one confused, but just what are you going to be? What's your end goal with all this?

Bird-One's Comment
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I don’t think Victor knows what his end goal is. If I were you Victor I’d probably put trucking to the side and focus solely on school. So you can figure out what it is you want. Trucking will always be here.

So this Payne transport is going to hire you as a rookie driver to work there for three months (May, June, July)? Then you leave that job and go to college for a semester for what? Then there's the AF pilot part. Is this the reason for the college work?

I may be the only one confused, but just what are you going to be? What's your end goal with all this?

Anne A. (Momma Anne) & To's Comment
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Victor, there's been a few posts since mine. I'm glad for that.

I agree with ALL the above, man. Maybe this is 'HIS' (Your Yaweh, higher power) way of saying, 'hiatus?'

Just keep us in the loop; so many helping & caring hands and hearts and souls around here, man!

Be it Yaweh, God, whomever..... remember this one? Probably not. The ole'timers will, and the original is by Del Way.

This version, is this DAD'S last ride; and his son, Justin, filmed him singing, as he drove the rig home, one last time. If you (or anyone reading this) can watch this without crying, you're a better guy/gal than me. TAKE NO DAY, NO 'THING' FOR GRANTED, son.

It's really about 'REINVENTING YOURSELF' .. in the eyes of Yaweh, the Lord, WHOMEVER is your maker/creator. (This one, sadly...precedes a sick papaw, dying of cancer.) It's all about try again, reach harder, reach farther! Sometimes the reach is one you weren't expecting; do it anyway.

Trucking is a LIFE. It affects ALL those around you. "The Old Man" . . . start over song! Credits to Del Way, of course. Some people fly planes, some drive trucks, VJ. Pack Rat & Bird One may be right..

If you never DO drive a big rig, but you can learn to DO what Marc Lee is , so?!?!? Trucking wasn't his forte', either. We all have our place 'in this world.' Maybe you need to step up to THIS plate, via the military! (I wish I did. Yessir. I respect these'ns.) Place in this World.

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Best, always! (Maybe you SHOULD just try & fly, VJCii !! I don't mean that in ANY bad way~)

~ Anne ~

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Stevo Reno's Comment
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If I had a life rewind, I think I woulda been a military sniper, takin' out the bad guys. BUT I was of age, during peacetime... So that wouldn't have been too much of an option either I think lol.....Besides, I was a very hot headed youngster too lol...Older age, has mellowed me out a TON too,as did the fear of prison, from possibly killing someone in a fight, before my 20s lol whewwww

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