Let's Talk Christmas Plans!

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Brett Aquila's Comment
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I hope everyone is excited about their plans for the holidays!

Well, I live in the Northeastern corner of New York State, and we'll be heading to Buffalo for three days. My girlfriend and I grew up in Buffalo, so we're returning to see family for Christmas. We were home a few weeks ago for Thanksgiving, too.

It's about a 12-hour round-trip drive.

My mom is 77 now, and she's still cooking Christmas Eve dinner for everyone.

We'll be spending a lot of time with my girlfriend's family, too, including a trip to her 86-year-old grandma's for Christmas evening dessert.

A lot of house-hopping all around town, basically, as it should be!


What are you guys doing?


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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.
Old School's Comment
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I'm moving.

I know - big mistake for the Holidays!

It's the easiest time of year for me to take some time off. The customer I'm a dedicated driver for always shuts down from Christmas to New Year. Then it is still almost another week before they get things humming again. So... it is the most convenient time for me to do this undertaking.

I'm moving into a former horse barn. It's been through a remodel. It still looks like a barn on the outside, but inside is a cozy little house that my wife and I are going to try for an experiment. If we like it, we will stay. If not, we can try something else later. I'm not big on a typical retirement, but I do want to settle somewhere for my later years.

This property adjoins where my Son in law and Daughter live. We can walk or ride through the woods and pasture to see our grandchildren whenever we like, or they can come torment us when they please.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Banks's Comment
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Christmas is going to be a quiet day at home reflecting on this roller coaster of a year I've had. I'm definitely grateful for the way things have worked out, because they could've been a lot worse.

Some years we go to the movies, but looking at the lineup there isn't anything playing that looks interesting so we'll probably skip it this year.

NaeNaeInNC's Comment
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I'm staying out on the road. I need the space away from family obligations. I actually prepped the entire Thanksgiving dinner in a hotel suite, and most likely could have done the whole thing in the suite with things from my storage unit 🤣

I am taking a few days after Christmas in Springfield, one for the open bar party, and two, for the ability to remove all soft goods from my truck, scrub everything, and reload it again. The amount of crap you can accumulate when you live in a truck full time is staggering.

BK's Comment
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Bah Humbug!

I’m working through the holidays. My company has a program for drivers willing to work continuously from Nov 2 through Jan 2. Signing up for this earns a $1800 bonus and helps the company because many drivers want off for the holidays but our freight is very busy during this time period. I did it last year also. We also get $25 for 12/25 dinner if we’re out then. Somebody has to deliver the food for all you others to eat too much of on the holidays! Lol.

Big Scott's Comment
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Working as always.

Davy A.'s Comment
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Really not sure yet. We usually go to Cancun for new years and Christmas combined but the Mrs has stuff planned and we have a new puppy.

I have hometime from the 23rd to the 26 reserved. Maybe grab her and do a few loads.

I like to keep the truck as far away from colorado as possible in the winter because if it gets here I tend to get nothing but wind and snow loads for months on end, but I'm already up here and it looks like they're intent on keeping me in frozen tundra here through the end of the month.

Turtle's Comment
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Well, the wife and I will likely spend a quiet Christmas alone. It'll be the first Christmas in our new cabin that I've been hand-building over the past three and a half years. It's been a long held dream of ours to have a little nest in the middle of our acreage, and we finally got there.

My son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren, who live in my original house on the property, will be going to her family's house in Illinois for Christmas this year. So we'll sadly be apart from them, a first. But I have the great fortune of living only a thousand feet or so through the woods away from them, making them a part of our daily lives. That's the best present of all.

Keeping in tradition, we and the rest of the family will gather at my nephew's house on Christmas Eve for feasting, fun, and frolic. That's typically a marathon of good cheer for the evening.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Navypoppop's Comment
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Best wishes to you and yours Turtle! My wife and I are also "home alone" this year because we spent a bundle on replacing the roof in the 5th wheel from hail damage. Our son lives in Mississippi and drives linehaul for Estes out of Jackson and will probably be working any day that he can and our daughter lives in California, Md. and can't make it here to Florida so a very quiet Christmas. We'll go to her brother's for Christmas dinner and celebrate our 44th anniversary on the 29th. Merry Christmas to everyone


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Stevo Reno's Comment
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Well, here in the Phil's probably same as last year. Buy some pork, fish, and the other goodies typical here, and my filipina's fam will come visit and spend the night probably. Maybe a bit of alcohol, maybe not lol, that's the ONLY time I "might" inbibe with the others.

Last night here was son's 10th birthday, so again another feast shared with many....Big shrimps, fish, pork belly roasted over coals, hunnies fruit cocktail (always a big hit) spaghetti, pork egg rolls (lumpia) yumm 1 my fave's. and a nice chocolate cake. I'd bought him a remote control off road car he asked for.....And was alcohol free night haha and some karaoke singing on the front porch. Her parents like to sing, as does she and the daughter, which they all are pretty dang good at, unlike me lol

December's 1 expensive month sheesh, plus her dads birthday was on the 10th of December, so we combined the 2 birthdays. Not much left overs, tradition is visitors take away little goodies of whats left over. Which is fine, it would spoil here, since we can't eat it all....I'll be having to visit immigration once again before Jan 6th, to renew my extension, last 6 months sure went fast, only can get 2 months now...

At least it's been dry not too much rain lately, so I'm out to see why my 4x4 wont fire up, could be electrical or the dang fuel pump went out.........Otherwise, retirement life here, with my little family is GOOD !!

Happy Holidays to you all, and safe New Years.......If I was driving, I'd just stay out on the highways, tryin' to "earn n burn"


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