School And Career Shift

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Johnnylite's Comment
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One of my favorite saying comes from an old chinese proverb. No matter how far you've traveled down the wrong road. Turn back. Weeks into a local private school and coming to realization that even though I would have a CDL I would not be very employable. I also have been thinking and reading about really knowing what it takes to do the job. Coupling, Uncoupling etc. I also have been limited to a short 24 foot trailer and while nice to get around corners etc. not really what I am going to be driving.

Long story short is I have stopped short of taking my CDL Road test and enrolled with Central. Starting in a week close to home and am thinking I am a bit ahead of the curve as far as driving. I also have my permit and all endorsements so that's done. I am going to be in Fontana California which is close to my daughter and grandson so extra bonus. My wife is on board and relieved that a real plan is in place. 13 month commitment but I need that so off I go to continue this dream. 56 years old and doing what I dreamed about. I know it's not easy but nothing is.

Updates when I get to school.



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.


Operating While Intoxicated

Wine Taster's Comment
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Awesome man! Best of luck to you. You will do great! Work hard, drive smart, and laugh everyday!

Johnnylite's Comment
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Have my start date set for June 2nd in Fontana California. Has anyone else been through this facility? Hoping grandchild number two shows up before that. Stay tuned.

Johnnylite's Comment
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Grandchild number 2 did show up and still on track for June 2nd. Looking forward to real training and getting started. I'm like a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs.

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