Hey Everyone. I Finally Got An Offer.

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mountain girl's Comment
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I've missed you guys. From the time I was forced to leave my first company until today, it's been about 10 weeks. I had to stop logging on here, for a while, so I could focus on winning a spot with this new company. I had to earn 10 more hours of training from my CDL school, give them my new certificate that reflected 160TT, take the road test, fill out their arduous application on-site at the terminal , submit more than a dozen documents, including taxes from back when I owned my own real estate company, pay for a new physical to bring my medical card back up to 2 years, submit 2 drug tests, request not one, but 2 letters from my physician explaining said drug tests showing medicine he prescribes, obtain a written recommendation from my 1st grade teacher, lalala. The last time I'd ever had my life combed over this thoroughly was when I was applying for a big-a** clearance in the military. This recruiter asked me a long time ago, if he was going to "find anything" on me, and I said, "Nope." He kind of asked me if this was going to be worth the effort for him. I told him back then, I "was putting all my eggs in his basket," and to have faith in me, so he said, "Ok."

We're talkin' all that, plus day-in and day-out, call after call, from me. Sometimes 3-4 calls in one day just to get through to him. Some days I missed his calls. This went on for a long freaking time. I even had to ignore one of his calls on Monday, while I was on the phone receiving news about the very sudden death of my oldest and closest brother, who had encouraged me to try trucking in the first place. I never got to tell him, "I did it," but I guess he knows now anyway, eh?

I am telling youuuuu, this has been an arduous journey that hasn't even moved into 1st gear yet.

Finally, today, when I called, the recruiter put me on hold, got back to his desk, got back on the line, and told me the company "would like to make me an offer." While I am grief-stricken beyond imagining, like the very DNA that defines me has been removed from my core, there's this tiny voice in my head that's eeking out a barely audible "yay." Sometime victories come in small, humble packages ...(this company is offering me $1 per hour more than the last company which makes it the highest hourly rate to all its drivers in Denver).

Only one day of orientation, then I start driving with trainers the next day, for 4 weeks, and I'm on my own, delivering freight in the city. Iiiyep. LOL. My career starts in the dead of winter - juuust what I was trying to avoid, har-har. Holy crud. Forget planning. Just be flexible and never, ever give up. I'll bet you guys know what I mean when I say I look forward to the healing solitude of the road.

Prayers to my dear Bro who encouraged me to do this. It's ironic, now.

Love to all of you, my TT Friends.

-mountain girl

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.

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.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Chris M's Comment
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I'm terribly sorry to hear about your brother MG. I'm certain that he's looking down very proud of you though. You have worked hard through everything and you deserve this opportunity! I'm extremely happy for you and thankful that I know the next time I'm in Denver at least there will be 1 other good competent driver around lol.

Congratulations and best of luck in these next few weeks!!

mountain girl's Comment
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I'm terribly sorry to hear about your brother MG. I'm certain that he's looking down very proud of you though. You have worked hard through everything and you deserve this opportunity! I'm extremely happy for you and thankful that I know the next time I'm in Denver at least there will be 1 other good competent driver around lol.

Congratulations and best of luck in these next few weeks!!

-Chris

Thanks Chris. That means a lot. It was just weird, ironic timing. I am stoked about the new job. The fun in this new company will sink in soon. It will be very therapeutic, no doubt. I do have this tiny banana dancing in my head, waiting to pop when the other stuff subsides.

You know. This guy ...dancing-banana.gif

And Denver drivers .... I know, right? God forbid should you give anyone around here a lane-change warning, lest they speed up just enough to pass you and block you out before you can make your move. Oh and, watch that perfectionism, Dude. We all know around here that you're meticulous about your driving skills. By now, you can lighten up on yourself, just a bit. Ha!

My Best to you and your wife.

-mountain girl

TxsGent's Comment
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Mountain girl,

Condolences and congratulations.

I am sorry to hear about the loss of your brother. I am excited and happy to hear about your new job. You have been missed here.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Very sorry to hear about your brother MG. And a big congrats on your new company. You rolling w/ who I think you're rolling?

Ray F. (aka. Mongo)'s Comment
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Congrats on the new job. Sorry about your brother. I was in Oregon when I got the call my mother passed away Monday morning. It has made for a hard week of driving.

Old School's Comment
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I am telling youuuuu, this has been an arduous journey that hasn't even moved into 1st gear yet.

Mountain girl, I have felt your pain all along - I went through a similar ordeal, only with different details, but I know how frustratingly difficult this has been for you, and then on top of that you have to try and put a positive face on it all for the sake of your kids, and your own mental well being. I applaud you!

Man, I know the death of one of your siblings can never come at a good time, but this made it even more difficult. I'm very sorry about your loss.

We have missed you in here - you want to know what I liked about you being in here? I love your tenacity! You are a woman that does not back down, and I like that - you are the quintessential "pit-bull with lipstick on"! I remember you once giving someone some advice in here and you quoted "Dori", of all fish, when she said "Keep on Swimming". It was good advice, and I am glad to see that you have taken it yourself.

Hang tough, and keep at it - we love to hear those reports from our members when it starts coming together for them!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
mountain girl's Comment
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Mountain girl,

Condolences and congratulations.

I am sorry to hear about the loss of your brother. I am excited and happy to hear about your new job. You have been missed here.

-TxsGent

Thanks, TG. I am excited about my new job too. It hasn't sunk in yet.

Hey, how've you been doing? You're in school now?

-mountain girl

mountain girl's Comment
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Very sorry to hear about your brother MG. And a big congrats on your new company. You rolling w/ who I think you're rolling?

-6 string rhythm

You KNOW it!!!!! I am ONE with the "promise keepers."

(I'll be in Harrisburg on the weekend of the 5th of December to the 7th for a memorial service. Ugh.)

-mountain girl

mountain girl's Comment
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Congrats on the new job. Sorry about your brother. I was in Oregon when I got the call my mother passed away Monday morning. It has made for a hard week of driving.

-Mongo

Thanks. Yeah. Monday morning, I got the call too. Been driving around town just sobbing like a baby in my truck. So sorry to hear about your mom. Keep your head on straight when driving. Don't let your guard down.

-mountain girl

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