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Max E.'s Comment
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So it has been a long time since I have posted on here. I feel into my grove and not to say I "forgot" about you guys.. but I just didn't log in for the longest time. Well for those of you that forgot I did the whole oil rigs thing. I hauled sand. I started in the Pennsylvania area then I went to North Dakota. Well a couple weeks ago I got the info I only had 2 weeks left and was getting laid off. Turns out the company I was working for their contract was expiring. Well during negotiations a different company came in and undercut them big time so they lost the contract. I got an offer to move to the company that undercut them but I only would have been paid about 35-40% of what I was getting before. For me that's not worth it at all. Throwing chains on in -35 degree weather in the middle of a blizzard and only get paid a third of what I was? No thank you. I don't know how this company is going to last but o well.

I'm not here to complain. That's business. It sucks but I understand. What really sucks is we were finally almost through the winter.. summer is a breeze compared to the winter. Hahaha that's life though.

Well I have been home for about 2 weeks now to try and reevaluate what I wanted to do. Trucking is in my blood and I don't know if I am ready to give it up. I have about 10 months experience so I have been putting in applications to a couple local gigs or gigs that will only have me out 2 or 3 days at a time. I have also been considering going OTR. So we will see what happens.

That's about it with me. Hope you all are doing good! Thanks for all the help and support you have given to me.

Max

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Max E.'s Comment
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Overall the best part was being home in time for the start of baseball season ;) hahhahaah

Jopa's Comment
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Overall the best part was being home in time for the start of baseball season ;) hahhahaah

Now, there's a man who know what's important in life ... welcome back Max ... is the party over in terms of working anywhere in the oil fields?

Jopa

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Max E.'s Comment
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Overall the best part was being home in time for the start of baseball season ;) hahhahaah

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Now, there's a man who know what's important in life ... welcome back Max ... is the party over in terms of working anywhere in the oil fields?

Jopa

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Ya... I think so. Stuff is starting to slow down up there. It's rough work. All of trucking can be rough but the oil rigs is a grind.

Pat M.'s Comment
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I was just wondering the other day what was happening with you because of all the layoffs. Good to hear from you again. Yeah internet connections and even cell service can be few and far between in North Dakota.

Max E.'s Comment
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I was just wondering the other day what was happening with you because of all the layoffs. Good to hear from you again. Yeah internet connections and even cell service can be few and far between in North Dakota.

North Dakota is a rough state... not mad to be out of that hell hole. haha

Jolie R.'s Comment
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I too was wondering how you were doing Max! I don't get a chance to get on here too often either just because I am generally busy, but I am glad to hear you are doing well. I hope you find the right fit in selecting a new company! good-luck.gif

ATXJEHU's Comment
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Nice to hear from you Max E! Thanks for the update. I know you will land on your feet soon. Keep on trucking, lol.

Max E.'s Comment
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Nice to hear from you Max E! Thanks for the update. I know you will land on your feet soon. Keep on trucking, lol.

You know it! just been taking it easy for the last 2 or 3 weeks.. needed a break. Been working on applications the last week so hopefully I get someone to call me back. No worries. In a way I'm grateful I got laid off.. needed an excuse to get out of the oil rigs. I want to see a different side of trucking.

Max E.'s Comment
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I just wonder if there are any OTR companies that will recognize my experience. I guess I wasn't a true "OTR" guy but I still lived in the truck and truck stops, filled out LOG books and all that paper work, delt with DOT etc...

Not saying I want a company just to toss me the keys and say "have fun" but I also don't want to start at the bottom like a brand new driver. O well.. if I pick a company and that's how they want to train me I will just have to put up with it.

I have my choices narrowed down.. as far as local I'm thinking I can get in with a company hauling fuel here. They want at least a year of experience but I have an uncle that has been with them for 15 years so he is going to see if I can get an exception with only 10 months experience. I'm also thinking about Pepsi, and Fry's (a local produce store in AZ).

As far as OTR I'm thinking Roehl or May.

I have submitted applications to everyone.. just time to see who wants me. hahahah

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

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.

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