Randy's Phase 1 CDL Training - Part 9 - He's Done!

by rbradyjohnsen

I talked to Randy sooo much today. We discussed EVERYTHING about trucking, the school, our experience so far, every aspect of our future, and how we've both been sort of "cracking under the pressure" lately. I think that having to move to a new place in the middle of all of this, plus my MS, are what have pushed us over the edge here.

Then he texted me a bunch while he was watching a bad movie. One of the messages ended with, "if these Nazis ever let me come home". That had me LMAO! There were more funny messages, and some I can't discuss here. ;) We are both desperately hoping to get through Monday and get him a bus ticket home A.S.A.P. I truly believe that some home time will help us get through the next phase...fingers and toes crossed!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

It was another goofy weekend at the school. Randy met a guy (just finishing up phase 2) who had to send his wife/children back to their country of origin while he tries to earn a living for them...so sad. And he's seeing more people he graduated with, many of whom have already had significant home time, which I find a little surprising. There's been random drama in the room, the toilet is broken, and someone stole Randy's shampoo...wow, that's desperate! ;)

And he sent me more funny text messages...he's hilarious when he's relaxed. :) He also sent me more photos, which I've added to this post. Tomorrow is the big day when we (supposedly) find out what happens next. I think I won't hold my breath. ;)

Meanwhile, I am covered in scrapes, cuts and bruises from working my butt off, lifting and carrying things I shouldn't, and I fell (hard) twice lately. Not to mention that I've broken out the power tools to make some repairs. I am one tough chick (sometimes)! :)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Wow, what a day! It started badly for me when my computer died for good around 4 a.m. I was so depressed. I was even more depressed when Randy called and told me "they" would not let him come home. I told him that was nonsense and he had to march right back in there or call somebody or do something! Because he is an employee, not a hostage. He was so upset with what he now calls the "minimum security prison" that he was threatening to just quit and walk home. Instead, he talked to the guys in his room, including a phase 2 trainer, and they gave him the same advice as me. So he went back to the training coordinator and told him he was going home, PERIOD! And so he is! :) He's supposed to call the coordinator every day, and he will go to Burns Harbor, Indiana when he's ready to begin phase 2 training. Apparently, you just have to get tough with those people. ;)

So, I ordered him a bus ticket online (after I hooked up my new computer), he arranged a shuttle at 4 a.m. to the bus terminal. He will be home by Wednesday afternoon, and I am HAPPY!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I spoke with Randy when he was waiting for the shuttle at 3:30 a.m., while he was waiting at the bus terminal for HOURS, when he was on his way to Denver, and while he was on his way to Omaha.An adorable little blonde girl sat on his lap on the bus. He's such a nice guy! He's probably way too nice for the world of OTR trucking. And I'm wound up way too tight for it.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Yay! Randy's bus got in 1 1/2 hours late, but I'm soooo grateful that he's here! We did have a little "text message spat" over yet another $100 (for food from Salt Lake to St. Cloud, really?), but I'm over it and I have spent some time just watching him breathe and snore while grinning from ear to ear. :) It's kind of weird, but it's true. ;)

Anyway, I'm going to keep on blogging because home time is part of trucking too. I will have to move this weekend and my computer may be disconnected for a day or 2, but I'll be back. :) I'll document some of how we spend this time, and I'll have photos as well.


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.


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.


Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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