Dave, I'm embarrassed to admit this....
But one day at the end of my run I hit the "J" and fueled. I pulled forward. I went in to use the bathroom. As soon as I walked out the bathroom Denny's was right in front of me. I thought, "Ooo.. .that sounds good."
As I was about done with my meal something clicked in my head that I was still sitting at the fuel isle. I hurried to the check out. I told another driver what I did. He laughed and said he almost did the same thing.
I was nearly scared to go back to my truck, half expecting a foray. No one was at the pump behind me; guess word had gotten out. I quietly found a parking spot and stayed hid away.
Here's to hoping I don't pull that bonehead move again!
I was sleeping good when the first three rounds popped off. You know, sleeping so good that I didn't know where I was (ever done that?).
Survival instinct kicked in and I jumped out of the bunk. In about fifteen seconds I had trashed the cab trying to find my weapon. (Wait for it)...
The brain's screaming "WHERE'S MY FREAK'IN M16??"
Suddenly I realized this wasn't the inside of an Army five ton truck.. Then the confusion faded away and I knew I was in my own truck... a few seconds later I knew it was parked in El Paso and there was no M16 next to the seat.
So, shaking and trying to catch my breath I sat in the driver's seat to listen to the battle.
I dealt with PTSD after I came back, the flashbacks (mild ones) and nightmares faded away over the years. Just like the older Vets always told me, it'll jump up like a snake sometimes and surprise you. For about fifteen seconds this morning I was somewhere in the Middle East again- confused and scared..
So I switched on my laptop and wrote about it- just in case I couldn't remember it later, it was good therapy.
TTR's kind of like an old friend..
I'll be happy to keep on trucking by if I am ever in the hood.
if you drive your resposible for everything especially safty and sharing the highways with other, I got 36 years exp 2 weeks ago i seen something like that i follewed the driver into a truck stop and reemed his ### big time, i was ready to punch him out and a trooper pulled in and arrested the idiot
I take pride in making my load look as good and as protective of my load as I can. There are difficult loads to tarp but, not impossible. If I have to stop every hundred miles or so to check my load, I do.
All I can say is he was very, very luck up to the point you lost him.
Hi Jet Lag- Dart's a solid company, they're always respectful and easy to work with. Things don't always go smooth here, but they are good about working out problems. I've been an O/O here since 1994, in my fourth truck and the third one bought through their Lease- Purchase program.
It's really worth your time to sit down and make a plan on paper that shows what you want to do and how you're going to do it- when you start signing papers and contracts, what you wanted gets a "little fuzzy". It's good to have something to refer back to when you go back to the hotel room to make sure you get what you want and stay on track- and don't leave out any important details.
The only advice I have that no one has heard yet is the "time off formula".
For every day off or at home (a day that you don't work), it will take another day to catch up and a third day to break even. So if you want weekends off, you're looking at two days off, two to catch up, two more to break even and one day to turn a profit for the week.
I mentioned it because a lot of new contractors want weekends at home- it won't work if you've got a family to feed and bills to pay.
Anyway, do your due diligence, have a plan- show up prepared (not scared) and be ready to hit the ground running- If you decide to go for it, I'm here with any advice or help you need, I'll drop in often to check this blog. And, you might check my blogs on this Lease Purchase tractor- nothing gets sugar coated or painted over, it'll show you what Lease Purchase equipment is like and what to expect.
OK. I am asking.
20+ years with Dart Transit says real good things about you too!
Are an O/O?
I am researching Dart in Texas. Advice?
That is a bunch of crap! Where ha our world gone..
Thanks 1984 owg
oh my lord thats funny. thats the petro in atlanta off 285...
Reminds me of the T/A in Earle last time I was there.
Thats some funny stuff!
That's a thought- it'll probably keep the damage to a minimum when Uncle Slam doesn't protect your personal info and the bad guys get it. The U.S. Government is the greatest collector of personal history EVER. Thieves know it- why go to the trouble to steal one person's personal info when they can steal the Government's info and have personal stuff on MILLIONS of us?
I never have,thats why I'm with Lifelock.
huh? I don't get it?
Nobama was the best sticker on there.
Lol looks as simple as ice scraper
I loved the new tool for bumper stickers, I am just glad I dont need one I knew not to vote that way.
Originally Posted by The Instigator What happens if you dont know the answers to those questions? Are you then denied a passport? Why is this country taking such a hard line stance against its own people? I dont get it? Everywhere you turn you have to have more and more id things to let government know who you are. Whats the deal with that?
Read my newest blog about EOBR's, it might give you some insight. The U.S.A. is a failing system, Uncle Sam knows people will want to leave at some point. So, they're going to prevent us from getting passports. Get one soon, renew it NOW, this new questionnaire is only a proposal today, it'll be reality in the near future.
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