A month in at Messer

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  1. dave01282000

    dave01282000 Medium Load Member

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    The boss called yesterday...you know that feeling when you see who is on the caller ID.

    I said I'm sure he heard what is going on, he said yes and they're going to scale back my schedule a bit. Also to not get discouraged. I'll be going on a layover trip up north Friday into Saturday, which is a relief because it's just a long drive up, deliver, do a 10 in a hotel and drive back down. Those trips are generally available when they pop up because a number of guys won't do them. I'll gladly take a break from multi-stop trips into the city at this point.

    Nothing to do but keep plugging away. I feel like I've been good with rules and procedures (PPE, cones, seatbelt, phone etc) and I have yet to come away from a customer without delivering the product. I'm concerned about being the "problem child" as far as not meeting time expectations, but of course I'm not going to try to take any shortcuts or compromise safety.

    As always I appreciate all the feedback and advice, folks. We'll see how this week goes.
     
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  3. Dennixx

    Dennixx Road Train Member

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    Make sure you get a room reservation early as sometimes the weekends sell out.
    We have guys who won't do them for whatever reason.
    I'm one of the guys that like a layover and do 1-2 a week.
    I like being asleep 30 minutes after going off duty.
    We have negotiated rates w a half dozen chains and I use their apps to check availability and rates before the last minute. Holiday Inns are everywhere.
    Use satellite view to check parking and access, and let front desk know about venting, lest you get a room call cause somebody called the fire dept.

    We are slower than usual too but learn to appreciate the lag. At some point it won't be and you'll wish it was.

    I never worry about aborting a trip.
    Could be an equipment issue or something out of my control.

    I'm not obligated to try an unsafe delivery.
    Better to return later than risk your career.
     
  4. dave01282000

    dave01282000 Medium Load Member

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    Another week down. This week only about half of the customers have been new rather than all of them, which helps some. The routine is starting to settle in as far as the paperwork and tablet. Also hooking up and delivering, minus troubleshooting when there is a problem...that still requires a call for help on occasion.

    I haven't busted any more clocks...a few days that have gone to 13. I'd be ok with less but at least I figured out how to call and tell them I won't be making the last stop because I'm out of hours. For whatever reason a 12-14 hour day has seemed more tiring than it did OTR, but I guess I'm still getting used to this.
     
  5. lual

    lual Road Train Member

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    Yes -- you've yet to get anywhere close to the "flat" part of that job's learning curve.

    Also -- you're getting in and out of the cab a good bit more now, than with that reefer job.

    It will get easier, with time.

    Be patient with it.

    -- L
     
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  6. scythe08

    scythe08 Road Train Member

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    I was definitely more drained at the end of my shifts at Linde than I had been at prior gigs. I think its dealing with city traffic all the time. I loved the work though. Glad youre enjoying it so far
     
  7. dave01282000

    dave01282000 Medium Load Member

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    I had planned on staying and working here in Maine for at least another year, but my folks are starting to go downhill and I realized I should get back to the midwest sooner than later. I'm going there later this week to deal with a few things and then will be back to start getting the house ready to put on the market.

    I don't feel good about leaving this job only two months after starting...not a fun conversation with the trans supervisor. I told him I'd be more than happy to do two more weeks but he said don't worry about it. I know it would have only improved over time...but I honestly found myself missing the reefer life pretty often and wanting to go back.

    Once again I want to thank everybody for the advice on this board, and especially @lual for alerting me to the job in the first place. It's definitely a great local opportunity that a lot of folks just aren't aware of.

    -Dave
     
  8. Cali kid

    Cali kid Road Train Member

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    From a Mega to working for a private fleet in Cryo??!!! Man how the times have changed! You better thank your lucky stars where you at driver. Some of us have put in a lot of time to get where we are. Oh wait never mind…:rolleyes:
     
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  9. lual

    lual Road Train Member

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    Another possible option: depending on where your family is -- you might could simply put in for a transfer to the midwest -- and keep the same job.....:dontknow:

    -- L
     
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  10. Lonesome

    Lonesome Mr. Sarcasm

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    Good luck with whatever life throws at ya!
     
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