Abilene Motor Express....A New Place To Call Home

Discussion in 'Discuss Your Favorite Trucking Company Here' started by JohnBoy, Apr 10, 2013.

  1. MidWest_MacDaddy

    MidWest_MacDaddy Road Train Member

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    I’d be touching base with the office about it.

    Having worked Back Office Accounting and Auditing for years before coming to trucking, there are many ways for a Company Office to cover that bill without reimbursing an employee out of pocket. But that’s up to you and if you can float that loan or not.


    As for coffee, I used to drink Truck Stop coffee and thought Pilot Coffee was pretty good… well, with lots of creamer and flavors… lol

    But I picked up a $30 AeroPress and now I make fresh ground coffee in the Cab each and every morning and it’s awesome… very good fresh coffee and very very little cleanup. Just boil water in the microwave and clean up is just a little puck of wet grounds in the trash and wipe clean with a paper towel if needed.

    so simple, so minimalist, so good.

    I highly recommend the AeroPress
    … oh one can do a V60 pour over too.

    ya, I’m a spoiled driver… lol
     
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  3. ExtremeUnction

    ExtremeUnction Road Train Member

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    I got a coffee maker in the truck. It ain't some fancy-schmancy French Press tho. Just a basic Mr. Coffee 5-cup drip coffee maker. Load it up every night before bed, turn it on next morning as soon as the alarm goes off. Best $15 I ever spent.
     
  4. Finfn1372

    Finfn1372 Road Train Member

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    I'm just surprised they haven't sent someone around to pick you up.

    Giving my new dm this week,and that's it,this is the only company I know of where you can get a pay raise and make less than what you were making before it.
     
  5. ExtremeUnction

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    They floated that as a possibility last week, but nothing ever came of it.
     
  6. JustCallMeDriver

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    For part of when I was OTR, I spent a year living in the truck. A couple times the truck had to go to a dealer for a decent chunk of days. Dispatch said either I get a ride to a loaner truck, or they're not paying breakdown or hotel. They seemed personally insulted that I didn't accept any rides. Basically all of my time OTR whether I had a traditional home or not, I looked at breakdowns as unscheduled hometime or unpaid vacation.

    But I usually wouldn't start off telling that to dispatch. Because they're gonna pay breakdown and reimburse hotel if they can't arrange a ride!
     
  7. JohnBoy

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    Got home this morning. Leaving the house at 0500 to go down to Miami and deliver my one cooler. Not looking forward to this delivery, everything that could be wrong with a drop is in my way. The drive down will be the easy part. If I don’t knock the building down, or disable the elevated rail line, I should be done rather quickly, then home until next Thursday.
     
  8. JustCallMeDriver

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    Haha, the way you describe it, that part of Miami must be modeled after Philadelphia or Chicago.
     
  9. JohnBoy

    JohnBoy Road Train Member

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    Miami is horrible driving in. Been like that for as long as I can remember.
     
  10. JustCallMeDriver

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    So far I've only ever been on the outskirts, so the only bad part I've experienced is the traffic and construction.

    Before I came to Abilene, my OTR job description might as well have been "47 states." Never any Florida!
     
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  11. ExtremeUnction

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    I feel about driving in Florida the same way most truckers feel about driving in New Jersey.

    I'll take 10 trips to Jersey to avoid one trip to Florida.

    Sketchiest place I've ever spent the night in my truck was on the outskirts of Miami. Place called Hialeah Gardens. Parked right here for the night, on the frontage road in front of the auto glass place.

    Google Maps

    This was back when I was brand new at driving, so it took me a while to get parked. Whole time I'm getting turned around and backed in, this bald white dude is standing around outside the auto glass place, smoking a cigarette and watching me. Never let me out of his sight while I was in motion. If I pulled forward around the corner, he'd step out far enough to keep me in view. He didn't go back inside until I'd parked and set the brakes. Definitely got the feeling he was a lookout for the Russian Mob or something, and that I had inadvertently parked in front of one of their hangouts.
     
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