The adventures of 'Team Klingon'

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Lady K, Dec 10, 2010.

  1. Wedge

    Wedge Road Train Member

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    Hang in there, Lady K. My cousin just leased with Central and he's busy. Take everything they throw at you for now. It'll get better as you get into a rhythm.

    Just keep that truck moving. :yes2557:
     
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  3. Trilleth

    Trilleth Medium Load Member

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    Congrats on your truck!
     
  4. Lady K

    Lady K Road Train Member

    Finally!! Last week was a cluster <____k> I swear it was the closest I came to saying this just isn't worth it!! However we signed a 3 year leash (yes I didn't miss type that - leash, not lease) so at least for now we are sticking with it... Sort of have to because we have no other income/job lined up and not enough OTR experience to jump ship. We would also need to find someone to take over the lease - and I (even though I though about it) don't want to give up yet.


    We have a great DM (driver manager) and we trust her to not screw us over, but anyone else out of our home terminal, or the planners - - yeah - - not so much if any trust there. The info we have gotten last week was either incorrect, missing or they were pulled from under us (unassigned) to 'repower' another load that was to heavy for one truck - what makes you think ours is any lighter!! GRRR!! Lots of wasted time and fuel - which WE pay for now.


    Eating wise - we are finally going to stop and shop - going to use the crock pot and do up a stew... really missing 'home cooked' food. Restaurants, even if they have different names, have basically the same foods. Not a whole lot of variety. Mmmm salmon patties and curried rice - nope they don't have it. Stew with brussel sprouts - not a chance. So that is what I'm going to fix for tonight, stew with a couple brussel sprouts tossed in :) We have a load going from Irving, TX to Lincoln, NE... not sure when we are meeting the other driver to swap loads, but it is scheduled for sometime tomorrow (little nervous about that - we have to be in Nashville, TN at 0630 the next day - if the swap driver is too late it will mess us up) so we have time once we get up there for a nice 'sit still' dinner and long shower, and maybe even a DVD movie!! Ah the little things in life - LOL!


    All in all though - this job/lifestyle has its good and bad points. I try not to dwell on the bad points, because then I can't enjoy the good points. When we are moving we will make OK money - but we have to be moving. The view from our office is spectacular!! However I missed out on my daughter's baby shower - I miss being able to give her a hug every now and again. We talk on the phone, and its great to hear the news, but its not the same as being there... (sniff, sniff) OK - off that subject - don't want to dwell on it - sigh...


    We did and do get to see friends/family in different areas of the country - that we wouldn't be able to do other wise than by doing this... so that is a plus. Just had a wonderful time in Charlette, NC with a good friend. Had fish tacos for the first time (they were ok, but its just another way to serve fish) but it was the company that made the day special.
     
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  5. Bumpy

    Bumpy Road Train Member

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    Glad to see your post,I was starting to wonder what happened to you guys..:biggrin_2554::biggrin_25519:
     
  6. Lady K

    Lady K Road Train Member

    LOL - still around - just busy... trying to get the 'business' set up. Records, filing and understanding stuff... THAT is the hard part... driving is easy - LOL!
     
  7. Trilleth

    Trilleth Medium Load Member

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    Ditto on the missing you. Glad you're okay.

    When/if we go O/O, I'm sure we'll be just as busy and crazy, but that will be a while out.

    Keep up the hard work... you can do it!
     
  8. Klingon

    Klingon Heavy Load Member

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    Well I know it has only been a week and a half, but I can NOT see how anyone can stay in business as long as this company has and have people working in the office as incompetent as some of the planners are. Two P&G loads in a row have been missing pickup numbers that we needed to get the loads. One load we had to wait 14 hours to get the numbers. Then they act like they are doing us a big, BIG favor by paying us for 8 hours of detention pay. The second load, luckily the night DM was able to find it, but why wasn't it in the load info that we got.... Hummmm.....

    We have been assigned and unassigned more loads in the last week than we have been in the last five months.

    They sent us to a place in CO. with out an address. I asked for an address and was told to "just follow the directions and you will find it"... ok I did. "The directions said to turn at the city limits sign" Well... which end of town? Lol.... Well we got to the location that at the directions, they told us we had the wrong BOL number (one digit off) so they loaded us promptly at 800am. We didn't think too much about it but there was a CRS truck parked there.... Curtains were pulled and I guess the driver was asleep. Well with the past history the planners giving us the wrong, or missing info, we sent a message to our DM correcting the BOL number. When we were getting ready to leave we found out that we were given the other drivers load and that ours was at a different location and that we were given the wrong address. Well we ended up keeping his load and they gave the other guys ours at the other location.. That will teach him to over sleep... lol....

    There was a lot of other stupid crap that has happen too but right now we are waiting for a guy that we are too swap loads with. We got here last night at about 7pm and the other guy will not get here till around noon today....

    I have to wonder if they ever listen to their own propaganda and realize that if a truck isn't moving we don't make any money....

    If this keeps up for another week, I will be happy to drive this truck back to SLC and right up someone's #####.


    K
     
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  9. Bumpy

    Bumpy Road Train Member

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    You sound like a "seasoned" trucker to me..:biggrin_255: Congratulations,I guess..:biggrin_25525:
     
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  10. 48Packard

    48Packard Ol' Two-stop Shag!

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    Not a week has gone by....ever in my trucking life...with any company...where I don't those exact same feelings a minimum of three times a week.

    Hang with it, and continued safe travels to you!
     
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  11. John Patrick

    John Patrick Light Load Member

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    I am a pretty reasonable guy, BUT the directions on the qualcom can be
    wrong, i am learning the hard way to figure it out yourself, you would think with all the technology today they could give the correct directions
    and not have the drivers figure it out each time one goes there. I understand your frustration!!!
    I LEARNED THE HARD WAY ITS ALL ON YOU, and once you realize that, then it should be easier, double and triple check everything.

    OH YEAH, if ya get routed 250 thru Ohio, figure 25-30 mph, local cops
    everywhere, and LOL i shared the road with nice amish people, their horses and carts, still in amazement here!!! it is a truck route.
     
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