The “hit” right before my holiday (july 4th)

So we just came back from a trip…tired and exhausted, drop our paper work at the office, and now its time to go home finally. My Dad jumps back in the truck because we decided we were going to replace the fridge inside with a lil bigger one…so were on the move…on i95 north headed in towards NYC. My Pops is going first and im behind him in his car following. As we approach the first toll i damned near shed a tear of hopelessness… there were HUNDREDS of vehicles in line waiting to pay…(dont ask me why we havent gotten EZ-pass yet)….it was PACKED!

So now we’re there standing in MAJOR traffic and as i look down to change my radio station, this guy comes outta no where and CUTs me off from the right hand side so bad that he almost hit me..errr my dads car. now mind you im SO not trying to have that, im falling asleep as it is im so tired. Now mond you he only get inbetween my dads car and my truck about 15% of his cars nose…WHERE the heck was he going??? So now i look at him, and RE-CUT HIM OFF!!!  he rolls down his window and starts saying some BS when i THREW my car at him…errr my dads car i mean…so i roll MY window and (to keep it clean for the kiddies )i politely CUSSED him the F**k  out!!!…If it wasnt because my mouth was so dry id have SPIT a loogie at his face so he could get mad and provoke him to…..AHHHHHH anyways “OOSAAHH LOL”.

So now were going back n forth and i tell him, “for being an ASSH***e , now stay there and get stuck behind the truck” hes like WTF ever i dont care blah blah blah your not going to be able to get infront of him and laughs at me…little did HE know we are rolling together lol…. we are 2 cars away from paying our toll..so i move over to my left lane ( EZ-pass lane) to pass my dad and while im trying to pass, i have my cell in hand, calling him to tell him to let me in and to not move the truck so we can leave the guy STUCK back there, he was so close that he would not have been able to move.

So as im calling / passing him, i notice that hes fighting with some other A-hole that decided to SKIP the WHOLE line ( what took us almost a half hr to get through ) via the  Ez lane next to the one i was at, and in a STEEP angle, jump infront of my dads car (me) and STRAIGHT infront of my dad and my truck…..i said to myself OH HELL NAH F*** this!!! next thing i see is the guys bumper flying off….my dad RAMmED his ass and the guy….

OK WHAT HAD HAPPENED WUZ…..LOL, my dad DID NOT let him in so the guy trying to force it, THREW the car in there and as he went foward, so did my dad….kinda like playing head on chicken….so when my dad stopped, the guy kept going and BOOM…side ways went my trucks front bumper and BAM!!!PLATAO!!!CREAK!!!! went his back bumper….the WHOLE thing fell off….and i mean the WHOLE thing.

here are the pics of my truck…

So now…the guy is draggin the bumper that was literally hanging by one of his back lights wire…pays his toll and turns off his car screaming, “i cant beleive this… im not moving…im suing im suing”

He repeats this over and over. the toll guy tells him to pull to the shoulder ( all of us ) …police were called and at the end of the day, we pretty much won because…the cop comes and sees my truck, takes a look at his car, and then comes to us and asks,

police- you guys ok, anyone hurt…

us- no were ok

police- ok let me see what he has to say and ill be right back

us- wtf ????

so RIGHT off the bat were thinking WHY should he go first…so the cop is now done with the retard and comes to us and asks, okay now tell me your version of what happened. I ALWAYS get offended by this…WTF do you mean ” MY VERSION u motherF***…theres only one fuc**ing version!!!”…anyways, so my dad begins and as soon he starst “his version, my dad now says, “wait, why what did HE say..i mean no matter what hes ….”

the police cuts him off and says “no no i dont care what he (waves his hand in dismissal tone of manner ) says i only care what YOU have to tell me…i can see he was wrong”…looks at the bumper one more time, listens to my dad explain the above and he walks off…gave us the paperwork and that was it. we left them both there, the police officer pointing at the bumper in a TIE IT HOWEVER U CAN U DUMB ASS MOFO kind of way lol.

sigh…heres a lesson people, DO NOT cut off a damned truck driver…esPECIALLY in a toll or a heavy traffic area. WE mostly do NOT mind if you signal WAY ahead of time and stick out a hand in an asking for a favor manner….dont just TRHOUW it in there…we cant move as nimbly as cars do so when were stuck…WERE stuck, theres no way were just gonna LET some fool cut US OFF!!! no way..

GO JOES!

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a “trip” as a trucker. PART 1- the setup

Well, a LOT of ppl always ask me, how is trucking as a job…what do i do when im on the road, the things i see, go through, the process i went through to become a trucker or just general questions so… i thought id share. Here we begin what i like to call…

– the setup –

As an owner operator (my truck below)

I get “the call”…dispatch calls me up on the bat-phone and tells me i have a load (or loads) going to xyz. If i like the details as far as distance (further usually means more money) and the weight of it all combined ( the heavier it is the more fuel youll spend/ the less money u make ) etc…then i accept.

From there i get told to either pick up the trailer WITH the load at the yard OR pick up the trailer at the yard but have to travel to abc to get loaded, For the sake of my tale lol, lets say im getting loaded at the yard. There are a few things one must do BEFORE you leave for the trip. Mainly, you have to check the paperwork.

Lets assume all the paperwork (for the load im going to carry ” BILLS” ) is good, i HOOK the trailer and perform whats famously called…the PRE-TRIP INSPECTION which consists of you mainly chekcing the inner and outer workings of your truck BEFORE EVERY trip to make sure youre going to make it in one piece and on time from point A to B. BY this i mean, TIRES, FRAME, BODY, LIGHTS STEERING, OIL, WATER ETC…

Once the checks are all ok, you go get WEIGHED, yes…weighed. There are rules/limits as to how many pounds once can carry on the trailer plus a limit as to how many pounds one can carry on certain parts of the trailer. So for example, a 53′ trailer, cannot surpass a weight limit of 80,000 pounds. Out of those 80,000, the weight has to be distributed evenly inside the trailer. Many of you im sure have driven out of state. When your almost out of your state/in the middle/ or entering a new state, youve probably seen one of these

…well thats pointing to the dreaded Weigh station and they check EVERYTHING., the FIRST thing u do when pulling in is that your passing OVER scales built onto the ground so to the police watching, the first sign of a problem they  notice is the weight.

If your weight is off by even a SMALL fraction, you get told to pull into the impound lot, and from there, all HELL breaks loose lol. Lets just say that some of those tickets are big enough to put your trip on even or negative..this means that whatever you WOULDVE made on that trip will probably be taken out to pay that ticket. Now if your weight is good, you pretty much get the green light/arrow UNLESS your truck looks like SHIT..then u get told to pull in lol. other than that…

lets assume you went to a nearby scale, weighed yourself and passed. Then its time to do

” THE BOOK” (pic below)

The book is where you keep all your records, receipts etc…but most importantly, your drivers LOG. There are a BUNCH of rules that you must follow in order to properly drive without being stopped or rather, if and when you ARE stopped, that when DOT or police check your log, that they dont find anything wrong. The can and WILL fine you for having a messed up book.

In general, there are limits to how many legal hrs you have to drive, to eat, to take a brake, bathroom, on duty time, etc…the LOG paper has hr stamps on it and as the day goes by, you have to mark it (the sloppy lines i drew on there lol ). If wrong by even a small percent..depending on the officer, BAM! another bunch of tickets…THE BAD THING about this is that depending how bad your book is, you get put “OUT OF SERVICE”…. out of service means you CANNOT move from that spot until the police officer says u can go, and yes, this can be from a couple of hrs to days. you have to add EVERYTHING in there from the names of the driver(s) to places to pick up/drop etc…EVERYTHING in order. Where you ate, where you took a break to use the rest room…EVERYTHING. they need to know where youve been from the time u left to the time they got you. if your book is in order then thats it…your off on

“the trip”

( check for it on my next post )

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a “trip” as a trucker. PART 2

So now that everything is in order, next stop ISssssss

THE TRIP.

You look at the paperwork for the address to where your going and plot the course on a MAP lol. Now me, i just use a newly released / not in stores yet truckers GPS. Like any GPS before it, add the starting/ending address and thats it. Now a truckers GPS ( picture below)

is the same thing as a regular 150$ GPS except it costs about a 1000$ bucks, its BIGGER…and has features for tuckers including ‘truck ROUTES’ for the trip. BIG trucks cant go every where a car can so if you follow a regular GPS….your SCREWED. you will either HIT something, crash…get stuck under a low bridge if your not careful or SOMETHING…So with this GPS unit, it tells me nearby TRUCK STOPS, TRUCK ONLY ROUTES, etc… all the goodies. Anyways once done plotting course then thats when the “trip” REALLY begins.

This is where it gets interesting…ill let the pics do the talking.

Now, after a couple of hrs of driving, youll go through many of these…

ME going through TEXAS (below)

this one is through NEW MEXICO….ALBUQUERQUE if im not mistaken…or somewhere around there (below)

These are going through ST LUIS i think…. (below)

These ones are in CALIFORNIA (below), now CALI was GORGEOUS but i couldnt take too many pics…it was like NYC…BUSY and as u can see, i got stormed by a bunch of bikers…almost SQUASHED on while trying to take a pic….

These are in LAS VEGAS ( no pics )…………YYEEAAAHHHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

i SWEAR to god i was trying to take some pics of VEGAS when i was passing by and i almost dropped my iphone, attempting to pick it up, i swerved like 3 lanes……..i was LUCKKYYYYY!!!!! the highway wasnt TOO packed but still….i got so scared that i put the iphone down….

SO…

Now after a few hrs of driving, either for fuel / food or rest, i pull in to the truckers sanctuary… THE TRUCKS STOP lol. I pull in, fuel up if i need to, then when done, find a spot and just CHILL.

After my break / nap or food intake…i continue on. Once my LEGAL drive time is over, i pull into another truckstop, find another spot and onto washing up………. YES….WASH UP!!!!! There is NO reason for some of those drivers to be as FILTHY as they are!!! absolutely NONE….

anyways, so when im parked, i go inside and tell the clerks that im interested in taking a shower,

this is the process…

i hand them my CARD for what ever truck stop im in ( i have a few )…..for now lets say im in a flying J truck stop, i give em my flying J card which has coupon points for free showers on it ( they get added for free when you fuel up X amount of gallongs in diesel… ) and then they hand u a paid receipt and a shower receipt… you take the shower receipt and walk to the truckers waiting area (has tv, radio etc) and theres a little tv above the hall where the showers are located. Now if you look at the receipt, it has 2 sets of numbers, ( pic below )

the first set of numbers ( 325 ) is the # u look for on the tv screen, when u see that number on the screen, therell be another number on the right hand side of it, thatll be your shower door number, in this case shower number 5…. From there, you go to the appropiate door, and use the second set of numbers on the receipt…thats the keypad code u need to open the door (pic below)

Now once inside, this is what it generally looks like …. P.S, this IS generally a flying J bathroom…clean and nice…ive been to some places that id rather stay dirty than to use em…..anyways moving on lol, (pics below)

Now once your clean, then you go to sleep…….when your time is up and its time to move, you re-do a PRE TRIP INSPECTION again to make sure youre still good, get some food etc…UPDATE the LOG BOOK and thats it…back on the road with mother nature.

Now lets assume youre now done driving and youve reached your destination. You pull in and go to speak to dispatch or whomever u can find, give em you paperwork and thats it, Theyll now give you a LOADING door, you back in, dock the truck, and wait until your unloaded. In that time you can rest / sleep, watch tv or in my case…ANIME lol…..or gaming, either or…but thats it. These are some of the places i end up in…( pics below )

These one is in EDINBURG TEXAS..one of the more unusual places ive been for a pick up order…i swear it looked like i was in a plantation…i had to take these on the LOW cause they didnt allow cameras lol…

This one was in um….Kansas next to a military base / airport

oh and HEY! dont mind the belly…its the food!!!

And thats it my fellow friends…once the drop has been done and confirmed, then u UPDATE the log book, call YOUR dispatch and see what cargo they have coming back form where ever you are in the nation back home, for example, if i had a trip from NEW JERSEY to um…..texas, then when done, i ask my boss to find me cargo from texas to NJ etc…. once i have the necessary information, i go to the pick up LOC, dock again, redo the Log Book, and wait…when done, i repeat ALL this stuff ive mentioned above lol.

hope yall had fun and um…..until next time!!!

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Can a person live inside a truck???

HELL YEAH!

A lot of people (strangers/friends alike) when they see my truck a few of the questions they ask is always, Why is it so big, can u sleep inside of it etc… then most of the time, while asking, they wait alongside the door with that face that says “what? your not gonna let me climb in?” lol

so heres a quick tour of the trucks inside and out.

Now aside from the trucks with the BIG/HUGE extended cabs you have more than enough space in a regular truck to live in. First let me introduce you to BIG RED…my lady =)

ok ok one more lol

next ill show you the “tools” that i use for entertainment and navigation

the most important ofcourse is GPS ( below )

and my satellite radio, regular radio etc… (dont have pics of those)

now here is the reserved living space from cabinets/ beds (yes plural lol, beds…BUNK beds actually) to space made for lil refrigerator, toaster etc….yes i have all that in here lol

this one is a pic of the leather curtains on the drivers side (another set on passanger side aswell. lol…dont want any light to peak through while im on my beauty sleep …i needs my rest =)

this next one is of the cabinet space on the passanger side…again, theres also more on the driver side

this one is PROOF (to those who said YEAH RIGHT) that i have bunk beds in here lol. there ya go, top AND bottom bed =)

and last but not least…the fridge, microwave and dirty toaster lol

(edit!!!) um….yeah….dont mind the killer AXE trying to hide itself from the cameras lol

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getting a CDL license

To get started, 1st n MOST importantly, you have to have a CDL License (Commercial drivers license). There are different types too but the main ones ill talk briefly about are CDL/A and CDL/B.

CDL-B lets you drive most if not all STRAIGHT vehicles bigger than a regular car. like this pic below for example

now this is a random straight truck pic but like i said, anything from those box trucks u see around to the BIG long tour buses etc….anything straight, a B license is required.

Now for anything with moving parts like a tractor trailer, you need an A license. quick note, “TRACTOR TRAILER”…its two things.. the tractor is the machine that PULLS the trailer. the trailer is the BIG box in the back with the cargo/load etc…

Now to GET the permits (like a drivers permit) you need to take ALOT of testsor not alot but long tests. If you took one test for a drivers permit, for an A-class permit, you take about…about…3 of them. General knowledge, combination (for tractor n trailer) and air brakes. wont go much more into this because its boring and LONG process id care not to remember lol

SO after that once you’ve passed all your tests, like anything else, you go to the road test…most people fail a few times….then eventually you pass and thats it…you’re a “trucker”…….or are you.

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