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I spent 5 years driving OTR racking up 500,000 miles. Usually takes about 10-12 years to get a million mile patch. I ran as hard as I could but it all comes down to your relationship with your dispatcher. They have you by the short hairs. Too much stress dealing with these punks who don't care if you are stranded with no load out. A long haul driver only makes money if the wheels are turning. I quit one company in PA because of a dispatcher and had to hitch hike back home to WA. I imagine it to be like professional musicians trying to make it with bad management.

Driving was the best part, having to deal with all the paperwork and the constant change in federal law made it a poor choice financially. I respect truckers for all there sacrifice and BS they have to put up with in their daily life.

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4 hours ago, lpr5184 said:

By the way, I'm also part Scots/Irish and I like the pipes but not enough to want to learn to play them.

 

Me too, love them myself, and I tried it, but my family encouraged me to return to the violin........... :ph34r:

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Another version of "Six Days On The "Road".

The song contains some trucking-specific language, and is old enough that some of these terms are no longer used.

"Ten forward gears and a Georgia overdrive". A Georgia overdrive wasn't a transmission or overdrive at all, but referred to the practice of putting the transmission in neutral when going downhill, which could save some fuel and allow the truck to go faster than its maximum speed when in gear.  It was considered pretty dangerous, because it no longer took advantage of engine braking, and if going fast enough, made it impossible to put the transmission back in gear if engine braking was needed. I don't know where the name came from, maybe it had something to do with those good-ol-boys from down South having more of a rebel mentality, or being willing to do things that other drivers considered too risky.....

"I take those little white pills and my eyes are open wide." Some truckers were heavily into the use of amphetamines, so they could drive more miles and make more money, back before much more strict regulations and enforcement came into play.

"Just passed a Jimmy and a White."  "Jimmy" (GMC) and White were heavy over-the-road truck manufactures at one time. Neither are in that business any more, and the names (in the class 8 truck market) disappeared with various company buyouts and mergers.

"The ICC checking on down the line." The ICC was the Interstate Commerce Commission, which was once one of the government bodies regulating trucks and drivers.

"I'm a little overweight and my logbook is way behind." Putting more stuff into the truck, exceeding the legal weight limit could offer the chance of making more money. The logbook was filled out by the driver, indicating hours driven, hours resting or sleeping, etc. Some drivers would have two or three separate logbooks with different sets of information, presenting whichever one was appropriate to cover illegal activity. Now days, all this is automatically recorded and reported by computer, and there's probably no way to cheat, including driving more hours than legally allowed.

"I can dodge them scales alright." This referred to the practice of taking alternate routes to avoid weigh stations, when a truck was over legal weight, or something else about the truck or driver wasn't legal. Truck driving, for some people, was definitely an "outlaw" activity at one time.

 

 

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4 hours ago, David Burgess said:

Another version of "Six Days On The "Road".

The song contains some trucking-specific language, and is old enough that some of these terms are no longer used.

"Ten forward gears and a Georgia overdrive". A Georgia overdrive wasn't a transmission or overdrive at all, but referred to the practice of putting the transmission in neutral when going downhill, which could save some fuel and allow the truck to go faster than its maximum speed when in gear.  It was considered pretty dangerous, because it no longer took advantage of engine braking, and if going fast enough, made it impossible to put the transmission back in gear if engine braking was needed. I don't know where the name came from, maybe it had something to do with those good-ol-boys from down South having more of a rebel mentality, or being willing to do things that other drivers considered too risky.....

"I take those little white pills and my eyes are open wide." Some truckers were heavily into the use of amphetamines, so they could drive more miles and make more money, back before much more strict regulations and enforcement came into play.

"Just passed a Jimmy and a White."  "Jimmy" (GMC) and White were heavy over-the-road truck manufactures at one time. Neither are in that business any more, and the names (in the class 8 truck market) disappeared with various company buyouts and mergers.

"The ICC checking on down the line." The ICC was the Interstate Commerce Commission, which was once one of the government bodies regulating trucks and drivers.

"I'm a little overweight and my logbook is way behind." Putting more stuff into the truck, exceeding the legal weight limit could offer the chance of making more money. The logbook was filled out by the driver, indicating hours driven, hours resting or sleeping, etc. Some drivers would have two or three separate logbooks with different sets of information, presenting whichever one was appropriate to cover illegal activity. Now days, all this is automatically recorded and reported by computer, and there's probably no way to cheat, including driving more hours than legally allowed.

"I can dodge them scales alright." This referred to the practice of taking alternate routes to avoid weigh stations, when a truck was over legal weight, or something else about the truck or driver wasn't legal. Truck driving, for some people, was definitely an "outlaw" activity at one time.

 

Are you about to pack it all in and start driving a truck?

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50 minutes ago, Bill Merkel said:

Are you about to pack it all in and start driving a truck?

Not professionally, but I've had thoughts about setting up a shop and living quarters in a 45--foot freight trailer conversion, which would be able to go anywhere in the Americas.

Wouldn't be as fancy as these, but you get the idea.

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You don't need a nasa moble laboratory.  Get a bunch of parts ready for hand work.  Get a trailer of some kind and camp at parks while you finish the parts.  Camp at nice parks or public land.  You'd be a big hit at Slab City....

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48 minutes ago, David Burgess said:

Wouldn't be as fancy as these...............

 

Two single-wides stacked on a flatbed, or something involving Conex boxes?  ;):lol:

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9 hours ago, Violadamore said:

Two single-wides stacked on a flatbed, or something involving Conex boxes?  ;):lol:

Great ideas! With Conex boxes, I could load myself, my home and shop on container ships and travel all over the world. :)

I wonder if I could specify being stacked on the outside, so I'd have a nice ocean view? :(

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I guess my tastes are a little different.  I like mainly Yes, King Crimson, ELP, Jethro Tull, Sting, The Who, Spirit, Wishbone Ash, just found Spock's Beard; that sort of thing. Jars of Clay, MercyMe, Switchfoot,  Coldplay, Larry Norman and stuff like that are other favorites.   Not to forget Pink Floyd, and Led Zeppelin.  This one is easy on the ears:

 

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On 4/26/2019 at 11:05 AM, David Burgess said:

Apologies for a diversion from the main theme, but like many American mutts, I am part Scottish, and bagpipe music can "raise the attention" of something under my skirt.  :lol:

Another really cool "chick" country song:

 

 

On 4/25/2019 at 2:47 PM, David Burgess said:

Despite having been born a Yank, I love the South. This has nothing whatsoever to do with slavery or white supremacy, but has totally to do with people down there, both white and black, being more friendly and outgoing than they are in the Detroit area.

One of my daughters is currently employed in Kentucky, so I spend some time there.

Thought you might like this one David.

 

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21 hours ago, MeyerFittings said:

 

Thought you might like this one David.

 

Appreciate that. As superficiality corny as it looks, that's a pretty good teaching example of both human and animal behavior.

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8 minutes ago, Bill Merkel said:

Don't get your hair cut and the world will be a better place.  Tried and failed in the '60s.

Tried in the 60s and 70s, as well as much more recently. Mid-back-length naturally curly hair is a maintenance nightmare.

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55 minutes ago, David Burgess said:

Tried in the 60s and 70s, as well as much more recently. Mid-back-length naturally curly hair is a maintenance nightmare.

Maintenance needed?  You much have kept it into the disco era.

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1 hour ago, Bill Merkel said:

Maintenance needed?  You much have kept it into the disco era.

Disco era? Shorter, more like this. Recognize Jeffrey Holmes and Todd Goldenberg? :)

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Hair length a couple of years ago, with my sisters at our Dad's funeral:

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Bagpipes are ruined for me forever now that I know that sound is David Burgess' filthy aural porn. I'll have flashbacks to this thread during parades and need counseling for PTSD. I can never watch The Wrath of Khan again. Damn you and your "Scottish pride",  Burgess. 

 

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5 hours ago, David Burgess said:

Disco era? Shorter, more like this. Recognize Jeffrey Holmes and Todd Goldenberg? :)

Lookin' sharp.  There was a work picture of me I wish I had.  First or second job, the owner went around and took everybody's picture for a Christmas display.  I'm sitting there in front of a PC XT gleaming up at the camera like the next Bill Gates :)

 

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I've always been of the opinion bagpipes sound at their best when played underwater.

There's an old Ukrainian joke about the Hutsul people in the mountains of Western Ukraine having invented the bagpipes. However, the inventor was so disgusted with his creation, he buried them out back in a manure pile, in an effort to protect humanity from such a vile device.

Some Scotsman wandering the mountains, obviously lost,  saw them sticking out of the manure pile, pulled them out and took them home. To this day, the Scots are still trying to blow the shit out of them!

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9 minutes ago, Bill Yacey said:

I've always been of the opinion bagpipes sound at their best when played underwater.

There's an old Ukrainian joke about the Hutsul people in the mountains of Western Ukraine having invented the bagpipes. However, the inventor was so disgusted with his creation, he buried them out back in a manure pile, in an effort to protect humanity from such a vile device.

Some Scotsman wandering the mountains, obviously lost,  saw them sticking out of the manure pile, pulled them out and took them home. To this day, the Scots are still trying to blow the shit out of them!

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