Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Welcome Aboard 3 New Team Members!

I want to take a moment to welcome 3 new folks to the Peotected Cargo family. First I want to welcome Robert McManus from Pineville, LA. Robert joined us last week before thanksgiving.
Second to join us was James Griffin from Vidor, Tx. James started yesterday and seems to be doing well.
Third is Paul Clark from Leesville, LA. Paul texted me just a few minutes ago to tell me that he was hired today!
So, what are you waiting for? We still have openings. OTR and regional freight available. Send me an email to find out more, or just call the number at the end of this blog for more info.

This blog is an attempt to give real information about my experiences at Protected Cargo. This blog was started on day one of my employment at Tango Transport and I have continued to keep it going with my new contract with Protected Cargo Transport. Go back and read over the past few months. If you decide to come to work for my current carrier then please put my name down as the one who referred you. Feel free to call me with questions. My number is 337-789-7925. Come join the team!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

OOIDA Call To Action

Thank you for making your voices heard last week.  With your help, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 405-16 to pass H.R. 674 (http://www.ooida.com/Documents/HR674-112th.pdf)  - legislation that permanently prevents a 3% “preemptive tax” on payments made by local, state, and federal governments to anyone providing them services. You can find out how your representative voted here - http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2011/roll815.xml.  Please feel free to call and thank them for their support of small businesses.

Despite this strong vote in the House and support from President Obama, the Senate is considering changing the House legislation, meaning that the process would have to start all over again and getting this important legislation into law would be put at significant risk.  This legislation needs to pass now!

Please call both of your Senators TODAY!   Please tell both of your Senators to support H.R.674 without any changes so it can become law.

To contact your lawmaker in the U.S. Senate, simply call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and provide the operator with your home zip code. The operator will connect you to your lawmaker’s office.

You are also welcome to call OOIDA at (800) 444-5791. Association staff will be happy to provide you contact information for your Senators.


This blog is an attempt to give real information about my experiences at Protected Cargo. This blog was started on day one of my employment at Tango Transport and I have continued to keep it going with my new contract with Protected Cargo Transport. Go back and read over the past few months. If you decide to come to work for my current carrier then please put my name down as the one who referred you. Feel free to call me with questions. My number is 337-789-7925. Come join the team!

Welcome Aboard Joda Duncan!

Protected Cargo Transports newest team member is Joda Duncan Jr. Joda is coming on board with us as a company driver this morning, so welcome aboard Joda.

Let me take this opportunity to tell you that Protected Cargo Transport starts their company drivers out at as much as 25% depending on past experience. If you are tired of pulling tarps, and want to give curtainsides a try, call Dee Dee Bass and get started with us today!

This blog is an attempt to give real information about my experiences at Protected Cargo. This blog was started on day one of my employment at Tango Transport and I have continued to keep it going with my new contract. Go back and read over the past few months. If you decide to come to work for my current carrier then please put my name down as the one who referred you. Feel free to call me with questions. My number is 337-789-7925. Come join the team!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Week 7 Settlement

Week 7 went like this:
1. Columbus, Oh to Alexandria, LA
152 empty miles
976 Loaded Miles
1128 Total Miles
$1222.56 + 527.04 FSC(Fuel Surcharge)
Total $1749.60 or 1.55 per mile

2. Cloutierville, LA to Simpsonville, SC
38 Empty Miles
759 Loaded Miles
797 Total Miles
$1234.74 + 409.86 FSC
Total $1644.86 or $2.06 per mile

3. Simpsonville, SC to Ringgold, LA
0 Empty Miles
736 Loaded Miles
$872.82 + $397.44 FSC
Total $1270.26 or $1.72 per mile

4. Dodson, LA to New Waverly, TX
49 Empty Miles
270 Loaded Miles
319 Total Miles
$499.12 + $127.98 FSC
Total $627.10 or $1.96 per mile

5. Houston, TX to Ville Platte, LA
57 Empty Miles
232 Loaded Miles
$283.27 + 125.28 FSC
Total $408.55 or $1.76 per mile

Give Protected Cargo a call!



This blog is an attempt to give real information about my experiences at Protected Cargo. This blog was started on day one of my employment at Tango Transport and I have continued to keep it going with my new contract. Go back and read over the past few months. If you decide to come to work for my current carrier then please put my name down as the one who referred you. Feel free to call me with questions. My number is 337-789-7925. Come join the team!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Week 6 Settlement

As I promised, I am catching up this blog from week 6 to week 13. I will get them done over the next couple of weeks, so be patient please.
I must apologize in advannce for week 6 as I only could find the total miles and the gross pay. Here are those numbers:

Total Loaded Miles- 1961
Total Empty Miles- 349
Total Miles- 2310
Gross Pay- $4215.68
Average Per Mile Pay- $1.82 per mile

This blog is an attempt to give real information about my experiences at Protected Cargo. This blog was started on day one of my employment at Tango Transport and I have continued to keep it going with my new contract. Go back and read over the past few months. If you decide to come to work for my current carrier then please put my name down as the one who referred you. Feel free to call me with questions. My number is 337-789-7925. Come join the team!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Wow! Onions Can Cure or Kill!!

In 1919 when the flu killed 40 million people there was this Doctor that
visited the many farmers to see if he could help them combat the flu..
Many of the farmers and their family had contracted it and many died.
The doctor came upon this one farmer and to his surprise, everyone was very
healthy. When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing that was different
the wife replied that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the
rooms of the home, (probably only two rooms back then). The doctor couldn't
believe it and asked if he could have one of the onions and place it under
the microscope. She gave him one and when he did this, he did find the flu
virus in the onion. It obviously absorbed the bacteria, therefore, keeping
the family healthy.
Now, I heard this story from my hairdresser. She said that several
years ago, many of her employees were coming down with the flu, and so were
many of her customers. The next year she placed several bowls with onions
around in her shop. To her surprise, none of her staff got sick. It must
work. Try it and see what happens. We did it last year and we never got the flu.
Now there is a P. S. to this for I sent it to a friend in Oregon who
regularly contributes material to me on health issues. She replied with this
most interesting experience about onions:
Thanks for the reminder. I don't know about the farmer's story...but, I do
know that I contacted pneumonia, and, needless to say, I was very ill... I came
across an article that said to cut both ends off an onion put it into an
empty jar, and place the jar next to the sick patient at night. It said the
onion wo uld be black in
the morning from the germs. ..sure enough it happened
just like that...the onion was a mess and I began to feel better.
Another thing I read in the article was that onions and garlic placed around
the room saved many from the black plague years ago. They have powerful
antibacterial, antiseptic properties.
This is the other note.
Lots of times when we have stomach problems we don't know what to blame.
Maybe it's the onions that are to blame. Onions absorb bacteria is the
reason they are so good at preventing us from getting colds and flu and is
the very reason we shouldn't eat an onion that has been sitting for a time
after it has been cut open.
 
LEFT OVER ONIONS ARE POISONOUS
I had the wonderful privilege of touring Mullins Food Products, Makers of
mayonnaise. Questions about food poisoning came up, and I wanted to share
what I learned from a chemist.
Ed, who was our tour guide, is a food chemistry whiz. During the tour, someone
asked if we really needed to worry about mayonnaise. People are always
worried that mayonnaise will spoil. Ed's answer will surprise you. Ed said
that all commercially-made mayo is completely safe.
"It doesn't even have to be refrigerated. No harm in refrigerating it, but
it's not really necessary." He explained that the pH in mayonnaise is set at
a point that bacteria could not survive in that environment. He then talked
about the summer picnic, with the bowl of potato salad sitting on
the table, and how everyone blames the mayonnaise when someone gets sick.
Ed says that, when food poisoning is reported, the first thing the officials
look for is when the 'victim' last ate ONIONS and where those onions came
from (in the potato salad?). Ed says it's not the mayonnaise (as
long as
it's not homemade mayo) that spoils in the outdoors. It's probably the
ONIONS, and if not the onions, it's the POTATOES.
He explained onions are a huge magnet for bacteria, especially uncooked
onions. You should never plan to keep a portion of a sliced onion.. He says
it's not even safe if you put it in a zip-lock bag and put it in your
refrigerator.
It's already contaminated enough just by being cut open and out for a bit,
that it can be a danger to you (and doubly watch out for those onions you put in your hotdogs at the baseball park!). Ed says if you take the leftover onion and cook it like crazy you'll probably be okay, but if you slice that leftover onion and put on your sandwich, you're asking for trouble. Both the onions and the moist potato in a potato salad, will attract and grow bacteria faster than any commercial mayonnaise will even begin to break down..
Also, dogs should never eat onions.
Their stomachs cannot metabolize onions.
Please remember it is dangerous to cut an onion and try to use it to cook
the next day, it becomes highly poisonous for even a single night and
creates toxic bacteria which may cause adverse stomach infections because of excess bile secretions and even food poisoning.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Cat's Eye Tire Inflation Monitor

I ordered a set of Cat's Eye Tire Pressure Monitors from Www.stenglebros.com this week. Have any of you used them? If so, what's your opinion of them?



This blog is an attempt to give real information about my experiences at Protected Cargo. This blog was started on day one of my employment at Tango Transport and I have continued to keep it going with my new contract. Go back and read over the past few months. If you decide to come to work for my current carrier then please put my name down as the one who referred you. Feel free to call me with questions. My number is 337-789-7925. Come join the team!

Blog Update This Weekend. Protected Cargo Now Hiring!

Sorry I haven't been blogging lately. I will try to catch y'all up this weekend. Owner operators that are looking for a change may want to check the blog this weekend as I'll be posting several weeks of settlements. Feel free to inbox any questions you may have.



This blog is an attempt to give real information about my experiences at Protected Cargo. This blog was started on day one of my employment at Tango Transport and I have continued to keep it going with my new contract. Go back and read over the past few months. If you decide to come to work for my current carrier then please put my name down as the one who referred you. Feel free to call me with questions. My number is 337-789-7925. Come join the team!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

My Living Will

I,__________________, being of sound mind and body, do not wish to be kept alive indefinitely by artificial means. 

Under no circumstances should my fate be put in the hands of pinhead politicians who couldn't pass ninth grade biology if their lives depended on it, or lawyers/doctors interested in simply running up the bills. 

If a reasonable amount of time passes and I fail to ask for at least one of the following:

Glass of wine
Chocolate
 
Chicken fried steak
Cream gravy
Sex
Mexican food
French fries
Pizza
Ice cream
Cup of New Orleans Blend Community Coffee with Pet Milk

It should be presumed that I won't ever get better.
When such a determination is reached, I hereby instruct my appointed person and attending physicians to pull the plug, reel in the tubes, and call it a day!

This blog is an attempt to give real information about my experiences at Protected Cargo. This blog was started on day one of my employment at Tango Transport and I have continued to keep it going with my new contract. Go back and read over the past few months. If you decide to come to work for my current carrier then please put my name down as the one who referred you. Feel free to call me with questions. My number is 337-789-7925. Come join the team!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Hi Mommy!

 
Hi, Mommy.

I'm your baby. You don't know me yet, I'm only a few weeks old. You're going to find out about me soon, though, I promise. Let me tell you some things about me. My name is John, and I've got beautiful brown eyes and black hair. Well, I don't have it yet, but I will when I'm born. I'm going to be your only child, and you'll call me your one and only. I'm going to grow up without a daddy mostly, but we have each other. We'll help each other, and love each other. I want to be a doctor when I grow up. You found out about me today, Mommy! You were so excited, you couldn't wait to tell everyone. All you could do all day was smile, and life was perfect. You have a beautiful smile, Mommy. It will be the first face I will see in my life, and it will be the best thing I see in my life. I know it already. ... Today was the day you told Daddy. You were so excited to tell him about me! ...He wasn't happy, Mommy. He kind of got angry. I don't think that you noticed, but he did. He started to talk about something called wedlock, and money, and bills, and stuff I don't think I understand yet. You were still happy, though, so it was okay. Then he did something scary, Mommy. He hit you. I could feel you fall backward, and your hands flying up to protect me. I was okay... but I was very sad for you. You were crying then, Mommy. That's a sound I don't like. It doesn't make me feel good. It made me cry, too. He said sorry after, and he hugged you again. You forgave him, Mommy, but I'm not sure if I do. It wasn't right. You say he loves you... why would he hurt you? I don't like it, Mommy.
Finally, you can see me! Your stomach is a little bit bigger, and you're so proud of me! You went out with your mommy to buy new clothes, and you were so so so happy. You sing to me, too. You have the most beautiful voice in the whole wide world. When you sing is when I'm happiest. And you talk to me, and I feel safe. So safe. You just wait and see, Mommy. When I am born I will be perfect just for you. I will make you proud, and I will love you with all of my heart.
I can move my hands and feet now, Mommy. I do it because you put your hands on your belly to feel me, and I giggle. You giggle, too. I love you, Mommy.
... ... Daddy came to see you today, Mommy. I got really scared. He was acting funny and he wasn't talking right. He said he didn't want you. I don't know why, but that's what he said. And he hit you again. I got angry, Mommy. When I grow up I promise I won't let you get hurt! I promise to protect you. Daddy is bad. I don't care if you think that he is a good person, I think he's bad. But he hit you, and he said he didn't want us. He doesn't like me. Why doesn't he like me, Mommy?

You didn't talk to me tonight, Mommy. Is everything okay?

It's been three days since you saw Daddy. You haven't talked to me or touched me or anything since that. Don't you still love me, Mommy? I still love you. I think you feel sad. The only time I feel you is when you sleep. You sleep funny, kind of curled up on your side. And you hug me with your arms, and I feel safe and warm again. Why don't you do that when you're awake, any more?
I'm 21 weeks old today, Mommy. Aren't you proud of me? We're going somewhere today, and it's somewhere new. I'm excited. It looks like a hospital, too. I want to be a doctor when I grow up, Mommy. Did I tell you that? I hope you're as excited as I am. I can't wait. Mommy, I'm getting scared. Your heart is still beating, but I don't know what you are thinking. The doctor is talking to you. I think something's going to happen soon. I'm really, really, really scared, Mommy. Please tell me you love me. Then I will feel safe again. I love you!
Mommy, what are they doing to me!? It hurts! Please make them stop! It feels bad! Please, Mommy, please please help me! Make them stop!
Don't worry Mommy, I'm safe. I'm in heaven with the angels now. They told me what you did, and they said it's called an abortion.
Why, Mommy? Why did you do it? Don't you love me any more? Why did you get rid of me? I'm really, really, really sorry if I did something wrong, Mommy. I love you, Mommy! I love you with all of my heart. Why don't you love me? What did I do to deserve what they did to me? I want to live, Mommy! Please! It really, really hurts to see you not care about me, and not talk to me. Didn't I love you enough? Please say you'll keep me, Mommy! I want to live smile and watch the clouds and see your face and grow up and be a doctor. I don't want to be here, I want you to love me again! I'm really really really sorry if I did something wrong. I love you!

I love you, Mommy.

Every abortion is just…

One more heart that was stopped.

Two more eyes that will never see.

Two more hands that will never touch.

Two more legs that will never run.

One more mouth that will never speak
If Your Against Abortions Please Repost This :(

Friday, September 23, 2011

So What's Wrong With Being An American Sir?

 
Please read this & keep it going.

Yes, he told us in advance what he planned to do. Few were listening.

The following is a narrative taken from a 2008 Sunday morning televised "Meet The Press."

From Sunday's 07 Sept. 2008, 11:48:04 EST, Televised "Meet the Press" THE THEN Senator Obama was asked about his stance on the American Flag.

General Bill Ginn, USAF (ret.), asked Obama to explain WHY he doesn't follow protocol when the National Anthem is played.

The General stated to Obama that according to the United States Code, Title 36, Chapter 10, Sec. 171...

During rendition of the national anthem, when the flag is displayed, all present (except those in uniform) are expected to stand at attention, facing the flag, with the right hand over the heart. Or, at the very least, "Stand and Face It".

NOW GET THIS !!

'Senator' Obama replied:

"As I've said about the flag pin, I don't want to be perceived as taking sides...." "There are a lot of people in the world to whom the American flag is a symbol of oppression...." "The anthem itself conveys a war-like message. You know, the bombs bursting in air, and all that sort of thing."


(ARE YOU READY FOR THIS???)

Obama continued:, "The National Anthem should be 'swapped' for something less parochial and less bellicose. I like the song 'I'd Like To Teach the World To Sing.' If that were our anthem, then I might salute it. In my opinion, we should consider reinventing our National Anthem as well as 'redesign' our Flag to better offer our enemies hope and love. It's my intention, if elected, to disarm America to the level of acceptance to our Middle East Brethren. If we, as a Nation of waring people, conduct ourselves like the nations of Islam, where peace prevails - - - perhaps a state or period of mutual accord could exist between our governments ....."
"When I become President, I will seek a pact of agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity, and a freedom from disquieting oppressive thoughts . We as a Nation, have placed upon the nations of Islam, an unfair injustice, which is WHY my wife disrespects the Flag, and she and I have attended several flag burning ceremonies in the past."
"Of course now, I have found myself about to become the President of the United Statesand I have put my hatred aside. I will use my power to bring CHANGE to this Nation, and offer the people a new path.


My wife and I look forward to becoming our Country's First black Family. Indeed, CHANGE is about to overwhelm the United States of America."

WHAAAAAAAT, is that???

Yes, you read it right.

I, for one, am speechless!!!
Dale Lindsborg , Washington Post

Monday, September 19, 2011

Where Did All Those "Old Sayings" Come From?

Where did piss poor come from?   Us older people need to learn something new every day..  just to keep the grey matter tuned up.    Where did "Piss Poor" come from?   Interesting History. They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot and then once a day it was taken and sold to the tannery... .if you had to do this to survive you were "Piss Poor".   But worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn't even afford to buy a pot... they "didn't have a pot to piss in" and were the lowest of the low. The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be.     Here are some facts about the 1500s    Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and they still smelled pretty good by June.  However, since they were starting to smell,  brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor.  Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.    Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water.  The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children.  Last of all the babies.  By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it.  Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the Bath water!"    Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood  underneath.  It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof.  When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying, "It's raining cats and dogs."   There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house.  This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed.  Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection.  That's how canopy beds came into existence.    The floor was dirt.  Only the wealthy had something other than dirt.  Hence the saying, "Dirt poor." The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing.  As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside.  A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way.  Hence: a thresh hold.    (Getting quite an education, aren't you?)    In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire.  Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot.  They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat.  They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day.  Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while.  Hence the rhyme: Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old.  Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special.  When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off.  It was a sign of wealth that a man could, "bring home the bacon." They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and chew the fat.    Those with money had plates made of pewter.  Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death.  This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.    Bread was divided according to status.  Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the upper crust.   Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky.  The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days.   Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial.  They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up.  Hence the custom; of holding a wake.    England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people.  So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave.  When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive.  So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell.  Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift.) to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be, saved by the bell or was considered a dead ringer.    And that's the truth. Now, whoever said History was boring!!! So get out there and educate someone!  Share these facts with a friend.   Inside every older person is a younger person wondering, 'What the heck happened?'    We'll be friends until we are old and senile.  Then we'll be new friends.   Smile, it gives your face something to do! This blog is an attempt to give real information about my experiences at Protected Cargo. This blog was started on day one of my employment at Tango Transport and I have continued to keep it going with my new contract. Go back and read over the past few months. If you decide to come to work for my current carrier then please put my name down as the one who referred you. Feel free to call me with questions. My number is 337-789-7925. Come join the team!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Do You Enjoy Good Gospel Music?

Fri-Sept 2- Palmetto State Quartet, Marsha Fisher & Southern Plainsmen @ Florien Auditorium, Florien, LA 7pm - Suggested $10 at door + Love Offering. Also-check out www.southernplainsmen.com for our Pigeon Forge event 11/10-12/2011 AND Victory Gospel Cruise 2/12-19/2012. GET SIGNED UP NOW!!!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Week #5 Settlement (avg 1.79 per hub mile)

I am just making a quick blog entry this week. No details this week, just total miles and final settlement. Sorry, but next week I'll be on my game a little better. I only worked four days this particular week, so the results reflect that. Total miles=1908 Total settlement=$3418.79 Avg per hub mile=$1.79 No tarping! CURTAINSIDE:-) This blog is an attempt to give real information about my experiences at Protected Cargo. This blog was started on day one of my employment at Tango Transport and I have continued to keep it going with my new contract. Go back and read over the past few months. If you decide to come to work for my current carrier then please put my name down as the one who referred you. Feel free to call me with questions. My number is 337-789-7925. Come join the team!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

What Every American Should Know

In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinborough, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior:

 

"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for

the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a d ictatorship."

 

"The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

 

From bondage to spiritual faith;

From spiritual faith to great courage;

From courage to liberty;

From liberty to abundance;

>From abundance to complacency;

From complacency to apathy;

From apathy to dependence;

From dependence back into bondage."

The Obituary follows:
 

Born 1776, Died 2008  

            It won’t hurt to read this several times.

 

 

Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul ,

Minnesota , points out some interesting facts concerning the last

Presidential election:

 

Number of States won by:              Obama: 19                       McCain: 29

Square miles of land won by:        Obama: 580,000         McCain: 2,427,000

Population of counties won by:    Obama: 127 million  McCain: 143 million

Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by:  Obama: 13.2    McCain: 2.1  

 

Professor Olson adds: "In aggregate, the map of the territory McCain won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country.
 

Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low income tenements and living off various forms of government welfare..."
 

Olson believes the   United States  i s now somewhere between the "complacency and apathy" phase of Professor Tyler's definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation's population already having reached the "governmental dependency" phase.
 

If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal invaders called illegal's - and they vote - then we can say goodbye to the USA  in fewer than five years.

(This text was borrowed with permission by the author Scott Droddy)





Monday, August 22, 2011

Week #4 Settlement

Load #1
Darlongton, SC to Shelby, IN
667 hub miles
$1370.75
$2.05 per hub mile

Load #2
Terre Haute, IN to Ringgold, LA
820 hub miles
$1519.54
$1.85 per hub mile

Load #3
Emerson, AR to Natchitoches, LA
207 hub miles
$385.75
$1.86 per hub mile

Load #4
Zwolle, LA to Natchitoches, LA
82 hub miles
$176.10
$2.14 per hub mile

Come join the team!!










This blog is an attempt to give real information about my experiences at Protected Cargo. This blog was started on day one of my employment at Tango Transport and I have continued to keep it going with my new contract. Go back and read over the past few months. If you decide to come to work for my current carrier then please put my name down as the one who referred you. Feel free to call me with questions. My number is 337-This blog is an attempt to give real information about my experiences at Protected Cargo. This blog was started on day one of my employment at Tango Transport and I have continued to keep it going with my new contract. Go back and read over the past few months. If you decide to come to work for my current carrier then please put my name down as the one who referred you. Feel free to call me with questions. My number is 337-789-7925. Come join the team!

This Week's Travels (late edition)

Hello readers I hope all is well with each of you. This weeks blog is a little late, but it's here none the less. I'll try to do better in the future, but no promises:-)
Well if you caught last weeks post, you know that I ended up leaving my truck at Fleet Maintenance & Compliance Center in Woodworth, La in order to get my front right airbag replaced and have a full PM done on my truck.
I paid my bill ($712.00) and headed out.
I picked up my first load for the week at Chopin, LA. It was a load of plywood destined for Newton, MS. I didn't leave there until late that evening, so I didn't get unloaded until the next day. I think it was at this time that the universe got altered somehow, because the rest of the week turned into a nightmare for me (btw, my 18th anniversary was Friday, so you know things are gonna go bad;-))
I delivered it to Newton a little late, but luckily they were running low on the very plywood that I had on my truck, so they unloaded me.
Dispatch quickly put me on a load in Beatrice, AL going to Alexandria, LA. I delivered it on Tuesday, then turned around and got another load from Chopin, LA to Newton, MS again.
After my second Newton run they had a couple of hours worth of trouble finding me another load. This is the first time that I have had to sit any amount of time waiting for a load since I've contracted with Protected Cargo.
The load that they found was in Philadelphia, MS. it was a lumber load going to downtown Chicago, IL. After loading this load, I made it all the way to the MO scale at Steele, MO. I was selected for a random DOT inspection. They checked all my paperwork including my logbook. They checked it hard! The only problem they found was that I did not have my IFTA permit, but I did have my stickers. That didn't matter to them. They said that I could buy a temporary permit for $10 that was only good in MO. I only had $5 in cash and they would not take a check. Thank God for good Samaritans! There was another driver, whose name I did not get, that gave me $5 to cover the permit. I then went to the next truck stop and parked until morning, and had my company fax me another permit. THANKS DEE DEE!
So the next day I'm rolling up through IL and I call my receiver to find out what time they stop taking loads. Would you believe they stop receiving at 230pm?! WHAT THE HECK?
There was no way that I was going to make it in time, so I parked 30 miles out of the city, got up early and unloaded the next morning.
It is now Friday, my 18th anniversary. The day that I wanted to get home and take my wife out-of-town for the weekend! I am 1000 miles from home, but I can still salvage a good chunk of the weekend, if I can just get loaded and not have anymore problems LOL!
My next load is 200 miles away in Terre Haute, IN. Upon arriving there they tell me that since all of their employees are TEAMSTERS, and they don't want to pay them overtime, I'll have to wait until the next day to get loaded. I was fuming mad. I offered a couple of "the teamsters" $100 to load my truck. They agreed, and I headed home. By the way, the load was going to Ringgold, LA by way of my house.
Well, I'm heading down Interstate 57 through IL and I noticed that a few trucks flashed their lights at me. I didn't think much of it since I had my CB on and no one was trying to get my attention on it. Crossed the Mississippi River into MO, pulled into the scale, stopped and got weighed, pulled back on the Interstate and called my bride.
Before she even answered the phone I looked in my mirror and realized that I had a problem. It looked as though I didn't have any trailer lights. I hung up the phone, took the next exit, and checked things out.
Sure enough, no lights! I had just gone through a DOR scale in MO without a single marker light on my trailer.
Long story short, I went to bed, finished the ride home on Saturday, and spent a few hours with my wife and kids.
WHAT A WEEK!!!!
My settlement for week 4 is coming up in a few minutes, so be watching for it!
Be safe and God bless!!











































Saturday, August 13, 2011

This Wee'ks Travels, And Last Weeks Settlement (Week #3)

Welcome fellow Road Warriors! Its time for this weeks wrap-up and settlement.
As for this week's travels, I started Monday morning in Darlington, SC. Remember I had to stay the weekend there because I was late getting to my reload destination due to truck repairs, and bad weather.
I got my load on Monday morning and headed to Shelbyville, IN.
I unloaded in Shelbyville, IN on Tuesday morning, then reloaded in Terre Haute, IN and headed to Ringgold, LA. While coming across I40 in eastern AR I managed to do some damage to an airbag(imagine that), on my right steer axle. It did not blow out completely, and was still quite drivable, so I proceeded on to LA with only a slight lean.
After I unloaded at Ringgold, LA I was dispatched to Emerson, AR to pick up a load of veneer to deliver to Natchitoches, LA the next day(Thursday).
I made my delivery on Thursday morning and then headed over to Zwolle, LA to pick up another load of veneer for Natchitoches, LA. On my way to Zwolle, I noticed that the truck was riding a little rougher and leaning a little more to the right.
After unloading in Natchitoches, I called the shop in Woodworth, LA and informed them that I was going to have to bring the truck in to replace the airbag. While there I asked them to go ahead and perform a complete service on the truck.
When I got to the shop they informed me that they would have to order the airbag, and that it would not be there until the next day. With that, I grabbed my dirty clothes and bed sheets, called my beautiful wife to come get me, and headed to the house for a three day weekend.
I'll start out fresh on Monday.
Week #3 settlement is as follows, but keep in mind that I was in the shop for 2.5 days and I was unable to run through the weekend:
LOAD #1 Chopin, LA to Lewisville, AR
Total miles= 188
Gross = $388.54 (Avg $2.06 per hub mile)

LOAD #2 Emerson, AR to Buckhannon, WV
Total Miles = 1034
Gross = $2112.92 (Avg $2.04 per hub mile)

Load #3 Buckhannon, WV to Darlington, SC
Total Miles = 426
Gross = $746.06 (Avg $1.75 per hub mile)

Total miles for the week = 1648
Total Gross for the week = $3247.52
Total Avg Pay Per Mile for the week = $1.97

God Bless!!



This blog is an attempt to give real information about my experiences at Protected Cargo. This blog was started on day one of my employment at Tango Transport and I have continued to keep it going with my new contract. Go back and read over the past few months. If you decide to come to work for my current carrier then please put my name down as the one who referred you. Feel free to call me with questions. My number is 337-This blog is an attempt to give real information about my experiences at Protected Cargo. This blog was started on day one of my employment at Tango Transport and I have continued to keep it going with my new contract. Go back and read over the past few months. If you decide to come to work for my current carrier then please put my name down as the one who referred you. Feel free to call me with questions. My number is 337-789-7925. Come join the team!

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Week Ends Bad/Truck Is Back In Shop

Well Friday turned into a slight disaster. I got to my consignee at around 430pm, got unloaded by 5pm, called the shipper for my next load and couldn't get an answer. So I pulled my curtains, punched in the address on the gps and headed over there.
Upon arrival one of the security guards told me that they were closed for the weekend, so off to the hotel I go.
After a weekend in the hotel I check out this morning and head off to get loaded.
While driving over to pick up my load the low coolant light came on. While they were loading me I discovered the problem. It seems that the technician at Worldwide Equipment in Huntington, WV left a bolt out when putting my truck back together. Mistakes happen! I called them and told them what was happening with the truck, and we worked out a place to stop and have it looked at.
While on my way to Shelbyville, IN I stopped at the Volvo/Mack dealer in Knoxville, TN. They put me directly in the shop. I was there several hours, but they found a couple of problems, repaired them, got me on my way, and did not charge me a dime.
I want to thank the guys at Worldwide Equipment(Volvo/Mack) in both the Huntington, WV, and the Knoxville, TN locations. They were all very patient, and worked very hard to correct a problem, and did so in a very timely manner. I would recommend either shop to a friend.
Well, that's all for now. I am sitting here in Oxford, KY waiting until 830am to get here so that I can legally get out on the road and start working. Just so you know, I hate the hours of service law! It's ridiculous in my opinion.
Well, good day and God bless:-)














This blog is an attempt to give real information about my experiences at Protected Cargo. This blog was started on day one of my employment at Tango Transport and I have continued to keep it going with my new contract. Go back and read over the past few months. If you decide to come to work for my current carrier then please put my name down as the one who referred you. Feel free to call me with questions. My number is 337-This blog is an attempt to give real information about my experiences at Protected Cargo. This blog was started on day one of my employment at Tango Transport and I have continued to keep it going with my new contract. Go back and read over the past few months. If you decide to come to work for my current carrier then please put my name down as the one who referred you. Feel free to call me with questions. My number is 337-789-7925. Come join the team!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Truck Is Repaired & Week Two Final Results With Protected Cargo

Well, as you can see the truck is out of the shop. I actually got out of the shop Thursday evening, I just haven't been able to update this blog since then.
The picture is my actual bill for the truck repairs, including the wrecker bill. I was actually double charged for the wrecker, but caught it before they ran my debit card. CHECK YOUR BILL! The final bill was actually $1402.59. The reason that the wrecker bill was so cheap was because they only had to tow me a couple of hundred yards because the truck broke down as I was leaving the shop Tuesday when I stopped by to see if I could get it in there to see if they could take a look at it. They said to bring it back the next morning, but the truck had different ideas. I pulled onto the highway and at that point the EGR valve gave up the ghost!
So I ended up in a hotel room that night, then called the shop all day Wednesday trying to find out what was going on. Needless to say, they were never able to get it in the shop that day, so I got a room for night number 2.
Thursday morning I get a call from the shop and they tell me that the #1 EGR valve needed to be replaced, so I called my warranty provider and told them what the problem was. Bad news was that they won't cover the repair...and there is no good news!
So Thursday evening they called me and said that the truck was ready and that they would have someone come and pick me up at the hotel. Two hours later my ride shows up! The shop was only a mile away from the hotel...I could have walked!
I get the bill paid, I check out the repairs, and I hit the road, off to Buckhannon, WV to get my load off.
Upon arriving at Buckhannon, I get a call from my company. They tell me that I'll be reloading at the same place I'm unloading and that my load will be going to Darlington, SC. They were very slow at getting me unloaded, and even slower at loading me again, and sometime around midnight:30 I got loaded, strapped down, pulled my curtains, and hauled butt!
I was not ready to fight the hills and valleys of WV and VA throughout the night, so I found me a place to park and layed down until daylight.
Friday I fought the rains that fell from Charlotte, NC all the way to Darlington, SC, and if you drove through that rain you know it was horrible!
I finally got unloaded in Darlington, called dispatch, got my reload information only to find out that my shipper stops unloading trucks at 4pm on Friday and does not start back up until Monday morning.
I am spending the weekend in a hotel in Florence, SC because at nearly $4 per gallon for diesel, it is cheaper to get a room than to sit in a truck stop idling your truck.
All in all, the week wa less than ideal, and I only got three loads this week. The one that I loaded up Friday in Chopin, LA delivered Monday morning to Lewisville, AR. My next load, loaded at Emerson, AR, was the load that I found me in the shop at Huntington, WV. It delivered to Buckhannon, AR. My last load for the week loaded in Buckhannon, WV and delivered to Darlington, SC. Watch for the settlement breakdown for this week sometime next weekend, and titled Week 3 Results.
As for week 2 results, here they are:

Load #1 Columbus, OH to Alexandria, LA
Total Miles = 1020
Gross = $1752.92 ($1.71 per hub mile)*

Load #2 Chopin, LA to Newton, MS
Total Miles = 311
Gross = $531.64 ($1.70 per hub mile)*

Load #3 Fulton, MS to Lena, MS
Total Miles = 453
Gross = $779.37 ($1.72 per hub mile*)

Load #4 Zwolle, LA to Natchitoches, LA
Total Miles = 107
Gross = $176.51 ($1.64 per hub mile)*

Load #5 Chopin, LA to Pine Bluff, AR
Total Miles = 280
Gross = $459.84 ($1.64 per hub mile)*

Load #6 El Dorado, AR to Alexandria, LA
Total Miles = 238
Gross = $368.00 ($1.54 per hub mile)*

Total miles for the week = 2409

Total gross for the week = $4068.28

Average $ per mile = $1.68

*All miles, loaded and empty are used to get $ per mile average.

Thanks for reading my blog. Please share it with your friends. God Bless!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A Close Friend and Fellow Trucker Needs Help!

I have created a new blog for a friend of mine who was in a motorcycle accident in May of this year. In this blog I have briefly told his story as to why he needs help, and how we can all help.
His medical bills are astronomical. I created this page to offer products and services that may be of interest to you in an attempt to help David pay some of his bills.
All proceeds from this website will be paid towards his medical bills. This includes proceeds from ads placed on the website.
Please help me help David and his family!
The link to the blog is http://helpfordavid.blogspot.com/


THANK YOU!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Have You Ever Had One Of Those Days?

Of course you have, we all have, and I just had another one:-)
I woke up this morning in Fairview, TN at the Flying J, then headed east on I40. Not long after getting on the interstate my truck stalled a little for a few seconds then took off again. It acted like the Jake brakes were activating and getting hung up. It did this a few times as I went through Nashville, then it stopped doing it.
I never had another problem until shortly after Lexington. I stopped at the rest area east of town to check things out. The engine was surging, but running. I called the Volvo dealer in Huntington, WV and told them what it was doing. They had a few opinions, but nothing definite, so they suggested I go ahead and bring it in. They did tell me that it would likely be tomorrow before they could fix it. So I headed to the shop only to get there as their mechanics were pulling out to go on a road call. Just my luck!
After talking to the service manager and letting him listen to the truck I decided to park at the truck stop in town and return in the morning.
As I was pulling out of the shop, stretched out across the high, the truck loses all power and stops!
When the tow-truck finally showed up, and the flow of traffic got restored, I hitched a ride to the Red Roof Inn, and here I sit watching Couples Retreat on HBO.
So, today's blog is titled "Have You Ever Had One Of Those Days?"... Well, have you? If so, tell us about it!
I'll fill you in on what is going on with the truck. By the way, Couples Retreat was a great movie:-)

Monday, August 1, 2011

The "GREEN" Thing!

In the line at the store, the cashier told an older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.

The woman apologized to him and explained, "We didn't have the green thing back in my day."
The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment."

He was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in its day.

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.

But we didn't have the green thing back in our day.

We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.

But she was right. We didn't have the green thing in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that old lady is right; we didn't have the green thing back in our day.

Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana.
In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us.
When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.
Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But she's right; we didn't have the green thing back then.
We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water.
We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But we didn't have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service.
We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the green thing back then?


This blog is an attempt to give real information about my experiences at Protected Cargo. This blog was started on day one of my employment at Tango Transport and I have continued to keep it going with my new contract. Go back and read over the past few months. If you decide to come to work for my current carrier then please put my name down as the one who referred you. Feel free to call me with questions. My number is 337-This blog is an attempt to give real information about my experiences at Protected Cargo. This blog was started on day one of my employment at Tango Transport and I have continued to keep it going with my new contract. Go back and read over the past few months. If you decide to come to work for my current carrier then please put my name down as the one who referred you. Feel free to call me with questions. My number is 337-789-7925. Come join the team!

First Load Of The Week Is Done!

Got my first load of the week off before 10:30am. I picked it up Friday in Chopin, LA (pronounced "show-pan"), and delivered it to Lewisville, AR. Now I'm heading over to Emerson, AR for a load of veneer heading to Buckhannon, WV.
It's gonna be a great week, I can just feel it!


This blog is an attempt to give real information about my experiences at Protected Cargo. This blog was started on day one of my employment at Tango Transport and I have continued to keep it going with my new contract. Go back and read over the past few months. If you decide to come to work for my current carrier then please put my name down as the one who referred you. Feel free to call me with questions. My number is 337-This blog is an attempt to give real information about my experiences at Protected Cargo. This blog was started on day one of my employment at Tango Transport and I have continued to keep it going with my new contract. Go back and read over the past few months. If you decide to come to work for my current carrier then please put my name down as the one who referred you. Feel free to call me with questions. My number is 337-789-7925. Come join the team!

Week One Recap Of Settlement

I realize that I have already posted my first week results, but I feel it is necessary to make some corrections as I posted the previous blog before I actually got my settlement check. At the time of the previous posting I was going by what other owner operators were telling me and just assuming that they were correct. My mistake!
The following is my accurate settlement for my first week. I actually hauled 4 loads that week, but only three made it to my settlement due to the fact that my last load could not be unloaded until Monday, and the pay week stops at midnight Sunday night. That being said, there is a $1900 load not showing up here which will make my next settlement quite large. I can't wait to see that one myself, so stay tuned for next weeks update!
Okay, here we go:

Load #1 - Oakdale, La to Bossier City, La
Total miles = 191
Gross Pay = $421.30 ($2.20 per hub mile)

Load #2 - Emerson, AR to Buckhannon, WV
Total miles = 1069
Gross = $2083.36 ($1.95 per hub mile)

Load #3 - Heaters, WV to Springfield, OH
Total Miles = 302
Gross = $555.00 ($1.83 per hub mile)

Total miles for the week = 1562
Gross settlement for the week = $3079.65 ($1.97 per hub mile for the week!)

Not a bad short week!
Y'all be safe, God bless, and keep on truckin'!

This blog is an attempt to give real information about my experiences at Protected Cargo. This blog was started on day one of my employment at Tango Transport and I have continued to keep it going with my new contract. Go back and read over the past few months. If you decide to come to work for my current carrier then please put my name down as the one who referred you. Feel free to call me with questions. My number is 337-This blog is an attempt to give real information about my experiences at Protected Cargo. This blog was started on day one of my employment at Tango Transport and I have continued to keep it going with my new contract. Go back and read over the past few months. If you decide to come to work for my current carrier then please put my name down as the one who referred you. Feel free to call me with questions. My number is 337-789-7925. Come join the team!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Well Let's Just Outlaw Big Trucks!!



It seems that the more government restrictions are placed on the trucking industry in terms of "adequate rest", the more difficult it is to find a place to get that rest.
Once again the government has given the trucking industry unrealistic, and unsafe guidelines to uphold, without mandating laws against unreasonable parking conditions.
The picture here was taken today at a small truck stop in Pine Bluff, AR. In the state of Arkansas it is illegal for trucks to park on state property such as off-ramps, or on-ramps, and now private business owners, such as the one that owns this truck stop, are having to make parking rules like this because their truck stops ate filling up with drivers needing to sleep because of the big brother tracking and detection devises that are being required in trucks, instead of being filled with truckers looking for a cup of coffee, a snack, and a bathroom stop!
Wake up America, hyper-inflation is coming, and SOON! trucking companies are being forced by the government to hire more drivers, pay those drivers less money, while driving slower, less fuel efficient trucks. Not to mention the fact that the drivers being mass produced through truck driving schools are much less professional than those that were graduating 20 to 25 years ago.
The industry is being overrun with government bureaucrats that have a strangle hold on the trucking companies and small business owners under the false pretense of safety. SAFETY!? The latest dung heap to come out of Washington, the current "hours of service" rules, forces drivers to drive sleepy. Don't believe me? Go ask any truck driver, they'll likely tell you I'm right.
Listen up! 18 wheelers pay for the roads that you all drive on, yet we have fewer rights than any other American driver. Imagine if you will, the government mandates that all automobiles will have a $4000 sattellite tracking system installed at the owners cost, then the monthly service must be maintained by the owner. The Feds will have 24 hr a day access to your whereabouts. You will be given a set amount of time that you are allowed to operate your vehicle, and if you violate these boundaries you will suffer heavy fines. Then it will be suggested that all vehicles have speed retarders installed, again at the owners expense, and will be set at 65 mph regardless of your driving record.
People, doesn't this sound exactly like the world that George Orwell created in the novel 1984? What the hell is happening here? Why are we letting it happen? Understand this, even if you are not a trucker you will suffer the same demise in a few short years if we do not stop this NOW!
You will never be able to legislate 100% safe highways. Most accidents involving big trucks are usually the fault of someone in a car, yet the trucks are always blamed. I know this to be true. In 15 years of driving I have had one accident. I was not at fault, but was told by the OK Highway Patrol Officer that had I not been there, there would not have been an accident, then he wrote me a ticket for improperly passing a car in a passing zone. Yep, that's right! I got a ticket for passing a car in a passing zone. Lol! The guy in the car didn't get a ticket although he turned left with an 18 wheeler between him and the road he was turning on.
I am not telling you this to whine, but to say this, I could tell you one story after another like this. It's not a conspiracy, but things are being put in motion that will have an incredible impact on our nations already troubled economy.
Get involved! Go to www.OOIDA.com and stay abreast of what is happening in the transportation industry and see what you can do to make a difference!
God bless and keep on truckin'!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

For Those Of You Who Play The Stock Market, Here Are Two Stocks About Split!

Yes I know this is a truckin' blog, but occasionally I like to give out useful information about other topics as well.
I was given this info buy another person, so take it for what it's worth. I am not suggesting that you buy these stocks, I am merely passing along information.

STOCK SPLIT ANNOUNCEMENT:

Rayonier Inc. REIT (Ticker: RYN)
announced that its board of directors 
approved a 3 for 2 stock split.

STOCK SPLIT ANNOUNCEMENT:

Polaris Industries Inc. (Ticker: PII)
announced that its board of directors 
approved a stock split.

This blog is an attempt to give real information about my experiences at Protected Cargo. This blog was started on day one of my employment at Tango Transport and I have continued to keep it going with my new contract. Go back and read over the past few months. If you decide to come to work for my current carrier then please put my name down as the one who referred you. Feel free to call me with questions. My number is 337-This blog is an attempt to give real information about my experiences at Protected Cargo. This blog was started on day one of my employment at Tango Transport and I have continued to keep it going with my new contract. Go back and read over the past few months. If you decide to come to work for my current carrier then please put my name down as the one who referred you. Feel free to call me with questions. My number is 337-789-7925. Come join the team!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Starting The Week Off Right

Started the week off by getting my Columbus, OH to Alexandria, LA load off. Then I just got reloaded in Chopin, LA and heading to Newton, MS.
Y'all have a blessed week!

This blog is an attempt to give real information about my experiences at Protected Cargo. This blog was started on day one of my employment at Tango Transport and I have continued to keep it going with my new contract. Go back and read over the past few months. If you decide to come to work for my current carrier then please put my name down as the one who referred you. Feel free to call me with questions. My number is 337-This blog is an attempt to give real information about my experiences at Protected Cargo. This blog was started on day one of my employment at Tango Transport and I have continued to keep it going with my new contract. Go back and read over the past few months. If you decide to come to work for my current carrier then please put my name down as the one who referred you. Feel free to call me with questions. My number is 337-789-7925. Come join the team!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

First Week Results With Protected Cargo!

My first week had some slow downs, but I will be learning the customers here over the next couple of months. All in all it turned out to be a decent week.
What I am going to show you will be a very basic run down, and really nothing official, of my first week on the road with Protected Cargo. As I learn the Company and the Customers over the next few weeks, I will be able to give you more detailed results.
You can go back over the last few blogs and see where all I ran this week, but I will go ahead and give you the run-down again:

1. Oakdale, LA to Bossier City, LA = $500
2. Emerson, AR to Buckhannon, WV = $2177
3. Heaters, WV to Springfield, OH = $500
4. Columbus, OH to Alexandria, LA = $2220
Total = $5397
Minus fuel $2500
Minus Trailer Rental $200
Leaves $2697
Not Bad for a short week!

This blog is an attempt to give real information about my experiences at Protected Cargo. This blog was started on day one of my employment at Tango Transport and I have continued to keep it going with my new contract. Go back and read over the past few months. If you decide to come to work for my current carrier then please put my name down as the one who referred you. Feel free to call me with questions. My number is 337-This blog is an attempt to give real information about my experiences at Protected Cargo. This blog was started on day one of my employment at Tango Transport and I have continued to keep it going with my new contract. Go back and read over the past few months. If you decide to come to work for my current carrier then please put my name down as the one who referred you. Feel free to call me with questions. My number is 337-789-7925. Come join the team!

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This blog is an attempt to give real information about my experiences at Protected Cargo. This blog was started on day one of my employment at Tango Transport and I have continued to keep it going with my new contract. Go back and read over the past few months. If you decide to come to work for my current carrier then please put my name down as the one who referred you. Feel free to call me with questions. My number is 337-This blog is an attempt to give real information about my experiences at Protected Cargo. This blog was started on day one of my employment at Tango Transport and I have continued to keep it going with my new contract. Go back and read over the past few months. If you decide to come to work for my current carrier then please put my name down as the one who referred you. Feel free to call me with questions. My number is 337-789-7925. Come join the team!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Liking the New Company!

Just a quick rundown for this my first week on the road with Protected Cargo.
I loaded Friday in Oakdale, LA for a Monday morning delivery in Bossier City, LA. Sunday evening as I was preparing to leave I found that the trailer I was hooked to was not getting air to the airbags. So I spent half the day Monday in the shop.
I delivered the load to Bossier City later that afternoon, then headed to Emerson, AR for my next load.
There I got a load of veneer heading to Buckhannon, WV. I unloaded there Wednesday and reloaded 40 miles down the road in Heaters, WV heading to Springfield, OH.
I unloaded in Springdield this morning and reloaded in Columbus, OH heading back home to Alexandria, LA.
I'll post the final numbers for the week later during the weekend, so stay tuned!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Finally Working Again!!

After what seemed like an eternity, I am finally back on the road, and with a new carrier. Protected Cargo out of Woodworth, LA. They seem to be a good company for owner/operators, paying 83% of the load, and .56¢ per mile fuel surcharge.
I am pulling a 53' curtainside trailer. My first load was 166 miles and paid $330.54 plus .56¢ a mile fuel surcharge. I am on my second load and picked it up in Emerson, AR and unloading in WV. Load pays $1900 (base) + surcharge.
Looking good so far! More to come later! God bless!!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Some Interesting Ford Trivia!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The four Goldberg brothers, Lowell, Norman, Hiram, and Max,
invented and developed the first automobile air-conditioner.  On July
17, 1946, the temperature in Detroit was 97 degrees.  The four brothers
walked into old man Henry Ford's office and sweet-talked his secretary
into telling him that four gentlemen were there with the most exciting
innovation in the auto industry since the electric starter.

Henry was curious and invited them into his office.  They
refused and instead asked that he come out to the parking lot to their
car.  They persuaded him to get into the car, which was about 130 degrees
inside, turned on the air conditioner, and cooled the car off immediately.

The old man got very excited and invited them back to the office, where
he offered them $3 million for the patent.  The brothers refused, saying they
would settle for $2 million, but they wanted the recognition by having a label,
"The Goldberg Air-Conditioner," on the dashboard of each car in which it was
installed.

Now old Henry was more than just a little anti-Semitic,
and there was no way he was going to put the Goldberg's name on two
million Fords.  They haggled back and forth for about two hours, and
finally agreed on $4 million and that just their first names would be
shown. 
 
And  so to this day, all Ford air conditioners show 'Lo', 'Norm', 'Hi', and 'Max'
on the controls.  So, now you know.........!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

This is the Last Tango Blog!

As of Monday July 11th, 2011 I am no longer contracted to Tango Transport. This will be my last posting as "My Tango Transport Diary". I have attempted to paint you the actual picture of what it is like to work for Tango Transport from my personal perspective. I started this Blog on my first night in the hotel in Shreveport, LA, then through orientation, then ththrough my short stay with Tango Transport as both Company Driver, and Owner Operator. I hope that my truthful experiences have helped you to decide whether Tango Transport is right for you. It has been fun, but Tango has always only been a step to where I really want to be. You will just have to stay tuned to my journey to find out just what that is.
Starting tomorrow I will be hooking up to a curtainside flatbed for another company based out of Louisiana. The name of the company is Protected Cargo located in Woodworth, LA. I will give you more info about them as the days progress.
If you are viewing this blog on any of the numerous websites that it is blasted to, understand that I will continue to publish this Blog from Blogger.com to the website that you read it from. You do not have to search for it. I'll still be right here, though I will be changing the names, but not the addresses.
Thanks for following!

This blog has been an attempt to give real information about my experiences at Tango Transport, whether it be good or bad. This blog was started on day one of my employment here. Go back and read over the past few months before you decide that Tango is, or is not the place for you. If you decide to go to work for Tango, and my experiences have helped influence you, please put my name down as the one who referred you. Feel free to call me with questions. My number is 337-789-7925, or you can call Paula in recruiting at 318-683-6694. Come join the team! www.tangotransport.com

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Heading Home Due to Technical Difficulties!

I got word yesterday that Tango's safety department has misplaced a couple of weeks worth of my logs, and that I had not sent any logs in for the entire month of June. The missing logs were sent in at least a couple of weeks ago, and the remainder were sent to the office on Thursday of this week. I went ahead and faxed in copies of the ones I had mailed the day before. After doing so they informed me that I could legally finish out the load that I wad hauling, but could not be dispatched on another load until they had the originals in their hands. In otherwords, sometime between Monday and wednsday I might get another load IF they find the logs THEY mislaced and receive the ones that I had mailed and faxed. So, I am heading home to wait for them to send me my next dispatch.
I realize I messed up by letting my logs get a couple of weeks behind, but the lost logs are a different story. I also think that this could have been overlooked until Monday morning instead of on a Friday with no chance of me fixing it until the following week.
I'll fill you in on the details of what happens next. Have a great weekend!

This blog is an attempt to give real information about my experiences at Tango Transport, whether it be good or bad. This blog was started on day one of my employment here. Go back and read over the past few months before you decide that Tango is the place for you. If you decide to come to work for Tango, and my experiences have helped influence you, please put my name down as the one who referred you. Feel free to call me with questions. My number is 337-789-7925, or you can call Paula in recruiting at 318-683-6694. Come join the team! www.tangotransport.com

Thursday, July 7, 2011

I Need Your Help!

If you've been around the trucking industry any amount of time at all, then you are probably familiar with APU's(auxiliary power units). If you are not familiar with what an APU does please please google it.
For those of you who are familiar with them, I need your help!
I feel like buying one is the right way to go, but I am torn as to which brand and type to get, generator or battery.
If you read this and/or you have experience with APU systems, please feel free to comment or inbox me you opinions.
Thank you in advance!!

This blog is an attempt to give real information about my experiences at Tango Transport, whether it be good or bad. This blog was started on day one of my employment here. Go back and read over the past few months before you decide that Tango is the place for you. If you decide to come to work for Tango, and my experiences have helped influence you, please put my name down as the one who referred you. Feel free to call me with questions. My number is 337-789-7925, or you can call Paula in recruiting at 318-683-6694. Come join the team! www.tangotransport.com

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Not Everyday is a Good Day!

No matter where you go, what you do, or how good your attitude is, you're gonna have a bad day at some point. The way you react to these circumstances will determine just how long that bad day lasts!
I had one of those days today. It started pretty good with me getting loaded this morning. It didn't take long, then I was on my way from Waco, TX to Louisiana. When I got to Rusk, TX I was unable to completely read the wordy bypass sign. It appeared to be only for the highway running north and south through town. I was heading east so I proceeded on US84 east.
It didn't take long for the local city cop to notice me, and he proceeded to write me a $170 ticket. He didn't laugh when I suggested they use that money to buy a bigger truck route sign.
I then delivered my load to Coushatta, LA, dropped my trailer there and hooked to an empty then proceeded to Shreveport, LA for my next load. Once there, dispatch called and said that I drpped the trailer at the wrong customer and that I needed to drive the hour back to go and deliver it to Mansfield Mill.
I did what they asked, but was not real happy about it. Sometimes you gotta take the bad with the good.
Anyway, I got a load going from Shreveport, LA to Toledo, OH. I'll check in from there!
Bye!!

This blog is an attempt to give real information about my experiences at Tango Transport, whether it be good or bad. This blog was started on day one of my employment here. Go back and read over the past few months before you decide that Tango is the place for you. If you decide to come to work for Tango, and my experiences have helped influence you, please put my name down as the one who referred you. Feel free to call me with questions. My number is 337-789-7925, or you can call Paula in recruiting at 318-683-6694. Come join the team! www.tangotransport.com

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Stupid Mistake!!

I made an embarrassing mistake today! Always double check your delivery date and times despite what your dispatcher tells you. because of my negligence I lost a full day of work. Hopefully the rest of the week goes better!

This blog is an attempt to give real information about my experiences at Tango Transport, whether it be good or bad. This blog was started on day one of my employment here. Go back and read over the past few months before you decide that Tango is the place for you. If you decide to come to work for Tango, and my experiences have helped influence you, please put my name down as the one who referred you. Feel free to call me with questions. My number is 337-789-7925, or you can call Paula in recruiting at 318-683-6694. Come join the team! www.tangotransport.com

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Owner/Operators Needed

Tango is looking to increase its O/O fleet. What you see is what you get with a Tango Contract. No surprises!! Please call the numbers below to find out more!

This blog is an attempt to give real information about my experiences at Tango Transport, whether it be good or bad. This blog was started on day one of my employment here. Go back and read over the past few months before you decide that Tango is the place for you. If you decide to come to work for Tango, and my experiences have helped influence you, please put my name down as the one who referred you. Feel free to call me with questions. My number is 337-789-7925, or you can call Paula in recruiting at 318-683-6694. Come join the team! www.tangotransport.com

Welcome to All New Friends and Followers!

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This blog is an attempt to give real information about my experiences at Tango Transport, whether it be good or bad. This blog was started on day one of my employment here. Go back and read over the past few months before you decide that Tango is the place for you. If you decide to come to work for Tango, and my experiences have helped influence you, please put my name down as the one who referred you. Feel free to call me with questions. My number is 337-789-7925, or you can call Paula in recruiting at 318-683-6694. Come join the team! www.tangotransport.com

Enjoy Your Holiday Weekend!

I hope everyone is enjoying a long holiday weekend. I will be back on the road either Tuesday or Wednesday. Y'all have a great Independence Day!


This blog is an attempt to give real information about my experiences at Tango Transport, whether it be good or bad. This blog was started on day one of my employment here. Go back and read over the past few months before you decide that Tango is the place for you. If you decide to come to work for Tango, and my experiences have helped influence you, please put my name down as the one who referred you. Feel free to call me with questions. My number is 337-789-7925, or you can call Paula in recruiting at 318-683-6694. Come join the team! www.tangotransport.com

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Getting unloaded in Russellville, AR then heading up to Rogers, AR for a load to Hodge, LA, then home for a long weekend!!

Quick update!!

Quick update!

This will be a very short week for me as I've asked the load planners to keep me close by. I have a minor surgical procedure on Friday morning and want to make sure I'm home Thursday. I am also taking the full three day weekend in observance of Independence Day.
So here we go:
I did a drop and hook yesterday in Coushatta. I dropped my Ft Worth load and picked up one going to Ok City, OK. From there I reloaded this morning coming to Mansfield, LA. I'm unloading now and going to pick up here going to Russellville, AR tomorrow. From there I'll catch you up again! God bless and be safe!!

This blog is an attempt to give real information about my experiences at Tango Transport, whether it be good or bad. This blog was started on day one of my employment here. Go back and read over the past few months before you decide that Tango is the place for you. If you decide to come to work for Tango, and my experiences have helped influence you, please put my name down as the one who referred you. Feel free to call me with questions. My number is 337-789-7925, or you can call Paula in recruiting at 318-683-6694. Come join the team! www.tangotransport.com

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Last weeks total miles!

I left off the last time leaving New Orleans heading to Lacombe,La to pick up a load of coffee to take to Ft Worth. Got that load delivered last night and then did a drop and hook at that same customer. The load was scrap paper going back to our drop yard in Coushatta, LA. That load was the official end to that week, and gave me a total of 3432 paid miles for the week.
Once I got to Coushatta, I dropped and hooked a load going to Ok City, OK. It's now 1am, I'm roughly 60 miles from there and gonna take a nap. Nighty-night y'all!

This blog is an attempt to give real information about my experiences at Tango Transport, whether it be good or bad. This blog was started on day one of my employment here. Go back and read over the past few months before you decide that Tango is the place for you. If you decide to come to work for Tango, and my experiences have helped influence you, please put my name down as the one who referred you. Feel free to call me with questions. My number is 337-789-7925, or you can call Paula in recruiting at 318-683-6694. Come join the team! www.tangotransport.com

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Loaded up and heading to Ft Worth!

It's kinda hard to get loaded in a timely manner when you show up 24 hours prior to your appointment time, but that's how it goes sometimes.
Anyway, I'm loaded here in Lacombe, LA and headed to Ft Worth. Gonna stop by the house in Hicks, LA and pick up Ms America for the remainder of the week. Coming home on Thursday for a long Independance Day celebration!

This blog is an attempt to give real information about my experiences at Tango Transport, whether it be good or bad. This blog was started on day one of my employment here. Go back and read over the past few months before you decide that Tango is the place for you. If you decide to come to work for Tango, and my experiences have helped influence you, please put my name down as the one who referred you. Feel free to call me with questions. My number is 337-789-7925, or you can call Paula in recruiting at 318-683-6694. Come join the team! www.tangotransport.com
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Friday, June 24, 2011

Got to Folgers Coffee in New Orleans and dropped my load and picked up an empty. They had me preplanned on a load from Lacombe, LA to Ft Worth, TX that delivers Sunday night. Total miles on that load will be 564 miles which will close the week out at roughly 3200 miles. I'll update later with the actual end of week totals.
Drivers, Tango really does have consistant freight and miles for those who know how to manage their time well. The people that work behind the scenes in the office will bend over backwards to help you when you have an issue on the road or at home. Can you say that about your company.
I share my experience online with you because I know how hard it is to find legitimate information about a trucking company before you fill out the application. It seems you can only find negative info about companies online. It can be very frustrating, I know.
Tango may not be the biggest, nor the best, but they have great people and they seem to strive to be a driver oriented company. Give them a call. I dare you!


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Solo Independant Contractors get .92¢ per mile plus fuel surcharge!
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

I got unloaded in Shreveport this morning and then headed down to Coushatta, LA to pick up a preloaded trailer heading to St Joseph, MO.
Good Lord willin' and the creeks don't rise I'll be there in the morning. Then from there I am already planned on a load from Lee's Summit, MO down to my favorite town, the Big Easy!
These two loads together are a total of 1569 paid miles. I'll be catching y'all up later from New Orleans.
Feel free to message me or comment with any questions. You can also call me with any questions at 337-789-7925. Tango gives their drivers steady miles. God bless!

Monday, June 20, 2011

I'm sitting here at RockTenn in St Cloud, MN unloading my last load for last week. Total paid miles for last week were 3192. I already have my dispatch for my next load. I'm picking up in Eagan, MN today and taking it to Shreveport, LA. The deadhead miles is 80 miles and the loaded miles is 960 miles. I'll update again from Shreveport!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

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A Little Catch-Up

I have been neglecting this blog ever since I bought the new truck, and for that I apologize. In the future I will do better at keeping you posted on my day to day progress.
Lets start over by giving you this weeks details and just kinda go from there.
My work week didn't start until 6-14 which was Tuesday. My first load was:

Load #1 Alexandria, LA to Mansfield, LA

Empty Miles = 238 miles @ $.91= $216.58

Loaded Miles = 95 miles @ $1.35= $128.25
Total = $344.83

Load #2 Mansfield, LA to Sealy, TX

Empty Miles = 0

Loaded Miles = 272 @ $1.35 = $367.20
Total = $367.20

Load #3 Houston, Tx to Coushatta, LA

Empty Miles = 51 @ $.91 = $46.41

Loaded Miles = 243 @ $1.35 = $328.05
Total = $374.46

Load #4 Campti, LA to Edinburg, TX

Empty Miles = 16 @ $.91 = $14.56

Loaded Miles = 576 @ $1.35 = $777.60
Total = $792.16

Load #5 Weslaco, TX to Coushatta, LA

Empty Miles = 23 @ $.91 = $20.93

Loaded Miles = 587 @ $1.35 = $792.45
Total = $813.38

Load #5 Hodge, LA to St Cloud, MN

Empty Miles = 43 @ $.91 = 39.13

Loaded Miles = 1048 @ $1.35 = 1414.80
Total = $1453.93

Week Miles = 3192
Week Total = $4145.96
Fuel = $2439.01 not counting Tango's discounts that they pass on to the truck


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Saturday, June 18, 2011

My Tango Transport Diary
A load by load guide of what prospective new hires can expect upon coming to work for Tango Transport. I am a real Tango company driver and these are my experiences. Yours may differ. If you are looking for a new company, I encourage you to give Tango Transport a try. Give Paula a call at 1-866-898-4580 x6694 and tell her that Brady told you to call. Don't just drive...TANGO!!
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I'll be updating later today. Sorry I haven't updated in a while!
I'll be updating later today. Sorry I haven't updated in a while!

Monday, May 23, 2011

#26
My first full week as an owner operator with Tango Transport ended fairly well. After fuel and fixed expenses I netted $2153.08. Not a bad first week.
Tango just announced that they have a dedicated run from Hodge, LA to El Paso, TX and they're looking for teams to run it. Give Paula a call if interested.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Well I did it!!
Yesterday I got married to a 2007 Volvo 780! She is big and red and loves the taste of diesel fuel:)
Leasing on with Tango Transport tomorrow morning. Go to my Facebook wall to see the pics. Send me a friend request while you are there!
Well I did it!!
Yesterday I got married to a 2007 Volvo 780! She is big and red and loves the taste of diesel fuel:)
Leasing on with Tango Transport tomorrow morning. Go to my Facebook wall to see the pics. Send me a friend request while you are there!
Well I did it!!
Yesterday I got married to a 2007 Volvo 780! She is big and red and loves the taste of diesel fuel:)
Leasing on with Tango Transport tomorrow morning. Go to my Facebook wall to see the pics. Send me a friend request while you are there!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

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#25

Hello fellow truckers! I gotta tell you I had a fantastic Easter weekend with my family. We also had a birthday celebration for my dad who just turned 80.
I have been busy and didn't get around to posting much last week, and for that I apologize. Today I am in Shreveport getting my out-of-round steer tires replaced. After that I'll be heading to Grand Prairie, TX to unload. I'll catch up from there.
Until then, be safe!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

#24

I emptied out Monday morning in Texarkana and reloaded a couple of miles down the road to go to Shreveport, LA. Emptied out, loaded in Mansfield then headed home to get my restart.
3385 miles for the week. This week may be less because I'm taking my time off in the middle of the week.
Btw, I'll be buying a truck soon, leasing on with Tango so the nature of this blog may change a little. Thanks y'all.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

#23

I finally made it to Texarkana today. It has been one loooonnnggg boring weekend for me. Looks like I'm gonna be doing my restart on the road this week.
Our government is working day and night to destroy our industry, and we are sitting back letting it happen. I hope that some day soon we as truckers can figure out a way to get together on repairing our industry. I fear that day will never come though. It is sad.

#22

Tango just issued a .02¢ per mile raise this week for all company drivers and owner/operators. Check em' out!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

#21

After the day I had yesterday I just kinda kicked back today. My load doesn't deliver until Monday morning so I'm in no hurry. Chilling out at the TA at exit 260 on I40 in Arkansas. I'll check in with y'all in a couple of days.
Hey what are you waiting for, give Tango a call. You'll be glad you did!

Friday, April 15, 2011

#20

This has been one hell of a day!
I finally got a call from dispatch to call a broker to get my load information. So I called the broker, and he told me everything I needed to know about the load except how to get there. He gave me the address and a number to call to get directions. I called the number but no answer.
I then punched the address into my gps only to find out that there was no 5500 Wooster rd. There is a Wooster pike, and a Wooster lane. I chose Wooster lane. Very bad choice. I ended up face to face with a 12 ft train bridge and only a neighborhood to turn around in.
I got turned around and tried unsuccessfully for the next hour to find this place. The broker finally called with good directions and I got there just before they left for the weekend.
While they are loading me I start planning my route. Tango was going to pay me 377 empty miles and 1119 loaded miles from Cincinnati to Texarkana. Actual driving miles is only 770. Looking over the route that the computer generated, I was going to have to go 197 miles one way out of route just to buy fuel, then drive on up to Cleveland for no reason and turnaround there to start my trip to Texarkana. Huh??
I called dispatch and brought it to there attention. They said just do whatever I wanted to do.
That's a wrap for now.
Y'all be good and God bless!

#19

I unloaded yesterday in Three Rivers, MI around noon. That is a neat little town.
From there I drove over to Gary, IN for some of that $4 a gallon diesel they have there. I had a 4am appointment this morning at FedEx in Chicago Heights, IL. When I got there they told me that the trailer had been loaded since 2pm the day before. Very frustrating to find that out since I could have made it there before 5pm had I known that.
Anyway, I hooked to it and was on my way when dispatch sent me a message and told me to take the load to Indianapolis and swap it with another driver. I did, and was immediately dispatched on another load from West Chester, OH to Atlanta then preplanned on a load from Atlanta to Robert,LA.
Almost to West Chester I got a call saying that something has happened at the shipper and the load canceled.
So here I sit in St Leon, IN waiting to find out my next move. So far it's been a good week. I sure hope it's a good weekend too. Not a big fan of sitting over the weekend unless it's with my wife and kids. I'll let y'all know what happens next! Later!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

#18

Thank you Tango for the company wide raise today.
Top pay for company solo drivers is now .44¢ per mile!

#17

Quick blog entry.

Friday I was nailed with a level 3 DOT inspection about 35 miles from my house GRRRR! My log book was not current and there was no real reason for it but laziness. Because of failing the inspection I was given a "random" (lol) drug test on Tuesday. Go figure;)
So anyway, I unloaded Monday in Eunice, LA then jumped up to Natchez, MS for a load going to Shreveport. There I did my "random"(lol) drug test, then went to Hodge,LA and picked up a preloaded trailer going to Birmingham, AL. Dropped that load and headed down to Pine Hill, AL for a preloaded trailer going to Michigan. From there I am preplanned on a load from Chicago to Atlanta.
I'll check in with y'all mo'later!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

#16

Sorry I've taken so long to update my blog. Things have been alittle hectic for me this past week. I'll try to keep up better from here on out.
When I left Chesterfield, MO I was all set to drop that load in Coushatta, LA, but things really started getting a little strange at that point.
Once empty at Chesterfield, I got my Pre-plan for a load picking up in Jefferson City, MO. For those of you that have been around the trucking industry any amount of time, you know that the Qualcomm system of communication leaves a lot to be desired. Because of the sluggishness of the system I did not receive my full dispatch until I was nearly to Jefferson City. I had passed up my designated fuel stop by 50 miles by the time I received my full dispatch, so I had to buy "out of network" fuel costing the company money.
Once loaded I began my trek to Coushatta to unload only to be turned around near Harrison, AR. I was told to bring my load to Ft. Smith, AR and drop it at another customers yard, then hook to a loaded trailer there and bring it to a company in Simsboro, LA. I am leaving out many details, but let me just say that there were some severe miscommunications and I ended up having my trailer unloaded there, and then reloaded with another load.
After unloading in Simsboro, LA I headed to International Paper in Mansfield, LA for my next assignment, a load to Lafayette, LA. I picked up that trailer and headed home for the remainder of the weekend.
I emptied out Tuesday morning in Lafayette and pickup a loaded trailer at the same place going to Mountain Home, AR. From there I deadheaded to North Little Rock, AR and took that load to Mandfield, LA.
From there I picked up a load in Hodge, LA and took it to Ft. Worth, Tx. I then picked up a loaded trailer at our drop yard in Irving, TX and took it to Carrollton, TX. Then loaded six miles down the road at Lewisville, TX and currently have it on my truck to be delivered Monday in Eunice, LA at 4:30pm.
Thats all for now!




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Saturday, April 2, 2011

#15

Tango is hiring some local shuttle drivers in Shreveport area if you know anybody looking for a driving job. $15.25 hr to start and they gotta live within 25 miles.
Leave a comment for more details.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

#14

Catch up time!
I spent a total of about five minutes unloading in Bay Minette, AL. That made this truck driver very happy.
My next load was in Montgomery, AL where I spent the night and loaded first thing in the morning. I had a little trouble finding the place because I had bad directions and a bad address. Even my gps got an attitude with me before it was all said and done.
Anyway, I got loaded and headed for Grand Prairie, TX where I unloaded. Then I jumped over to Ft Worth to grab a load going to our drop yard in Coushatta, LA where I dropped that trailer and grabbed an empty one to drop at Smurfit Stone in Hodge, LA. From there I hooked to a preloaded trailer and I'm off to Chesterfield, MO. TTYL

More miles, better loads, and very consistent freight at Tango Transport. Come see! Call Paula in recruiting at 1-866-898-4580 Ext 6694 and tell her Brady referred you:)
God bless!