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!

I would like to welcome all of the new friends and followers to the Tango Transport Driver Diary. The best way to follow my progress is through the RSS Feed available HERE. Following at these sites will ensure that you will never miss an update. Feel free to leave comments or questions on any of the websites that this blog is broadcasted on. I will respond ASAP!

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