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!