Sunday, December 4, 2011

Day 1 of Schneider Orientation...

Today, I started day one with Schneider National. This was basically a day of doing prewire paperwork (i-9, tax forms, etc.) as well as a Pre-work job screen. This consisted of carrying some weights a distance, crouching under a platform to simulate going under a trailer, and several other exercises to simulate different things that are done while out on the road. These were all pretty easy and I passed with flying colors.

We also were sized for our boots that we get. These are brand new Rocky boots that retail for about $125.00 that Schneider gives its drivers each year. This is an awesome perk for the driers and something that I think is really cool from a company!

The instructor for our class is Chuck. He is a really cool guy and I think this will be a fun class to sit through with him for the next 5 days. 

All in all, so far this is looking good! Everyone at Schneider that I have coe into contact with, have been super cool to deal with. It is really giving me a good feeling that I chose the right company to continue my driving career.

That is pretty much it, for today. Not a lot going on the first day there and I was actually sitting on my couch before 12:30 this afternoon.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

What Are YOU reading?

I am still in the thralls of my new story, but I have reached a point that I want to take a break from it and immerse myself in a good book.

The one series that I have always wanted to read, yet never have is J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings". I went to a really cool used book store, The Book Exchange, earlier today and was just looking around and lo and behold, there were ALL of the series except for one.

The first book in the series was very absent from among literally stacks of all the other books in the series. I didn't think I wanted to start an epic like LOTR by getting and reading the second book first. I was standing there looking and another customer was there and offered a piece of advice to me.

"Get The Hobbit first", she said. "you will gain so much from reading the prequel that you will enjoy the series that much more". So, with that advice, I grabbed a good paperback copy of the book. Would you believe I paid less than three dollars for a mint copy of this book? THREE dollars!

I am going to dive into this book and read. I need to read.

On another note, I finally got a new job! I'm going BACK on the road with Scheneider National as an over the road truck driver. I had to find another job because not eating and not staying warm were not options at this point in my life. I start orientation at my new company tomorrow morning. I can't wait to get started! It has been a LONG seven months!

More later, guys! I'm going to read.