Jake, the new trucker
This is a blog about my experiences of being a new OTR truck driver. Documenting the trials and tribulations to get to where I want to be.
First post, welcome!
Hello! My name is Jake!
I am very excited about starting my new life, and career as a over the road driver! I will be attending truck driving school in about a month and I am very excited.
A bit about myself; I am 21 years old, I have been with my girlfriend Ashley for a little less than 2 years now. She is a wonderful girl. Ashley and I currently live in Gig Harbor Washington. A very beautiful and peaceful city, right on the Puget Sound. I have done many different jobs in the last 3 years. When I was 16, I got my first job stocking shelves at the Local grocery store in Lake Oswego, OR. I started working at Fred Meyer, pushing carts when I was 17. When I became 18, I graduated high school and became a cashier in the Electronics department. I quickly became a PIC (person in charge), and I was talked to by the stores Loss a Prevention Manager, asking me to apply to be a Loss Prevention Specialist for a store in the area.
While I was working at the electronics department, I was going to Emergency Medical Technician school to be an EMT, I passed, and became an EMT, but un to my knowledge, they were phasing out Basics like myself, and only wanting Paramedics. So I went where the jobs were and what I could get. Being an EMT I have seen some pretty horrific things, but I have learned from them, and appreciate life more from it.
So I accepted the job to be a Loss Prevention a Specialist.
Loss Prevention is a tricky business. My job was to walk around the store in normal clothes, act like I’m shopping, and apprehend shoplifters. So undercover security is in essence what it is. I worked as a Loss Prevention Specialist at the Division st store in SE Portland, which is a pretty bad area. I worked as a LPS there for a few years.
After I got out of Loss Prevention for Fred Meyer, I was hired by Horizon Airlines/ Alaska Airlines, as a ground service agent. This job was very cool. Spent my days loading and offloading cargo, de-icing aircraft, towing aircraft, marshaling, and pushing back the aircrafts. It was a great experience, and fulfilled my love for aviation and commercial aircraft. I also got Flight Benefits, where I was able to fly anywhere I wanted to, for free, any time. It was amazing. Ashley and I flew to Honolulu, spent 10 hours there, and flew back the same day! (Not to meantion, after the fun of Waikiki, at HNL airport, we realized Ashley lost her wallet somewhere in the city, and was followd by moments of pure panic waiting inline for security. Followed by a horrible flight to Seattle, then a flight to Portland, Or where we were living at the time. The flight to Portland was delayed, then cancelled after we boarded due to an engine problem.) but we had great times to San Francisco and other destinations.
I eventually left that job and we moved up to Gig Harbor, wa. I got a position as a LPS working at safeway stores. I worked 8 stores all over the Puget sound. Unto my knowledge, that’s how I got into trucking. I applied and got a job as a Driver for Safeway.com. Which is my current job.
Safeway.com, what a amazing company. I work out of the local store. And my everyday routine consists of loading my truck with individual totes filled with groceries for customers. See, customers order all their groceries online, schedule a time window, and e next day or same day, I deliver their groceries. I have a manifest that is already routed, and just have to deliver their orders within their time window. I am a non a CDL driver driving a 14,000 GVW box trucks. It’s practically a U-Haul truck lol. It’s a wonderful job, wonderful benefits, and wonderful pay!! But it can’t quench my thirst of being a OTR driver. My class starts on February 10th 2014, and I cannot wait to begin my new career
Jan 6th 2014