First paragraph tells you how bad it is. 87 year old as a "new" employee!

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  1. chowda

    chowda Active Member

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  2. canaryinthemine

    canaryinthemine Retirement....The Job I Was Born To Have!

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    BOOM!

    This article appeared today in my Pittsburgh Post-Gazette paper........and it's everything I've been saying for.....years....

    The chickens have come home to roost,...only in this case .....because it's trucking,....they are roosting buzzards.....

    Short-term gain makes for long-term pain...........unless you can pull the ripcord on your corporate Golden Parachute,.....and avoid all responsibility for the....condition....of the trucking industry, while giving yourself a hernia running away with bags of ill-gotten gains and stock-options..........

    It's why I retired at 62,.........the corporate people have gradually lost all respect for their.....revenue producers,...to the point where it got insulting......

    ......(...Yeah, ..I know....I'm a working schlub........I'm not supposed to get "insulted"......I'm supposed to ignore it and put my head down and work......until I die, preferably,.....and especially if they can wreck the pensions....)..........

    Hah!........87 year old man,....former insurance salesman,......61 year marriage,......used to a modicum of respect from his community,.......air-conditioned office,.....soft uncallused hands,.....being "offered" a "job" by the likes of J.B, or Werner,.......one year commitment,......!!!..$50,000..!!!(.....choke!!...laugh!!..)

    O.K.guys,..........place your bets here,.......One month, no divorce.......10 to 1 odds............Six months, divorce, major medical problems, loss of family house,...........2 to 1 odds..........
     
  3. canaryinthemine

    canaryinthemine Retirement....The Job I Was Born To Have!

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    Oh,...........and one more thing..........87 year old insurance man "never saved enough for his pension".........

    You CAN outlive your 401(k)!

    And this is the.....filthy, lousy "choice" that's left to this guy............

    Special place in Hell for the corporate 401(k) "salesman" who told you that you'll be a..."millionaire".....

    Wreck those defined-benefit pensions!........that'll "fix" the employment shortage!
     
  4. chowda

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    I'm thinking more likely up a bridge abutment somewhere around 3am or worse on top of a mini-van at some construction slowdown. Can you imagine being physically and mentally healthy enough at 87 to be hired OTR and two months into the job you create your legacy by plowing in to some family on vacation? Or did you hear about poor Bob? Hit a bridge out on 95, they think he fell asleep at the wheel! What a way to go...All cause some scumbag made the job sound great. The Feds aren't helping either, they know they have to keep America rolling at any cost! https://cdllife.com/2018/fmcsa-offi...-interstate-trucking-program-18-21-year-olds/
     
  5. LTLAnonymous

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    There is absolutely no way in hell he can hack it as a truck driver. Best case scenario, he slumps over the steering wheel and dies quietly like a little bird. Next-best case scenario, he's involved in a one-vehicle wreck, and he saves the company some money. Worst case scenario, he costs the company millions of dollars in litigation.
     
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    seabreeze Not Well Known Member, 60 Year Teamster Member

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    Man, what a deal! I can see me now, my first trip after a 28 yr retirement, half way to my destination, 3 or 4 pee
    stops and 1or 2 naps, I stop to eat, come back outside, "where the hell did I park my truck, or was I driving my pickup?" was I going south or north?................ "I believe I'll give this job thing a little more thought".
     
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    Welcome to my world.
     
  8. Homesick

    Homesick Do I really exist if you've never seen me?

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    It must be a short run to only stop 3 or 4 times to pee at the half way point. I normally have to pee twice before I finish my pretrip inspection. Once when I arrive at work and again before I leave the yard.
     
  9. chowda

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    Well 60 is right around the corner for me and I can attest that "Pee" is a keyword in any retirement job. Yeah a joke but sadly my Doc told me years ago that bouncing around in a day-cab all day beats the livin'sheet out of your organs and kidneys, bladder are the first to suffer!
     
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    I'm still in my 30s, and I swear to God I'm going to get some Depends any day now.
     
  11. Dick Dastardly

    Dick Dastardly Drat, Double Drat, and Triple Drat!

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  12. chowda

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    Starts around 45 or so comes on slowly but by 55 you look like a 5 year old in a T-ball game with a bladder full not knowing which way to run! Known affectionately as the Pee-Pee dance! Did it 50+ years ago and with a little luck I'll do it for a few more!
     
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  13. canaryinthemine

    canaryinthemine Retirement....The Job I Was Born To Have!

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    Kidneys and backs and shoulders........

    Suntan on left arm,...heavy muscles on arms and shoulders,......big belly from sitting.........no hips at all .........chicken white legs from never seeing the sun from the waist down........permanently furrowed brow from pondering life’s intricate fickleness....and the nearness of the men’s room......walking with a limp due to hemorrhoids with calluses........

    Yeah,.....I can pick a truck driver out of a crowd anytime.......
     
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    You mighta forgot first one to the bar at Functions, especially the ones we weren't interested in in our 48 hrs. off in the first place!
     
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    A relative who is in his late 70's just went back to work behind the wheel. He had driven several years ago & has recently lost his wife. He participates in triathalons & is in perfect health & his mind is still sharp. The small trucking company said he was one of the few applicants that volunteered to take a drug test on the spot. The company that insures the company quickly gave the go ahead to hire him. I see nothing wrong with him working a few years to supplement his social security. He certainly is a much safer driver than a lot of younger steering wheel holders.
     
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    Homesick Do I really exist if you've never seen me?

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    Doc, you are absolutely correct. Most people live longer now than 30 years ago. My wife swears I will never retire. I'm taking a long weekend so I can vote on my supplement tomorrow and I worked all day in my garden, on our cars (washing, new wiper blades, air filters, tire rotation), cleaned our fire pit, and just finished Bush hogging my 5 acre front pasture. And according to my ELD I have been off work 16:17
     
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    Retired nine years after 36 years as a combination dock driver. At age 67 my right shoulder needs to be rebuilt. The left shoulder is starting to act up. Sometimes I want to just drop things on the floor ahead of time and then pick them up. But I wouldn't of done anything different. Driving a truck and working the dock as a Teamster for 35 years worked out well for me. Now if I could just find my can of Bud Light.
     
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    We have a guy ( Vietnam vet ) 70 years old. Still working P&D to make sure his wife has medical coverage. Wears Depends. Uses suspenders to keep his pants up when the undergarments get full.
     
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    canaryinthemine Retirement....The Job I Was Born To Have!

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    And there’s nothing wrong with that.......if that’s his choice.
    But I think he is the exception to the rule...
     
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  20. canaryinthemine

    canaryinthemine Retirement....The Job I Was Born To Have!

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    And ......this is the guy who doesn’t have a choice.....

    And for his own health and well-being, I wish he was able to choose retirement.......
     

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