Left Lane Ticket

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  1. RacerX69

    RacerX69 Retired Gear Jammer/IBEW Retired/Wingnut

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    The 15 acre parcel is just up the road from me. There is PUD power and water on the "street", and I use that term loosely. The street is a private gravel road.

    But at $175k I think it is overpriced. I bought my 6.17 acres with high bank riverfront, a 40 x 60 shop, single wide mobile home, power and private well for $205k. I'm thinking that in the soft market, a piece without riverfront and unimproved should only be about $125k.
     
  2. ABFer

    ABFer Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Now we're talking, what can you do for me on that single wide?
     
  3. RacerX69

    RacerX69 Retired Gear Jammer/IBEW Retired/Wingnut

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    Um, well when the house was finished I tried to sell it. Lots of people had the money to buy it, but couldn't afford to have it moved.

    So I tried to give it away. The people that responded to the free ad could not afford to have it moved.

    The county was putting pressure on me to get it off the property (single family zoned), so I took it apart. Sold the aluminum siding, the steel roof and fram and copper wire for scrap. Burned all the wood, and took everything else to the dump.

    I put about $3,000 in my pocket after the dump fees and fuel for the pickup.

    So look on Craig's list. They pop up all the time. Guys like me trying to get rid of theirs after building a house.
     
  4. grocerythrower

    grocerythrower Super Mod

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    What a tree! I would want that if I had a mill!
     
  5. easttnhillbilly

    easttnhillbilly Active Member

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    Yes that whole gorge tn and nc side is posted no trucks left lane and no passing because they have had so many wrecks through there they usually don't play around
     
  6. RacerX69

    RacerX69 Retired Gear Jammer/IBEW Retired/Wingnut

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    I just now realized where this was. Always had an issue with the lane restriction through there, sometimes the pansies who won't run the speed limit can really frustrate a driver. If I recall correctly the truck speed limit is like 50, and I can run 55 through there no problem (easing off for the corners of course!). It can really suck when you get stuck behind some dipstick that won't go over 40, and the train of trucks can be 20 or 30 rigs long.

    Add to that there is a high volume of truck traffic through there, and you get a recipe for major frustration. It would be great if they added a 3rd lane or some passing lanes for the trucks.

    *sigh*

    I guess it isn't that bad really, the whole thing is only about 10 miles or so. I should just learn to be more patient.
     
  7. RacerX69

    RacerX69 Retired Gear Jammer/IBEW Retired/Wingnut

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    Cedar is getting scarce out here, as it was over harvested, mostly to make shakes for roofing. Theft of it is a major problem. Thieves will go into the woods and cut down entire stands of trees. If you get caught with cedar that you don't have a permit for you go to jail for a very long time.

    The place where I live has a landing where they used to cut the logs into bolts and then put them in the river to float downstream about 25 miles into town where the shake mills were.
     
  8. DCM_Doc

    DCM_Doc Well-Known Member

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    I think a dash cam is a good investment. A video of the other truck moving into your land would have helped your cause. I think Grocery Thrower or somebody on this board uses one.
     
  9. autocar65

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    There is a chance in 2014 that I might get forced out of trucking all together. You would get the idea that they are trying to keep trucking turning over every few years, like they don't want the career driver at all. If I get pushed out, I might have to go back to doing truck repair or tire work. Not good at my age and condition, I am already pretty worn out. But, what can you do?

    I have about 36 years in with no blemishes on my record.
     
  10. pro1driver

    pro1driver I am LAST

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    pretty much sums it up for me as well.

    i have been seeking a yardman's job, hardly ever is that advertised however.

    i turned wrenches myself back in the day, but cars and light trucks, never class 8 or straight trucks. and yes, at our age, that kind of work is harder on us. i tried going back to wrenching a few short years ago...i didn't know which was the bigger mistake back then...leaving trucking for a while, or turning wrenches.

    obviously, i got back behind the wheel ASAP, didn't look back ever again at wrenching.

    warehousing, yard, maybe dispatching, or sales, may be some other paths for some of us to pursue, and let the moronic companies deal with the slugs that are out there now, and coming in.
     
  11. ABFer

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    Makes three on 2014 may well be the last. I'm limping along for two or three years now and my body is coming on strong the hints anymore. Only good thing is that it looks like there will be some sort of legislation/reform for the pension and I should at least get a look at what I have coming before I go.
     
  12. Roadrunner73

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    I'm getting out in 2 years. My health is pretty good, I don't want this job taking it from me. I'll be 60. Gonna change field of employment maybe just PT work. Wife will be working also. We made some investments planning on me going at 62. Decided to kick it forward 2 years. This job surely isn't much fun anymore. Or maybe with age I acquired some sense.


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  13. sharpshooter

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    My Dad will have 20yrs in almost, at his after retirement, part-time job soon..lol. He finally said he thinks he's getting too old to pull dbl 48's now, on the thruway. It my age, it's hard to imagine retiring, then having another 20yrs to do something else...I feel kinda old now lol
     
  14. RacerX69

    RacerX69 Retired Gear Jammer/IBEW Retired/Wingnut

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    That's why I retired from wrenching. 30 years has taken a toll on my body, mostly my back, joints and hands.

    I have ruptured disks and crushed vertebrae and degenerative disk disease in my neck, my left hip required replacement 2 years ago, and last year I had a carpal tunnel problem corrected in my right wrist. My doctor says I'm way too young to have al this stuff worn out and broken.

    Some days I wonder just how much longer I will be able to work at all.
     
  15. grocerythrower

    grocerythrower Super Mod

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    Don't feel bad Brother, I have been told that too, I have awful CT in both my hands and 3 disks in my back failed, no wonder I wanna stay on shuttle, I get an MRI on Friday, soon as I get the results I'll let ya know.
     
  16. RacerX69

    RacerX69 Retired Gear Jammer/IBEW Retired/Wingnut

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    You're too young for all that. I'd guess you're about 40 ish?
     
  17. grocerythrower

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    47 this July, I had an accident when I was 30, thats what happened to my back, plus the work I have done for the last 23 years in April, its all been in groceries except the 7 yrs of freight and that 7 yrs wasn't all forklifts and docks, I don't regret any of it though, I have enjoyed the labor, I would still rather be on a route throwing groceries, I miss it terribly, pain and all!
     
  18. pro1driver

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    me too, my right knee has it bad, on cold, damp days.

    i too have degenerative disks, in fact, the specialist told me, we all do. i had carpal tunnel in both hands, actually found this out, while riding my motorbike, and this was also when i made my brief return wrenching. no hip problems yet, i did have spinal fusion back in the spring of 2001, due to blowing out my back, putting together two pup trailers.

    but UNLIKE YOU..my doctor(s) NEVER said...."i was too young to have all this stuff happen"...!!!

    some days..you wonder..how much longer you can work...??

    some days.....i wonder how come i'm still alive......:clappy:
     
  19. Roadrunner73

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    To all who posted about their physical ailments, thanks for making me feel better!
     
  20. DCM_Doc

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