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  1. Dave - Congratulations - Your Semi is always welcome to drive though Vegas - We might need to get a few of our HDT people to Join us!
  2. Vegas Teacher

    Over the Hump to Tecopa Part 2

    You are entitled to your own opinion but as I said even after posting this message I have had several private messages that agree with me, but don't want to argue with those who don't agree. No I don't want to drive a truck, or be a truck driver. No not trying to earn a badge just gaining knowledge. I like to be educated, the teacher at the truck driving school likes the fact I am taking it upon myself to do this and educate myself in my endevors and I have many good friends in law enforcement that have told me this is the best thing I can do to keep from getting into any trouble. The CDL ends all arguments on the side of the highway. Please don't be a bully or a hater. You do what you would like to do, if you want to get a CDL go get one, if you don't want to get one don't get one. I am not saying your ideas are correct. I am also not saying your ideas are wrong. I know what I am doing and I know it will give me piece of mind. Please don't be a cyber bully.
  3. Vegas Teacher

    Over the Hump to Tecopa Part 2

    Sorry that is 10 hours a day for 4 days or 40 hours of one on one instruction. Lots of kids in a classroom.
  4. Vegas Teacher

    Over the Hump to Tecopa Part 2

    Nobody has said I do and I know that technically we do not as long as you have all the paper work and documentation you need, however if we get pulled over by a L.E.O. having a bad day it could go very badly for you. I have very good friends that are both retired and working L.E.O. 's I was talking with them and they told me that on any day they can pull you over and find something to write you for. So I am a teacher, I follow rules and I enforce rules. The very best way not to get written up is to not do something wrong in the classroom. The best way for student to not get written up is to do the work, not complain and not draw attention to the teacher. If a student does draw attention and I walk over to see what is going on it can go one of two ways, I can let them off with a talking to if they have absolutely everything I want them to have and be extremely polite and not tell me my job. Applying this to driving the semi, especially when I drive it Bobtail from state to state.......... If I get pulled over I do not want any questions about do you have a CDL as my LEO friends told me it is not what I can prove on the side of the highway (if they want to they can make your life miserable, I also do not want to be half way between here and Kansas get pulled over and removed from my semi, especially if I am in the Bobtail configuration.) if it is what they choose to do. I know we all get our day and court and can get a chance to prove our case but I don't want it to come to that. So if I get a CDL and a LEO pops the question all I have to do is show it to him, converstation over. My friends who are LEO's all say this is the best possible scenario, not what is right, wrong, legal, illegal, in the gray area, it calms everything down. Being somebody who has to enforce rules, yes it is the classroom but I have to enforce rules and get tired of hearing excuses, I want to cover myself completely to begin with. yes I have the three ring binder with all of the rules in it, as many people talk about having, I just don't want to have to use it and tell a LEO of any kind what the law is and how they have to let me go or why they can't touch me. I have a limited amount of time to make it from point A to point B and don't want any extra spent in court or having to fly back to where ever I got the ticket to defend my self and be out that much more time, effort and energy. Believe it or not I have even had other people on the forum private message me and agree but don't want to agree on the forum in writing becasue they don't want to get caught in the cross fire. Last but not least as a teacher with several degress and certifications and 22 years teaching under my belt on the pay scale I make good money, my wife has even more years of teaching and can match everything I have plus she is a science teacher in the same school one classroom over from mine. I am gonig to spend 2500.00 at the CDL driving school over spring break to get my Driving part of the CDL passed and done. This course will only take me 4 days to do. However I get to have a driving instructor sitting right next to me teaching me everything I need to know and understand about these trucks and I can ask him or her questions right then. It is not like throwing out a question and getting 10 different responses on the forum. Yes I value my information I have learned here and I think there a lot really informed and great people on this forum: Phil (Big5er), Jack Myer, Dolley Trolley, Mr. Cobb, Ian Murphy, Chad Heiser and Vegas Flyer ( a very good friend) who I trust but to be able to sit down one on one with a driving instructor for 10 hours over 4 days non stop is priceless. To learn the tricks and tips of hours in a truck teaching people I can't pass that up. 2500.00 for piece of mind and insurance, plus a major confidence builder. In the end it all comes down to this, if you don't want to get a CDL don't. I do, it is just me. I don't mean to enrage anybody I just think that piece of paper will add to my confidence and realaxed state of mind behind the wheel. Later, Vegas Teacher - Cory O P.S. I typed this with kids asking me questions - please ignore spelling errors.
  5. Vegas Teacher

    Over the Hump to Tecopa Part 2

    You bet, the mini van is like getting your manhood cut off. The ladies loved the trip over and back. Yes I am practicing close to home a lot before I go this spring to get my CDL I am testing at the DMV on the written side and going to driving school for the driving side. So short 50 to 100 mile trips one direction or 100 to 200 mile round trip distances are nice to do. I had to deal with a lot of road issues and a lot of construction on this trip. Then add to that when I hit a very narrow mountain area with little or no shoulder in the black of night on cork screw curves and did not have an issue, I was proud of myself so was my wife and the ladies I was hauling were also very supportive of my abilities so yes the smile is still there even now. πŸ˜…πŸ˜˜πŸ˜ƒπŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ˜€πŸ˜β˜ΊπŸ™‚πŸ™„πŸ™„πŸ™„πŸ™„πŸ™„πŸ˜₯
  6. Vegas Teacher

    Over the Hump to Tecopa Part 2

    Well did another outing with a semi full of ladies last night! I had one up front, three at the table and my wife in the upper bunk in my 780. We left Vegas Northwest Las Vegas at 3:00 and made it down to the south end of town at Blue Diamond / 160 and 159 to pick up a couple of nice ladies and hit the road. The book club I am in just finished up a book titled My Year in Beer, so we drove to Tecopa and went to Death Valley Micro Brewing. The reason for this posting is just to explain that I am getting more and more confident in my driving skills. Many on the forum have told me I just needed to get out and spend time behind the wheel and get to know the semi. That is what I have done over the past year. I am becoming very confident driving in stressful situations like having 6 ladies talking all at the same time while I focused on the road ahead. On this trip I drove down Old Spanish Trial Highway after dark through the mountains there and back. Through road construction there and back and in the pitch black the last half of the way there and all of the way back. We left for home at 9:00 p.m. and it is now about 2 hours back to Vegas due to construction on Highway 160. No accidents. No close calls. We were all safe here and back. New coolant reservoir is doing great no leaks. No loss of fluid in the time sense I drove it last. I am very happy! Happy Holidays to you all.
  7. Vegas Teacher

    Over hump to Pahrump

    O.K. you all are having to much fun at my expense. Heavens no, I do not want to jump in the hot springs with a bunch of bacteria and floating stuff that probably has not been identified yet. I don't even swim in the public pools or even worse I do not go to water parks where there is a lot of Eschuricia coli floating around dead or otherwise. Yes I will be there on Friday. I am leaving Vegas from the pick up point of 159 & 160 at 4:00 p.m. so that should put me over the hill and into Tecopa at about 5:30 if I am lucky. We will be discussing the book My Year in Beer. It is some nerdy intelectual stuff. I laugh every time I go to drop the semi off for repairs, wearing a coat and tie after school and the guys at the shop say, "You don't look like the typical person who drives a semi."
  8. Vegas Teacher

    Over hump to Pahrump

    Yes I will buy you guys lunch, you know those who just read this must wonder if we hate each other or not. I love the good hearted teasing we have together on this site, it is to much fun. Happy holidays to both of you. Trolley I am sneaking in and out again with a cab full of Wemon this Friday night, we are going to death valley brewing company. I am avoiding the hot springs like the plague. Don't get into the nude bathing in hot water, when I can do that at home in the privacy of my own tub.
  9. Vegas Teacher

    Over hump to Pahrump

    I took the semi out yesterday, went into dolly trolleys back yard and drove out 160 / Blue diamond toward Pahrump and then to the microbrew in Tecopa. I hit 5 to 10 miles of road construction going up the mountain and down again. I went over the first time in the light and down in the dark through a narrow lane that had twists and turns . Well I didn't hit any barrels, I didn't hit any cones and I didn't hit any cars, plus the brewery gave me a free meal and soft drinks after I showed them my semi in the Parking lot and told them I had to drive, they were impressed I followed the law to the letter. I am getting more and more confident behind the wheel. No flaming fire ball soccer mom's in a mini van is always a good day, hey dolly trolley I snuck in and snuck out. He he!!!!
  10. Vegas Teacher

    New Coolant Reservoir

    I agree with what you have all said. When going through college I used to install car stereos and build speaker boxes at a stereo shop. In my car I used to do some of the minor repairs and oil changes, no big deal. However I never had my car shut down, lock up its brakes and refuse to move. My semi did on a trip, when a Schrader valve blew out. I have never encountered a nut which refused to come off, when using a 1/2 inch impact wrench on a car, I did on my semi. So you guys are correct, I just don't feel like doing any of my own labor on this truck when southern tire Mart is so cheap.
  11. Vegas Teacher

    New Coolant Reservoir

    I got my coolant reservoir changed today at southern tire Mart. 95.00 for 1 hour of labor and 293.00 for aftermarket parts. Not having to turn a wrench, get frustrated, brake something and wonder if I did it right, plus took my wife out for lunch and spent a day making memories with her, priceless. Later Cory Ossana
  12. Vegas Teacher

    1/2 inch cordless impact 1200 to 1400 ftlbs

    I tried a local community college but they didn't want to work on my truck.
  13. Vegas Teacher

    1/2 inch cordless impact 1200 to 1400 ftlbs

    Not that does diesel. We have magnet schools not vocational schools, we used to have a vocational school then magnets took over. Remember I am a high school teacher in Las Vegas.
  14. Vegas Teacher

    1/2 inch cordless impact 1200 to 1400 ftlbs

    What school district I love the idea.
  15. Vegas Teacher

    1/2 inch cordless impact 1200 to 1400 ftlbs

    Mr. Eagle being a school teacher, in the science department I have the opportunity to talk to the physics teacher and get his help on conversions on stuff like that. Yes my driver was measured in, inch pounds however to give an apples to apples comparison I had him help me convert inch pounds to foot pounds. Now I know what many are thinking right now............. What he is at a school which probably has an auto shop program and an auto shop teacher (yes we do) why doesn't he ask that shop teacher for use of the equiptment or have the auto shop kids get some hands on experience on his truck. It would cost him a lot less if it was for educational experiences anyway. Well yes I did think of that and yes I did and ask and yes I did hope that it would work out that way but........... NO was the answer. O.S.H.A. says absolutely not. I thought they could change out my brakes and shocks - NOPE! OSHA will not let high school kids work anywhere near the air brake systems, and will not let them get near the truck in general. I also can't take school equiptment home or work on a Semi in the school shop, it is just not easy. I do understand, rules are in place to protect every body. Also for some odd reason our auto shop teacher did not want to lose his job, go figure. LOL, he is a good person though, I do go to him for advice on stuff and his opinion on tools just like I ask on the forum, it is fun to compare answers. I guess that is my science background coming out. Later, Cory O
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