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Prometheus Rising / Re: 🚛 Prometheus Rising
« on: May 21, 2019, 08:45:35 PM »
For those keeping track, I deliver Thursday, not Tuesday

Prometheus Rising / Re: 🚛 Prometheus Rising
« on: May 21, 2019, 07:59:30 AM »
Imo, the .most important "gift" attributed to Prometheus is civilization itself.  Which naturally is very appropriate to the semi.  Also petroleum being a liquid form of fire.  There are many other parallels as well, but now I must get to truckin'.  I've got 1286 miles to go and I've got to deliver Tuesday morning in New Jersey. 

By a variety of measures, Americans are more religious than Europeans. According to a Pew Research Center study published in September 2018, even though the majority of people on the both sides of the Atlantic consider themselves religious, there are significant differences between Europeans and Americans.

For instance, nearly 70 percent of American Christians pray daily, and only 18 percent of self-described Christians in Europe say that they pray every single day.

Countless studies investigating the religiosity across demographic groups in both the United States and Europe have been published over the years, but only a few have probed the relationship between religiosity and morality.

As Professor Jim Davies of Carleton University wrote in The Conversation, research has suggested that cultural and genetic components influence morality — at least to an extent, according to Davies, this equation applies to non-believers as well, given that a society’s sense of morality is at least somewhat influenced by religion.

Investigating the link between religiosity and morality are two new studies conducted by Sarah J. Ward, a postdoctoral research scholar at Columbia Business School, and Professor Laura A. King.

For a study (“Moral stereotypes, moral self-image, and religiosity”) published in Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, the researchers conducted three surveys of 1,667 participants in an effort to investigate how religiosity and moral stereotyping influences moral self-image.

Ward and her team of researchers established that religious people tend to consider their religious group more superior to others, finding that “the association between religiosity and moral self-image was partially explained by impression management and perceptions of the morality of one’s religious ingroup.”

As Ward explained in statements supplied to PsyPost, religious people tend to believe that they share characteristics with members of their religious group, which they view as moral. This is why the perceived morality of a religious group can “rub off” on its members, according to the researchers.

For a related study (“Moral self-regulation, moral identity, and religiosity”) published in The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Ward recruited 992 individuals to investigate how religious and non-religious people respond to having their moral-self image threatened.

Compared to atheists and non-believers, according to the study, religious individuals are more likely to compensate for “past transgression.” Their motivations appear to be largely egoistic, however.

“Indeed, the highly contextualized nature of religious prosociality suggests that the motivations underlying religious people’s sense of morality may be more in service of egoistic concerns.”

“People may pursue moral identity (or religion) for self-enhancing motivations, such as feeling that one is morally superior to others or displaying one’s prosociality publicly in hopes of social acclaim,” Ward said.

American's more religious because they supposedly pray more?  That is ridiculous.  Consider the average American prayer; "lord, please help me and mine achieve and acquire and heal this and that...and I swear I'll never choke the chicken or nanny again.  I swear I'll stop gambling and drinking if you can only do xyz for me."  Surly you gest with this nonsense. 

Americans are only more pseudoeverythingelse and better at the fakessudoness as well.  Sue sue pseudio as the english drummer put it in the 80's.

Furthermore, it's obvious that the overwhelming mess man has created since our inception has revolved around religion to being with.  Of cousre Siddhartha Gautama put an end to you well know.  He broke the wheel of suffering.  But to do that requires breaking the self.  That's the very thing that communicates it's own religiosity, and argues how much more religious it is.  The statement "I'm more religious than you" is already a parady of religiosity.  Which itself is already less of what it purports to be. 

The most "religious" of man are mostly hiding from man.  Hiding in caves and obscure monasteries where the lack of ego if of primary concern.  Then they find the cave dwelling monks and write books about them. 

The truth cannot be met by words.  Words are concepts of the human mind.  Words break apart the suchness of what is.  The pigeon hole and corrupt.  But they are all that we have to cummincate with one another in this virtual space.  They are all that we have to slice up reality amongst ourselves. 

The concept of more religious is ridiculous to me.  You may as well argue about who is the better footballer. 

Prometheus Rising / Re: Lucid Trucking
« on: May 19, 2019, 01:44:26 PM »
We also both know the ins and outs of the industry.  I don't know dry van so much, but I know flatbedding.  Also I'm just not embarking on an O/O journey so that could be catalogued in real time. 

Prometheus Rising / Re: Lucid Trucking
« on: May 19, 2019, 01:23:29 PM »
A trucking podcast would likely be pretty popular.  In general truckers listen to more hours of podcasts than any other demographic.  I listen to around 10 podcasts as well as The Great Courses Plus and Amazon's Audible.  I probably listen to about 8 hours a day of podcasts as well as music on spotify. 

I imagine a collapse truckin' poscast would be a pretty unique podcast.  There are truckin' podcasts but they are strictly about truckin' related themes.  This could be a truckin' podcast that relates to collapse issues.  You'd want to get it on spotify and apple though...then there is stitcher.  Lot's of podcasters out there have made it big on their own merrits.  Not much money it it though.  I hear even the big independent podcasters only make a couple hundred bucks a month in advertisements.  The podcasts networks are brutal with their pound of flesh. 

I'd be willing to work with you though. 

Prometheus Rising / Re: Lucid Trucking
« on: May 19, 2019, 01:11:29 PM »
How about doing an interview from the road?  I'd like to see your truck!  We can talk about the economics of O/O, stupid 4-wheelers, the best Truckstops etc, etc, etc.


We can arrange that

Prometheus Rising / Re: Lucid Trucking
« on: May 19, 2019, 12:30:00 PM »
Yeah, I learned quickly to keep my mouth shut.  A dispatcher has a lot of pull when it comes to your money.  They can make your life hell. 

Last summer, I hadn't been on the Nucor account for more than a couple of months.  I was only around 7 months into my trucking career at that point, and already with my second trucking company.  I got a 60' load of beams.  We have 53' fixed spread axle trailers.  That enables us to move 60' berams in most southern states without needing a permit.  This particular load needed to be tarped.  That's 60' of metal beams that need to be covered in tarps.  Just securing those loads with 5/16th inch chains with ratchet binders is a big job that takes around an hour (I'm quicker now).  They want us to use all of our chains on oversize loads and so that's 10 chains with two extra on the front in an X formation to keep the beams from killing the driver.  I got the load secured and then tarped it, which took another hour or so.  Keep in mind that this is midsummer in Charelston SC on a coil yard.  Many of the coils that surround the workspace are supper hot having just been coiled in the mill.  It's easy 120 degree fareinheight where I'm working.  It get the whole thing secured and tarped and dressed out with all of the oversize gear.  My mistake was that I did not go over the scales before tarping.  I went over the scales after all of that brutal work and found that I was over weight on my rear axle.  I can't ride like that.  The only way to fix it is to get back in line and have the fork driver move the load. 

I called my fleet manager to update her on this clusterfuck.  I didn't have the time to spare as it would be another 4 hours before I could leave with the load.  I was already exausted and soaked to my boots in sweat.  We have to wear a hard hat, long sleeve shirt, long pants, safety vest, and hard toed boots.  It's miserable work conditions in the summer in the south.  Keep in mind that if I'm not moving down the road I'm not makig any money because as a compnay driver you get paid by the mile, not by the time. 

I was exasperated when I called her to give her the update.  I was frustrated with the knowledge of the work that was ahead of me.  I had barely got the load secured and tarped without passing out from heat exaustion.  I had to stop many times to get in the air conditioned truck to cool down and hydrate.  I probably drank 5 16 ounce waters in the first secure/tarp job.  Now I had to untarp (roll the 70 pound tarps back up) and unchain and replace all of the chains back on the headache rack.  I then had to wait in line to get the load repositioned just to do the entire fucking thing over again.  I was so overwhelmed that I bitched a bit about it to my fleet manager.  She said something along the lines of "bitching about it isn't going to fix anything, do what you need to do."  Yes ma'am I replied while catching up with myself. 

I got in my truck and began screaming a primordial scream.  I screamed until my voice broke up and cracked.  I kept screaming until my voice was gone.  I coudn't talk for over a week.  I remember thinking, at the time, that I was glad that I had no voice.  It felt very fitting to me to have no voice.  I felt as if my voice was pointless in this world.  This was shortly after swallowing the idealism pill down, shitting it out, and watching it circle as it went to the sewer.  I felt powerless and inconsequential.  I felt replaceable and pointless.  All of this work and for what?  I was away from my family and millions of miles away from my blissful bamboo groves.  I was there in that industrial wasteland wasting my efforts on a highly regulated industry of DOT bullshit. 

I made it through that day...granted without my voice.  I got the load repositioned and resecured and retarped.  I ran out of time on my 14 hour day and ended up putting in about 18 hours.  I shut down in a gravel lot at Nucor exausted.   I got up 5 hours later and delivered the load.  It was miserable.  I vowed to never bitch again because it didn't matter what I thought.  The world doesn't give two shits about what we think.  The world of man does what it does and all we can do is deal with our lot. 

I never bitched to my fleetmanager again after that day.  I had plenty of cause to bitch.  I just dealt with whatever it was I had to deal with.  My voice came back and I was a bit saddened by the fact.  I was hopeful that my voice would never come back.  I didn't want to talk again.  I fealt it would be better to just not even be able to talk.  What did it matter.  That day hardened and wisened me. 

Prometheus Rising / Re: Lucid Trucking
« on: May 19, 2019, 11:27:57 AM »
Also, please forgive the typos.  I'm using a wireless keyboard on my Galaxy S9 on a motel bed.  It's next to impossible to see what I'm typing.  To clarify though, I am a 1099 noiw. 

Prometheus Rising / Re: Lucid Trucking
« on: May 19, 2019, 11:21:59 AM »
It's true about the Zen Surly.  I've got a book in my head entitled 'The Zen of Truckin'."  I've got the chapters lined up already.  At this point I'm waiting for the O/O experiience.  For me it's a natural progression. 

I quickly found myself in the best position a company driver can find himself in.  I was at 65 cpm on a dedicated account.  Half of my miles were deadhead (that's trucker for an empty trailer).  I'd deliever a Nucor load, either steel beams or coil, and then turn around and deadhead strait back.  Deadhead miles are much easier with exception to winter driving.  Semi's actually stop more efficiently while under load due to friction.  An empty truck is harder to stop.  Anyways, I got complacent having maxed out so quickly with pay.  It was just going to be a 1cpm raise annually.  While I was in a sweet spot the stagnation began to bother me.  My second year of driving company I grossed 70k.  Not bad.

Owning my own truck opens up many doors.  It's a 16 month turn around though.  I've got to pay 1800 a month for the truck with a 20k payout at the end.  That buys 5k worth of new flatbed gerar howevrer.  I've got shinny new chains hanging from my headache rack now as well as straps right out of the box.  All of my gear is freshly minted.  At the end of the 16 months I will own the truck and the gear.  I'll just need to acquire a trailer at that point.  At that point I'll likely move to the next step which is to get my own authority and broker my own loads.  For now I get 70% of what the load pays plus the fuel surcharge and all of the money for tarping.  I'm interested to see how much money the tarping fees amount to.  My company pays $35 dollars for tarping to compnay drivers. 

In a lot of ways o/o gives more security and in other ways it gives less.  Being that I'm straight profit for the compnay now they are more likely to get rid of company drivers before letting go fo the o/o''s.  With that comes a lot more responsibility though.  I've got the truck note, truck insurance, full cost of medical insurance fo r the family, the cost of maintenance and repairs, fuel, and I'm not 1099 so I"ve got to pay quarterly taxes as well.  It definitely changes the game.  However most successful O/O's at my company are doubling their company income even after the o/o costs.  Once the truck and gear is paid for I'll tripple my company income.  Not to mention at that point I can pull any type of freight be it container, van, reefer, heavy haul, and hazmat.  That will enable me to broaden my scope and increases my chance for sustainable trucking. 

Getting to the bottom of the numbers between o/o and company is a bit difficutl.  Everbody has an opinion and a larbge percentage of those moving from company to o/o fail without the first year.  That's mostly because they see those big ass checks and spend the money on keeping up with the Joneses.  My outlook is that I"m gonig to pay myself less and work more while I'm paying off the truck.  50k a year keeps my family in the manner they are accostumed.  I've already got the balloon payment at the end in the bank.  Hopefully I'll double that saved money in the first year.  I geel good about the truck.  It was a fleet truck and so PM was done faithfully.  Regular oil changes are the most important thing that can be done for any engine.  I know that was done for this truck.  I also get an extra 5 mph because I'm o/o.  We were governed at 65 and now I can do 70.  Not that I will just in interest of better mpg.  It's just nice for passing the governed company drivers while under load. 

I'm excited for the new challenges.  It feels good to be my own man again and to not have to answer to bosses.  If I want to go home I just go home.  However, at least for the next year and a half, while I'm paying for the truck, I will work more and be home less.  Once the truck is paid for, with any luck, I'll be able to be home more and for longer. 

One of the great benefits to going o/o like I am, with my company, is that if it doesn't work out for any reasonI can just return the truck and get right back in a company truck.  Even if the engine blows.  They will take it back and put me back in a company truck.  That's in black and white.  I read it in the contract I signed with them.  My fleet manager siad she'd fire somebody if she had to to get me back.  She actually encouraged me to try o/o and that was against her own interest since I've proven myself as a reliabe employee that never bitched about anything.  There was plenty to bitch about as well.  I just kept my mouth shut and endured the bullshit that comes with trucking. 

In the final analysis I'm not risking much by going out on my own in this manner.  I have the safety net of going right back to where I was as a company driver on a dedicated run.  Now I just need some luck as far as the truck goes.  But the truck is solid.  It's got a Detroit DD15 which is one of the best out there, next to a Cat.  It's a manual 10 speed with an Eaton transmission.  Eaton has been around  for a long time and they are proven and reliable transmissions.  I'm confident in success.  My heads in the right place and I'm willing to do what it takes to succeed. 

Prometheus Rising / Re: Lucid Trucking
« on: May 18, 2019, 07:32:43 PM »
It's the greatest travesty that we must abide by the way the world is.  It doesn't have to be this way.  It's so easy to come to solutions to how things are.  It's just got so much momentum at this point that nothing can be done about it.  I gave up on idealism.  The ideals were just keeping me down.  It's not right.  I live in a world awash with diesel and Merikan bullshit.  Yet I provide for my family. 

In the end it's eat or be eaten.  In this world we have little choice.  I won't be a martyr for those who can't see.  I'll leave that to Jesus. 

Prometheus Rising / Re: Lucid Trucking
« on: May 18, 2019, 07:23:48 PM »
Glad i lurked over here to read your update LD.  I pray your endeavor pays off for you and your family.  Your story made me think of my time paying off student loans and saving up while living on an oil rig.  Never did make enough to buy land, but as fate would have it i met and fell in love with a dairy farmer.  We are tying the knot and are together buying 80 acres and the dairy on their folks farm.  We are in debt and a bit broke but its progress.  I'll have to write an update on things on the farm after crops and the wedding to share to diners.  There will be plenty of glamping options to come check things out and stay for a while. 

Anyway i got to think its been a challenge to endure the slog and BS that paradoxically is the opposite of where your heart lies, i think its noble though what you are fighting for and hope like heck you can pull it all off.  Best to you and your family, and drop me an email/dm if you ever end up in sw wisconsin on a trip.

Congrats on the love and the farm dude!  I haven't been on the Diner in months.  Might be close to a year since I've posted.

I used to be in Wisconsin on a regular cause I was with Roehl, and they are based out of Marshfield. 

I'm with a Southern Mississippi company now in Natchez.  I've been a company driver, but never been to Wisconsin with them.  Been to Michigan a lot.  Mostly I've brought coils to the Detroit area, which I find ironic.  That being pulling steel up to Detroilt from Charleston SC.  Use to be just cotton from the south and steal from the north.  I bring a lot of steel from SC to Pennslyvania as well.  Never ceases to amaze me. 

Now that I'm o/o though I've got more control on when I work and don't work.  That is, I don't have to answer to anyone.  However, in a way I've got to answer to my truck more now.  Basically I married a machine yesterday.  But I've got friends with this  company pulling in 3k a week less taxes.  Still at 20% that's around $2400 a week.  That's after taxes, truck note, truck insurance, medical insurance, and all of the other fuckin' insurance that suck out of me.   

Maybe next year I'll bring the family to vacation with you and help you milk some cows in Wisconsin.  I love the people up there.  This year we are vacationing on the outer banks of NC in a condo that's literally on the beach.  Sand is beneath the damn deck of the place.  We've got an extra room if you want to bring your bride to NC.  Won't cost you anyting.  I'd love to see you again. 

Surly Newz / Re: The Daily Meme
« on: May 18, 2019, 07:06:23 PM »
No squirrely Surly posts that I've seen  :icon_scratch:

So, RE .... To use one of those cartoon deals, just copy & paste the code. I like that saucer one  :icon_mrgreen:

LD, Glad to hear from you.


Surly Newz / Re: The Daily Meme
« on: May 18, 2019, 06:58:55 PM »
There were around 10 blank posts, then I refreshed and they were gone.  Probably on my end. 

Surly Newz / Re: The Daily Meme
« on: May 18, 2019, 06:56:52 PM »
maybe.  I'm on Verizon wireless.  It was on this thread though. 

Surly Newz / Re: The Daily Meme
« on: May 18, 2019, 06:44:57 PM »
My screen just showed around 10 Surly posts but there was no content.  Now none of the posts are showing at all?  Weird.

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