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Everything posted by Erik88

  1. That was terrifying. I wonder if the lug nuts on both wheels were not torqued.
  2. Mostly demand. It started right around the time Russia invaded Ukraine and diesel prices shot up.
  3. Not a lot beyond it being a concern. Most of our loads are contracted so that our customers pay for fuel. Or at least most of it. It's all hurting though. The cost of new trucks, tires, repairs on existing trucks, etc. All those things are substantially inflated right now. If you know any kids graduating high school that wanted to learn a trade, diesel mechanics are in high demand and make a lot from what I understand. More overtime than you could possibly want I assume. The next year or two will be interesting I bet.
  4. Consider this your monthly supply chain update. The trucking company I work for this time last year was declining 10,000 loads per week. Now we are declining around 1,000 loads per week. That was 10k loads we wanted to haul, but simply couldn't. We have seen a remarkable drop from even Q1 of this year. That said, I think we had our best Q1 in company history.
  5. Video is private but it would also help to know what type of vehicle it is.
  6. The parts I read in his "manifesto" seem like the opposite of what a gun grabber would write. He specifically said he wanted to avoid places where people might have CCW's and picked NY because of their restrictive gun laws. I didn't read the entire thing though. What did you see that made you feel opposite?
  7. And it's the same people saying the inflation is all Biden's fault.
  8. Well, my Instagram feed just included a video of a woman having a large cockroach removed from her ear, which crawled in while she was sleeping. I'm never going to sleep again. Thanks IG.
  9. What? You lost me on this one.
  10. I always cringe when people talk about their wife like this. It makes me wonder what sort of marriage they have. My wife and I discuss purchases like adults and always come to some sort of agreement. In 11 years the only thing my wife has asked me not to buy is a motorcycle. The guy in that conversation is just a selfish idiot. I hate dealing with people like that.
  11. It might depend on the industry but this has not been my experience working in an office job for 11 years now. Many of the younger people I worked with were eager to get promoted up the ranks and really put out a pretty good effort. At least most did. There were some people in their 20's that were horrible. Others were promoted to management spots before they hit 30. At the same time, we had a lot of people in their 40-50's that were so burned out by corporate bull that they were doing the bare minimum to simply keep their job. I don't blame them. Overall, I haven't seen any proof one generation at work has been worse than the other. It's been a mixed bag. Well said. I think some young people just aren't willing to kill themselves for a corporation that doesn't care about them at all. That doesn't make them lazy in my opinion.
  12. I would look at a used Lexus GX470 or GX460. The 460's are newer and a little bigger. The 470 has the legendary 4.7L V8 which has been documented to go 1 million miles a few times now. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1054011635214955/?ref=search&referral_code=marketplace_search&referral_story_type=post https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/469057814965331/?ref=search&referral_code=marketplace_search&referral_story_type=post
  13. So are you looking for a smaller truck or just a small vehicle of some kind?
  14. I'm keeping my 20 year old truck and my 10 year old RAV4. Absolutely nothing wrong with either one. I wouldn't be afraid to buy a high mileage Toyota truck. Even if you have to shell out a few grand for repairs it's still cheaper than buying new. Plenty of Tundras for sale on Facebook marketplace.
  15. I have two friends taking the same beginner motorcycle class I took this weekend. They picked a great day for it. Tomorrow isn't looking good though. Still no motorcycle for me but I did make it out on the lake all day so I can't complain.
  16. Erik88

    CZ 75

    I think you let me shoot yours years ago and I've wanted one ever since. Once a year I'll shop around but never see one for a price that convinced me. $333 is a steal. Nice find @tercel89
  17. https://www.tngunowners.com/forums/topic/124078-knoxville-gun-show-undercover-investigation/
  18. Can you merge it into the existing threads? We have two for the same topic.
  19. Agreed. But if gang members(or people that associate with them) are buying guns at the shows, I would rather they be caught. But you're right it will be used against us either way.
  20. I'm sure we all feel similar about the ATF, but if they are catching people like this then it sounds like the type of work we want them to be doing. Seems like a legitimate use of their resources. Having that type of criminal activity at the gun shows only makes things worse for the rest of us.
  21. Knoxville has some sort of connection with Detroit that goes deeper than sharing the same interstate. This is probably the 10th time over the last several years that a local news story has mentioned someone from Detroit being arrested in Knoxville. Several of stories were murders. Gang related I'm guessing.
  22. That's more of an issue with the food manufacturers than it is transportation if I had to guess. I'm sure transportation might have some impact but I think companies are having a hard time getting raw materials and not producing as much product as they would like. Goes back to the labor shortages. What we're seeing now with the trucking industry is concerning. We're having to solicit freight for the first time since 2019.
  23. I could believe this. Some say the trucking industry is an early indicator for possible recession. We have seen a dramatic shift at work since diesel prices shot up. The amount of available loads is declining every week. https://www.freightwaves.com/news/bank-of-america-is-sounding-the-alarm-on-collapsing-freight-demand
  24. How high is the window?
  25. Good points. I want to mention I'm very much in favor of what we're seeing with the job market right now. It's a breath of fresh air to see a sliver of power being shifted to workers instead of corporations. I hope it lasts a while.


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