Pursuing one of my childhood dreams....

Lying in my bed (with Sweetie napping by my side, as usual) I caught a memory whilst reading online, of one of my childhood dreams. This dream, in particular, was as a result of a popular show from the 70's-80's called "BJ and the bear". I remember it being fun, action-backed, and age-appropriate (of course), and my inspiration (which was probably fuelled by the 'tomboy' in me) was to drive an 18-wheeler like the one driven by the star of the movie!

During different periods in my life, and usually whenever I see these trucks, I'm awed by their presence - powerful, majestic, over-shadowing, amazing pieces of engineering. Yes, I still want to drive one!

Now that I'm retired, with the time to do something like that, I'm going to investigate how I could make this childhood dream come true. banana cheering

Day one - Enquire about driver-training and testing/licensing

Stay tuned for updates...thumbs up
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Day 1 Update:
Based upon the research (online), I first have to apply for and acquire a Class 4 (Heavy Truck) license. After 1 year, I can then apply for a Class 5 (Extra-Heavy Truck) license. So, if I get the Class 4 by year's end, then Class 5 could be had by the end of 2023.

Sounds like a plan. Now to find a nearby Driving school to get details about the cost for tuition, days for training, etc.thumbs up
Oops, my bad math, make that 'get my Class 5 by 2024', not 2023.
Oops again, I think I was right the first time.hmmm laugh
What you do is, you call a driving school and tell about your dream and ask simply if you can have a few driving lessons.

To get the whole license is costly. Very costly.
And then it has to be renewed now and then, and ... no.. forget it.

Another option may be.... possibly you can drive one at private land.
So find a man with a truck and some private land et voila!
Maybe you'll get a bf while at it too...

drinking
...Arnold just jumped in one and said "get out" and soon after he was chasing
pedestrians down the street rolling on the floor laughing
laugh Funnee G...
Seriously, though , I didn't know that it was VERY costly but I was hoping to get some part time work with it (maybe,,,) later on. I'll still try to find out, and post the info as an update.
And even if I can get a truck to use privately, I'll still need to get some training...
I drove a 7.5 tonner once... and got nervous...
It's not about horsepower, raw sound and sitting 2m higher than everybody else (king of the road)

It's about ....responsibility.... holding the beast within the line.
watching the bicyclist in the mirror as you pass him (nervously).
Looking out for overpasses that are perhaps not high enough to get under...

No seriously... that shit can wreck your nerves in less than 3 minutes...start with a few lessons...
and after that you may had had enough. I just parked mine, and that was not a class4.. laugh

With that said: chicks driving large hauls is very sweet to see.
"No seriously... that shit can wreck your nerves in less than 3 minutes...start with a few lessons...
and after that you may had had enough. I just parked mine, and that was not a class4..."


Wow...and I'm usually such a 'nervous nelly'... hmmm sad




With that said: chicks driving large hauls is very sweet to see."

"Sweet...?" I'd say "AWESOME!" grin
Awe and then some hehe.

So... book your fist class? take a few selfies for us....
(I'll teach you how to upload them here)

cheers
Gotta find out about the cost, then apply for a learners permit, then find a tutor. All in good time...Let's see what happens on day 2.grin


Btw, thanks for offering to show me how to post the selfies on here.hug
Gotta find out about the cost, then apply for a learners permit, then find a tutor. All in good time...Let's see what happens on day 2.


Day 2: Morning update -

I consulted with a male friend about my intention, and (sadly) all I got from him was that the type of vehicle used for training would be a "double axle" truck. I'm not sure how that helps my research, but....dunno

I then consulted with another friend who drives "Heavy" vehicles (he works with the local public-transport company), and got so much more to go on. These details are:
* Get a Heavy T Learners' permit;
* Take the Regulations Exam;
* Get practical training with a tutor using the same/similar vehicle that will be used for the 'on-the-road' test;
* Note that most Heavy T vehicles are Manual/Stick shift, so you should practice with one:
* Beware of tutors who ask for bribes/encourage you to 'buy' the license;
* Ask friends to give you opportunities to practice on their Heavy T vehicles, so that you won't have to pay for many tutorials;
*Only make an appointment for the practical exam, when you feel sure you are ready. Don't rush it.

I must admit, that even though I learned to drive on a manual vehicle (1987), I've become extremely comfortable with the automatic transmission. I'm not looking forward to the driving a stick shift again, but we'll see...mumbling roll eyes

I have completed the application form for a Learners' permit and plan on going to the Licensing Office (aka DMV) soon. I also go the contact number of a tutor; I'll call for more details, especially costs.
The journey continues....wine
The more I learn about this, is the more effort and money, that I now know I have to spend in order to pursue my dream.sigh hmmm

Day 2: Afternoon update -

So, I called the number of the Driving tutor, and I was given the following details:

* Make a scheduled appointment to visit chosen Licensing Office location;
* Present the completed application form, 4 passport-sized pics (green background colour), a recent Medical Certificate and a home utility bill, in order to qualify and receive a Heavy T Learners' Permit;
* Print/download Heavy T regulations, study them, take and pass test;
*To begin training, I must first drive a manual car (as evidence that I can, which I haven't done since 2001);
* Progress to Heavy T training until ready for 'on-the-road' exam;
* Rent truck for Exam day;
* Pay for Heavy T License (once successful).

NB. Approximate cost for everything (except the number of tutorial sessions is TT$900. The cost of an half hour manual (car) practice session is TT$70, and the cost of an half hour manual (truck) is TT$100. So I need to have at least TT$1,100 to proceed.

Whew!....That's it for Day 2, people. The saga continues....banana wave
Well that was cheaper than I feared then,
so go ahead maybe but bring the cellphone for selfies.
I wanna see you sacred face haha

handshake
" I wanna see you sacred face haha"

"Sacred", or scared? grin
Well, it certainly sounded scary when my friend (the second guy) explained the training. It's very intricate learning how to manoeuvre a tall and lengthy truck, so that you don't knock anything/anyone over...roll eyes sigh
Growing up I wanted to be a scientist.
So, what changed your mind? Why didn't you become a scientist, Chat?
Music entered my life and I wanted to be a ROCKSTAR!
Wanted to see your scarface lol, no the scared one...horror..lol
Soon we'll find out if your nerves are better than mine hehe.

I recently found out what I was supposed to become in my life: an architect.
Perhaps a bit late now... but at least now I know what I should have done before.



gnite
I recently found out what I was supposed to become in my life: an architect.
Perhaps a bit late now... but at least now I know what I should have done before.I'm certain that you were to "become" more than that...we all are, so don't worry about it being "a bit late". If you want to try, then try; and don't think that you have to give up what you're doing now so that you can pursue your dream.comfort wine
I'm certain that you were to "become" more than that...we all are, so don't worry about it being "a bit late". If you want to try, then try; and don't think that you have to give up what you're doing now so that you can pursue your dream.comfort wine
So who said you couldn't be both?dunno
Day 3: Morning update.

Good morning folks...wave
Today, I went online to make an appointment at the Licensing Office. I have a confirmed date for next Friday afternoon, at the southern branch, and realized that I may NOT need to provide a Medical certificate, after all. The guidelines only mentioned 65 years and older candidates, so it seems that I may be 'in the clear' for another 8/9 years. lol!

And she rested on the 3rd day....grin








Hope you all are having a blessed day.bouquet
Can do a joke without being called myssogynist son-of-a-donald?
rolling on the floor laughing rolling on the floor laughing rolling on the floor laughing rolling on the floor laughing rolling on the floor laughing rolling on the floor laughing rolling on the floor laughing rolling on the floor laughing rolling on the floor laughing
When they find out you are a woman they will not ask for a medical,
they will ask for 20 push ups to see if you qualify.
HE HE HE....not funneeeroll eyes scold
Day ...?

It's 4 days away from my appointment at the Licensing Office, and I need to ensure that I collect all that is required. Thing is, it's been raining a lot and, even though I like the rain, I've not been enthusiastic about going out in it. I did make a quick visit to nearby mini-mart for snacks, but that's different.grin


Anyhoo, I'll try again tomorrow....wave
And here is more sarcasm from me rolling on the floor laughing
(I actually support your dream... dunn worry..)-
So in the 18 wheelers cabin, I recommend always have an umbrella ready
as filling 'er up might take 5min... and those truck pumps are often under open sky.

snowed in frog flirty
AAH...so I have some fun and excitement to look forward too! And, btw, I like the rain (I even wrote a poem about it. lol!)banana dancing wine grin
Now to my update:

TODAY is D-Day!! ...Unfortunately, due to the passing of the daughter of one of my close neighbours, I have to attend a funeral at 1pm.sad

The next available date for a new appointment is June 29th, so hopefully 'D-Day' will be met.grin

In the 'between' time, I've been offered the use of various Heavy Trucks (Class 4) for practice sessions, by yet another male friend. This one works at our main City Corporation and supervises city maintenance activities, and has suggested that I contact him when I'm ready. applause cheering

Such opportunities/offers would greatly reduce my cost for tutorials. Now, all I need is someone I know who owns a 'stick shift' car (Class 3), to ask for some practice opportunities and cut my costs even further.grin hmmm
Yea, do not pass on the chance of driving a stick! roll eyes thumbs up

Day 'whatever'...grin

So, this is the week of my appointment at the Licensing Office, to apply for my Heavy T learners' permit. It's scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, and I'm really excited about making that first step.banana Only then would this dream of mine start feel 'real'.

2 more days to go...cheering
According to plan when will you have your first driving lesson in a Lorry?
(light heavy / first step above car)
Really don't know...I have a few offers, so I need to follow-up, but only after I'm done on Wednesday.dancing
I had a near 33 year career in environmental science, which was my love, but I always wanted to race a Formula one car. Later, when I could afford to drive one I had to decline doing so because I knew my stamina and reaction times weren't up to it anymore.

So, I settled for sitting in a F1 car at Daytona International speedway while I waited to participate in a Mercedes Benz AMG Challenge that same morning. After finishing ground school there and having fun on the inside track I drove a 2003 Mercedes E55 AMG one lap on the big track. Exhilarating!



beer
Nice! That must have been really exciting. I could imagine you sitting there with wide eyes and a big grin on your face (if it was me, that's what I'd have looked like. lol!) grin
Yep, grinning ear to ear. smile

My step-son took these of me running through a slalom course at Daytona long time ago. Believe it or not, I am smiling in the car for this driving event too.

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I'd still like to do this too sometime on ice .... laugh

Yep, grinning ear to ear.

My step-son took these of me running through a slalom course at Daytona long time ago. Believe it or not, I am smiling in the car for this driving event too.


Yep! I believe it...from ear to ear!laugh
"I'd still like to do this too sometime on ice ...."

WOW! That looks really exciting....but also a bit scary?hmmm uncertain
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