A Little Nervous, Pardon my Venting

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by MassWineGuy, Oct 29, 2013.

  1. MassWineGuy

    MassWineGuy Active Member

    Well, after two weeks of hearing nothing, I got a message this morning from a supervisor at my center asking me to call in. Maybe he just wanted to know how I was doing. Maybe he wanted to award me the Powerball jackpot. But more than likely, he probably wants me to come in tomorrow and drive. Distancing myself from it in my mind, I feel fine. I'm a good driver (even though a package car will take some adjusting) and I think I understand the other aspects of the job. Still, I'm somewhat nervous and maybe a little scared, as this is new to me.

    As a friend of mine who drove a package car for 20 years told me, the most important thing to UPS is don't get in an accident because then their profit margin goes to zero. I'll keep that in mind.
  2. thatsmypackage

    thatsmypackage New Member

    You will probably be going out with a supervisor to learn a route... hopefully an area that you may already know well. :) You'll make deliveries and learn the DIAD at the same time. After a few days you'll get the hang of it. Biggest thing is sorting... learn to use the number system they have on the truck shelves. Before you know it, you'll be on your own... and THAT'S when it gets better.

    At least you got a call... I'll probably be called to turn my uniforms in. LMAO. :)
  3. MassWineGuy

    MassWineGuy Active Member

    It did cross my mind that maybe they called just to tell me to return the uniforms. It's been pretty danged cold here in New England lately. I need to get a UPS brown wool cap (not necessarily issued by UPS).
  4. upschuck

    upschuck Well-Known Member

    Once you start driving, the nightmares start coming as well. Every driver I know has had them; 11 o'clock still have bunch of airs, 5 pm still have a full truck, that kind of thing.

    Just so you know.
  5. MassWineGuy

    MassWineGuy Active Member

    I'm sure that will happen, though I'll try my hardest to get all the airs delivered by 10:30.
  6. thatsmypackage

    thatsmypackage New Member

    The helpers usually get a brown skull cap... You can probably get one too if you ask. :) I managed to get one... kept it. :)
  7. MassWineGuy

    MassWineGuy Active Member

    Yeah, those caps were too damn tight. I'd like to get one of my own. I could use it, anyway. Or I could ask my wife to knit one.
  8. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Just another internet hooligan.

    Not that I agree with Dave very often, but I'm having a little problem justifying these two posts.
  9. upschuck

    upschuck Well-Known Member

    You can't get your air of when you're sleeping. I'm talking about actual nightmares.
  10. superballs63

    superballs63 Well-Known Troll Troll

    That's a nightmare? Seems that we just call that "Friday" in our hub.
  11. East coast navy

    East coast navy Veteran

    When I first started I was so depressed. My first peak felt like it took for ever. It was worse then being in boot camp. Then it got better. Started learning routes, then got my own route. Started to but it in cruise control. It gets better year after year after year. If you like the job it's worth staying.
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2013
  12. jumpman23

    jumpman23 Oh Yeah

    My first peak I was running almost 300 stops a day. I was only driving for like 6 months. I was getting whooped so bad I didn't have time to tell myself how bad it sucked. Itll be hard at first but you just got to suck it up. Take little tiny mind breaks and get yourself together soldier. A little self meditation goes a long way to ease your mind and soul. Sounds dumb yes I know but trust me you will find yourself having to get your self together more than you even know or understand. Cant do this job if your mentally weak. All about survival when you start driving. Every driver has been through the first rough part.
  13. MassWineGuy

    MassWineGuy Active Member

    Cosmo, what is it that you don't understand? I can't tell.
  14. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    Did you work or not?
  15. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Just another internet hooligan.

    You were anxious about being called, but didn't answer when you were called.
  16. kingOFchester

    kingOFchester Well-Known Member

    When I first started I never had nightmares at night about delivering. I had nightmares about being back on preload. Still have those every now and then.

    Peak season clocking in at 12:30am, when I am use to going to bed at that hour still sends shivers down my spine. As bad as driving can be at times, it isn't as bad as loading 4-5 trucks with 300+ stops each for 8 hours.
  17. MassWineGuy

    MassWineGuy Active Member

    I didn't know when the early morning call came in who it was. I checked later on. Today is my first day out with a supe.
  18. bleedinbrown58

    bleedinbrown58 mouth breathers...everywhere

    1230? We were in between 11pm and midnight last peak.....out by 930. Exhausting....but nice fat paychecks lol.
  19. MassWineGuy

    MassWineGuy Active Member

    I once applied for a local sort job. Permanent, 6:30 pm to around 10 pm. I took one look at the guy loading the feeder trucks and decided to forget it.
  20. BrownChoice

    BrownChoice Active Member

    if it is your 1st day out, and judging by your time of post, i feel sorry for you.. Lol!!!!