I’ve stored up a few more thoughts over the past 10 days:
- I am still paying close attention to all vehicles with 18 or more wheels. I watch how they approach interesctions, take corners, and otherwise operate in traffic. I am much more tolerant in my opinions. But truckers driving slow in the left lane still piss me off. That is a pet peeve I will never get over.
- There are easily a million different trucking companies. I’ve been counting. There may be an infinite number of trucking companies. And they’re all hiring.
- While I admit I had a hard time picturing myself as a trucker and never saw myself as a blue collar kinda guy, I have always had respect for anyone who worked. I don’t care if they were driving a truck, digging ditches, flipping burgers or shoveling manure. Anyone who is willing to work is deserving of respect.
- The Limey was talking about truck stops today. Come truck stops can accommodate more than 800 trucks. HOLY FREAKIN’ COW! I grew up in a small town in southern Minnesota that had a population of 1,200. I’ll bet when you consider the non-truckers who might be dining or gassing up at the stop, the populations of the big truck stops and my home town are very nearly the same. On the subject …
- I don’t expect to make great numbers of friends at truck stops. I’ll be the guy wearing golf shirts and khakis. Everybody else will be wearing cutoffs or ratty jeans and oil-stained tee shirts. I’m not tying to be snobby or anything, but my khakis are comfortable and my BMW golf shirts are also comfortable and wash up beautifully. These polyester shirts are five years old and still look new. Sorry, but I’m going to wear them. Plus, other than the fact that I drive trucks too, I will have almost nothing in common with other truck drivers. The Limey says truckers don’t talk about trucking. They truck. Truckers tend to talk about non-trucking stuff.
- A lot of the Limey’s trainees over the past seven years have been weird. He had one that cried a lot. He missed his girlfriend back in Florida. The Limey kindly made arrangements for a load to the Orlando area so he could see his girlfriend. The Limey even got a chance to meet her. He reported that she weighed 500 pounds if she weighed an ounce. Out loud he said, “Are you $#!)ing me!” (There’s somebody for everybody.)
- I’ve already heard this numerous times: Trucking is not a job. Trucking is a lifestyle. A lot of new truckers simply do not appreciate this fact. These truckers will not last the five week training period. I believe it.
- The trainer we will all be assigned will have a monumental impact on how we do in the business. We trainees should get a chance to interview trainers and then pick the one that seems to fit the best. (Never happen.)
I’ll make a quick post with the results of my road test tomorrow. It will be good news.