Quick, cute(?) story from my time in the shipper’s office in Salinas, California. Some truckers can be quite talkative. I’ve walked away from several conversations that I started up with an innocent remark at a truck stop or shipper or receiver’s waiting area. Sometimes other truckers will just strike up a conversation with me. Guess I look like a listener. I’ve walked away from several of these encounters with my ears bleeding.
Well another driver had evidently pent up a good deal of conversation over his trip to Salinas because I learned in a matter of minutes that:
- He was sore because he had been working out at a health club owned by his brother.
- He had just started driving truck again because his construction job in Utah went away.
- He’d driven truck before but “had some problems.”
- He had to wait a bit to get his CDL again this time around because of legal issues that he had to wait on.
- He made do by dealing drugs. “Thank God I didn’t get caught this time.”
Okaaaay. Fortunately it was my turn at the window so he redirected his life story to the next guy in line.
As for the title of this post, I have noticed that a goodly percentage of truck drivers have bad teeth. I’m not passing judgment. Just making an observation. I can also say that when I am dealing with my contact lenses and brushing my own teeth in truck stop men’s rooms, more often than not there is another trucker brushing his teeth as well. Teeth issues range from lotsa spaces (missing teeth) to discolored or rotting teeth. I just can’t help but notice these things.
Well the guy who was giving me his life story / rap sheet had, as far as I can tell, two teeth. All I could see were his two front top teeth and they the bottom formed an upside down V kinda like this:
It wasn’t quite that pronounced, but you get the idea. The guy he was talking to after he finished with me had all his teeth except his two front top teeth. So between them, they had one good (give or take) set of teeth.
Hey, it tickled me.