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When God made Truck Drivers

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Mad-Dog, Apr 15, 2005.

  1. Mad-Dog

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    "When God Made Truck Drivers"

    When the Lord was creating Truck Drivers, he was into his sixth day of
    overtime when an angel appeared and said, "You're doing a lot of fiddling
    around on this one."
    And the Lord said, "Have you read the spec on this order?"

    "A truck driver has to be able to drive 10-12 or more hours per day, through
    any type of weather, on any type of road, know the highway traffic laws of
    48 states and 10 provinces, he has to be ready and able to unload 40,000 lbs
    of cargo after driving thru the night, sleep in areas of cities and towns
    that the police refuse to patrol."

    "He has to be able to live in his truck 24 hours a day 7 days a week for
    weeks on end, offer first aid and motorist assistance to his fellow
    travelers, meet just in time schedules, and still maintain an even and
    controlled composure when all around him appear to have gone mad."

    "He has to be in top physical condition at all times, running on black
    coffee and half-eaten meals; he has to have six pairs of hands."
    The angel shook her head slowly and said, "Six pairs of hands... no way."

    It's not the hands that are causing me problems," said the Lord, "it's the
    three pairs of eyes a driver has to have."
    "That's on the standard model?" asked the angel.
    The Lord nodded.
    "One pair that sees the herd of deer in the thickets 3 miles away"
    "Another pair here in the side of his head for the blind spots that
    motorists love to hide in; and another pair of eyes here in front that can
    look reassuringly at the bleeding victim of a drunk driver that crashed into
    his ICC bumper at 70MPH and say, 'You'll be all right ma'am,' when he knows
    it isn't so."

    "Lord," said the angel, touching his sleeve, "rest and work on this
    tomorrow."
    "I can't," said the Lord, "I already have a model that can drive 650 miles a
    day, without incident and can raise a family of five without ever seeing
    them, on 30 cents a mile."

    The angel circled the model of the truck driver very slowly, "Can it think?"
    ,she asked.
    "You bet," said the Lord. "It can tell you the elements of every HAZMAT load
    invented; recite Federal Motor Carrier Regulations rules and regs in its
    sleep; deliver, pickup, be a father, offer timely advice to strangers,
    search for missing children, defend a woman's or children's rights, get 8
    hours of good rest on the street and raise a family of Law respecting
    citizens, without ever going home ... and still it keeps its sense of humor.
    "

    "This driver also has phenomenal personal control.
    He can deal with delivery and pickup areas created from scenes painted in
    hell, coax a lumper to actually work for his money, comfort an accident
    victim's family, and then read in the daily paper how truck drivers are
    nothing more than killers on wheels and have no respect for the rights of
    others while using the nations highways, which are mostly paid for by truck
    taxes.

    Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the
    driver.
    "There's a leak," she pronounced.
    "I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model."
    "That's not a leak," said the lord, "it's a tear."
    "What's the tear for?" asked the angel.
    "It's for bottled-up emotions, for fallen comrades, for commitment to that
    funny piece of cloth called the flag, for justice, for the family without
    its father."
    "You're a genius," said the angel.

    The Lord looked somber. "I didn't put it there."

    Author Unknown
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    Reposted courtesy of
    Mad-Dog
     
  2. 89GMCSuburban

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    That's good
     
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    That's good. I really don't care for the huge amounts of disrespect that I get from other motorists while just trying to do my job (drive truck), which is actually what keeps thier sorry a$$es alive. Maybe I should go to where they work and make thier jobs extra difficult for no reason at all? :thinking: People are stupid.
     
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    i hear ya bro.....i run from LA to miami back and forth pulling LTL with a reefer, i don't take a whole lot of **** from cars either.
    But u know there is bad apples in every bunch so try to take it with a grain of salt ....come on.
     
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    I'm here at TA in San Antonio, trying to fix you guys quick to get back on the road. 90% of the guys that come through are headed to cali.
     
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    i think you repaired the flex pipe on my rasberry red W900L one day several months ago when it came loose from 1 of the mufflers....I'll see you in a week and a half, my parents live in the alamo and i always spend a little time there.
    Taking a break in north platte,ne. at the moment...catch ya later
     
  7. smalltruckbigcid

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    I've been trucking since 1979....really feeling like its time to get out. Got offered a load on fri. that paid $1.51 a mile including surcharge, that was "figured" into the rate. I wonder how many people would come to work on monday and do the same job for 20%-50% less take home pay? Told the dispatcher that my bad attitude would magically disappear if more money would magically appear on the freight bill :mad: :mad:
    George
     
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    I just started about 4 days ago, but stop by! Look for the big red Suburban in the parking lot and I'm there.
     
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    89GMC, you just get out of school...or just hire on with T/A. Lots to learn in this business. I work at the evil dealership that takes everyones money. At least thats what I was told by an O/O one time. :D I work in parts and as graveyard service writer/foreman. I could not drive OTR thought, I like to go home everyday. I would probably fall asleep over the road. Hell I can barely drive 15 min. home when i'm tired without dozing off. My roommate drives tour buses for rock bands and such. Makes really good money doing it. He said he can pull in around 10,000 a month sometimes, but he is on the road about 11 months out of the year. You guys keep on workin hard and haulin, without it this nation could not run.:grin:
     
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    Still in school and TA hired me. Have one semester left to graduate. I know I don't shaft anybody, however, telling the driver how to do the job right (and the price involved) is generally looked at as being jipped to them.
     

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