Kenneth Avery is a Southern humorist with well over a thousand fans. The charm and wit in his writing span a nearly a decade.
Writer's Note . . .
In this hub there are some names of songs recorded by Country Music artists, both deceased and living. And the same transparency is applied to the few names of the truck stops which are NOT here to promote or advertising these businesses. These two sets of facts are relevant to this piece. Thank you, Kenneth.
Some Call Them 18-Wheelers
while some call them truckers. Nevertheless, I have a lot of respect for the men and women who have chosen to drive a big rig for a living. I know that when I was a boy, I wanted to be a trucker, but young dreams always meet honest reality, and the dreams are smoked-away. Before I continue, please permit me to correct the national usege of the trucking industry. Commentators, TV and radio news crews always use "18-wheelers," and never truckers. The term "18-wheelers" was big in the CB Craze, and as we all know, that fad faded fast. I was not being ugly.
Experts said that if a truck-driver would follow a few guidelines, he/she can make at least $100,000 a year. And that ain't hay, but let me tell you, judging by the looks of the drivers in the truck stops that my family and I have visited, all look haggled and worn-out. And for good reason: they drive from eight to 10 hours a shift and then (by law) have to park their rig and sleep for a certain length of time.
There has also been quite a few songs that were written and recorded about trucking and truck drivers. Some of these songs are: "Six Days on The Road," by Dave Dudley; "Movin' On," by Merle Haggard; "Phantom 309," by Red Sovine; another song by Sovine: "Teddy Bear" and "Driving My Life Away," by Eddie Rabbit. Now, unless you have just found this hub, now realize that diesel trucks and truckers are more like our modern-day heroes and inspiration for such songs as these.
As for truck stops, let me just say that they number in the thousands stretching from California to the Eastern Seaboard with such names as: Flying G, Love's ,Big Horn Travel Center, Highway 51 Truck Stop, 19 AND 75 FILLING STATION, Coffee Cup Fuel Stop, Williston Truck Facility, Rowdy’s Carlisle Plaza, Association of Christian Truckers, and Woody’s Smokehouse Shell, and these are merely a few of the noted, professionally-owned truck stops who serve the truckers of Amierca.
And Now Here Are 10 Reasons Why I Don't Drive a Truck:
10.) I fear that I would not survive the loneliness that accompanies the job of a truck driver. I love being around people, so the single-driver job is not for me.
9.) I fear having to master a huge diesel truck (with a heavy load) would kill what nerves that I have.
8.) I have a big problem reading maps.
7.) I used to love to talk on a CB radio, but that was years ago and I was a young man. The CB has long since went out of style and I am nearing that.
6.) I like to be home nights and weekends.
5.) I would not know to act in a huge truck stop. Some of those tough guys would be sure to make fun of my truck and I would just have to defend my diesel named,"Pammie."
4.) I fear heights. And having to climb-up to get into a truck cab would make me dizzy.
3.) I would be in fear that I could not stop such a heavy load just in case that a smaller vehicle chose to stop in front of me and not giving me one sign of a brake light.
2.) By law, truckers are to park after shifts of eight hours, then sleep and rest for eight to nine hours, so I ask you, those who have never slept in a "sleeper cab" in the back of a tractor trailer? I would be fighting claustrophobia becuse the sleepers are so small.
1.) If I were driving out in the dessert and my truck ran out of gas and not having any CB radio, what could I do but walk? And if I started walking to find help, some lawless people would steal the expensive items that I am hauling. So, have you ever walked in a hot, dessert sun?
Next time . . ."Fun at The Zoo."
February 1, 2021 . . . Happy Ground Hog's Day, Everyone.
© 2021 Kenneth Avery
DW Davis from Eastern NC on February 03, 2021:
Driving an 18-Wheeler is not an occupation for the meek. I have never been behind the wheel of one, but have my respect for the people who drive them, which was always deep and abiding, has grown since I began camping in the 32' 5th Wheel camper I pull behind my F-250 pickup.
Liz Westwood from UK on February 03, 2021:
I have a lot of respect for truck drivers. During the pandemic they have been the unsung heroes who have kept the supply chains going.
John Hansen from Gondwana Land on February 02, 2021:
I have never wanted to drive a truck either, Kenneth. It would give me a nightmare imagining how I would manage to change one of those huge tires, let along manage to drive one. Running out of gas in the dessert could be interesting and more fun than it happening in the desert though.