Greetings Tim, Gunner and ALL,
Tim, sad enough to have to say, but those "Good Ol'Days" and that breed of Driver is pretty much gone. You can see it quite plainly just by pulling into any truck stop for as long as it takes to buy a soda. Between all of the ~ Foreign Nationals ~ who barely speak and/or understand english, the young kids who can't function without a GPS and other electronic cheats and can't tell a screwdriver from a lug wrench, steadily rising crimes against Drivers and their rigs, and ever stricter laws and constricting deadlines, &tc, &tc, . . . well, it just ain't the same world anymore.
Not ~ entirely ~ dead . . .YET! . . . My wife just told me of a story she read yesterday online. Three Drivers used their rigs to shelter and escort a mother and daughter who, while driving alone across country, were being harassed by a carload of young Punks. The mother was crying for help for some time on her CB (no cell connection) with NO response from police, &tc. The reason these Drivers "just appeared out of nowhere" (no CB chatter from the Drivers) and vanished again into the nowhere, was that if John Law found out what they had done, they wouldn't have been given medals. They would very likely have lost their licences and LIVELIHOODS!!! . . . Yeah, welcome to the Brave New World Of Trucking!
When you consider the HARD FACT that every single thing that you buy from ANYWHERE got there by TRUCK, you would think that a Driver would be given every aid possible to do his job. Unfortunately, the opposite is far Far FAR more the case. Drivers face one of the most underappreciated, toughest and top most hazardous jobs in the world (look it up!) every day. Yet on nearly every hand Laws, Restrictions, Taxes, Insurance Requirements, Poorly Engineered Roads and Streets, Flat Out State and Federal Greed, Careless Four Wheelers and just a seeming All Around Hate Of Those Big Slow Smelly Damn Trucks is CONSTANTLY thrown against them. Its a bloody wonder to me that they can get ANYBODY dumb enough to want to do the job at all!!!
Yet we do. And most of us ~ STILL ~ love it!
Hhhmmm, . . . do ya think that "Professional" is just another word for . . . Bloody Freaking Insane!!!??? LOL
Keep It FUN!