Since AMERICA On 18 Wheels was created, in which I pulled the brake and sat my laptop on my steering wheel, I’ve wondered if I’m a better truck driver than a writer. I realized I was still changing gears only to start something new. I’m sure my high school English teacher would cringe if she read some of my content. Writing and sharing my life as an over-the-road truck driver and bringing you information about people and places in my world is the reason you are reading this.
I can’t lie, I was scared to death to start putting my thoughts on paper. First, I had to find a pen that would work and then to figure out what a Google doc was and how to send it! There are moments that are totally overwhelming when I sit and just stare at a blank white screen asking myself “What do I have that would interest anybody?”
Well, so far I have written about not freezing your butt off in the winter, organizations and charities that help drivers and their families stay on their feet through difficult times and how we deal with COVID on the road. There’s been my opinion on statements by the American Trucking Associations, how drivers spend their down time and education by FMCSA’s safety program “Our Roads, Our Safety.” Have I really put that much on paper!?
After looking at the guys of BackTheTruckUp and the writers at FreightWaves doing a jam-up job covering the daily trucking world, I wanted to continue stepping out of the box of being “just a driver.” I want to be one of them full of information and interest! I want to expand my articles and AMERICA On 18 Wheels shows to bring to life the amazing people who are experienced, not opinionated or just full of advice.
In my travels I have met people and been to places that will make you want to Google Map the awesome locations on the roads in America. Isn’t it more interesting to bring the hands-on people who not only bring you what you want and what you need than a stick in the mud that reads to you what you can read from a book yourself? Wouldn’t you rather know things like where and how fresh produce gets to you? And when can you expect your favorite? Or why you can’t find it in your local supermarket.
How about the baby formula shortage and how in the world can somebody not count to know the supply is so low that we cannot provide for our precious infants, our future? (Hence, I dislike computers because they aren’t as smart as many give them credit for!) I mean, 10 fingers and 10 toes comes to mind and are an easy way to count what you have, or don’t have! Aren’t multiplication and subtraction still taught in elementary school?
Every place I visit has something exciting and entertaining. And personally, since I am always talking about trucks, one of the most exciting questions is how is a semi-tractor built? Did you know it actually begins with the frame upside down?
There’s such a big world out there and it’s not all filled with doom and gloom and questions of why not. Whether you’re in the trucking industry or because a truck brought everything that you can touch, there’s something for you!
I am like a sponge and absorb everything I can – not only in trucking, but I explore the basics of all things. And I know that at some point we have all stopped and thought “Where did that come from and just how did that happen!?”
So, keep coming back for more AMERICA On 18 Wheels articles and shows. There’s no telling what you’ll find here!
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