Funny how just couple hours after exchanging few words on Keep On Trucking facebook group I suddenly run into him at Ocean Mist in Castroville, CA. He is backin up and just walking down the trailer to open the doors when talkin on the phone at the same time. What did I do? I pulled the horn like a complete moron would – three long pulls at that, like he is blocking my way and I am in a big hurry – except he is not blocking anyone, but couldn’t even see me. This make me laugh hard – I knew it aggravated him because its very easy to have truckers mad at California coolers – most of them are already pissed waiting for hours just to be lied again on the phone about how their product is going to be ready soon just to… wait few more hours – getting produce loaded sucks bad. My extremely sophisticated joke worked only partially though – Bj peeks out of the trailer and immediately recognizes my ride and waves me laughing, which is puzzling AND NICE because we have never met yet – apparently it pays to have chicken lights in all the wrong places. But he admits – hearing my horn made him wanna slap that idiot into face coz when his broker didn’t lie (wow) – the bad news was that even though they got him a door – the product wasn’t ready and wont be for next 2 hours so he can kiss his 3 next appointments goodbye. At least we could have nice chat – this young dude from Jackson, MS is way too smart for his 25 years life and lots of this came from his big trucking family – he started driving when 13 or 14 yo. “Where I am from you can’t be weak minded because you will become product of your environment” he says. So he runs this high mileage 2013 Volvo like it was some Grumman evaluation unit – “I have few nephews to take care of, show them a way out of trouble, all I can do is give all the glory n praise to my parents (both deceased) for raising the hard working man I am today”. That’s how we get real truckers after all – and that’s what made this Volvo look so good that night.
There is old school of photography saying you need to come up with a situation plan for interior pictures – because you need to think of exact light positioning, right angles, shadows and such. I don’t have any idea about those things whatsoever because I’m no photographer. So, when last night I noticed bunch of bullhaulers behind me I was wondering how to grab a few shots of leading rig because it was awesome Peterbilt 362 “E”, the latest model of Peterbilt cabover I think. One shinny piece of trucking history rolling thru Nevada. It was late and weather was bad but we were coming toward a tunnel and it was perfect interior for some amateur photography. Problem was, they were behind me and not really crazy about passing me in the tunnel so I needed some bright idea to get that rare Pete in hammer lane and came up with very ugly plan. Quarter mile before the tunnel I turned right blinker and kept it on, like I’m going to take an off ramp. The driver noticed this strange behavior and took his rig to the left lane – good deal, I thought. Now, as we entered the tunnel I moved to part two – taped the brakes and started slowing down, just barely, like I’m gonna really take that non-existing exit leading to imaginary truckstop. I knew, this trucker is well seasoned veteran who knows that this happens once in a while. Thing was, we were in a tunnel. Yes, you got that right – he dropped the hammer running for his life thru the tunnel like it nobody business. And thats exactly what I wanted – the kinda pictures were never taken before. Sometimes I think my life would be easier with working CB.
Here comes my little glory moment – first full-page trucking picture in trucking magazine distributed worldwide. I highly doubt there is another printed publication about trucks that can be picked up from a rack in America, Australia, Asia and… Europe (imagine that) while still being FREE. Quality all around at no charge. This kind of enterprise can only be possible in California and only by bunch of extraordinary people. I’m still not sure how and why they let me be part of this operation but there is more secrets to be revealed in September issue due to Magazine’s 10-th Anniversary anyway. If you are new to trucking and not sure what the hell I am talking about check this: 10-4 Magazine or the Facebook page or The Spirit Of American Trucker
Just be forewarned – if you never had anything to do with US truckers… it may blow you out of your socks.
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