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Hey Alfred

Oct 29, 2015 at 02:17 PM CST
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I been thinking about it for awhile now but today tripped the meter.

Jan 1, 2017 I'm retiring. I started in 1968 and have watched trucking turn into a cesspool so its time to go before CSA pass a new reg that disgusted old men can't retire.

Now all I got to do is find a motorhome I like so I can block traffic at 40mph while I see America.
Replied on Thu, Oct 29, 2015 at 02:21 PM CST
Jerry

I like the idea of you going 40 mph while you see America.
Replied on Thu, Oct 29, 2015 at 03:11 PM CST
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If you retire it will drive you nuts.. Trucking is like the Navy.. It's not a job.. But an adventure.. And it's like watching the three stooges.. You don't want to miss what stupid thing they do next..
Replied on Thu, Oct 29, 2015 at 07:24 PM CST
Originally Posted by: JEFF PEARSON
Quote: "If you retire it will drive you nuts.. Trucking is like the Navy.. It's not a job.. But an adventure.. And it's like watching the three stooges.. You don't want to miss what stupid thing they do next.."

You're right. I might go through withdrawal. It's a never ending side show alright 8^)
Replied on Thu, Oct 29, 2015 at 07:25 PM CST
Originally Posted by: KIMBERLY ZELESNIK
Quote: "Jerry I like the idea of you going 40 mph while you see America."

I'm putting a "I MAY BE SLOW BUT I'M AHEAD OF YOU" bumper sticker on it too.
Replied on Thu, Oct 29, 2015 at 10:50 PM CST
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I wish that I could retire, but I sadly, not only invested heavily in the trucking industry, but the racing industry as well and my real estate ventures ?????. As bad as trucking is, racing until you reach the top 3 tiers of NASCAR is financially devastating if you are the owner and sponsor. However watching my son grow up in both industries has been interesting to say the least. I love both environments equally, but watching my race car run up front is a high that is indescribable. Running down the road with my son is also a ton of fun. Both allow family to really work together. Racing is hard to describe outside of bring the money, but the competition is a drug. Trucking is getting to the point of unrewarding to the small people out trying to make it work. Driver attitudes are adding to the grief. Guys used to dream of working for us small guys and driving a big power truck, now no one cares. I can want to retire all I want but reality is I will work until I die. As long as I can race until I die I guess it is what it is, If I can't field a front running car, time to get it over with.

Art Pfluger
Replied on Thu, Oct 29, 2015 at 11:14 PM CST
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Jerry, you deserve to travel around at whatever speed you desire without having to worry if somebody is happy to see you when you arrive wherever you want to arrive. I think the cesspool will just keep getting deeper and deeper. Very few really care about the plight of the trucker, and can we blame them. Look at the garbage that is left all over the place after these wonderful truckers blow out of an area. The lack of pride that the millenial trucker has is just flabergasting to say the least. Now I am sometimes rude and crude myself, but at least I don't run around with my shorts halfway down my ass, or run around wearing flip-flops for shoes. I think the guys that drove with the cold six pack between the seats were safer then the new guys that are texting while they are driving. Almost had one run me off the road the other day he was wiggling so much that I could have swore that he had at least a twelve pack in him. Nope when I passed him he was over there with one leg up on the dash and texting on his phone. Guess that is why they are making the robot trucks, so all they will have to do is pay the 18 yr old driver minimum wage to ride along with the truck. Imagine they will be in the sleeper playing x-box while the truck is driving down the road.


You should check and see if they have any RV's that are set up like that. You could be back there watching a game, cooking dinner, setting up your fishing pole for your next stop. If you find one let me know, I may have to buy one and then my wife and I can convoy around with you, watching and dodging all the wonderful undertrained FMCSA approved millenial truckers.