Morton but wish I were in Tennessee, MS
Edward R. On The Web
Started in this business in 1986. No CDL,no CSA, no reporting between the states. A/C in half the trucks didn't work, 4 1/4 CAT was the boss of the highway. Stole still bragged about pulling Mount Eagle at 45mph full loaded. You could still sleep with you windows down and hookers only bothered you if you were awake. DOT focused on the clearance light you had that didn't work and left you alone about the rest. Of course we intentionally left one out because it always seemed to satisfy them when they discovered it. Nothing like watching a DOT cop get giddy because he didn't have to climb under your truck to find a violation. Calling cards were scarce, pay phones were in short supply and when they invented cordless phones and you could sit down and order a meal while talking to the wife and kids that we the greatest thing ever. You could now grab a shower then go sit down and call dispatch and then call home and not have anyone rushing you do they could have the booth!!! Some places, mostly on Florida still had military showers. Private showers were a luxury. FlyingJ had the best fuel and better still NO COMDATA. Some of you know what I mean by that. We could rest when we needed it, eat full meals that were home cooked and flirt with the waitress because she knew most of us were harmless anyway, like the dog that chased the car, once we caught her we knew we couldn't drive her but it was fun chasing it. That's about it, owned many trucks some good and some bad. Never saw a safety man I liked and never heard any say I was there favorite.