Early 20th Century Truck Driving Advice

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Uncle Rake's Comment
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What I want to share may have been presented already, but in my daily hours-long forays into TT values, I have not seen it. The content was probably not originally intended for truck driving, but the more I encounter the wealth of wisdom from experienced drivers on this site, the more I think Rudyard Kipling’s poem applies. Kipling was a favorite of my late father, and I often benefit as well. If you enjoy it half as much as I, my time in sharing will be worthwhile.

DON'T QUIT

When things go wrong as they sometimes will.
When the road you're drudging seems all uphill.
When the funds are low, and the debts are high,
and you want to smile but you have to sigh.
When care is pressing you down a bit.
Rest if you must but don't you quit!

Life is [strange] with its twists and turns,
as everyone of us sometimes learns.
And many a failure turns about.
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don't give up though the pace seems slow -
you may succeed with another blow.

Success is failure turned inside out –
the silver tint of the cloud of doubt.
And you never can tell how close you are.
It may be near when it seems so far.
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit-
it's when things seem worst that you must not quit.

Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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How perfectly timely, in these trying times.

Thank you for sharing.

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Andy Dufresne (a.k.a. Rob's Comment
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Uncle rake,

One of my favorites is Theodore Roosevelt's speech "To the man in the arena."

To the the man in 3arena

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Uncle Rake's Comment
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Rob,

Thanks for the reminder of Roosevelt's speech. I saw that the first time in the office of a chip mill manager near Lufkin, TX. Parts of that speech also appear occasionally in the TV series, Blue Bloods.

I have thoroughly appreciated your diary here, and expect to hear any day that you have "graduated."

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Paul V.'s Comment
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I've always been had a thing for Kipling's poetry, and it's always great to find his works in the wild every now and then! And yes, when you're a trucker, these words do ring true... (although they rang true in every other independent-ish and demanding job I had before as well)

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