Fulfilling My Childhood Dream!

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Richard G.'s Comment
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Who would have thunk it. Here I am, getting ready to start school on the 26th, the uber nerd....getting ready for a career.

Turning 40 in just a couple of days has caused me to reflect on my life...where it has taken me. I have been in the Navy and saw the world and I have been a business owner for the last 20 years. The thing is, I have never had a career. Yes, I had a small IT company...but that was never where my heart was.

I remember, at 4 years of age, watching Smokey and Bandit for the first time and falling in love with that truck. I didn't want to be the Bandit, screw that car....I wanted to be the Snowman! My parent would tell stories about me....in my little car....with my fake CB radio. The pastor of the local church came knocking on the door one day to tell my parents that I was in the front yard, talking into my CB radio, yelling..."Sum b**ch!"

I remember all those looong car rides, in the station wagon with the panels (got to love the early 80's), that my parents made my and siblings go on...ugh. I would spend my time looking out for truckers, trying to get them to honk their horn....you remember.

My love affair with trucks never stopped. All through high school, I remember driving to Peoria to go to the truck shows and truck rodeos....all the while. I joined the Navy at 17, got to drive forklifts all over the flightline and box trucks all over Spain....but never a "big rig". Got out the Navy, went to college, started an IT company, and started a family. I grew up. Now, here I am....business is no longer, kids grown or grown enough (youngest is 16), and I'm starting school to be a truck driver. I'm lucky to have a woman that is supportive of me following my dream. Who would have thunk it?

Sum b**ch....here's to you Snowman.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Don R.'s Comment
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Who would have thunk it. Here I am, getting ready to start school on the 26th, the uber nerd....getting ready for a career.

Turning 40 in just a couple of days has caused me to reflect on my life...where it has taken me. I have been in the Navy and saw the world and I have been a business owner for the last 20 years. The thing is, I have never had a career. Yes, I had a small IT company...but that was never where my heart was.

I remember, at 4 years of age, watching Smokey and Bandit for the first time and falling in love with that truck. I didn't want to be the Bandit, screw that car....I wanted to be the Snowman! My parent would tell stories about me....in my little car....with my fake CB radio. The pastor of the local church came knocking on the door one day to tell my parents that I was in the front yard, talking into my CB radio, yelling..."Sum b**ch!"

I remember all those looong car rides, in the station wagon with the panels (got to love the early 80's), that my parents made my and siblings go on...ugh. I would spend my time looking out for truckers, trying to get them to honk their horn....you remember.

My love affair with trucks never stopped. All through high school, I remember driving to Peoria to go to the truck shows and truck rodeos....all the while. I joined the Navy at 17, got to drive forklifts all over the flightline and box trucks all over Spain....but never a "big rig". Got out the Navy, went to college, started an IT company, and started a family. I grew up. Now, here I am....business is no longer, kids grown or grown enough (youngest is 16), and I'm starting school to be a truck driver. I'm lucky to have a woman that is supportive of me following my dream. Who would have thunk it?

Sum b**ch....here's to you Snowman.

Great story! I too enjoyed Smokey and the Bandit. Own the DVD so I watch it time to time. Loved that era. And you're right as a kid I always wanted the truckers to blow their air horn. Funny how things like that was a big deal. Now I too will be going to school to embark on this career #2

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Ice princess's Comment
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Hope things is going well for you. For me, it was 46 yo thinking now is the time. I used to say, prick my finger with a needle and I would bleed diesel fuel. Stay safe, perhaps our paths will cross.

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