So. Here we go again folks… I was left the below message by someone named Judy who I’m guessing is yet another “Advocate” to the trucking industry. (Yay, just what we need) She thinks she knows trucking, and I guess she also thinks she knows me. Now normally I would not “out” someone and just write about the message I was privately sent. Since she posted this on my public Facebook page (for some reason I just found it a little bit ago) and I thought I would share my thoughts with anyone who cared to read.
You say nothing about the long hours alone and the poyential for rape by male drivers, the DOT shutting your truck down, log books being checked, food is great far and few places on the road and if you are only a rider you can be pushed out for someone the driver thinks is prettier etc than you what about all that and that does nothing about foreman’s who chew you up because you are supposed to be there the same day you load when the load is 20 hrs from where you load. Trucking is a hard life and few people let alone women deserve the harshness of that life. Maybe some day loads will go shorter distncs and the long hours will be a thing of the past but til then use your brain for something other than a ceiling punching box.—–Little Diesel for Women
First off, just to give a little information about myself for anyone who may not know me: I call my website & myself One Girl Trucking because first and foremost, I am out here on the road, trucking by myself. Nobody is out here holding my hand nor would I have it any other way. I write about MY life out here on the road as a trucker because people find it interesting.
I am not, nor will I ever be an “Advocate” for the trucking industry. I am an Owner Operator, a business owner, and driver who LOVES trucking to the bone. The only thing you will find me advocating is cool trucks & old school drivers that know how to walk the walk.
First and foremost if you had read my blog here, you could have schooled yourself on who I am, as well as my life in trucking (3rd generation trucker), and pretty much everything else in between before you made such a
dumb assuming comment on my page. Since you failed to do this, I have to assume that I need to tell you who I am and what my thoughts are. Now please don’t think I take this personal, I take this very lightly, but like I’ve said here & here I get a kick out of people like you.
Now to start off I have to point you in the direction of this post, and this post since it talks a bit about my loneliness out here on the road. Everyone who drives a truck has had their share of days that are less than perfect. I can only speak for myself though and say that I love the road even when it’s lonely, and it is as much my home as the one I’m sitting in right now with four walls.
I love the road, I love my truck, and I can only write about what I know.
You write that I don’t talk about the potential of rape out here on the road. Well, here’s the thing Judy, I’ve never been afraid to protect myself out here, and I think guys know that number one. I have no problem shooting first and asking questions later. I have also had enough brains in my head to not put myself in a situation where I could be raped. Maybe I have been lucky, maybe I just know how to pick out good character in a guy. I have, over the past 20 years drank beer & whiskey in truck stop parking lots with MANY male drivers. I have danced on flatbeds under the stars with them, I have taken taxi cabs to bars with them, I have even shared a motel room with a male driver (separate beds of coarse) and swam half naked under the Arizona sky with fellow drivers and I have never had a problem. Yes, I have had too many offers to count and I have been hit on more times than I know what to do with, but never have I had one driver ever put his hands on me when I did not want him to. There is a potential for rape in a Wal-Mart parking lot just like there is in a truck stop parking lot, use your head. I take care of myself and I don’t expect anyone else to do it for me. I look and act like a lady, and I demand respect, that is something ALL women should be doing while out here. I have written plenty on protecting ones self here if your interested though.
Now on to the DOT checking log books and shutting your truck down. Judy if you actually drive a truck, which I’m thinking you don’t have a clue, you would know that you will get pulled in a checked every now and then. It is part of our job out here and as long as I don’t have an officer trying to scew me, I have no problem being pulled over because generally I have my shit together. Hell in November alone I was DOT’d 3 times in two weeks (Both my truck & I passed all 3 times for the record) and that is part of trucking. You can find post on what I think of the CVSA here.
I also write plenty on eating in a truck because I agree there is less and less good food out here on the road, but I’m guessing you would know that if you would have looked a bit further into my website. I am not one to bitch about what someone does not provide for me Judy. I fix the problem for myself.
Now, on to riding in a truck with someone who would kick you out, a foreman that would chew you out, and what a tough life trucking is, and poor, poor women who don’t deserve such a life. First off, I’m sorry, but I don’t know what it is like to be a rider or to be pushed out of a truck because some guy found a better looking seat cover. I own Rosie and depend on no man to cart my ass around the countryside because I either don’t have the brains or the brawn to learn how to drive a truck, or most likely, just don’t want to work…
Here’s the thing Judy, I am NOT PRO WOMEN so really you are barking up the wrong damn tree with me. I am out here because I have busted my ass to learn and be as good, if not better than the MEN I have admired my whole life in this trucking industry. I am PRO any person MALE or FEMALE that can do the JOB.
Never once have I asked for a break or respect that I did not earn, because trucking always has been a man’s world. “I” am the one who wanted to be out here with the boys-I had other options but I CHOSE trucking. They sure as hell didn’t ask me to come join them, I showed up and jumped right in.
There are MANY women who DO NOT BELONG OUT HERE. I’m guessing YOU ARE ONE OF THOSE WOMEN. Trucking is trucking and I love it with all of my heart and soul. People like you fuck up trucking (please excuse my language but I feel very strongly about this subject). I love running hard. I love the tiredness I feel when I’ve drove my ass off, because rarely do I ever let anyone down. I love bullshitting and learning from the people that have this same love that I do. I love greasing my truck. I love changing my oil. I love swearing & sweating my ass off backing my truck into a bitch of a hole that was made for a straight truck and feeling the accomplishment when I’m done. I love looking at wheat fields and the snow drifts that come with the long hours. I also love finding ways to make my days out on the road better for ME because trucking is trucking and no one asked me to come out here. I came out here all on my own.
Trucking is NOT about having your hand held, although every big trucking company is putting more and more people out here on the road that DO NOT BELONG out here, because if their hand was not held they would never make it.
If you or anyone else don’t like the rules, then get the hell out because we don’t need you out here.
One Girl Trucking
I am still wondering about the ceiling punching box thing. Maybe someone who reads this can teach me what exactly it is?