There comes a time when we all have said ‘I’ve had enough’. A few weeks ago I said just that after being asked numerous times if I was ‘sure’ about the shit I was putting on my subway sandwich as if I was a brainless twit, while
being forced having to listen to just how great the Pilot Flying J is, as told by Trace Adkins which yeah I totally believe (bullshit) he stops there all the time… Barf.
Here is the conversation I unfortunately had to have when I stopped at the Flying J just north of Bakersfield CA a few weeks ago. By the way, Pilot/Flying J I’m pretty much done with you too. I for one am NOT impressed by Trace Adkins telling us (over and over and over on your speaker system) how GREAT your shit hole of an establishment is. My guess is that Trace Adkins does NOT shower in your crappy, hot shower rooms or eat the crap you serve at your Denny’s restaurants. I totally get advertising, but really for the money you spent paying him to try and bullshit us, you could have fixed a few showers or paid employees a higher wage that really care about the driver, and honestly you have turned me off to the point that I’d just rather not.
Me: Hi, I’d like a footlong roast beef on wheat
Girl at Counter: For a dollar more you can add extra meat
Me: No thank you
Girl at Counter: Are you sure?
Me: Yes, I’m sure
Girl at Counter: So, you are going to miss out for a dollar more?
Me: Yes I guess I am
Girl at Counter: I just can’t believe for a dollar more you’re going to miss out on this deal
Me: No thank you. How much extra do I have to pay for you to give me what I just ordered and nothing more?
Girl at Counter: Laugh, then blank stare
Me: That’s what I thought
Girl at Counter: For a dollar more you can add extra cheese, I’d bet you’d like extra cheese
Me: No thank you, I’d like my sandwich as I ordered it
Girl at Counter: Are you sure? Don’t you want a GOOD sandwich
Me: Well, ‘good’ as you put it would be a stretch even with extra cheese & meat, but I’d just like the sandwich that I ordered
Girl at Counter: If you get extra cheese you can get a free cookie
Me: What do you not understand about me wanting the sandwich I ordered
Girl at Counter: Blank stare & dirty look
Me: Oh, so now we understand each other?
That was thankfully the end of the conversation and the end of the line, at least until the cashier tried up-selling the chips and drink…
Now I know these people are taught, brainwashed, and probably threatened by management to up-sell the products we are buying so I am not completely blaming the girl behind the counter, but at what point does the seller notice that the buyer is NOT interested and is now thinking of coming OVER the counter if you don’t stop with the bullshit? They really should teach that as well, when to STOP.
So with that, the time has come for me to NOT eat at truck stops unless they are a mom and pop stop and I am actually supporting something or someone I truly believe in. Pilot/Flying J, I do not, have not, and will not ever believe in. Let me rephrase that, I really use to like the Flying J’s, that is until Pilot got a hold of them. And I know, all drivers cannot make this choice because the company they work for is willing to support cheap crap, but this is my choice, and if you feel like joining in, I’d love to have you.
Now mind you I have never really gone out of my way to eat truck stop food because generally I bring my food with because of the expense & I like knowing exactly what I am eating. The thing with what I bring with is that usually it’s cold or has to be slowly heated up in my crock pot. I know, I could install a bigger inverter for quicker cooking (which is sitting in my shop) but I just can’t bring myself to let someone cut holes in Rosie.
Every now and then when I don’t bring enough food from home, or if I’m running low on energy a good hot meal does wonders for me. In those times I will in fact stop and get a subway or sit down and have something hot.
So my new venture is going to be cooking outside of the truck (think camping). I have stated many times I will not cook anything in my truck that is going to make me or my truck stink and clearly I don’t have the room. To me, a truck is just NOT a place to be whipping up most foods, unless you have one of those fancy sleepers that was built (and equipped) for whipping up said meals or on the other hand, you just want to smell like a pork chop for the next week. Maybe to some that is a good thing, and by smelling some drivers out here maybe even a PLUS, but not for me.
I have been doing some cooking on one of these using a cast iron skillet and some non-stick aluminum foil when I don’t want a mess, for some pretty good meals thus far. And I have been making my coffee in one of these for a good, true (way better than truck stop) cup of coffee and other than taking a little time (no more than 15 minutes which is still quicker than my crock pot) I am loving it.
So, if you see a girl whipping up a meal at the side of her Peterbilt, well, that’ll be me. Make sure you wave or stop by. I too will be documenting my cooking here on OGT to maybe help others who want a little more freedom from crappy truck stop food!