Do It Like Sonny Pruitt

(Note: I had originally started this blog on a website called Trucking Truth.  A great site with a lot of helpful information and resources for people entering the trucking industry.  I didn’t plan to write anything, let alone keep up a daily log, but here we are. 
The original posts can be found here, but I will also copy and paste them to this blog, just for continuity. Here was my first blog post.)

When I was growing up, there was a TV show called Movin’ On. It starred Claude Akins and some other dude driving a two-tone green Kenworth across America.

Sonny Pruitt

(not my photo!)

I loved that truck. It’s corny and hokey and a bit cliché, but I’ve always wanted to be a truck driver.

Even back then, with the oil crisis and other disruptions of the 70s, I remember people saying that trucking wasn’t what is used to be, all the rules and government regulations were killing the industry. I guess people have been saying that for a long time now.

I ended up pursuing other interests. I went to college, got my Bachelors Degree, and held many different jobs over the years. The truth is, I’ve never had a job that I’ve felt comfortable in. I have made several attempts to try to find my true “vocation”, with varying degrees of success. So, at 47 years old, I’m preparing to change careers completely. Again.

I’m going to go back to school, get my Class A CDL, and become truck driver. I’ll start my school here in Vegas on the 22nd, be finished by mid March, and employed (hopefully) by the end of the month.

I’m not saying that I’ve finally found what I was meant to do. This won’t be the magic bullet that will cure my occupational wanderlust. But after decades of bookkeeping and office administration work, I am looking forward to a change. And, again, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do.

Yes, I understand the work is hard, much harder than what I’m probably used to. I envision old time truckers looking at me they way Robert Shaw looked at Richard Dreyfuss in Jaws (“You have city hands, Mr. Hooper. You been countin’ money all your life.”) That’s a good thing. I’m at my best when people underestimate me.

Yes, I’m reading up on all the doom and gloom, all the complaints people have about the trucking industry these days. Here’s the thing, there isn’t an industry out there that’s not going through some kind of flux because of emerging technology, invasive monitoring and increased regulation. It’s hard all over.

So, if I can at least look out my window and see an open road and wide expanse of prairie, or mountains, instead of the same lifeless office block, that alone will be an improvement. I don’t mind working hard for a paycheck. It’d be nice to get a paycheck, and a nice view for a change.

I’m ready to try and do it like Sonny Pruitt used to do it.

I’ll try to keep everyone posted. Wish me luck.

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