Since I was a kid, I always was interested in truck driving. My dad said, ‘You don’t know what you’re talking about’ when I told him. I worked construction for about 10 years and I got tired of getting laid off all the time, no benefits, no health insurance. I was just a number out there. I picked up the paper one day and seen trucking. You get all the benefits, and it’s steady, year-round, so I went for it.
Trucking isn’t for everybody. You’ve either got to like it or love it. When I went to college to drive a truck, there were 24 people in my class. After all said and done, half of them was gone, and a year later there were only 2 of us actually driving. People learn they just don’t want to spend that much time away from home.
But there’s a lot of good things about it. The open road is nice. It’s relaxing. A lot of people haven’t seen the things I’ve seen, or been to places I’ve been. Some of my favorite places… up in Washington’s nice. Coeur D’Alene. Over in Thousand Islands in upstate New York, that’s pretty. Just all over, there’s pretty places everywhere you know? It’s a good profession.