Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Meet Pete

In my phone calling today (remember 50 a day) I chatted with Pete from Michigan. He spent his career as a commercial fisherman and recently retired. He sat around for 10 days then decided he wanted to start something new. So he bought an 18-wheeler and decided to start moving loads for people.

I have great respect for truck drivers. They are hard working, down home people who keep our country running. If it weren’t for truck drivers the grocery shelves would be empty, industry couldn’t make whatever they make because they depend largely on the truckers to bring them raw materials, then the end products would not get into your favorite store because the truckers deliver merchandise. Yet truck drivers get a bad rap. There are some who drive too tired or steal merchandise but that is a rare few. Most are simply trying to make enough money to feed and clothe their family, like the rest of us. They deserve a pat on the back for the amount of time they spend away from family yet keep on trucking.

My new friend Pete said something that struck a chord with me:

“I’ve never seen an industry so thirsty for respect.” He feels that it is the best time to get in the industry if you do it right. So if you see Pete on the road. Thank him for his contribution to our great country. I’ve heard it said, if you can read, thank a teacher. Well if you found something you needed in the store today, thank a trucker.

Moving forward,

Jeff Roach

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