What I Learned on the Way to Work

Mar 23rd, 2012 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

After 50-plus years of traveling for a living, I learned some important things that I would like to share:

1. Give the wife credit for raising the children and keeping the home fires burning because that’s what this is all about.

2. When driving a large truck, you eat and sleep only where you can park the truck.

3. Truck stop food is known more for quantity than quality.

4. With enough catsup, anything tastes good.

5. Never attempt to arm-wrestle a truck stop waitress, especially if she has a couple of green teeth.

6. Truck stop lodging properties are known for extracurricular nocturnal activities, most of which you endure because there is no soundproofing in the walls.

7. The first hundred miles is the easiest and the last 100 the hardest.

8. Eat real food whenever possible, because the road is long and hard.

9. Call home every night at 10:00 p.m. to check on your family.

10. Flying is easier and quicker than driving (sometimes).

11. Whether home or away, go to bed at bedtime and get up with the chickens.

12. Before cell phones and beepers, schedule regular stops where you can:

A – park the truck

B – get a cup of coffee

C – make a long distance phone call to check messages

D – find a rest room

13. Try to move about on a routine schedule, which means —

A – customers will be available because they were expecting you

B – customers will not be available because they were expecting you

14. Stay flexible because nothing ever works out as planned.

15. If at all possible, get home every weekend even if it’s just for a single day.

16. Repeat number 1.

17. Repeat number 9.