Welcome to Murphy's World
Smooth Sailing After Rough Start
You might say my professional over-the-road career got off to a rocky start.
After an unfortunate chain of events left me stranded all night at the airport,
I was instructed to go to a truck dealer's lot to pick up my truck. When I arrived,
the police had the area sealed off because some thieves had held up the restaurant
next door to the truck dealer. When I finally reached my truck, climbed in and
started it up, I noticed it was nearly out of fuel. I pulled into a nearby station
and pumped in 210 gallons of fuel. It was then that I realized I had pulled
into the wrong station, one that wouldn't take my credit card.
After getting off to that rough start, things have gone pretty smooth.
By Murphy’s World standards, that rough start was just about par for the
course: not too bad, not too good, just annoying enough to give you a taste
of what this business is all about. A night at the airport is no picnic, but
it could have been worse. I can’t tell you how many truckers we’ve
heard from who’ve ended up stranded in the middle of nowhere in the middle
of winter with no provisions. When you’re gone a day without eating, even
those $7.50 airport burgers start to sound good. It could have been a lot worse
if you had arrived at the truck dealer a little earlier and got caught up in
the crossfire coming from the restaurant next door. Again, count yourself lucky.
Finally, shelling out cash for fuel instead of putting it on the credit card
might have put a dent in your wallet, but at least you got what you paid for.
Again, it could have been a lot worse. You know what really has me concerned?
That part where you say everything is going pretty smooth. In Murphy’s
World, that’s just asking for trouble.