The Laugh’s On Us
One morning I woke up to my Qualcomm beeping after delivering freight through a week of winter storms. Customer service was trying to reach me so that I could pick up freight that
another driver was unable to get to. We finally connected, and I said I would do it.
After planning the run, I headed to the shipper. I found the facility, but I could not locate the entrance. It took about an hour driving around the fenced-in place before I found the truck entrance. Once I entered the lot, I noticed a sign that said, “Do not idle engines.”
I turned my truck off and went into the building to sign in. The man was real happy to see me and said that the freight was supposed to be picked up yesterday and that two other drivers never showed up. He assigned me a door to back in.
I went out to the truck and tried to start the engine. It wouldn’t turn over! I called the company, and they sent someone to look my truck over. The company guy got the thing started, said it was the starter and told me not to shut the truck off.
I got loaded and started my 26-hour run. I stopped in Carlisle, PA for fuel. Out of habit, I shut off the engine. Well, you might be thinking that Murphy was having fun with me. Guess what? He must have been sleeping because the truck did start. The rest of the trip went well, and I got the load to the destination early. I am now in the shop getting the truck fixed.
You always knew that Murphy had a sense of humor. What you may not know is that we also have a sense of compassion. Every once in a while, ol’ Murphy will cut drivers a little slack. But the record shows that Murphy does, indeed, have his non-Murphy moments. The time your truck started up when you were sure it wouldn’t was one of them. Consider yourself lucky.
OK, back to reality. You know you’re having a Murphy Day when you get to your pick-up destination, but it takes you an hour to find the entrance. I’m not sure what happened to the other drivers your company sent out there, but I imagine them endlessly circling the place, trying to find a way in. Like we said, Murphy has a sense of humor.
Don’t think for a minute that Murphy was sleeping on the job. You were right the first time: He was having a little laugh…at your expense. Are we having fun yet?
Murphy and Lucky Dog