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"B_R_E_A_K___O_N_E_-_N_I_N_E_!"... Calling all Truckers!

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Thank you, Sire.  I, too, know you.  The infamous "Metallic Mandible."

For anyone that hasn't guessed it yet, Calvin used to be known as Farmsteader before his change of profession prompted a change of nickname on the forum.-mouser (December 11, 2007, 06:46 PM)
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ah! no wonder you sound so familiar, not to mention the large number of posts already under your belt for a new member. i should have clicked on the "posts" link.. anyway, welcome aboard, again.. Farmsteader i mean CodeTRUCKER. :)

Ralf Maximus:
Also, for the rest of you that have not driven a BIG TRUCK, you might wish to take this opportunity to have any questions you may have addressed.
-CodeTRUCKER (December 11, 2007, 06:24 PM)
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Is it true truckers can drink 93 octane and urinate diesel, can strip down and reassemble their rigs blind-folded, and have the entire US road atlas memorized?

Actually, I'd like to hear some amusing/scary/interesting trucker anecdotes.  Of the "you wouldn't believe the things I've seen" variety.

Got any?

I once drove a rig.

It was back in college, when I worked at the Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream factory (sometime when I'm not hijacking someone else's thread, I'll tell the story of the time I was buried knee-deep in pistachio ice cream). One of the jobs I held there was loading the outgoing trucks. We needed to get a now-full trailer out of the way to make room for the next one to fill. Which gets me to the time I drove an 18-wheeler.

The boss asked another worker to move the truck. I asked if I can come along. When we got to the truck, I asked the other guy if I could try moving it, and he said OK. He showed me how the shifter works, and off we went, clear over to the other side of the parking lot. I drove that truck a good hundred yards, but I don't think I ever got out of 1st gear, or turned the steering wheel at all.

BTW, what's the right terminology: rig, truck, 18-wheeler, etc.?

BTW, what's the right terminology: rig, truck, 18-wheeler, etc.?
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They all work. Try to avoid the likes of "killer trucks" and such, though.
As for the hundred yards ... you gotta start somewhere!   ;)
("A trip of a thousand miles ..." and all that)


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