Well, it’s that time of year again. It’s time to slap-fight your siblings for the drumstick and have spoon duels over the last dollop of Cool Whip, because we all know pumpkin pie just ain’t right until you can’t see the plate beneath the pie.

More importantly though, it’s time to look around us and give thanks for everything we have. For being blessed with an annoying brother who called dibs on the drumstick before you. For your superior health, which enables you to punch him hard enough to leave a giant bruise. For the job that you hate. You know, the job that put that turkey on the table. The job that paid your bills all year. The job that the dude in the unemployment line would kill for. Yes, I know I’m among the guiltiest in this regard. Thanks for pointing that out. Now shut your face.

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So that’s what I’m here to do today: count my blessings. And since I’m such a ooey-gooey, touchy-feely, sentimental kinda guy, I’ll do so in my typical fashion. Here are the things that this trucker is thankful for. As expected, let’s start out with:

  • Thanks to the inventors of electronic logs for wasting my valuable time. As if my trips to the mall with The Evil Overlord weren’t enough torture for one man.
  • Thanks to the driver who insists on going the speed limit in the fast lane. I hadn’t realized it was your job to police me. Thanks for keeping me in line.
  • Thanks to all those drivers who slow down when you see a cop, even when you’re not speeding. I hear that if a cop sees you do this, he’ll pull you over and give you an ice cream cone.
  • Thanks to all you good folks who overspend your budgets. Your greed = my freight.
  • Thanks to all the credit card companies who promote this overspending. May your consciences be clear as you sleep on your $800 pillow lined with kitten fur.
  • Thank you to the medical profession for extending life expectancy. It’s going to take every last second of life to pay off these stinkin’ credit cards. Dang. My balance just went up again. Who knew there was such thing as a badmouthing fee?
  • Thanks to all the rubberneckers who bring traffic to a near standstill, even though whatever is happening is on the opposite side of the highway.
  • Thanks to that police officer who issues me a ticket for having a light out. You know, one of those three tiny, but extremely crucial clearance lights that are above my trailer doors. Whew! Did you see that? That airplane almost rear-ended me!
  • Thanks to all the drivers who try to close the gap when I flip my turn signal on to switch lanes. No worries. It’s not like I can’t take the spot after you pass. Aw crap. The next guy punched it too. And the next… And the next…
  • Thanks to all the truckers who tailgate 4-wheelers. Nothing says “professional” quite like a rear-view mirror full of grille.
  • Thanks to the woman who puts on her makeup in 65 mph rush hour traffic. We all know how important it is to look pretty when there’s an open casket.
  • Thanks to all those 4-wheelers who like to hang out in a trucker’s blind spots. Oh well. Out of sight, out of mind. Never you mind that pesky turn signal light that’s making the side of your face glow.
  • Thanks to the driver who locks up his brakes in front of me because he missed his turn. I’ve really been needing to check the integrity of my brakes. Too bad they work.
  • Thanks to the DOT, the FMCSA, the CSA, and all the other organizations who love truckers enough to regulate them. It’s nice to know that you can make me log it if it takes more than 7 minutes to pee, but you can’t make a receiver unload me in less than 3 hours.
  • Thanks to the trucker who parks in front of the fuel islands for extended periods of time. Yes, I know you had fuel card problems. I saw your fuel receipt through the Subway bag with toilet paper stuck to it.
  • Thanks to all the drivers who figure out where the gas pedal is after I start to pass you.
  • Thanks to all the 4-wheelers who go 5 mph under the speed limit on 2-lane highways. It’s a good thing I’m not driving this truck to make money or anything.
  • Thanks to the driver who writes SHOW YOUR HOOTERS in the dust on the back of the trailer. Public opinion: 1 Trucker’s reputation: 0
  • Thanks to the truck who parks crookeder than a homemade TV antenna. I hope you weren’t emotionally attached to that side-view mirror.
  • Thanks to the state of California for making us truckers stay in the far right lanes. It’s not like that’s where all the other vehicles are trying to enter the roadway or anything.
  • I’d also like to thank California for making trucks go 55 mph. We all know how dangerous those tumbleweeds can be.
  • Thanks to the driver who pulls out in front of me from a side street. I’ve been meaning to work on my slalom skills.
  • Thanks to my company for banning all cooking devices from my truck. There’s nothing quite like a cold bowl of Captain Crunch on a blustery winter’s night.
  • Thanks to the inattentive or unyielding trucker who won’t back out of it for two seconds so a slightly faster truck can get around him quicker. I’m sure all those drivers stuck behind you will be talking about the nice trucker when they get to work.
  • Thanks to the DOT for their hours-of-service rules. How would I know when I’m tired without your infinite wisdom?
  • Thanks to the drivers who feel the need to go 25 mph in a 45 mph construction zone. Good thing you’re clairvoyant. Those construction workers are always putting up the wrong speed limit signs.
  • Thanks to all the businesses who put up NO TRUCK PARKING signs. I nearly forgot that my money is less valuable than everyone else’s.
  • Thanks to all the worthless pile of dung truckers who use these parking lots as trash bins and toilets. I’m sure that has absolutely nothing to do with those NO TRUCK PARKING signs.
  • Thanks to all you 4-wheelers who are so kind as to allow me to hang out in the fast lane after I’ve scooted over to help you merge onto the highway. Oh, I’m sorry. I didn’t realize you were on the phone.
  • Speaking of on-ramps and phones, thanks to the driver who can’t be bothered to put away his cell phone as he’s barreling down the on-ramp. I guess the two cars to the left of me forgot to use their X-ray vision to see you trying to push me over. I know, right? What a waste of super powers.
  • And yet again, thanks to all those wishy-washy 4-wheelers who can’t make a decision when they get to the end of the on-ramp. Yes, I know being 3 car-lengths ahead of me will make it an impossibly tight fit, but why don’t you try anyway.
  • Thanks to the Christians who write Bible verses on the bathroom walls. Nothing says “Jesus loves you” quite like vandalizing someone’s property.
  • Thanks to all the shippers and receivers who value my time so much. Everyone deserves a 5-hour nap in the middle of their workday. Right?
  • Thanks to the soccer mom who cuts across three lanes in front of me to get to her exit ramp. My doctor has been saying I need to increase my heart rate more often.
  • Thanks to the person who flips me the bird for riding out in the left-hand lane. Clearly I misread that sign that read, TRUCKS LEFT LANE ONLY. My bad.
  • Thanks to all the good citizens who vote for anti-idling laws for trucks. While you may not die from harmful gas inhalation, you’ve dramatically increased your shot at getting run over by a trucker who was unsuccessfully trying to sleep in a pool of his own sweat.
  • And finally, thanks to the truck stop owners who wants $37 for a small bottle of Pepto-Bismol. When you’re looking for your place of torment in hell, just follow the signs that say, EXPLOITED A DIARRHEA SUFFERER.
Well, there you have it; a list of things to be thankful for. Yes, I know. Heartfelt is my middle name. That’s just me.

So, what are you thankful for this Turkey Day? As soon as you get done clobbering your brother with that drumstick you stole, why don’t you pop on over to the comments section and leave your thoughts. I’d appreciate it if you’d wash your hands first. I don’t want you touching my comments sections with those greasy turkey fingers. I swear. We can’t have anything nice in this house.

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About the Author
I'm a 22-year truck driver with an interest in tech stuff. I do the Trucker Dump podcast and blog, which is all about life as a trucker. I have also written two trucking books, "Trucking Life" and "How to Find a Great Truck Driving Job."
16 comments on “TD78: A Trucker’s Thanksgiving
  1. raysunshine77 says:

    I am thankful I’m an only child. First time you hit me with a drumstick, you’d be thankful for the drugs the er nurse gave you. 🙂 I’m also thankful for your blog, because you say what I want to say, only nicer and funnier. Having said that, I’m also thankful you’ll still be doing this in 5 years. Happy Thanksgiving (and enjoy black friday shopping with the Evil Overlord)

    1. Todd McCann says:

      LMBO. Pass the painkillers, please. What’s that about me still trucking 5 years from now? That’s just mean. Oh yea. Forgot who I was talking to. 😉

  2. mz penny says:

    Loved it Todd…thanks for sharing!! My feelings exactly on a few of your thanks to 4wheelers n Dot…but u missed out on the scalemasters and how they love us so much they care bout shuting us down for a simple lil crack which no1 sees but them! Or puts you on the black list cause you turned him down for a cup of coffee…my load was late or nothing, I have all the time in the world 2 have coffee with him…NOT! Lol..Thanks Todd! Ur girl truckerbitch

    1. Todd McCann says:

      You’re right, I did leave out the nitpicky DOT scale-nazis. My bad. I’ve been shut down for a small slice in an airhose before, so I know what you’re talking about. But it’s foreign territory for me when you speak of being hassled because I didn’t respond positively to a sexual advance. LOL

  3. BTJohnson83 says:

    You weren’t playing when you said snarky, Were you? I needed that laugh today and I am thankful for that! And the fact that i drive for a company that pretty much shuts down around all of the major holidays. This year i am also thankful that I am driving to the Gary In area to visit the wifes family and dont have to lift a finger in the kitchen. Hope you make it in for Thanksgiving. Safe travels

    1. Todd McCann says:

      I’m never snarky about being snarky. 😉 Glad you got a much-needed chuckle out of it.

  4. Lisa Nowak says:

    I’m thankful for smart-assed truck drivers. No, seriously. 🙂 Thanks for another laugh.

    1. Todd McCann says:

      Thanks for leaving a comment. As soon as I run across a smart-assed truck driver, I’ll be sure to tell them. 😉

  5. Jim Lee says:

    Nice rant. I see I’m not the only one who’s had to put up with just about every stinkin’ situation on that list of yours. I think you’ve jjust earned yourself another subscriber!

    1. Todd McCann says:

      Thanks, Jim. Rants are my specialty. Always glad to have another subscriber aboard. I believe with you on board, my subscriber list now totals 1. 😉

  6. rose l says:

    Man, I sure hope you are never behind me on the road! LOL You make me giggle. Now I was wondering if your turkey had a peg leg cuz mine always has 2 drumsticks.

    1. Todd McCann says:

      I’m a poor trucker. We had to buy a turkey at the outlet store. There’s always something wrong with that stuff. Now get off the road and outta my way. 😉

  7. Eric says:

    Brother, just read this post a little late (or, conversely, REALLY early for next year

    1. Todd McCann says:

      You? Giggling? That makes me giggle. Glad you enjoyed it.

  8. Wyatt says:

    You said just about all of it, except that while they are enjoying their time at home all nice and cozy, filling their bellies with nice hot food and the companionship of their family, most of us truckers are sitting uncomfortably alone in their truck, wishing they where home with there families. So happy thanksgiving!

    1. Todd McCann says:

      So true, Wyatt. Only that doesn’t happen to me much anymore. I’ve long since learned that when a dispatcher says, “We need some drivers to stay out over the holidays to handle the freight,” it really means, “I really don’t want to have to try to get all my drivers home. Surely you won’t mind sitting in a truck stop for a few days because there isn’t any freight.” Am I right, or am I right?

      Thanks for dropping in. Hope you have a great holiday season.

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