This story is all to familar to people who know me but I decided to tell it today. I used to be a truck driver, that toy is a scale model of a truck that I used to drive for the company on that toy. I am no longer a driver because I got fired from that job. I got fired because I made little mistakes that were amplified by the fact I was in a big truck. the first one was I hit the side of my cab to the side of my trailer. I backed into a handrailing at a customers dock and third I hit a low bridge, I was told I would fit under, and did the first time, but the second time I hit it. These three incidents got me fired, and keep me from getting rehired as a driver anywhere else. I look back at driving now and am amazed at the fact I even did it. I think about the stress I had to deal with and I get nervouse. People don't often realize that as a driver you are given a name and an address and that is all. If you have ever had to find a place that way you know it is hard. it is even harder in a truck, you have a second to find the place, decide if you can pull in or if you have to back in, figure out if you can do it and how. If you make the wrong decision in that second you can suffer for it. that decision can cause and accident property damage or worse, you could hurt somebody. There were things I liked about the job, driving around on nice sunny days, with sombody elses gas, working in a nice air conditioned cab, seeing different places and going to different factories and I always loved it when kids would prompt me to blow the horn. I remember being a kid doing that and I remember cheering when he hit the horn. every time I would do that, it would make me smile and make me think this is cool. Sadly I don't think I could do this again. I have so many horror stories swirling around in my head I worry. I haven't driven a tractor trailer in over a year, part of me wants to go back, the money is definatly better, but I didn't like me when I was driving. back then I was like ten times as stressed and always angry. I just wish I could get a nice job that didn't dictate my life to me. I think that is what bothers me the most, for the last 10 or so years I have a set start time but I never know when I am going to get out, so I can't plan anything, driving was the same way, there were days I started at like 10 am and didn't get out till midnight, I never knew when I would get home. but unfortunatly that is a lot to ask.