Since we now have a curtain side trailer (a flatbed with a rolling tarp system), it's been almost three years since Ed has had to tarp a load or fold tarps.
This week while waiting to get loaded, we were watching this guy in front of us take his tarp off to get ready for unloading. It was only a few minutes before Ed hopped out of the truck and walked over to help the guy fold his tarps.
I love this quality of Ed's. It's blazing hot outside, he's comfortably sitting in his air-conditioned cab waiting for our call to get loaded, and he does't think twice about helping a fellow driver. I've seen him do this many times. He's helped drivers throw straps and secure their freight, he's helped them tarp, he's helped them unload, he's helped them with folding tarps - which is a bitch when it's windy - and he does it all without asking.
I imagine this is how it was years ago, drivers helping drivers all the time. Now, with the proliferation of cell phones, a guy broken down on the side of the road has help within the hour and when sitting around waiting on a load, those same cell phones (and computers) are being used to play games and surf the internet. Rarely do I see drivers venturing out of their trucks to give someone else a hand.
I'm proud of Ed when he reaches out and helps. I'm not sure I would do the same.
But I will feed you and serve you refreshing slices of watermelon!
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2015: Mickey Is Electric!
2014: High Floor, King Bed, River View
2013: Pitchin' Melon
2012: As If The Heat, The Dust, And The Politics Weren’t Bad Enough
2011: My Office Window
2010: All The Live-long Day
2009: What Every Child Leaves Behind
2008: What Happened To Being Human?
2007: I’ve Been Everywhere, Man
2006: Gulf Shore Toe Magnets
2005: Sorry, no post on this day.