Big Rigs, Big City

| August 31, 2001

“I don’t want to die out here,” Simaschko says. “I’ve got two kids at home. The dispatcher is at home in bed with his old lady at 6 in the morning, and I’m out here in New York sweating coins. Personally, I’m scared to death of New York,” he says. “People disappear all the time there. It’s probably a place that a country boy’s got no business being in.”

Simaschko is not only scared of getting attacked. “The traffic in New York is intimidating as hell,” he says. “It’s like you’re fighting to keep from hitting anyone.” He also hates the bridges. “The George Washington Bridge is just awful. It’ll eat you up, even with those air-ride seats. The bridge’s roads need work bad. And they rob you at the tollbooth. Six bucks per axle. Chicago’s only $1.25 per toll; I don’t mind going into Chicago.”

James Neis is one of the regulars who scoffs at the notoriety of places like Hunt’s Point. “It’s the na

Big Rigs, Big City

| August 31, 2001

“I don’t want to die out here,” Simaschko says. “I’ve got two kids at home. The dispatcher is at home in bed with his old lady at 6 in the morning, and I’m out here in New York sweating coins. Personally, I’m scared to death of New York,” he says. “People disappear all the time there. It’s probably a place that a country boy’s got no business being in.”

Simaschko is not only scared of getting attacked. “The traffic in New York is intimidating as hell,” he says. “It’s like you’re fighting to keep from hitting anyone.” He also hates the bridges. “The George Washington Bridge is just awful. It’ll eat you up, even with those air-ride seats. The bridge’s roads need work bad. And they rob you at the tollbooth. Six bucks per axle. Chicago’s only $1.25 per toll; I don’t mind going into Chicago.”

James Neis is one of the regulars who scoffs at the notoriety of places like Hunt’s Point. “It’s the na

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