Modest proposal: ‘Let regulators have what they want’
More and more, it seems, I have noticed a big change in the people of this great country of ours. I actually hate to say it, but most people today are just mainly for themselves and feel they can just laugh at most things that go wrong and they’ll just go away. Sorry folks, it just doesn’t work that way. If we don’t all get back to worrying about our friends and neighbors and taking care of each other, we’re in very deep trouble.
Another problem I have is with the entertainment industry and the way they feel it is necessary to portray our industry and the hardworking truck drivers of this country.
I would like to see five real honest-to-goodness truck drivers that have been around the industry for 30 or 40 years get together and create a real reality TV Show about the trucking industry and what we‘re about. We need to show people what trucking is really like. Show them that it has fun days, sad days, great days and bad days. Go to Washington, D.C. and review the new regulations that our lawmakers are trying to impose on our industry. Visit trucking companies and get the real stories of the road and the real-life struggles as well as accomplishments of the truck drivers, and bring all of that to the public eye. Give them the true look at reality, not the producer and director’s manufactured one. We have enough TV showing the dramatically enhanced dumb side of trucking — now let’s get a show that will truly show it like it really is: The life of a truck driver, without feeling the necessity to invent things just for entertainment. Show actual interviews, stories from the road, ride along on actual trips, give safety tips, and show driver talents. For a change, let’s show a variety of things that can really help the trucking industry, as well as assist the general public in understanding the industry a little better. I know there are people with big money who like nothing more than to invest it in dumb meaningless programs filled with stupidity just for laughs. Here’s your chance to make a real difference. Maybe we can get someone to invest their money in something worthwhile for a change. I challenge someone to step up and do it right just once.
Stupidity and laughter aren’t the only things that can make you feel good.
I wish you all a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Stay safe.
Keeping In Touch With Reality,
Big Al Weekley