Reality Check

Carolyn Magner

Suck it up, buttercup!

| October 27, 2012

Dear Carolyn,

I got laid off from a good job and have been unemployed for about four years. The bank foreclosed on my house and car and I had to move back home with my parents. The good news is that my dad paid for me to go to truck driving school where I did well and earned my CDL. I got on with a good company and am now completely out of debt. So far, all is good. However, I don’t understand how truckers stand the boredom of driving all day and night. I listen to the radio, chat on the CB and have a stack of books on tape that help pass the time. It’s such mindless, boring work that I feel like a trained monkey could do it. I don’t know if I’m going to be able to stand it over the long haul. What should I do?



Suck it up, buttercup. Plenty of unemployed folks out there that would be happy to trade places with you. Get over yourself. Be thankful you have a job. Want what you have. All of that.

I’m just say’n,


PS. Readers? What would you tell Derek?


  • Terry Williams

    Derek, you get back from a job what you put into it, if I was running teams and they stuck me with you, your butt would be left sitting in a truck stop. Nobody wants to be around a whinny mama’s boy, so get though puberty and put on you big boy shorts and do your job or park your truck and go to work at Walmart.

  • Simon

    The job is what it is and you should have known it. Be fortunate that you have work and quit complaining.

  • Franki Hawkeye Andersen

    When I was 13 I announced to my parents I was going to be a trucker just like Dad!!! I even had my letter published in Overdrive back in 83…needless to say I didn’t follow in Dad’s footsteps…but I do own my own business and Dad is still driving!!! God Bless him!!! So, yeh you need to count your Blessings and be glad you have what alot of others don’t!

  • Bob_Hearns

    I love being behind the wheel of semi. 13 years and still a thrill. Never had a boring day. If you find it boring, it’d be a good idea to find other employment. You might even be somewhat dangerous on the road. I’m just say’n.

  • Nottaprob

    Really? What job isn’t boring? You’re out on the open road seeing things that most have to wait until vacation to see. Find some buddies & talk on the phone to help pass some time. Enjoy the freedom the job can give you or get out before you screw something up. It’s not for everyone, but like was already said – it’s what you put into it, be happy you’re not part of the unemployment stats. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.