In a bit of a profile of one of the road officers plenty truckers expend at least as plentiful energy hoping to never meet, Jim Cunningham writes on the website of KMBZ FM (serving the Kansas City, Mo., area) of Missouri truck-enforcement-dedicated trooper Sergeant Mike Fennewald. The cognitive dissonance inspired by the understated headline (which in my world seems to beg for an exclamation point at the end, so I’ll add one) is what initially caught my eye about the story:
Commercial Vehicle Enforcement trooper enjoys interaction with truckers!
Putting a face for the general public on what their tax dollars go to in the area of truck enforcement in Missouri seems to be the general, human-interest intention here. Cunningham rode along for a stop of a hotshot hauler that ended with the operator out of service due to malfunctioning trailer brakes.
But as suggested by the headline (particularly with my added exclamation point), the news seems to be that Fennewald might actually like what he does, working around truckers day in and day out. Have things gotten so bad in the public imagination around what a trucker really is that such a thing is news?
Surely there are worse imaginable fates than inspecting trucks and their drivers. How’s this for a headline, in these fraught times, for example?:
Congressperson actually enjoys hearing from constituents!
Got a headline of your own? Drop us a comment below …
Of team pride and Yukon moose …
How’s that for a view out the office window? Jerry Boyd shared this shot from a stop along the route through Canada between Oak Harbor, Wash., and Fairbanks, Ak. If you saw my Channel 19 post over the weekend, you’ll know Bennett Motor Express-leased Boyd, Carl Lawrence and Bob Hubbard set off Thursday last week on the haul toward Fairbanks, Lawrence and Boyd for the second time hauling together there in the past year.
Here’s just a small update from Boyd, not averse to a little clowning, as it were. When it comes to Yukon moose, well, they’re big Tennessee Vols fans, Boyd noted with his post of the following to his Facebook page yesterday:
What’s new on your route this week? Here’s hoping it’s safe and profitable …