Happy Thanksgiving!

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Updated Nov 25, 2016


The shot above came in through the Reader Rigs gallery Tuesday this week from reader Debbie Desiderato with a note we thought quite fitting for this week of giving thanks. “Just a little ray of sunshine,” Desiderato said. Better, indeed, than “a black cloud hanging over my head.”

Owner-operators’ Thanksgiving 2016 plans

If you’re like the majority of readers, here’s hoping the time today with family and friends at home or away getting a little well-needed rest and relaxation is of a piece with that sentiment. If you’re on the road, take a lesson from an exchange precipitated by frequent commenter “Mind Games,” who responded to the poll above with this note about Thanksgiving on the road: “I can find happiness alone on the holidays, as I have found out over my 21 years of driving.”

Many respondents to the question posed on Facebook yesterday as to plans for today also noted work delivering fuel, food, water and other essentials.

Mike Charette stressed the value of that occasionally-elusive camaraderie among the trucking family this time of year: “Get to a truck stop and have a nice dinner by yourself, start a conversation with other drivers doing the same. Enjoy a good cup of coffee and a piece of pie. Watch the football game, retire for the night so as to get up in the A.M. fresh as a daisy. This is what I used to do when I couldn’t get home.”

What’s Charette thankful for this year?: “Jesus Christ for dying on the cross to secure my salvation,” he noted, concurring also with Gordon Alkire‘s message of thanks this year: “I am thankful I live in a country that lets me salute the flag I love. I’m thankful for the ones who gave all defending the flag. I am thankful I can appreciate the ability to do the job I do. I am thankful I have family and friends I get to spend time with. I am thankful I am an American by birth.”

Kelly Rucker: “I’m thankful that I have the opportunity for my husband and I to open our home to friends and family on Thanksgiving day and share our blessings. I’m thankful to know that the 25 drivers I work with will have a place to park their trucks and come in for a home-cooked meal, a nice nap and an overall stress-free day even if they don’t have one place they call home. I’m thankful that this country is driven by the excellence of the trucking industry.”

Here’s wishing you a great Thanksgiving Day, from the team here at Overdrive.

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