Magazine / A Likely Story

  • “Cursed With Good Health”

    Roger Clark
    July 2024
    I don’t feel old. I don’t act old. I don’t even look old, when I see that guy in the mirror and don’t sound old when I talk about cabovers, pay phones, doo-wop music, or three-in-the-tree transmissions.  I’m very active, climbing the walls...
  • Never Be First

    Roger Clark
    June 2024
    Defensive driving is the name of the game, and there are numerous classes available to teach it: Smith System, AAA, NSC, and even AARP. Us old guys finally have a defense against other old guys. You can even learn to drive online, thanks to the inter...
  • “Recruiting Gig”

    Roger Clark
    May 2024
    As readers of Movin’ Out Magazine learned recently, I retired from four decades of trucking last November. I liked retirement because I was told to like it, but that lasted less than a month. When my wife started speaking to me again, I was already...
  • “Proving Gravity”

    Roger Clark
    April 2024
    As you know, Sir Isaac Newton discovered gravity. Or maybe apples. But it was me, almost three hundred years later, who proved the theory of gravity. It happened near Victorville, California, where I was locked out of my T600 Kenworth.  Noting the...
  • “Milepost 100.1”

    Roger Clark
    March 2024
    I run this route only a few times each year, and for the most part, it’s a predictable load. It’s a scenic trip, even when the Flint Hills are on fire, and traffic is limited to road-weary families, FedEx triples, drug-running entrepreneurs, and ...
  • Setting The Pace

    Roger Clark
    February 2024
    As you may have heard, Dave Sweetman has retired from trucking. For many years, he was the one who put words to our miles out here, leaving us breathing a sigh of relief, empathy, humor, or anger. Funny, forthright, engaging, and sometimes painfully ...
  • “Tour De Farce”

    Roger Clark
    January 2024
    One of the most memorable segments of my trucking career was doing marketing tours. I didn’t know what ‘Event Marketing’ was, before actually doing it, but the learning curve was easy. All I had to do was show up on time and was immediately eve...
  • Twelve Days Of Christmas

    Roger Clark
    December 2023
    As many of you know, the idea of buying gifts for loved ones is a traumatic experience. It leaves us tense, irritable, exasperated, and exhausted. And that’s before we even set foot in the shopping mall. It’s no better shopping online, where ther...
  • Senior Discount

    Roger Clark
    November 2023
    The first time I was offered a senior discount, it was 1997. I was in my forties. The first time I ever asked for one in 2017, they thought I was in my forties. Recently at the Golden Arches, I asked what age qualified for a senior discount, and ...
  • A Likely Story  - No Worries, We Got This

    Roger Clark
    October 2023
    This time I was ready. As the S-64 Sikorsky helicopter swooped in for a hot landing, I had the fuel hose draped over my shoulder, ready to sprint forward the moment the wheels were chocked. Silently reviewing the checklist, I thought about coveralls....
  •  “Forgot Password”

    Roger Clark
    August 2023
    To access my company email with the phone requires a password. So does my payroll. And Per Diem. Gmail. Social Security. Medicare. I even need a password to log into my passwords, which doesn’t faze the folks in IT at all. Clearly, they’ve never ...
  • A Likely Story

    Roger Clark
    August 2023
    For years I’ve been passing through a time warp between oil fields and windfarms. From the dawn of Y2K to yesterday’s sunset, a lot of my trucking has been hidden in the dust clouds of pump jacks and windmills. Despite a significant reduction in ...
  • No Thanks, I’m Driving

    Roger Clark
    July 2023
    Like many of us, I devote sixty hours a week to making sure a load of greeting cards, gift certificates, child support checks, and my sister-in-law’s hand-made envelopes make it safely to their destination. Reading Jen’s letters is a twice-weekly...
  • A Likely Story - Adjust In Motion

    Roger Clark
    June 2023
    I like to think there’s no rig I can’t handle. My second cabover, after all, was a 1978 IHC powered by a six-banger Detroit, backed up by a 13-speed Roadranger. You know, one with a splitter over the plunger, which was harder to learn than a Moza...
  •  Counter Clockwise

    Roger Clark
    May 2023
    The Daylight Savings change happens in March and November. There’s good reason for it, but something different every year. Back in the day, it was for the farmers. Later it was for the kiddos waiting on the school bus. Then it was to distinguish Cl...
  • The Night Shift

    Roger Clark
    March 2023
    It was a cold April night in the countryside outside El Paso, and drivers were just settling in the TV room when word came down from dispatch. Five trucks were immediately needed to bobtail for Dallas, scheduled to arrive first thing in the morning. ...
  •  “I Did That!”

    Roger Clark
    February 2023
    There are now YouTube channels celebrating the dumb stuff truck drivers do. The people creating those videos are just trying to be funny. But in the words of Jay Leno, “If you’re not funny, don’t try!” These influencers are showing mistakes a...
  • “No Business Like Snow Business”

    Roger Clark
    January 2023
    “What the hell was I thinking!”, I said to myself as wind driven snow pelted the windshield. It was the middle of January, and middle of the night, in the middle of Minnesota. My load was a big green machine, chained to the stepdeck, destined for...
  • My First Ever

    Roger Clark
    December 2022
    I’ve had a lot of ‘firsts’ in my trucking career. It was my first time in Canada, first load to Mexico, and first delivery to Trump Tower on 5th Avenue. It was my first ever drug screen, first serious injury, first time in business, and first ...
  • But Wait! There’s More!

    Roger Clark
    November 2022
    Recently I flew for business to Bozeman, Montana, and forgot how much turbulence there could be, even before taking off. Checking in at the ticket counter in Wichita, they asked for everything, Driver’s license, credit card, confirmation number, an...