The End Of An Era – I Quit! 

As the sun sets bringing an end to the day, so too does it bring the end of my career as a full time regional over the road trucker.  Yes, I quit my job of twelve and a half years.  After thirteen years and eight months of leaving the house on Sunday and returning sometime Friday afternoon I’ve decided it was time for a lifestyle change.  It is long since time that I’m at home and in bed next to my wife at night.  So what am I going to do now?  I’ve accepted at position with a local paving and excavating company as a dump truck driver.  I know that this is a dramatic change.  However, I think it’s exactly the change that my family has been needing for some time now.  Both Mrs and I are excited and nervous about the new job.  We have that flood of unending questions running through our heads… Will I like this type of work, will it be the money we need, how will it be with me in the house every day, how does the unemployment thing work during the winter, as well as a bunch of other things.  

Today was my last day.  The new job starts Monday morning.  I think I’m ready.  I guess we’ll find out if I’m ready or not.  I’m looking forward to sharing pictures of construction equipment and interesting things from a new line of work.  

The view from my former office on my last night in the rig.  This was a fitting final load as it was also my first load of oil delivered on my own.  

4 comments
  1. Mike
    Mike
    August 19, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Wow. This is an exciting time in your life. Embrace all of the new feelings and fears. You will do great and soon you will happily realize that this was the right thing. Wishing you the best of luck

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  2. Kenneth Brown
    Kenneth Brown
    August 19, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    Good for you ..I’ve been wanting a career change for sometime . Glad to see someone has a pair and is willing to do it. Same job now for 20 years and I’m so burnt out .I too am tired of not getting home til late and everyone is in bed…Proud for you.

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    • qball45
      qball45 • Post Author •
      August 19, 2016 at 10:33 pm

      Thanks Ken! The hardest part was making the decision that I wanted a change. Then there’s explaining your reasoning to the boss you’ve working so long for. Acquiring the new job is easy if you’re qualified.

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  3. Bruce E Davey
    Bruce E Davey
    December 1, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    I don’t think that I had seen this before. Nice pic’s and the story is exactly what the story really is. As a BTW, it’s been fun watching, listening on the phone actually, to see how excited you have been learning about your new job and the dedication you are putting into it.
    The “olde phart”

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