Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A ‘Chrome Shop’ wedding

Jim Langton and his wife, Tani, had kicked around a couple of different venues for hosting their nuptials. They say they considered getting hitched at a Renaissance festival, or in Las Vegas, before settling on tying the knot last Saturday afternoon at the Guilty By Association Truck Show in Joplin, Mo.

Photo by George Parker III
“A lot of our friends are truck drivers,” Jim, an OOIDA life member from Moran, Kan., said in a phone interview. “We just thought that’d be a good place to gather. … We talked about the Renaissance festival, or Las Vegas, but the logistics of getting everybody there on a certain day (would’ve been too difficult).”

Tani agreed.

“The most important people in our lives are fellow truck drivers,” she said. “We had talked about getting married, maybe going to Vegas, just because I didn’t want to have to put a wedding together. And then we worried about how are we going to get everybody there? Because the people we love the most are all drivers, and you can’t guarantee everybody a load out of Las Vegas.”

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Heavier wagons take their toll

Those in Congress who want heavier trucks on our highways are clearly unaware of historical precedent. We now return to those ancient times. We join King Tony the Pugnacious of New Jersey whose Lord Chancellor has come to him most reluctantly with news.

“What is it, Lord Chancellor Eddie?”

“I bring bad tidings, my lord.”

“What is it?”

“First I must inform you of the wagon driver shortage, sire. It is bad and growing worse.”

“My kingdom is out of drivers? How can that be? Can’t women drive wagons? Can't children drive wagons? Have we used up all those Pennsylvania prisoners of war? Why are you bothering me with this?”

“There’s more, your highness. The boulder carriers have run out of oxen...”

“Let them barter with Delaware! They have lots of oxen down there. Why do you bring these troubles to me?”

“... and then there are the bridges ...”