Why be uncomfortable at work? Office workers, teachers, construction workers, they can’t go to work naked, but a long haul truck driver can. I’m working for Bison Transport out of Calgary and Kirstyn and Leeroy are coming along for the ride.
Why would I choose Bison? I’ve never worked for a big company before, and by Canadian standards, Bison is big. Money is the reason we get jobs, and it’s easy to be sceptical when someone claims to love their job, I mean, would you really set an alarm and fight traffic to arrive on time if they weren’t paying you? Long haul truckers get paid by the mile, more miles means more money. The government limits us to a reasonable number of hours on the road, so the way we make money is by maximizing our use of the time we have available. Smaller companies send their highway drivers out to the warehouses and factories to pick up their loads, whereas bigger companies have more resources. If Bison can send a local truck to pick up my freight in Calgary, Vancouver or Toronto, that’s less time I spent stuck in traffic and more time making miles. So that’s reason number one. Reason number two was a pleasant little surprise when I showed up for my interview. They have a super fancy touchscreen machine that creates as many delicious fancy caffeinated beverages as you can drink. That’s like an instant dollar an hour raise for me. I’m twitching from all the caffeine coursing through my veins at this very moment.
Reason number three. The office is full of millennials in trendy outfits. All that beard grooming and Lululemon gear can’t be cheap, and that’s encouraging. But if all goes well, we won’t be spending much time in Calgary, we’re off to more exotic locales such as Idaho or Texas. So well you folks are toiling away at your jobs, trying to keep up with your mortgage payments and whatnot, we’ll be getting paid to continue our nomadic lifestyle. We’re on a winning streak, no doubt about it. Keep an eye out, you might just see us drive by. Big news, since I have a job, it’s time to update our wardrobe a little. Remember I talked about those expensive stretchy pants earlier in the blogpost? Nothing but the best for my girl, so Kirstyn’s bum is lovingly wrapped in yoga gear today. Not only that, but with winter still persisting in Alberta, and Old Navy blowing out their winter gear, she’s looking extra fancy.
But the spending spree must end. Canada is the home of the overpriced everything, and if we ever hope to return to our life of leisure we’ll need to be frugal. Every dollar spent is one less delicious cold beverage enjoyed on a tropical beach. And I love tropical beaches far more than I love spring time in Alberta. Choosing to not get ripped off, to me, means not doing business with Canadian cell phone providers. There’s no way to justify their prices, so we’ll be getting a Verizon SIM card in the near future. A few weeks without a phone is probably good for us anyway.