Hey Gang: I’ve been off the sphere for awhile as my dad passed in his 89th year, and what I forgot to mention in the eulogy was the he had such a strong work ethic that right after he retired from Massey-Ferguson after 30 years, he went out and got a design job with Spar Aerospace (mostly to see if he could get another job to know he was still useful). Then he messed around with starting his own company and even had some letterhead printed up: he would work at home and take on some projects, maybe farm out some of the work to his old cronies. But retirement suited him and he dropped all that freelance stuff-: took up golf with the same tenacity and steadfastness that he did everything else. I could always outdrive him by 100 yards but I never beat him at the game and he never let me. Just like I never lost a game of snooker to him, although we’d both ease up on each other when the score got too outrageous. It just isn’t right to play beneath your ability and we both knew it. Goodbye paps, it’s been really good to know ya.
As for the blog, I found a disc of photos while cleaning up: unlabeled photos I’d collected for the Highway Workplace project at virtual museum website. This one didn’t make the cut. I particularly like the ones with horses because our relationship with them goes back thousands of years..and that’s what we truck drivers are: glorified teamsters handling hundreds of horses belching fire and clawing at the blacktop. I’ve got a bunch more photos but can’t figure out how to download more than one at a time. Later. View image
Harry Rudolfs has worked as a dishwasher, apprentice mechanic, editor, trucker, foreign correspondent and taxi driver. He's written hundreds of articles for North American and European journals and newspapers, including features for the Ottawa Citizen, Toronto Life and CBC radio.
With over 30 years experience in the trucking industry he's hauled cars, steel, lumber, chemicals, auto parts and general freight as well as B-trains. He holds an honours BA in creative writing and humanities, summa cum laude. All posts by Harry Rudolfs