Calvin is one of these types of people you are sure the world needs many more of. Always helpful, soft spoken tho smart, modest yet pro-active, pleasant personality. He gave me my 15 minute “This is how you drive the huge new tofu truck lesson” this morning. I am trying to retire from driving the tofu truck. But there are only a handful of trained Richmond delivery drivers and i do like the work. When Summer said i could loose my child care or drive the Richmond delivery this week, i said i would do the delivery, but in the old (smaller, well know) tofu truck. I was told “no problem, unless the old truck breaks down”.
The old truck broke down.
So this morning, when i am late* for my delivery, Calvin tells me my safe comfortable old truck is not available any more. “I could go with you on this first run.” He kindly offers, but i cant take him up on it. It is jump into the deep end of the pool time. I say “i guess i am supposed to learn how to drive this big new truck then”
Calvin did take me up to Emerald City to help we learn how to parallel park this beast. I did reasonably well at it, but definitely felt like i was out of my league. One friend joked that they hoped my confidence could hold me til my skills caught up.
Of course the thing Calvin did not think to tell me in our mini course is when you are parking this new bigger truck, you need to pay attention not to what is beside and behind you – but to what is above you as well. As i parked on Morris St in Richmond, i heard a terrible sound. I ran out and i had destroyed the lower branches of a small tree which protruded out into the road. The truck was unharmed.
As i drive home after an otherwise successful delivery schedule, i am conscious of all the things truck drivers need to pay attention to. Distance between the vehicles in front of you and elongated spaces needed for braking. Other truck drivers expect you to flash and blink and give them space (and i do). i feel like i am in this proletariat fraternity of the people who move stuff around and take some amount of care of each other.
* I am late because our return flight was canceled and i drove this tremendous circuitous route yesterday to avoid giant traffic snarls outside Baltimore and Harrisburg. [Willow and Hawina were great company singing from Uncle Johns new album about science, late into the evening.]