While driving Cab and also big trucks I realized there was a real shortage of good healthy food available for us drivers that work at night or I should say a shortage of good healthy fast food. That was about the time when I came up with the idea of starting my own healthy hamburger stand. I would call my hamburger stand business Omburger and serve mostly vegetarian fare that is nutritious and tastes good instead of contributing to the slow onslaught of obesity and diabetes that traditional american fast food seems to promote and would be healthy too! Enter the Omburger.
First I thought I would find a location and start a brick and mortar hamburger stand. But I soon realized that this would be a very expensive proposition, so I decided to look into buying a food truck as a way to make my restaurateur dreams come true. It wasn't long before I found what I thought was the perfect food truck. Notice the very creative flower over the cab! The flower is a torch and can shoot flames at night for a fliery advertisement.
Here is a photo of the interior of my very artistic "Om-Mobile" It even has hot water on demand. How cool is that!?
Now, while I thought the Om-mobile was very cool and sheik and the perfect thing for my healthy fast food business. The folks in Washington State where I live namely the Washington Health Dept and Labor and Industries said "Hey not so fast there you wanna be food truck maven. "Here in Washington State we have a lot more hoops that need jumped through than the folks in Oregon do. You are going to have to make a lot of improvements to your food truck in order to cook in it." (like the doors are a little too narrow and you have to have a fancy diagram and a commercial grease sucking vent thing a mabob that sticks out the top and stainless steel this and that and on and on and on. Thus my very substantial investment in a food truck became a much larger investment.
So, thank goodness I have a huge pile of money laying around for just this reason. Not!!!. O.k. I have a very rich uncle that wants to throw cash my way. Yeah right. O.k. well one thing I do have is a CDL and I know how to haul cars which pays pretty good. So I've gone back to trucking in a large part in order to save my money so I can accomplish my dream of starting a healthy food truck restaurant. So wish me luck and I will keep you posted on how my food truck adventures work out. Have a fabulous night.
So the last couple years have seen a lot of changes for me. I went from being a Trucker to driving taxi, then back to trucker. I can honestly say that both jobs are challenging and both jobs have their good side. For me driving taxi was a way to be home every day, and I enjoyed meeting and talking to lots of people. From a financial standpoint driving cab was a real hit on the ol' pocket book. Hauling cars I made over 70k. Driving taxi I made far less than that amount. I think around 25k. Taxi was cool in that I got to make personal connections with people from all walks of life and on the weekends could make over a hundred bucks in tips. Some nights I'd drive the wheel chair van and that was physically chanllenging as well as rewarding because folks in weelchairs can be some of the nicest people and really appreciate you. On the other hand working nights I sometimes was dealing with drunk folks. It sucks having to drive to a car wash to clean puke out of your cab. Driving cab I worked an eleven hour graveyard shift from six p.m. until five a.m. Unlike driving truck, I couldn't just pull over and hit the sleeper when I got tired. Nope, driving cab I had to be awake in case the radio beeped. I found myself drinking tons of coffee and energy drinks and pulling into fast food places all too often to compensate for the late hour blah's. I also found that staying on my trucker diet driving cab was not as easy as when I was driving truck. I gained back some of the weight I'd lost while trucking on my trucker diet. Driving cab and working graveyard present a whole host of challenges that driving long haul doesn't. Like higher intake of unhealthy food to compensate for lack of sleep, and lack of exercise. Hauling cars I get a lot of exercise compared to driving taxi as well as compared to most trucking jobs. Lets face it, every day I have to load my truck. This entails walking sometimes miles finding my cars, and climbing all over my truck straping the cars down. I work long hours as a trucker but I set my own hours and when I'm tired I can sleep. On the other hand, after years of trucking I was ready for a break and I don't regret driving cab at all. Health wise there is one aspect of driving cab that is better in my opinion. That is the social aspect. It's nice to have a job where you get to visit with new and interesting people every day. However the fact that I'm back hauling cars again speaks volumes. Lets face it the positives outway the negatives for the most part and those paychecks are hard to beat. If you are interested in hauling cars for a living here is a link to an article that goes into more detail... Car Hauling Article.
Been trucking since 96. My main interest is having a good healthy life.