IT SEEMS times have changed when it comes to meeting a lady friend, and potential wife.
That was evident during a conversation between truckies at a roadhouse parking area.
A young, single driver aged in his twenties was boasting to a group about his "score” as a result of being on a popular internet dating site.
This seemingly amorous fellow claimed to be meeting a couple of women a week, around his own age, who were on the dating site.
Two of the older truckies, happily married and aged in their fifties, suggested he may have been using a bit of exaggeration.
The younger chap's reply was to pull out his mobile phone and show the unbelievers the text messages he had received, just to prove his point.
One of the veteran drivers came up with a classic quote in the words of famous Australian poet Banjo Paterson and I will quote him, verbatim: "In my day you went to a dance, party or a hotel to meet a girlfriend or wife,” he said.
Not to be denied, the younger lad came up with his own interpretation on how times have changed.
"That may have been the way back then, but this is how younger people these days find romance,” he said.
Dating site confusion
WHILE on this very subject, Spy heard a humorous exchange of words after a dating site was mentioned.
A woman who works as a bar attendant at a tavern frequented by many truckies mentioned that her husband "was into timber”.
What she meant was that he was a would-be carpenter who enjoyed trying to make handy items around the home from timber.
Being a tiny bit deaf, a truckie, who is a regular drinker on his days off, offered this ripper, "Did you say your husband was into Tinder,” he asked.
Those in earshot burst into laughter, including the woman who really did see the funny side.
"Well, I bloody hope not,” she quipped.
AT THE big Epping Forest Roadhouse down in Tasmania, a well-known truckie overheard an interesting conversation between numerous car drivers.
They were generally singing the praises of our Apple Isle truckies.
"Whenever I travel on the Midlands Highway here, I make sure I get behind a truck and then I know I won't break the speed limit,” one said.
Another remarked that "truckies must know where police radar guns and speed cameras are”.
Yet another suggested that truckies tell them what models unmarked police cars are.
So it looks as if truckies are playing a role in reducing speeding offences, and fines for would-be offenders, and they wouldn't even know it.
Mix-up of words
THERE is a South Australian truckie who makes a decent living and enjoys the good life when he gets time off.
That includes buying clothes from upmarket establishments and dining out at expensive restaurants.
When asked by colleagues for the reason he replied, "I like the stigma which goes with it.”
Now stigma is a word associated with negativity as some of his well-educated mates realised.
Anyway, they let him go on his merry way until the next day when one questioned his use of the word.
He thought about it for a minute or so and replied with some embarrassment, "I meant to say status”.
This little ripper was relayed to Spy at a roadhouse by a mate of his.
Rest area concern
SPY has received several calls from WA drivers about the lack of suitable rest areas for trucks between Albany and Denmark.
It may only be a 57km drive but these truckies say a decent rest area is much needed.
"The only ones are okay for cars but not trucks, especially in the day,” one said.
Slow speed check
SPY was travelling behind a police patrol car with a truck in front of it one quiet Sunday night in early May.
It was along a normally busy street where the speed limit is 60km/h.
My trouble and strife (wife) noted that the truck was moving along rather slowly, at about 40km/h and she said, "I wouldn't be surprised if the cops pulled the driver over”.
Like a Nostradamus prediction, that very thing occurred just a few minutes later.
Old Spy has no idea if the driver was given a ticket.
The next day Spy told a traffic cop about the incident and his comment was that if a driver of any vehicle was moving so slowly it could be a sign of nervousness, hence they were often pulled over.
"REJOICE mate, you woke up today and it was in Australia.”
That was a close-to-the- heart comment from a Victorian truckie Spy came across at an interstate roadhouse parking area.
"This is the best country in the world and we all should be thankful we woke up here today,'' he said.
That made me very emotional and although I am not one to shed a tear I must admit a couple ran down my face.
It was on April 24 and a day later Spy attended an Anzac Day march during which we honoured our fallen in wars.
This brought home to me what we do have in Australia, albeit that our champion truckies face some obstacles.
Look at the news on television and see how much trouble goes on in many overseas countries.
Even Australia's closest ally the United States had many problems with gun laws.
But the bottom line is we are free.
UP IN the far north on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait, a good Samaritan truckie had a request from a mate who had to get to Bamaga on the northern peninsula of the mainland for an emergency.
The lad was short of money as it wasn't pay week.
The fellow didn't blink an eyelid and swiftly paid the $75 to enable a boat trip and was thanked for his kind gesture.
The lad who benefited made it loud and clear he would pay beck the debt when he received his next wages.
There is a sad ending to this as the recipient died a few days later.