I Love My Truck

In fact, at this writing, after having looked at the exorbitant cost of new cars that don’t have the guts and character my truck does and don’t get much better gas mileage, I have made a decision.

I won’t abandon the old veteran. I won’t cave in to the “new normal” and lay it off just because newer models promise XM radio, Bluetooth compatibility, and marginally better gas mileage.

I’ve decided to put some money back into the old bird, get the heater and A/C fixed, replace that dashboard, and, hey, why not upgrade the AM/FM radio/cassette player to a high-def audio-platform with cd player and maybe even one that will allow me to connect my iPod.

I’ll get that electronic passenger side window fixed so it will roll up after having been rolled down. Maybe get that back tailgate latch fixed too.

I’ll have the battle scars sanded off and get a total paint job.

I’m going to treat this old veteran with the respect it deserves after a loyal career, not just put it on the back shelf to be scrapped.

A car salesman somewhere will lose commission on a new vehicle they could have sold me.

But some lucky mechanics are going to gain job security when I drive into their shop. I’ll be helping support the family of some car painter. A local garage will be able to stay open because I am not going to abandon my truck.

It’s like I’m providing my own little stimulus package. Instead of bailing out on my truck, I’ll boost the local economy.

And perhaps most important, I’ll remain true to my roots. I won’t give in to the new normal, the disposable society. I’ll see the old warhorse come back to life and give it another chance to pull its weight.

It’s amazing what people will do for love of their truck. ☺

Randy Gaddo, a retired Marine who also served for 15 years in municipal parks and recreation, is now a full-time photojournalist who lives in Peachtree City, Ga.; he can be reached at (678) 350-8642 or email cwo4usmc@comcast.net.

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5 comments on “I Love My Truck

  1. We still have my husband’s bachelor truck. It has no electric locks or windows & no airbag, but it does have a cassette player. It’s in good shape because it never goes anywhere except for the occasional trip to Home Depot or a boy scout camping adventure. It used to go to caving trips and dog agility competitions, but alas – We are getting too old and too busy with other stuff. It’s good to have it around, though…

  2. armywife on said:

    I am NOT sharing this article with my husband! :)

    • Randy on said:

      Awww, come on armywife, you know you love that truck! Send your husband an “OohRah” and Semper Fi…and thanks for commenting…Randy

  3. Dave Connor on said:

    Randy love your story and i do love the lessons that can be learnt from the way our fathers really USED their vehicles it is I believe that type of Loyalty to their Vehicle your truck in this case that was responsible for our Generation strong pride in country and Family. The penchant of today’s society to switch Vehicles, houses, wives, Husbands even families at the 1st sign of difficulty is a good evaluation of this generations refusal to stand up and defend whats theirs when it so much easier to take the easy way out trade it in etc……I thoroughly enjoyed this article…..

  4. Dan Downey on said:

    Randy, Great story. I never had a truck but the love and attachment for your truck nearly brought tears to my eyes as it made me think about my V.W. Sports Mobile Camper Van that I had all through my college years traveling thru the beautiful Michigan U.P. on my trips to Northern Michigan University. All it would take was twenty bucks and that would earn someone a trip home in Dan’s Van. With the air Cooled engine of the V.W. Vans the defroster worked only according to how fast the car was traveling. We would scrape the frost off the windshield from the inside as we headed down the road listening to the tunes on the cassette tape deck. I loved my V.W. Camper and so did my girlfriend who is now my wife of 35 years.

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