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The difference between the needs that many disabled people have and the needs of people who are not labelled as disabled is that non-disabled people have had their dependencies normalized. Consider the following four dead-end kids. One was spanked by his teachers for bad grades and a poor attitude. He dropped out of school at Another failed remedial English and came perilously close to flunking out of college. The last finally learned to read in third grade, devouring Marvel comics, whose pictures provided clues to help him untangle the words — These four losers are, respectively, Richard Branson, Charles Schwab, John Chambers, and David Boies.

I should seek in vain for the light that does not visit my eyes and the music that does not ring in my ears. I should beg night and day and never be satisfied. I should sit apart in awful solitude, a prey to fear and despair. But since I consider it a duty to myself and to others to be happy, I escape a misery worse than any physical deprivation. Saul has an injury to his leg.

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What if his personality was deformed? How much worse if his soul was lame? Preachers or teachers look for the good in all of us. Bless them for doing so.

Wear it like a Purple Heart. I do not understand quite what that means. I suppose the calls of the stupid and curious, especially of newspaper reporters, are always inopportune. I also dislike people who try to talk down to my understanding. They are like people who when walking with you try to shorten their steps to suit yours; the hypocrisy in both cases is equally exasperating.

A child with a disability needs support. Stand behind him, champion and back him! Believe in him and have expectations! They inspire hope, excitement, eagerness and success! Which would you want others to give you? Or talk about their feelings? Or manage their feelings in constructive ways? And people who cannot find fulfillment in their lives, or those who have lost hope, who live in disappointment and bitterness and find in life no joy, no love?

These, it seems to me, are the real disabilities. Important Things to Remember. When one is disabled, the problem is not really that they have impairments and social skill deficits. Teach me and I learn. Involve me and I remember. I try not to be biased, but I had my doubts about hiring Stevie. His placement counselor assured me that he would be a good, reliable busboy. But I had never had a mentally. The four-wheeler drivers were the ones who concerned. I knew those people would be.

He was like a year-old kid in blue jeans and Nikes, eager to laugh and eager to please, but fierce in. It's disruptive to the parents. Usually there's a change in their jobs and so forth. So even before we get there, this is fraught with emotion. And then, you know, you've got the reputation of the moving industry, which is - you know, I'm very aware of the dismal view that the general public has about movers. And I try to assuage that as much as possible early on and to let them know that we're professionals, that we care about their things.

But that said, some of the crews that I work with - I mean, we're talking about, you know, very big people laughter. There's a lot of tattoos. It's all immigrant laborers - wonderful, wonderful people. And I have crews all over the country I've been working with for decades. But it can be a kind of unnerving initial physical presence at the beginning. So you're entrusted with the possessions, and sometimes something goes wrong. And I think, like, the biggest example of that in your book is when you were moving a family, and the woman's baby grand piano was, like, the most prized possession of - was, like, a family heirloom in addition to being a piano.

And it didn't really fit easily into the new home. And it was kind of a catastrophe. Would you describe what happened? Laughter It was a catastrophe. The first - the three words that all movers live by is not my fault laughter. And so we had to bring this up an outside staircase. It was a baby grand piano, weighed about pounds. And we were bringing it up the incline just with brute force, which is one of the really attractive things about the work that I do and that we do as moving crews. And so we were just manhandling this thing up. And as we got to the top of the stairs which was being held by those two sort of metal joist hangers, the joist hangers gave away.

The piano fell about 14 feet down onto the ground.

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All of my movers scattered in all directions. And when the piano hit, it made - you know - remember that chord at the end of the "Sgt. When it goes bong ph?

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So that's the noise that the piano made. That was its death flurry. And we were all just shocked and standing around. And the customer was there with a toddler in her hand. And then the thunderstorm came, and it just started to rain on everything. And myself and my crew - we just looked over at the shipper. We call the customer the shipper. And one of my men, this big giant of a man, went over and put his arm around the customer, the shipper.

And then the two of us went over, and we all just sort of put our arms around each other, watched the piano get soaking wet in the rain. So you write that that truckers like you aren't sentimental about objects. I'll kind of leave a baby grand out of that because that's an instrument. That's different than laughter an object in my opinion.

But so you write you're not sentimental about objects. You don't own much. I could easily see it being the other way around. Watching how meaningful possessions are to people, I could see you becoming more attached, not less attached to things in your life. So why are you less attached? Because we see objects or stuff in a continuum of the way people live.

For example, in your 20s and 30s, most Americans are accumulating things. And then in the 40s and 50s, that sort of levels off. And then in the 60s and 70s, then they're dis-accumulating things or eradicating things. So we get to watch the whole continuum. So we see, for example, that the kids' kindergarten drawings that are on the refrigerator or the high school yearbook or Aunt Tilley's ph antique vanity - we see that those things are going to be put into storage at some point. And then when somebody is tired of paying the storage fees, then we're paid to take it and get rid of it.

So movers are kind of Buddhist in a way. We sort of understand the transitory nature of manmade things because we're there at the point when it gets thrown away. So even if you can't bring yourself to get rid of your stuff, your heirs or descendants will have no such qualms at all. Do you ever pick out things that you want for yourself when you're supposed to be putting everything in the dumpster? But we get - movers get offered things all the time. In fact, so here are the - here's the four things that movers get offered most commonly - pianos, hot tubs Because they're big and bulky.

And depending on where they're moving to, they may or may not have room. They put it on Craigslist. They priced it wrong. And on moving day, it's still there. And then at that point, they just want to get rid of it. Laughter We do that, too because usually we're not taking the hot tub or the backyard trampoline. Let me introduce you here. If you're just joining us, my guest is Finn Murphy, and he's a long-haul trucker.

He moves people long distances and moves all their possessions to their new home. Now he's written a memoir about it called "The Long Haul: And if you're just joining us, my guest is Finn Murphy. He's written a new memoir about being a long-haul trucker. Basically it's like a huge moving van. He deals with high-end customers who are moving to distant locations. His memoir is called "The Long Haul: Probably a collection of Chinese gravestones. This gentleman that I was moving - he had eight of them, and he had purchased them somewhere.

He had a gallery set up in the center of this giant house - this 16,square-foot house in Aspen, Colo. And he had pedestals custom made.

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And it was our job to put the gravestones on each of the pedestals. And each one weighed pounds or so. And this shipper - he treated us so badly. He - this is a house with 11 bathrooms, and he had gotten a port-a-potty for us to use during the move that was outside. He's entrusting you with this, you know, fortune's worth of stuff, and he won't even let you use his bathroom or one of his bathrooms. Well, fortunately, movers and restaurant workers have some sort of retaliatory measures at hand. So we didn't say anything to him.

And he kept going down into town and bringing back food for himself and his wife and people and - anyway, we were starving, and we were using the port-a-potty. And we were putting - uncrating these gravestones. And one of the things that I had done in my not-so-stellar college career was I had taken a semester of Chinese.

So I knew the orientation of the Chinese characters, and I was pretty sure that my shipper didn't. So when we installed his gravestones, we put them in upside down. And he couldn't tell the difference. So we were really looking forward to the day when he was going to have a cocktail party and show off his gravestones. And somebody who was - understood Chinese would tell the philistine that he had them all wrong. So what's the view like when you're riding high up in the cab of a truck and all the other cars, especially the compact cars like me, are so far below you? So what people don't seem to understand is that I can see everything.

And people tend to think that their automobile is anonymous. And I find that really amusing. So you've got this vehicle with windows all around it and a license plate on it. And you're out in public. It's, like, the least anonymous thing that you could be doing. But the behavior that people perform Inside their vehicles makes it look like they don't think anybody can see. Well, I can see everything. So I know what everybody's doing in their cars.

And, you know, Americans - we're pretty good drivers in general. The worst drivers are in - around D. And the best drivers for some reason are in Michigan. I'm not quite sure what that is. But if Americans would just drive while they're driving instead of doing something else and driving, that would be a lot better for everybody. And here's - so here's what most people are doing in their cars that I can see. They're drinking, either a legal or an illegal beverage.

They're putting on makeup, texting obviously, disciplining kids in the back seat. That's a big one. But most of the time that I can see through the body language is people are working on their relationship with the person in the passenger seat. And sometimes that could be romantic and sweet, which is a nice little treat.

And then most of the time it's conflict. I honestly thought that. And I thought something else you were going to say that has to do with body fluids. He's been driving a truck since the late s. He grew up in suburban Connecticut and dropped out of college, much to his parents' dismay, to become a truck driver. So you write that you've worked with people who are suspicious of your diction and demeanor. And white-collar people wonder what a guy like you who looks and sounds like them is doing driving a truck and moving furniture for a living. So people are suspicious of you or surprised on both ends.

The truck drivers are suspicious of your diction and demeanor. And the people who you're moving wonder, like, what an educated guy like you is doing moving furniture for a living. So how does it feel to have both - what's my question? Is how - I love being an enigma like that. It's very satisfying to me. I'm sort of a typical, middle child, black sheep of the family kind of guy. So if I'm confusing people, I like that a lot. And I do confuse people because when I go into the truck stop or something like that, I don't speak with a Southern accent. And, you know, I don't change the way that - the kind of person that I am.

So you were - grew up in a suburb of Connecticut. You write, I was raised by conscientious parents, educated by the Catholic Church and fine-tuned by the sensibilities of a prestigious New England liberal arts college. None of it stuck. So you dropped out of Colby College after three years to be a long-distance trucker. What was the attraction of the work? Freedom - freedom first. So I had done - I had worked for a moving company in the summers between college.

Remember when we had summer jobs instead of internships? My parents always thought - but my parents thought it would be great for all of us. While he was getting some shut eye inside his truck, he heard a faint sound of a barking dog that seemed to get louder and louder as time went by. Eventually the nasty barking sound was coming from right outside his driver side door. As he got up to look in the window, he didn't see a rabid dog but instead it was some crazy-eyed person looking directly at him, growling and trying to get in.

He started the engine and got the heck out of there. From a former Redditor:. My first couple years I was a night driver, so it was hard to see things sometimes. But the one in PA was me trying to follow a flatbedder who was haulin serious [butt] through the mountains. At one point I start to fall back because I can feel the van starting to lean. It wasn't long after that I reach down to take a swig off the handy monster I had, and I look up, and there's a guy standing off to the shoulder just outside the tree line wearing what appeared to be some type of soldier's uniform.

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Looked like revolutionary war era, he had a musket as well. As I approach, I can see him staring right at me, and then he starts walking back into the tree line still looking at me. Before he manages to make it through the trees, he disappears. Like literally vanishes in thin air.

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I had my windows down, and the air in the area got real cold.

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