Truck Driver / Transportation
think one of my favorite songs is ‘Eighteen Wheels And a Dozen
Roses’,” says Charlie with a grin. “For one thing, my name’s in it.
But more than that, I DO have a good life and a good wife, who I love
a whole lot. Me being on the road all the time makes it hard on her,
so staying in touch is important. It used to be CB radios and
payphones, and that worked OK. But it was always easier for me to
find her than her to find me.
“These days, I carry
a cell-phone that’s got one of those nationwide plans, so it got a
little better. But I don’t care what they show in the
commercials, there’s still plenty of places where you can’t ‘hear me
now’. Getting me when she needs me was still hit and miss. That’s
changed since we got Genie.
“Now, Eve just calls
me on my Genie number, and Genie hooks her through on my cell if she
can. If she can’t, Genie can try other numbers where I might be, like
a motel where I stopped for the night. When I stop at a motel, I
usually try to call Eve and let her know where I’ll be. But lot’s of
times, she’s out, or maybe it’s real late, and I don’t want to call
and wake her up. Now, I just call Genie and set the number where I
am. I don’t have ta’ wake Evie.
“Even if Genie can’t
get the call right to me, she takes a message, and I know she gets it
right. I make sure every time I stop to call and check for any
messages. I can do that at any time I want, without having to worry
about who’s in or who’s out. And, with my own toll-free number and
local numbers all over the country, it’s usually a really cheap call.
“Eve and I got the
Family Plan, so she has her own Genie number too. We even got two
GenieCard accounts. On payday, my check goes straight to the
GenieCard account on her number, so she can pay bills and rent and
stuff. Then she can send some spending money to me on my card, and it
doesn’t cost anything, not like wiring money used to.
“I use Genie with my
company too. I had ta’ beat on the dispatchers a bit ta’ get them to
stop using my cell phone by itself, but I finally won. Actually I got
sneaky. I changed the cell phone and just wouldn’t GIVE ‘em the new
number. Now they get me straight away when they can, but when they
can’t they don’t have to make ANOTHER call to leave me a message.
“Once my boss found
out how easy it is for Eve to send me money on my GenieCard, he
decided that he’s going to get one too, for the company. That way,
when I need money on the road for gas or repairs or whatever, he can
send it to me free. He doesn’t even have to worry about exactly where
I am, cause it works with just about any ATM or place that takes ATM
“I’ll be home-base
tonight, and Evie knows I’m coming, with a dozen roses. Cause
tomorrow’s our Anniversary. Don’t tell Evie, but Genie even helped me