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Cowboy Trucking Inc

Unbelievably, it’s Wednesday again and you know what that means, don’t you? Yes, that’s right, it’s time for Friday Fictioneers!

100 or so of us write 100 or so words in response to a photo prompt, which has been contributed this week by Roger Bultot. As always, the talented Rochelle is at the helm.

My story last week was a bit grim, so here’s some mindless dialogue for you. Coincidentally, this ties in quite well with my post yesterday all about driverless cars. In this case, however, instead of having no steering wheel, this little lorry appears to have two of the things! What’s that all about?!

To read this week’s other stories click on the little blue chap below, whom I like to call Bracken.


Copyright Roger Bultot

“What’s with the foliage?”

“It’s decoration.”

“It’s not, though, is it?”

“We drove through a hedge.”


“At a junction, Bill turned left and I turned right. The lorry went straight on. It’s these stupid dual steering wheels.”

“Any comeback?”

“Nah. Hedge owner was standing right in the way. He won’t be making any complaints. Splat. Har har.”

Every cloud an’ all that. Clean the lorry up then. I’ve gotta go help out Jeff and Steve.”

“What’s up there?”

“Jeff turned left and Steve turned right. Ended up in the harbour.”

“Any comeback?”

“Nah, harbour master was standing right in the way. Har har.”

Every cloud an’ all that…”

  1. August 20, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Let’s add auto-drive to the dual steering wheels. That would be FUN!


    • August 20, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      Yeah, the left-hand wheel could be controlled by a Mac and the right by Windows. They’ll be constantly pulling in opposite directions 🙂


  2. August 20, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    great blog!!


  3. August 20, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Funny 🙂


    • August 20, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      I did hope for some humour after last week’s offering 🙂
      I’m glad you liked it!


  4. NotAPunkRocker
    August 20, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    I was about to say, this is perfect timing with yesterday’s blog entry!

    Too bad one wheel isn’t just be for show. It would probably save a lot of relationships where one person is always policing the other’s driving! Though in this case, I can see why they would 🙂


    • August 20, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      It was almost like fate after my post yesterday!
      I’m not sure a couple arguing about which way to go should have a steering wheel each 🙂


  5. August 20, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    So Big Boy, you decided to pick on a hero of mine, a Cowboy. Hmm.
    Great story and I’m certain that there are trucking companies with that agenda.


    • August 21, 2014 at 6:26 pm

      Well, the slang “cowboy” wasn’t my invention 🙂
      Thanks, I’m also sure there are plenty of truckers just (well, a little) like this.


      • August 22, 2014 at 4:33 am

        Now you say Cowboys are slang, fainting here.
        John Wayne will be after you in your dreams.


        • August 22, 2014 at 12:46 pm

          Oh no, I don’t want The Duke on my case 😦
          I did wonder when I decided on the title if “cowboy” was slang across the world or only in the UK. We use it to mean people who are unscrupulous and unqualified in business, usually builders or other tradesmen.


      • August 23, 2014 at 6:07 pm

        Cowboy is used a slang here also, I was teasing you.


        • August 24, 2014 at 6:37 am

          Actually, though, since cowboys are the heroes of so many films, I wonder why the term started being used for such nasty business practices? Very strange.


  6. August 20, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    I hope these people were caught on camera and w=ill be arrested SOON!


    • August 21, 2014 at 6:27 pm

      We can only hope, for the good of everyone.


  7. August 20, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    where were the cops when we needed them? nice story, though. 🙂


    • August 21, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      I’ve noticed they’re only around when I don’t want them to be 🙂


  8. August 21, 2014 at 2:47 am

    Ali, People need to stop standing in front of those vehicles. They’re acting like lemmings. Funny story. 🙂 —Susan


    • August 21, 2014 at 6:31 pm

      They are somewhat foolish, aren’t they?
      I’m glad you enjoyed the story!


  9. August 21, 2014 at 6:05 am

    Dear Draliman, Good story, but i wouldn’t want to be one of their customers or walking by – for goodness sake. I thought the two steering wheels meant it probably is a truck from Canada that crosses back and forth across the boarder and the driver can use either side depending on the northern or southern route the truck is into. Nan 🙂


    • August 21, 2014 at 6:33 pm

      Yeah, I’m guessing the two steering wheels aren’t really for simultaneous dual control 🙂
      I wouldn’t want to be anywhere near them either!


  10. August 21, 2014 at 6:55 am

    We don’t have dual steering wheels but my husband claims we might as well have dual brake pedals… Nice one.


    • August 21, 2014 at 6:34 pm

      Imagine if couples did have dual pedals 🙂


  11. August 21, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Hilarious Al, you manage to capture the attitude of the British truck driver so well lol 🙂


    • August 21, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      Thanks! I sometimes think they don’t bother to slow down at the narrow bits because, well, how much damage will they suffer if they hit my little car?


  12. August 21, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Very funny but at this rate, there’ll be no one left for them to ply their wares to – eh?

    Good laughs with this one. Randy


    • August 21, 2014 at 6:46 pm

      I don’t think they’ve considered that very real possibility! I’m glad you enjoyed it.


  13. August 21, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Fun one, indeed.
    (Whoa, I said left! Splat.)


    • August 21, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      “Left!” “Right!”


  14. August 21, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    *shrugs* they were standing in the way… lol hilarious.


    • August 21, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      Yeah, what can you do? Glad you liked it!


  15. August 21, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    ah.. me thinks that any automatic driving is better than dual steering wheels.. some collateral damage — splat splat


    • August 21, 2014 at 7:39 pm

      Me too. Dual steering wheels sounds like a recipe for disaster. Presumably they’re not supposed to both be active at the same time 🙂


  16. August 22, 2014 at 4:25 am

    😛 doc! This had me laughing…I wondered myself, looking at this picture, what was going on with the driver..thanks for letting me know. 🙂


    • August 22, 2014 at 12:42 pm

      Yeah, a bit of weirdness with those steering wheels 🙂


  17. August 23, 2014 at 12:49 am

    I didn’t notice the two steering wheels until I read this. I like how nonchalant they are about it 8^). Great dialogue.


    • August 23, 2014 at 6:56 am

      Thanks. Yes, they don’t seem to care as long as nobody left to make any complaints!


  18. August 23, 2014 at 1:48 am

    Great bit of comedy here. Can’t imagine any real company being that casual about their drivers mowing people over with their good for nothing trucks. haha


    • August 23, 2014 at 6:56 am

      No, I can’t see that happening at all 😉


  19. August 23, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Dear Ali,

    I’ve been wondering what’s up with those dual steering wheels, too. Sort of a pushmepullyou if you will. 😉 Cute dialogue.




    • August 24, 2014 at 6:32 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      I’m still wondering what the point of the steering wheels is, unless it’s a UK lorry which regularly goes over to Europe where they drive on the right rather than the left.
      I’m glad you liked it!


  20. August 23, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Dual steering wheels sounds mighty confusing. Fun dialogue, Alistair. This reminds me of the U-haul we drove across three states on black ice with no brakes. It was a disaster!


    • August 24, 2014 at 6:38 am

      Yeeks! Though I don’t suppose you need the brakes on black ice 🙂


      • August 24, 2014 at 8:40 pm

        True, that wouldn’t do much good! 🙂 It was a rough ride, let’s just put it that way.


        • August 25, 2014 at 5:33 am

          I can imagine, driving on any sort of ice is a big fear of mine.


  21. Sun
    August 23, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    oh, splat! darn good humorous dialogue cowboy, Ali… yeehaaaw!


  22. Sarah Ann
    August 24, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    I don’t think I like their casual attitude to whoever gets in the way. I think it might be time to retire the dual steering lorry – definitely not a case of two heads (and all those hands) being better than one.


    • August 24, 2014 at 8:11 pm

      No, these guys are a right bunch, very blasé about all the collateral damage.


  23. August 25, 2014 at 10:14 am

    That dual steering is murderous!


  24. August 25, 2014 at 11:39 am

    I suppose dual steering wheels MIGHT be useful, but obviously not in the way they are able to be (ab)used in your story. Good for getting rid of awkward witnesses, though. 🙂


    • August 25, 2014 at 2:52 pm

      That bunch have been quite “lucky” in the awkward witness regard!

      Liked by 1 person

  25. August 26, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    ;0) Funny. Thanks for the chuckle. ;0)


    • August 27, 2014 at 6:43 am

      You’re welcome, glad you enjoyed it 🙂


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