The Passion And Lifestyle Of Two Different Characters: "Uncommon Carriers" By Mc Phee, John

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The Passion and Lifestyle of two different characters John McPhee is a writer at the New Yorker and the author of the book Uncommon Carriers. McPhee starts his book with the chapter “A Fleet of One”, which is mainly about Don Ainsworth, a professional truck driver, who travels across the United States transporting chemicals, juice concentrate, and other various products. Ainsworth enjoys driving because it is his passion and lifestyle.To learn more about this passion, McPhee rides along in the truck and learns about all the important aspects of being a trucker. Ainsworth told him that people are usually ignorant about the hard work it takes to drive a truck, including driving for days on end and truck maintenance. For example, in the beginning McPhee’s book says, “The way they are operated suggests insufficiency in, among other things, coordinate, depth perception, and rhythm”(3). The driver also needs to take care of the truck, but Ainsworth truly cares for his vehicle. Ainsworth does not care how much it costs to take care of his truck. For example, he always makes sure to park away from other cars so that there is no chance that anyone can scratch his polished truck. Ainsworth also knows how to best use the truck brakes without wearing them out.Besides taking good care of his vehicle, McPhee also realizes that not all truckers are the same. Ainsworth has a unique lifestyle, which includes an extensive, expensive boot collection. He also reserves the use of his truck horn for attracting the attention ofLiu 2pretty girls riding around in convertibles instead of road aggression. McPhee also observes that most truckers look somewhat alike; McPhee realizes he does not fill the trucker description. He receives many odd glances until he buys a trucker’s cap. “I felt particularly self-conscious sitting under block-lettered signs that said ‘TRUCK DRIVERS ONLY’. So, a little desperate and surprisingly inspired, I bought a cap” (14). After miles and miles on the road, Ainsworth drops McPhee off and goes on his merry way for some more trucking adventures.This article teaches us about the different lifestyles that human beings have. Also, by reading this essay, we learn not to judge people before knowing them. Stereotypes about truckers lead people to think they are lacking passions. Normally, people think truckers are weird and are always listening to weird music. However, McPhee writes for a general audience and proves this stereotype wrong by writing about the entire life of Ainsworth; his profession, passion and the respect and dedication that he has for his trucks. Everyone has a passion. For example, Don Ainsworth cares about his truck. In my opinion, a trucker’s life is very hard work and goes by specific rules. For example, when McPhee and Ainsworth are on the highway going down hills, Ainsworth uses special skills to protect his brakes. Others driving small vehicles do not share the same care...

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