Sunday, November 07, 2010

A little quiz

My Dad's father was a truck driver. When he died we were cleaning out his house and I found a coffee cup with truck driver lingo printed all around the sides. As I'm sure everyone knows, truckers use CB's to communicate with other truckers; the first form of push-to-talk. Part of using a CB is learning how to decipher the code they talk in. Some of that code has leaked into regular language and is recognizable by us regular folk who have never driven a truck. Things like, "10-4" which means, "Okay" or, "I got the message." And, "Smokey" or, "Smokey the Bear" which means a police car has been spotted.

But besides the common ones, there are a lot more that most people who have never been on a CB would most likely not understand. So I thought I'd give a little quiz and see how many you can guess. Feel free to copy and paste the following into your comment and then post your answers. Here goes...

1) Handle
2) Drop the Hammer
3) Front Door
4) Back Door
5) Plain White Wrapper
6) Bear's Den
7) Big 10-4
8) Chicken Coop
9) On the side
10) Green Stamps
11) Rocking Chair

Good luck.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) Handle Name
2) Drop the Hammer go fast
3) Front Door ahead of them
4) Back Door behind them
5) Plain White Wrapper
6) Bear's Den bunch of cops
7) Big 10-4 yes, you got that right
8) Chicken Coop ?
9) On the side ?
10) Green Stamps ?
11) Rocking Chair

6:09 PM  
Blogger Kimmy said...

1) Handle: Name
2) Drop the Hammer: Um..tell me the truth?
3) Front Door: Mouth
4) Back Door: Other end!
5) Plain White Wrapper: Drugs
6) Bear's Den: Lots of cops
7) Big 10-4: Enthusiastic, I hear ya!
8) Chicken Coop: Jail
9) On the side: Hitchhiker?
10) Green Stamps: Money
11) Rocking Chair: You need to retire

That was fun! I bet I got 10 out of 11 wrong!

12:21 AM  
Blogger Dave and Betsy's Blog said...

I actually don't know the answers to these b/c my "CB" experience has been with walkie talkies in the 80's, and all I used to say was "10-4 Eleanor".


2:04 PM  
Blogger Kyle said...

1) Handle -- The shifting stick. "Grab yer handle and drop her into a lower gear. There's a hill comin' up."
2) Drop the Hammer -- Kill. "Someone needs to drop the hammer on these stupid deer they're fixin' to wreck us all."
3) Front Door -- The front private area. "I need to stop at the next rest area to open my front door. I've been holdin' it for 20 miles!"
4) Back Door -- The Rear end. "I'm about to drop a load out my rear end."
5) Plain White Wrapper -- A white tarp. "Be on the lookout. There's a rig on mile 127 with it's plain whit e wrapper flailing in the wind."
6) Bear's Den -- Bear's Den. "Did you see all the cubs in that bear's den?!?"
7) Big 10-4 -- heck yes. "Big 10-4 I want to stop for dinner!"
8) Chicken Coop -- KFC. "I'm would drop the hammer for some chicken coop right now."
9) On the side -- Pulled off to the side of the road. "You should not be on the side there. There's a bear's den around the corner"
10) Green Stamps -- green leaf logos on the sides of trucks that use green technology. "I'm so proud of you bill for getting all those mods so you could have them green stamps on yer hood"
11) Rocking Chair -- A truck that sways from side to side due to excessively windy conditions. "This storm is turning my rig into a rocking chair. I'm gonna need to grab my handle and go on the side before the swaying makes me need to open my front door."

I hope I got them all right.

3:44 PM  
Blogger Melissa Blair said...

I won't put up my answers because I cheated and Googled the info. Anyway, I did want to share with you that after reading this post, all I can think of is the Brady Bunch Movie. You, know the part when the family is in the station wagon searching for Jan after she ran away.

"Breaker one-nine, this is Christmas Carol..." LOL!

6:15 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

I'm feeling like we're all aging ourselves by having cb stories! lol

Adam still has one in his pick up - the kids were quizzing him on what the heck kind of contraption it is just the other day!

12:35 AM  
Blogger Swedish Mama said...

Thanks for the memories, Sam. Kyle, you are so funny and creative. Don't know Rocking Chair?.?.?

8:57 AM  
Blogger Kristen said...

I only know some of them. Kyle, thanks for the laugh, I think I can make it through the day if I read those every few hours. lol

Love You Sam!!!

9:52 AM  
Blogger Sam said...

Excellent guesses, and a big, "Thank you!" to Kyle for the funnies. I think I'll leave this up a few more days so people can guess and then I'll post all the right answers.

Get your friends, this is a fun game.

7:43 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

Sorry for the long delay in getting back to y'all. (As if anyone is actually checking back after reading Kyle's wonderful responses.) Here's the answers... How many did you get right?

1) How you're known to other truckers. Your nickname.
2) Put the pedal down, drive faster.
3) The front truck in a long procession, or convoy, or trucks
4) The last truck in the convoy
5) Unmarked police car
6) A police station
7) You really agree. "I got it!"
8) A weigh station
9) On the CB listening but not in the main conversation
10) Dollar bills (The Green-Stamp-Highway is a toll road)
11) The middle truck in a convoy

Thanks for playing.

8:32 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Great fun - thanks for getting the correct responses out there!

7:53 PM  

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