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Hey, where’d that truck come from?

I have been writing Roses and Razzberries for Land Line Magazine and Land Line Now for about a dozen years, and in all that time I can’t count the number of Razzberries I’ve given out to lawyers.

You know the ones. The guys who have those billboards and advertisements designed to scare the heck out of people. The advertisements that feature pictures of big, bad, scary, evil trucks and – in some cases – lawyers standing on top of those trucks in poses that I’m sure are in no way Freudian at all.

Yep, in a dozen years and more than a few dozen lawyers, I’ve pretty much seen it all. But there was one question in all of those cases I never thought to ask. Not until it was posed to me by Susan and Larry Davidhizar – OOIDA life members from Luling, Texas. I got an email from them not long ago suggesting some Razzberries for advertisements they had seen for an ambulance chaser out of San Antonio, Texas, featuring said ambulance chaser standing on top of a truck.

I think I’ve seen this guy before. Calls himself “The Texas Hammer.” If you do a quick Google search, sure enough you’ll find him perched atop a semi like Slim Pickens riding the missile at the end of “Dr. Strangelove.”

But the Razzberries that the Davidhizars wanted were not for him. Instead they were for the trucking company that allowed their truck to be used in the ad. Of course it’s shot in such a way that you can’t make out the name of the company on the side of the truck. But you know that truck had to come from somewhere, right?

I have to admit I’d never thought of that before. But it’s true. Any trucking company that would betray its own industry by allowing one of its trucks to be used in those commercials deserves all the Razzberries we can fling at them.

Too bad we couldn’t see the name on the side. Not that it matters. They know who they are, and they were obviously ashamed enough to keep their company name out of it. Maybe in the future they’ll be ashamed enough to keep their truck out of it too.


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