Recently, I've had lots of different stuff in the back of my Lorry (full weight 3 axle tractor and usually full weight tri-axle trailer - 44 tonnes gvw).
I've done a fair few loads of "cardboard" - though thats in rolls, going to the factory before it's made into corrugated stuff that makes the boxes.
The boss gets "us" to deliver the card and then pick up a "back load" to drop off locally before the trailer goes back to the port for onward passage to wherever in Europe.
My back loads, have mainly been "garden aggregates" i.e. like paving slabs, or fancy lawn edging or similar.
Last friday, it was a little different. I had too deliver 10 pallets full of "rubber stress breasts" and 4 pallets of "licking gel" (kiwi and cherry flavour) to a well known company that does lingerie, sex aids and stuff like that. There was a wagon in front of me that had another 12 pallets of various "lubricants" and one parked behind that had "dressing up fun" clothes (santa "suits" I think it was).
They in turn, had a pallet for me to collect. I turned out that it was about 500 "inflatable husbands" (though who'd want those or whether they were going back to the manufacturer for some reason - punctured???
And yes, it did make me chuckle when I found out what I had in me wagon.
It also got me thinking. Yes, ok, you might be able to guess whats in the back of lorries that have brand or company names on them, but what about all those wagons that are unmarked or the ones that have some generic transport company name on them?
Of course, the style of some of them might be a giveaway i.e. flatbeds are for timber, aggregates and other stuff that isn't so weather dependant, but all those "curtain siders" or those containers with various international origins???
I mean, who'd admit working somewhere that makes condoms or something equally "seedy" (practical of course, but you do get a slightly seedy or tacky feeling about places that deal in such products).
It's gonna give me a real headache next week, just wondering what could possibly be in the next wagon to go past, in the other direction!
"What the large print giveth, the small print taketh away". Tom Waits