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Monthly Writing Contest

July 2006 Winner: Polly Dunn , On The Road Again
Honorable Mention: Mike Dunn, Mary Had A Gift
Honorable Mention: Barbara Schnell, Punishment
View the 2006 Will Write 4 Food catalogue of winners & honorable mentions. View the contest rules.

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July 2006 Winner
On The Road Again
by Polly Dunn

    Burt was hot and tired when he pulled into Jake’s Grill. He had been driving on old Route 66 since morning and he desperately needed a break. He saw Pete pull in about the same time. They often ran into each other at pit stops. Truckers favored the historic route that wandered all over the country and was sprinkled with the best roadside diners this land has to offer.
    Pete smiled. “How’s it going?” he asked Burt.
    “Just another day in hell. I wish I liked truck driving.”
    “It’s the open road, man. You can feel the heart beat of America,” Pete replied.
    “All I hear is the thump-thump-thump of oversized tires on worn-out asphalt.”
    “That sucks! I love being “king of the road.” Besides, women love truck drivers, ya know.”
    “I don’t get that kind of reaction. The women seem to run the other way.” Burt lamented.
    The two ate their lunches then headed back to the parking lot. The waitress flirted with Pete but only nodded at Burt.
    “Did you see that? It’s like I’m bad news.”
    “I don’t know what to tell you, Burt. Maybe you should buy a Dr. Phil book or something?” Pete flashed a toothy grin and waved as he headed for his refrigerated Budweiser truck parked at the roadside. Burt just shrugged his shoulders, slumped a bit and grumbled under his breath as he went back to climb into the cab of his open-topped double bed fertilizer truck.


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