Leandros Milanos

The Day I Learned What a Vac Truck Was

Vac Truck

I had no idea how fast technology was advancing, did you know they even have a truck that is also a vacuum? Mind blowing, I understand how you feel. So the day I found out about what a vac truck was just an ordinary day at work. I was just coming off my lunch break; the day had been going slow for me, so I was just taking advantage of all the free time. I was driving down Roosevelt Boulevard when I heard a loud noise that sounded like a huge machine. The sound was coming from a colossal red truck that was parked at the corner of the BB’s Restaurant and Bar. The truck had a very weird tube looking thing that was coming from it and going into the ground. I thought they were the plumber, so I ignored it and kept going about my business.

While driving down Roosevelt Boulevard, I saw someone standing on the side of the street opposite to where the big red truck was parked. The person started waving at me, realizing the man was waiting for a taxi I did a U-turn and went back to pick him up. I pulled up to the curb, and the man got into the taxi and I looked back and said, “where to sir?”  He replied back and said “Otis Road,” so we took off and headed towards Otis Road. During the cab ride, the man in the backseat said to me that was pretty cool right? He was talking about the big red truck, the one I thought was the plumber. I replied back saying, “Yeah, it’s cool how advanced the plumber companies is now.” He chuckled a little then out of nowhere he let out a real loud laugh. Not realizing he was laughing at me, I asked him what was so funny. He told me that the big red truck we saw earlier was not the plumber company. In fact, the big red truck was actually a giant vacuum.

All I could think about was, why the heck would someone make a vacuum this big? I couldn’t think of any house that was big enough for this big red truck to drive in and vacuum. There was also no way that this huge red truck would be able to vacuum a house without going inside. That was when the man in the back seat whose name was Marcus told me, They were used to clean out and vacuum sewers. That made a lot more sense to me, compared to the idea of using that thing to vacuum a house.

The vac truck is such a unique and genius tool. When I asked Marcus how he knew so much about the big red truck, he told me it was because he works for the company. It’s a company called Vac-Con, they are actually located right here in Jacksonville, so if you ever come here be sure to check them out they are quite the sight. He started telling more about the trucks; he could tell I was interested in hearing more about the trucks. It turns out the trucks are so cool that one simple control operates all of the vacuum systems, water system, and other functions. That big red truck was the coolest thing I had seen that entire week. It was like I was a kid all over again, the feeling of the moment could be described the same the moment a toddler sees his first fire truck.

At this point of the cab ride, all I could think about was how can I get cool enough with the guy so he can let me drive one of those trucks. Even if it were just for five minutes, driving a truck that big and that cool would be the coolest thing I ever did in my life. I tried to hint at the fact that I was attempting to drive one of the trucks, but he wasn’t catching on to the hints. So finally, I just came out and asked, Is there any way you can let me drive one of them? He laughed and said no man are you crazy?

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