PHARR, TX–Following Gov. Greg Abbott’s controversial new border inspection order, frustrations are beginning to mount at the Texas-Mexico border. Long lines of trucks waiting to deliver Mexican imports are gridlocked as they await their turn at inspection. Experts say supply-chain disruptions are on the way, though Abbott vowed to continue with the policy until the alleged weapons of mass destruction are found. Abbott also insists that Dick Cheney has given the operation his blessing, though it’s unclear why that matters.
Among all the ramifications of Abbott’s new crusade, boredom is not being talked about enough. Truck drivers, whose entire lives are fraught with boredom, driving long-distance to places like Iowa and Kentucky are reaching their breaking points. Previously routine border crossing now take several hours longer than it used to, and many drivers are fed up.
“I’m just trying to deliver some vegetables. I can’t understand why I gotta wait in line all day, after driving all day, just to drive for another day, and then I get home the day after that, and suddenly I’m wondering where did the time go?” shared truck driver Miggy Johansson. Miggy was born and raised in Mexico City to a Mexican mother and Minnesota-native father. He has been truck driving for over eight years but has never been more bored than today.
“I have a playlist on hand at all times. It keeps me engaged when I drive, and the song breaks remind me that bathroom breaks are necessary for this profession. That’s something I’ve learned the hard way several times before,” Miggy shared from his stagnant truck. He was barely audible over his sound system blaring No Doubt’s “Hella Good.” “It’s Ironic because I’m not feeling so hella good today. I’m feeling hella bored.”
Miggy requested that we stand by to hear more of his playlist. The works of Weezer, Green Day, Dr. Dre, Van Halen, Eminem, and Limp Bizkit, among others, were on full display. Miggy’s dull expression didn’t change whatsoever as each new song played. He said nothing, just sitting and staring ahead with his mouth slightly agape. Miggy even snored at one point, though his eyes remained fixed on the standstill traffic ahead.
Miggy’s boredom reached a point of no return when an acoustic cover of the Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris” started up. Miggy lifted his head as if about to change the song, but then he stopped short. “I added this song to the playlist four years ago by accident. Every time it comes on shuffle, I skip it and make a mental note to delete it. But today — today’s different. I’m so bored that I’m gonna let this acoustic version of Goo Goo Dolls play through.”
The truck drivers ask for privacy during this trying time.