The Interview that almost Wasn't


Butterfingers. Crunchy chocolaty candy bars with a crispy peanut butter center. Growing up they were my favorite candy. Even today they are often my go-to comfort food. That's not what this is about, though.

Recently, I had the distinct pleasure to interview one of trucking's top heavy haulers, Carey Hall. However, thanks to butterfingers, the interview almost didn't happen.

Carey Hall from Ice Road Truckers.

Carey Hall from Ice Road Truckers.

Early one afternoon while I was chasing a rabbit down a hole, I received a text message that simply said, “Hello.”

“Who is this,” was my hasty reply when I didn't recognize the number.
“I'm not telling.” What a cheeky response to my inquiry!

Naturally, the only logical answer was that I was a random victim of a prank text. I'm late! I'm late! In a haste to get back to that rabbit hole I fired back, “well then I guess you're blocked. Have a good day.”

That should have been the end of it. I could have gone back to my research... um rabbit hole. But a few moments later Facebook messenger pops up, you guessed it, from one Carey Hall, “Well, I guess you'll have to block me here too.


Then realization struck. All color drained from my face. The world started to spin, no spiral. Rabbit holes aren't fun when you are unceremoniously yanked from from them while being swirled around like a washing machine on spin cycle. Definitely, not as fun as roller coasters. There is a portion of the haul road in Alaska that is called “The Roller Coaster”. I think that would be more fun, in the wintertime no less!

Roller Coaster Hill on the Haul Road (Dalton Highway) in Alaske

Roller Coaster Hill on the Haul Road (Dalton Highway) in Alaske

But I digress. You see, several days before, when introduced to Carey, apparently, my dyslexic me transposed the last two digits in Carey's phone number while entering it into my phone. OOPS!

Thankfully, Mr. Hall, with his boundless sense of humor found the whole situation amusing, because only a few minutes later he was on the phone teasing me. After I unblocked the number, that is. The unrestrained chuckling on the other end of the line helped stop the spinning. The warm, friendly voice was like putting one foot on the floor after a night of over indulgence, not that I would know anything about that.

Interview completed, with lots of teasing from one Mr. Carey Hall, and you can read it here.

Can I have a Butterfinger now? That candy bar, not the one on my hands.

~Sierra Sugar

The only good kind of butterfingers, the most yummy candy bar ever!

The only good kind of butterfingers, the most yummy candy bar ever!

~ Sierra Sugar

Interview originally posted on [Chrome and Steel Radio]