Here is an excerpt from a New York Times article about truckers in Iraq with my ridiculous comments in brackets:
Like many of the drivers here, Mr. Gay served in the military, an experience he and others say often helps them cope with being shot at, shelled and bombed on a regular basis. The job also tends to bring with it a sense they are still serving their country [because they're still being shot at?]. But who sticks it out and who decides to "demobe" - [rather uninspired] slang for demobilize or, more simply, go home - is unpredictable, the drivers say.
"You would think the macho, tough-guy, biker [i.e., trucker] types would be the best," said Beryl Hudson, a trucker [i.e., biker] from Rathdrum, Idaho, who has been driving for nearly 30 years. "But some of them just buckle [up for safety]."
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