George & Wendy Show

Wendy Parker

A picture is worth a thousand words

| August 13, 2014

Precious van combo sized down

We’ve met a lot of foreign travelers this summer. Apparently, Europeans think it’s awesome to come to America and hang out at truck stops. Actually, I figured out that most of the people we’ve met at the truck stops are part of bus tours, and they get out and roam around the fuel stops because Greyhound sightseeing consists of Loves, Petro and TA – on the way to the Grand Canyon.

George is a very friendly (and not bad looking) guy. He has a hard time saying “no” to people who want to climb all over the truck and take pictures of it. I am also friendly, but don’t have a problem telling someone no, especially if I’m cranky and it’s been a long day.

It had just happened to be a long day when we pulled into the TA in Oklahoma City. All I was interested in was getting some hot food and going to bed. I left George doing his post trip and all the paperwork stuff he does at the end of the day, to go in and use the bathroom and scout out the food situation.


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There were two travel buses in the lot, which usually means the food situation is going to be a nightmare. One bus was full of soccer kids (fate worse than death – have you ever tried to get food in a place full of 13-year-olds pumped up from a soccer match?), the other bus full of French supermodels. Wait, what? I kept looking around, and sure enough, weaving in and out of the sweaty 13-year-olds was a proliferation of gorgeous, leggy, dark-haired beauties speaking French. This was not welcome information to wrinkly, stuffed-in-a-truck-for-days me. The combination of adolescence and natural beauty tweaked my cranky meter to 11. I had firmly decided we were eating dinner in the truck and blasting off from this wretched hell as soon as we could move again.

As I was dragging myself back to the truck, I noticed George standing beside it, with about a dozen gorgeous women surrounding him. There were boobs and legs as far as the eye could see, with a very uncomfortable looking George floating in the midst of them. Of course, there was a guy with a camera, shouting directions in a foreign language, and the girls snapped into place and put on “camera face” while they draped themselves all over our truck and had their pictures made. I waited for the photo session to end before sauntering up to Mr. Parker.

“Uh, just what the hell is going on here?”

“Hey babe! Hey – this is my wife, Wendy, I was telling you about…”

None of the girls cared, they were busy having their pictures made.

“Is this the George Parker fan club?”

“Ha ha! No. They’re on their way to Vegas for a teen model competition.”

“These girls are teenagers? Holy guacamole. I was under the impression you had to be 18 to get breast implants. Good lord.”

“I know, right?”

The look I gave him withered flowers four miles away.

“Not that I was looking. I’m just agreeing with you. Let’s go get something to eat.”

“We’re eating in the truck. There are forty-leven kids in there from a soccer bus, we’ll never get our food.”

“Awesome! What are you making?”

Another look that incinerated three moths who happened to be in the direct line of fire.

“I’m making shit sandwiches. Ask your new female friends if they’d like some.”


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“They’re not my friends, they just wanted pictures of the truck.”

About that time, the little picture party broke up and the girls started wandering off toward their bus. On cue from the camera guy, they all turned around and blew a kiss to George and shouted, “Merci!”

I could smell the panic, and I almost felt sorry for him. Almost.

Sometimes, it’s hard to have the prettiest truck in the lot.

  • I like models

    No picture of George and the supermodels??

  • JJMcClure

    George is not good looking.

  • James

    Beautiful truck! Always remember,Wendy,any one of those models would last maybe 3 minutes in the real world of trucking,and YOU have that world by the throat. That superficial beauty fades fast and leaves little that’s worth noting behind,but your beauty,style and class will be with you forever. You’re fortunate to have a man like George in your life. You two are Royalty on the Road.

  • Wendy

    Wow. I don’t even know what to say, except thank you. I really appreciate the kind words. And you’re right, I am extremely fortunate to have a George. I would be lost without him. Thanks again. ~W

  • Wendy

    Let me think…NO. Lol…the photographer never sent any of his links and I certainly didn’t take any. ;)

  • Dr Duke

    See how they are, use you for your machinery and POOF not even a email or an instagram link. Maybe next time they are in the shop they can implant some class.

  • localnet

    Wendy, we need pictures… Not of the truck… ;)

  • Beth B

    I laughed out loud, Wendy!! Love it!! And you DO have a very pretty truck. :)

  • Sharon

    Not sure why you think you had the prettiest truck in the truck stop. I’ve seen better.

  • Fred Flintstone

    Yawn….. more wasted bandwidth……

  • Harry

    Hi, Wendy. My wife and I have a gold wing trike painted just like your truck. Red and black in the same places, I know what George is going through with you,because I go through the same thing with my wife. When we are on a trip and stop for fuel she hops off to the rest room and I go about fueling,checking tire pressure,lights,loose bolts and nuts, and 99% of the time there will be people come over to admire the bike,and being a nice guy like George I let them take photos,and most times there will be young ladies dressed as your models were wanting to take a photo sitting on the bike and I like George let them. When my wife Vivian comes out to the bike I can see that Wendy look in her eyes,and her comments to me are not near as nice as yours George. But we both have learned to live with having the best looking trike on the lot. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.