Wendy Parker

Help me find the love today

Wendy and the fried-inverter blues: "Trucking is an adventure, albeit an expensive one, and even though I'm certain she wants to kill us, every time I hear that deep, bubbly Detroit Diesel percolating and popping I'm in love with this truck all over again..."

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I’ll admit when I’m wrong

Wendy eats crow -- though commentary on the driver shortage still stands, there are no tapiers in the state of Oregon (unless someone knows of a recent zoo-break...). Maybe a Sasquatch or two...

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Preserving my dad’s values for future generations

All the weirdness, hate and vitriol in the press only reinforces my belief that we are at least free enough to act stupid in public.

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Shortage of truth about the shortage

Hey, guess what? There's a driver shortage. There's also a shortage of pot-bellied pigs in Vietnam. Also, both of these statements is a filthy lie. I can boldly proclaim this because I read a lot about pot-bellied pigs the other day, after I thought I saw a tapir standing in a bend of the Burnt River in Oregon. Don't bother to try and understand that statement, because I'm still not sure how I got from “tapirs in ...

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Why the exemptions keep coming

"You know why the FMCSA is granting all these exemptions? Because the 30 minute break rule is stupid."

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The Cowboy Way — nothing goes to waste

A former produce hauler and his brother's mission to feed the needy with surplus vegetables, Food Cowboy, launches its app to connect truckers to food pantries.

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Call it what you will

Of final journeys: "...the last time we come across hauling a box, so it's the end of this trucking chapter in our lives. There's a step deck adventure waiting for us, and I can't wait to get on it. God bless America, and God bless the truckers!"

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Dreams I’ll definitely see

Welcome George to the skateboard division, Wendy says: "I've spent the last three days lounging around in style, while George took his securement classes for flatbed/ step deck."

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Popping the perception: Negative stereotypes and the next generation

"I'd like to live in a world where little Bobby isn't surprised that truckers read – or write, or shower on a regular basis."

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Bad ideas and agendas

“We're from the gubmint, and we're here to help.” --FMCSA (apocryphal) ... Wendy: "No thanks. Your kind of 'help' is what will destroy us all."

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