Wendy Parker

A lesson learned from a fishing dry spell

I have a confession to make, and it's not an easy one. Earlier this year, we spent almost three weeks running Florida and I didn't catch one single fish the whole time. Granted, I was fishing before and after work, and I only lost about 90 hours of sleep casting every rubber worm known to mankind, but it was Florida, for heaven's sake, and I didn't even get a good bite. I carry my pole behind the ...

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First-time show is big success in a teeny town

From Wendy: "Somewhere around 30 trucks registered for the shine and show working truck competition, a huge number for a first-time show in a place like little Brookville, Ohio. One of the coolest things was the judging panel: No one over the age of 14 was allowed to cast votes. The kids picked winners based on sheer awesomeness."

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Notes on being professionals

In which George and Wendy get a DOT number, wait out their near-finished truck makeover and anticipate new freight with Diesel Life.

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Factoring in the factoring

"Factoring has always been made out to be a dirty word to me. As I mentioned before, we've had no direct experience with it, so I kind of listened to the whispers and grunts about how awful it is. The truth is ..."

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Automate this

"Don't automate me, bro." --Wendy at the end of a run in a new Ford equipped with automated this and that: "the car automatically closed the hatch on me about 12 times before I quit fooling with it at all and started crawling over the backseat..."

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Lawyers are more dangerous on any day ending in ‘Y’

In which Wendy responds to a Texas lawyer who, with the help of the Dallas Morning News, "asserts that most everyone who took the past three days off is now back on the road, driving illegally to make up for lost time." ...

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KLMO investigates: News reporters murdering kittens, future database aims to help

Once upon a time in a land far away ... "people actually trusted their news sources, and used the information to make informed decisions about their lives."

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Healthy gut, happier life

What gut health and mental well-being have to do with each other -- on full display in truckers' friend Carolyn O'Byrne's forthcoming "Gut Instinct" book.

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This week I learned …

Things you can't un-see for a thousand, Alex ... What is your once-pretty, sandblasted truck.

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Insurance is the devil

" It's a necessary evil, and it's forced upon us by law, so we put up with the incredibly weird questions and long wait times to talk to people who take our money into the black hole of insurance premiums and rarely give any of it back." ...

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