Wendy Parker

Flight of the stink bug: Sometimes, home time is hard

In which Wendy's home is invaded by the creepy-crawlies, and did you know possums use their pouches for storing stolen lighters? "These could possibly be alternative facts, but the stink bug thing is absolutely true." ...

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Life is a highway

"You cruise along sometimes, looking at beautiful things and being thankful to have the experience of above-the-dirt in general. ... But sometimes, your daughter calls to tell you she's been admitted to the hospital with a bad gallbladder ..."

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Do you even skill, bro?

"Skilled" or "unskilled?"... "Beware the trappings of titles, they often only mean a difference in insurance premiums, and being a professional doesn't require one."

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Do not fold, spindle, mutilate or molest

In which a tree falls through the Parkers' house and Wendy is told not to touch anything until the insurance guy shows up: "No. Please no. It's a trigger, I can't help it ... The minute I'm told “not to touch" something, it becomes my life's mission to touch that thing. "

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All the things are meth

It's happened again: "Yet another innocent person ... jailed for three days because he had a sock full of gel kitty litter in his car to reduce the fog on his windows, and it popped for meth in a field drug test kit," twice.

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Push back

Wendy on the importance of individual advocacy efforts: "I hear so many people say, 'You can't change things, no one listens, I'm just going to complain on Facebook and waste valuable time I could be calling my Representative with and eat worms.'" ...

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No really, it’s that stupid

"The FMCSA had a chance to do something truly effective about safety" with the entry level driver training rule, Wendy contends, and "they made a mockery of it." And not only that: "They made it a very expensive mockery – for all of us."

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New year, new flu strain

The flu this year is nothing to mess around with. It's a respiratory flu, and it doesn't hesitate to use the volumes of mucus your body produces in efforts to drown it, to give secondary bacterial infections nice, warm “snot-tubs” in which to prosper.

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So you want to be treated like a professional …

Defining "attitude," and Wendy's talk with a driver/company recruiter with a simple message for truckers: “All these drivers who want to be considered professionals should stop shooting themselves in the foot by doing things that aren't professional.”

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The winners of 2016

Aunt Nanci and Uncle Fred: "These are the people articles should be written about, their determination to win and deep, abiding faith are things we could all take a lesson from. The mantra for 2017? No wallowing allowed. ..."

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