Wendy Parker

Hours of service and the need for flexibility: What docs, nurses and truckers have in common

Parallels in nursing and trucking hours regs and practices, as the debate over flexibility continues in both: "None of the issues regarding sleep-deprived safety will be solved with a one-size-fits-all rule, in any industry, as long as human beings are doing the jobs."

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What is the cash value of a monkey, sir?

George: "There was a sign. I read the sign before I told them I'd rather have the cash value of a monkey than an actual monkey if I won.” He neglected to add, “Like some people I know would have,” but it was implied.

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When the dementia sets in

Beware, nursing homes of the future, here come Wendy and George.... "Take this post as one from someone who survived more than 10 years in the elder-care business through humor, and the ability to laugh instead of cry."

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When inspiration is confused with insanity

What happens when Wendy, at 5 a.m., inspired by the recent story of one trucker's beloved lost, then found, cat, decides she's going to acclimatize her own kitty to the truck ... (Look out, Wendy, look out!)

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Wicked big fun with Jay ‘Big Belly’ Chase

On trucker Chase's social media alter-ego: "The wicked fun going on over in Big Belly land ranges from completely inappropriate and hilarious to slightly inappropriate and thought-provoking. Hell, he's even done a cooking video..."

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Let the festivities begin!

Truckin' to MATS: "It's hard to believe we're just a little over two weeks away from opening the show season. We are looking forward to MATS this year, and not just because all the big displays will be back." ...

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Things I’ve learned about open-deck hauling

And dry van!: "I also learned that Golden, Colo., has the heaviest and cheapest paying loads out there, because they're all beer and liquor and the beer companies should be ashamed of some of the prices they're offering to haul it."

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The truth is hard

"Telling the truth is still important, even if it's not particularly popular right now. The current climate of things is one lie to combat another, and it's definitely not working out for the best." ...

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The pemmican prophecy

In which Wendy tries out a recipe for the super-food of the native Americans: "I took a big, healthy, life sustaining bite of pemmican, and immediately discovered that I'm not ready for the apocalypse." ...

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Ode to those who make us laugh

"Here's to the people who make us laugh when we'd rather cry, especially my sweet husband. Make someone laugh today -- you never know who feels like the cat's been sucking on their hair, and you may just keep a trucker from crying."

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