Wendy Parker

Tinkers, Beans and Crow Wings

Wendy's message of Thanksgiving this year for much, particularly "three people who stand out in my mind as I write this piece" -- Tinker Raasch, her friend Bean and Jim Vant of Crow Wing Trucking.

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Should I stay or should I go?

Are you contemplating hanging up your trucking hat? "If you want to grow cucumbers, you don't plant chicken turds. You don't heap piles of poo on top and expect a bumper crop of cucumbers, it just doesn't work that way." ...

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What’s in a name?

In which George decides he won't call The Precious 'The Precious' anymore. "I'm concerned for the vinyl placement of 'Please Kill Me Now.' We'll have to be prudent with that one." ...

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A brief history of extortion

From the ship of Captain John Jacob Brake: "Our ship was lured to the aid of the nefarious Captain Lucifer Von Ahab with a false appointment time, and we were snared in the grasp of his safety ropes before he viciously raised the grocery warehouse flag."

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Revenge of the healthy choices

"Ever eat something you think is so good for you, you're just tickled with yourself for eating it, only to have it turn around and try to kill you?"

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The importance of remembering

Wendy recalls a young Marine from her days working in long-term-health-care facilities who taught here a lesson in respect.

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You do it to yourself

Got issues powering your smartphone? You might just be killing your battery -- and more -- with that charging device.

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Wake me when it’s over

"Three things you can't talk about with people, because they lose their minds: politics, religion and super singles. I'm not sure why, but those things seem to incite the screaming four-year-old in all of us."

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There’s a lizard in the truck

Teams: What have you learned about yourself from your on-the-truck partners? As for Wendy -- that she talks about monsters while sleeping, hums while eating and ... "Sometimes, learning things about yourself on the road is hard."

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Certified air, finale

A Half-Chip's remnants of humanity revealed. There's hope yet for trucker LaRonda and her human and animal brethren beyond Certified Air ...

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