Wendy Parker

5 things you didn’t know about the ‘7 things you don’t know’ articles

Here are five things to know about the “Things you didn't know” articles that your life will not be complete without.

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Medical certification: A cautionary tale

The screws are tightening on truckers' medical certification. Prepare for re-certs: "Have documentation from attending physicians on any diagnosis that may raise a red flag during a DOT physical."

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Nathan’s heart touches our soul

Wendy checks in on young Nathan Glasgow, the child behind "Nathan's Heart Project" now recovering from brain tumor surgery in Pennsylvania. "He's a helluva kid, and we have no doubt he's got this."

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Impossible dreams of obeying the law

Joys of rules and regs: "The Ohio DOT has re-opened a weigh station -- on the right hand side of the road, mind you -- in a construction zone that has signage for all big trucks to be in the left hand lane."

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No penalty for Christmas music after Thanksgiving

"I'm the idiot who thinks I'm going to hand-make every gift given between December 1 and Christmas." -- Sometimes, the holidays are hard.

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Further evidence to give an abundance of thanks

"For those of you who don't make it home for Thanksgiving, you will be thought of at our table this year, and you have our family's sincere appreciation for doing a really hard job, as we give thanks for an abundance of things to be thankful for."

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Meteor showers and the return of the CB

"I'm pretty sure there's a distinct possibility we were abducted by aliens the other night. At least that's how the story would go if I were telling it at the Counter of Knowledge. ..."

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An open letter to one-horse news

"It's that time of year again, kids, when every single one-horse news rag in America sops up local viewers with fiery truck crashes and promises to show them something they 'absolutely will not believe' is happening on their highways."

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Truck cleaning 101

What "do you need your truck cleaned" really means -- and how Wendy found out. “Wow. If only people knew how wrong they are about truckers being dirty. They even have truck maids, and there are a whole bunch of them in Memphis!”

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Too many cats, not enough walls

"Truckers are dirty" -- the erroneous contention state and local governments trot out to "restrict parking for all truckers. It's like saying all cats pee on walls, so we can't build any more walls."

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