Wendy Parker

Roadkill diaries: Armadillo zombies

"I stop bothering with variety in roadkill during the stretch between San Antonio and Laredo. Everything is shriveled up and blows away about an hour after it's hit. The only thing that remains intact enough to recognize is – you guessed it – armadillos."

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Just say no to stupid

Wendy reacts to images posted to Facebook from a driver rolling with his feet on the dash, eating watermelon, no hands, etc...: "When he starts posting pictures to social media of himself doing phenomenally stupid and dangerous things, he involves every single driver on the road."

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The six-headed maintenance monster

Wendy works at purging the truck-maintenance demons: "One of the mechanics stuck his head in the bunk, probably to see what kind of injured animal George had in there: 'Uh, Miss Wendy, can I do anything for you?'"

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Don’t lick me, bro

Apocryphal -- maybe -- tale of face-licking as a form of gratitude yields an obsession: "I think I might have a mild complex regarding stranger licking now."

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Ice buckets and wet blankets

Wendy and George take the "ice bucket challenge" for ALS, sending out their own challenges to Overdrive's own Todd Dills, Class 8 stunt racer Mike Ryan and Mike Rowe.

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Crybabies need not apply

Wendy on her personal trucking journey: "This is a rule that's been hammered into my head since I started out on this weird little journey, three years ago."

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Steadfastly uncertain: Absence makes the heart grow …

"I have wanderlust, but it's short-term, a lot like my memory. But home time was great, really. Can we go now?"

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A picture is worth a thousand words

Wendy walks out into the truck stop parking lot to find a French teen model shoot ongoing around she and George's truck: "Sometimes, it's hard to have the prettiest truck in the lot."

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Time is of the essence when it comes to stroke

With approximately 795,000 deaths a year attributed to it, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Nearly 75 percent of all strokes occur in people over the age of 65, and the risk of having a stroke doubles each decade after age 55.

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Friends in UFO places

"Walking down the Extraterrestrial Highway at two in the morning, I realized, once again, that sometimes trucking is the best job ever. What other profession can you get paid to see things like an unobstructed view of the Milky Way?"

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