Wendy Parker

When real life requires following the rules, even if it sucks

Or: How to get more drive time out of your e-log. Ever had to stop for a 10-hour break 30 minutes from the house? Wendy Parker: Been there, done that.

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‘We’ll take care of ya, son’: The brotherhood exists, take three

In which a newbie gets his first CB, and a valuable lesson: "That's what trucking is all about, son. We take care of each other out here, least that's how it's s'posed to be." ...

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Flashbacks and fast tracks

Trucking success beyond the road: Wendy looks back three years on the success of trucker-singer-songwriter Tony Justice and the folks behind Diesel Life apparel.

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Packing for the seasonal transition: ‘Sometimes you eat the bear …’

"The moral of the story is, don't get cocky... Kudos to the drivers who do it right, and realize that when they feel like they've learned it all, they'll hang up the keys."

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Space truckin’, gubmint-style

Let's go space trucking! "The 1,500-light-year trip will be a Herculean effort, especially since all astronauts will be required to take a 30 minute break after eight hours of spaceship piloting."

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Time to re-regulate the filthy lies

Salem News freelance columnist gets it wrong in argument for "re-regulation" of trucking. Wendy: "it makes my brain hurt to swim in such a swirling abyss of nonsense."

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Rolling with the Liberty and Justice tribute truck

Sometimes, #truckingisthebestjobever -- a charity run in Dayton Beach, Fla., with the custom patriotic truck on Thomas and Billie Leigel delivers the goods.

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Notes on sacrifice and accountability after N.J. tanker driver’s death

Defining 'sacrifice': What a now-deceased tanker driver did after a rooftop mattress and box springs that had come unsecured on the highway in front of him. The driver responsible for the bedding not charged.

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‘Over-grooming’ strikes on the home front

Cat to Wendy: "Please do not stress me out while I eat my $11/lb. food on your sewing table" -- and more on feline accommodation.

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Truckers Against Trafficking: The learning process continues

With the state of Ohio putting anti-human trafficking training into their CDL training standards, Wendy explores driver reactions both positive and negative.

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