Wendy Parker

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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Ode to the highway bill

Rhyming couplets for the road: "Here I sit, all pieced and sideways / Came to fix the broken highways / Ended up a pork-filled deed / To satisfy the gubmint greed ..."

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Thoughts on Veterans Day 2015

"Every day is Veterans Day" for many former members of the U.S. Armed Forces and "it's not always a celebration." Wendy here highlights testimony from one, and a tribute from a reader.

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Trucking contributions to the English language

Of "bumblebunnies" and "jerkoids" and other creative four-wheeler classifications -- "Screaming expletives all day gets old, even for me. There's only so many times you can yell the word before it loses effectiveness."

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Curbman wisdom and other assorted thoughts from the peanut gallery

A $25 million truck parking boondoggle? A recent federal grant to eight states for parking-availability-information systems put to a different use might build as many as 2,500 new spaces. "Let that sink in for a minute."

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Pack, paint, pain: Dreaming of the road, at home

"It only makes sense that I pack my bags and return to the road for a few days, so I can actually get some rest. No one asks you to paint houses -- unless it's code for something like 'cleaning your truck' is."

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Never fear, Supertrucker is always near

"I'm going to start pulling out of this space at 29 and a half minutes, because I'm not going to be made to take a 30-minute break! I'm a rebel, baby!" Sometimes, being a supertrucker is hard.

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Confusion on the sidelines

"So the sky is falling and we're in imminent danger of not having enough truck drivers. We're all going to starve and perish, unless they can get speed limiters on the trucks and everyone on electronic logs. ... "

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