Wendy Parker

Countdown to GATS initiated

"Dallas is the pinnacle when it comes to truck shows, Texas-sized and with that old-money glitz and charm The Big D exudes. ... An awesome thing to see."

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They weren’t mad at all

Video and report: Wendy visits her town council on the parking ban in place.

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The signs sometimes don’t tell the whole story

"Sally forth, warriors of the road, shower on and keep America moving in a clean and orderly fashion. Or just wear shower shoes. Especially if you're showering in Delaware."

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Old dogs don’t need new tricks

The pull of the canine, in more ways than one: "People are a lot more inclined to be interested in a cute little dog than a big, burly trucker. Sorry, truckers."

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I have boots that are older than 18 years

"If the industry wants to raise training standards to that of the military, then having 18-year-old interstate drivers would be fine. But until there is real change... 18-year-olds driving interstate is a bad idea."

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Parking in a perfect world

"Sometimes, being able to come home to sleep every other night isn't as neat as it sounds. Sometimes, you spend the 15 hours listening to whiny people cry about how awful your truck is..."

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Notes on being part of the solution

"If you want to improve the industry, be a part of the solution by helping out, and maybe giving someone something they didn't necessarily learn in driving school, or from a trainer. It will only make your job easier in the long run."

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And the flatbed adventure begins …

“I feel like the guy who shows up at the job site with new boots and a new tool belt.” -- George Parker's flatbed transition, in the books.

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I’ll say ‘no’ to corn dogs for $2.6 million, Alex

"The National Institutes of Health have spent a $2.6 million gubmint grant to help truckers lose weight." Such programs aren't "rocket science, and should cost as much" ...

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Broken thermostats and filthy lies

"I had someone come up to me at the Rantoul show and say, 'I love your filthy lies. They crack me up.' A normal person would probably be incensed by this..." Wendy, normal? Um... Sometimes, staying comfortable on the road is hard.

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