Wendy Parker

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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It’s the little things

In which Wendy gets a headset: "It didn't pinch my brain at all, and completed my imaginary Boba Fett outfit perfectly. 'Uh, babe, I think they want you to actually make calls with it.'"

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News flash: Mainstream media hates on truckers (again)

"A large cross section of the people watching mainstream news will also make the decision to turn a portion of their life savings over to a stray cat with an eye infection because of a Sarah McLachlan song."

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Less-than-terror in Tonopah, Nev.: The Clown Motel

Originally opened in 1990 by Leroy David, the Clown Motel served as a place for him to keep his clown collection – which he just happened to have purchased from a retired clown in Las Vegas. He built it next to the town cemetery, where his father is buried, along with a lot of other victims of a mine fire in 1911. Leroy sold the place to Bob Perchetti in 1995, and Bob not only ...

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You can’t get there from here

"South Street: 'The street my cousin lives across from. You know, the girl who married a big red-headed guy.' Giving directions to people is really difficult, but here's the thing: I know this about myself and so don't attempt to give directions."

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David Adkins’ 2013 glider gets a home

After seeing Overdrive's original article on Landstar-leased David Adkins' terminal cancer diagnosis and subsequent attempts to sell his 2013 Coronado glider, fellow Landstar BCO John Rentz is making moves to pick the truck up...

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Notes to self

What to do when your 17-year-old son puts 'muh butt' on your grocery list.

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Leave before you really have to go

"We were lucky to get the spot we did -- it was relatively safe and at least had the benefit of lighting from inside the gates we were parked outside of. It did not, however, include toilet facilities."

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Got a problem? Here’s the quick fix for it

I tend to be a little more direct in my problem-solving. I look for the soft spot in a problem and poke a stick in it.

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