Wendy Parker

Atlanta-geddon, part two

"Well here we go again. There's an ice storm predicted for the greater Atlanta area, and this time, they've decided to prepare by asking big trucks to avoid the area."

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Random thoughts, random signage

Wendy marvels at the wealth of hung shingles in America: On a split billboard, an "ad was spray painted, home-made, cobbled together with plywood and corrugated cardboard. It read: 'We buy junk cars.'"

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Feeling the love with a new carrier, in a warm place

If FMCSA is really concerned about safety, "they'll go after the companies with churn like a Wisconsin butter factory, and leave experienced drivers and small companies with longtime employees alone."

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Sometimes you gotta lose to win

Following driver Art Huntley on his course of natural bodybuilding to lose weight and get in shape.

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Rising from the frozen planet

Down and out at an Alabama distribution center in the ice -- and how just a little bit of goodwill goes a long, long way.

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Attention seeking at its finest

Wendy responds to an editorial in the news recently that heaped scorn on truckers and the industry.

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Truck haters and Mother freakin’ Nature

"Just another day in trucking. A crappy one. But that's OK because it still beats night shift at a nursing home, and we both woke up breathing again. So there's that."

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Idle highway chit-chat and Elvis in Raburn, Ga.

"We're back to idle chit-chat in the truck. Idle chit-chat is an art, developed by the elders of the tribes and passed down as a method to pass time until the great ship comes to take us away."

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The year of the monkey

Wendy on turning 46, the age her father passed: "This year, I've decided to be happy. Being happy is probably the one thing my Dad would tell me to be, if I could talk to him one more time."

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New and improved to death

Updates from Ohio: "I'm not making a statement about the death penalty here -- I'm just saying we probably should have left well enough alone and kept the method of termination the same as its been for many years."

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