Wendy Parker

‘Trust me,’ says the crocodile to the monkey

"This is an election year, also known as crocodile mating season, and the only way to keep the crocs on the other side of the river is to quit feeding them."

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Stories from the road

The night Bret Michaels' t-shirt was hijacked -- and other truck-show-told tales to best those passed around the Counter of Knowledge.

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Dad does the driving

"If you happened to see a big, burly trucker-looking guy driving a teeny tiny blue Toyota down I-75 toward Cincinnati today, be advised he isn't really 1HotNurse. He's a dad who loves his girl enough to drive her around in her tiny car."

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Things four-wheelers believe

"I've written several articles about things four-wheelers don't know about trucking and truckers, but there are some things I think they don't know about themselves that bear to be mentioned." ...

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Notes on missing home

"I know I'm a lightweight, but after 20 days on the road, I'm more than ready to go home. Everything seems like a chore, and I might become the tiniest bit whiny."

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When the blind lead the blind

"Ladies and gentlemen, we have our new administrator! ... The potato chip has more experience than anyone else in the agency, because it's actually been on a truck before."

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Giving ’til it hurts

"It's a pretty well known fact that the trucking industry is one of the most charitable communities out there. ... Consequently, a lot of folks get burned by unscrupulous people or organizations ..." More on how to spot a legit charity or cause.

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The Dipwad 500

Wendy on the most popular race going: "Ladies and gentlemen, you heard it here. Truck stop racing is based on the premise that no one else around matters much, and safety is for the birds."

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It’s the little things

The small stuff matters: Wendy offers kudos to the Pilot in Lincoln, Ala., for a small gesture that made the oasis just that, a true place to wash off the weariness of the long road.

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The 500 million dollar question

"Since when were the words 'safety' and 'revenue' interchangeable? Oh that's right, I forgot. They became interchangeable the minute safety became a billion-dollar business."

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