Wendy Parker

New year, new flu strain

The flu this year is nothing to mess around with. It's a respiratory flu, and it doesn't hesitate to use the volumes of mucus your body produces in efforts to drown it, to give secondary bacterial infections nice, warm “snot-tubs” in which to prosper.

Read More

So you want to be treated like a professional …

Defining "attitude," and Wendy's talk with a driver/company recruiter with a simple message for truckers: “All these drivers who want to be considered professionals should stop shooting themselves in the foot by doing things that aren't professional.”

Read More

The winners of 2016

Aunt Nanci and Uncle Fred: "These are the people articles should be written about, their determination to win and deep, abiding faith are things we could all take a lesson from. The mantra for 2017? No wallowing allowed. ..."

Read More

I’m the map

"That's right folks, I've gone around the corner where satellite imagery is no longer magic to me at all, but the fact that people could fairly well draw a coastline without ever seeing it from above is straight-up wizardry."

Read More

Thing-a-ma-bobs is dangerous

"This just in!! The super-popular 'Thing-a-ma-bob,' hottest toy on the market for Christmas 2016 and manufactured in Wehateamericastan, has been reported to cause hair loss and possible self-immolation!" ...

Read More

I heard the Jakes on Christmas day…

A Christmas poem and merry wish from Wendy and the Parker family: "I heard the Jakes on Christmas day / Their old familiar bellows play / Low and deep the blasts repeat / Of food on tables, good will to men." ...

Read More

Trucking vocabulary ‘word of the year’

"Surreal?" Nah, says Wendy, try "'Night-marey with a dash of soul crushing....' Since there's not a single word for that, and I try to stick with laughter, even if it's bitter, I'll go with 'absurd.'"

Read More

Dear Governor [insert appropriate name] …

During the changeover in administrations for elected offices won in November, making your voice heard is incredibly important, and it's valuable for the incoming officials to hear it.

Read More

Abracadabra autonomous!

“They’re not opponents of tech, but it might be a failure of imagination" --Venture capitalist on disconnect between truckers' expectations of self-driving tech and those of the folks in Silicon Valley. Wendy: "Let's slow the row on the imagination-bashing a little and get real."

Read More

“As a man thinketh …”

Holiday stress is real. "For whatever reason, and there are hundreds this time of year, November through January seem to induce more worry and consternation ..." Fortunately, there are ways to combat it.

Read More