Wendy Parker

The double-billion burger they refuse to eat

"Pro-ELD propaganda does not address the true safety issue in the industry, and that is the sense that every driver is disposable. There's always another. (Thin mint, sir? No thank you. Bring me a bucket.)"

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Stop draggin’ this theoretical ELD report around

"Theories are great. I have some you'd probably be concerned about, therefore I don't share them. And I certainly don't present them as empirical evidence."

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I’ve been ‘Rick-rolled’

In which Wendy stoops in the Congressional-information/influence gain: "I popped off to Rick Crawford and I was just as ugly as the face of D.C. is, and I said something nasty about him personally, and lo and behold, he responded ... with a wave of the hand."

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The rattiest of rat rods

"The rat rods have my full attention. I finally found a show truck no one cares if I touch. And these things are something else, let me tell you. They might not be shiny, but they're sure as heck interesting."

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As ornery as Texas is wide

“I hope his wife don't kill him for it.” --Wendy's words a year ago -- fast-forward to today and "ol' Tex Crowley is definitely not dead (shout out to the beautiful and patient wife) or driving a truck again. He's still crazy, but that's why he's survived the first year in a brand-new, self-started video business."

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No. 9 with the Bossman: Guilty by Association show wraps in Missouri

The ninth Guilty by Association Truck Show is in the books, and if 'Bossman' Bryan Martin and 4 State Trucks crew keep breaking records, this show is going to spill over from Missouri on into Oklahoma. Rat rods, custom showpieces, 500-plus working trucks, the Special Olympics convoy and more.

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Appearances matter

"We're fighting some very public battles as an industry these days. It never hurts to spiff up your image a little while engaging with the press, or the public, or the shippers and receivers, for that matter."

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Eleventy-million and counting

Herein, a story about driv... I mean, apples. "And people wondered why other people, who weren't buying near as many apples, were making pies and cider and delicious things from their apples, and didn't have piles of stinking, rotting apples laying around their terminals ... I mean, their kitchens."...

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I’ll have the 4-inch laceration with catnip, please

How do you get a cat in a backpack carrier? And: Like everything else that looks interesting along the way, we never have time to stop at a Cat Coffee House. That's the curse of commercial highway travel -- we've been everywhere, but only for however long it takes us to go through at the posted speed limit.

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Giving a little trucker love back to Texas

Chronicling a haul of donated hay to Southeastern Texas in the wake of Hurrican Harvey, under the power of driver Jerry Novak's Ohio-based rig: "This isn't just the way Americans are supposed to act, it's the way human beings are supposed to act, and it's uplifting and humbling to do a story about it."

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