Wendy Parker

Arkansas matters, and so do the truckers

Latest media foul well apparent from this headline: “Truckers Use Walmart Parking Lot as a Truck Stop; Customers Feel Unsafe" -- actually, just one customer. . .

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When the future presses into the present and the past needs attention

Nursing homes -- like trucking, in some ways: "You only hear about the evil people who can't seem to act right, and horror stories about abuse and neglect."

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A basic understanding of the magic … of the diesel

"How terrifying would it be to pull into a service bay at a shop and have me pop out to run a diagnostic? I can take your blood pressure while we wait ..."

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‘Trucker addiction': The love/hate relationship to the business

"Hi, my name is Wendy and I'm addicted to being on the road. Worse than that, my husband supports my addiction and is my biggest enabler."

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When real life and fiction meet

In which George and Wendy get a new hometown parking spot -- maybe.

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Ladies and gentleman, get out your coloring books

"Find a hobby you enjoy – it's good for your mind and that's good for your business."

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One ring to get you suspended

"I get the concern with threats... I do not, however, get why suspending a fourth grade kid for telling his classmate he was going to 'render him invisible with the One Ring' is OK."

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Gearing up for MATS

Truck show season kicks off in March, and it's all I'm hearing about these days. Apparently, MATS is going to be one heck of a show – we've heard from all kinds of people about all kinds of neat stuff that's going to happen there. I'm going to be brutally honest and say it's my least favorite show, because of the immensity and sometimes bizarre layout, but it definitely has the best parking lot party ...

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The Petri dish of our lives

"We're heading back out into the cold and flu season Monday....I'll wash my hands and the alien will slough away illness with his gamma rays. I have a feeling we'll be traveling through Roswell...."

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The champions of the mom-and-pop truck stop

Driver Jeff Barker, with Debra Miller and Todd Ramey, is currently operating a Facebook group dedicated to sharing information on independent mom-and-pop truck stops.

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