Wendy Parker

Finer than frog’s hair

"If you're around and you're listening, Daddy, happy Father's day and thanks for the sense of humor. It has seen me through more heartache than drugs or money and it has remained intact, unlike the flaming go-cart of death you built for us in '82."

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Strike one off the bucket list: Little AleInn, Rachel, Nev.

George and Wendy Parker visit the infamous cafe on the ET highway, Nevada State Route 375, and find hospitality, plenty of weirdness and some truck parking.

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Service charges at the pearly gates

"There will be a $4.95 service charge in order for our records to be processed and a heaven/hell decision to be made. You just wait."

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The lighthouse for food

On Wendy's missing tooth, and the potential benefits of having just one incisor in an otherwise barren mouth.

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Catching flies with honey: A parking firestorm in Minnesota

Following a widely circulated picture posted about the truck-parking ordinance banning trucking parking and passed by Coon Rapids, Minn., last year, Wendy reaches out to the city council.

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Cleansing the gene pool

WARNING: EXCESSIVE USE OF HAIRPINS MAY BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH. DO NOT INSERT INTO BODILY ORIFICES, MASTER LOCKS, OR, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, ELECTRICAL OUTLETS.

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Getting used to this whole communicating thing

"I'm a visitor in your world, I don't actually drive and I'm not a true part of it, but I feel gratified to have a voice to tell people about it."

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The problem solver: Jim Vant of Crow Wing Transport

The story of Vant's fleet's success, built on a strategy of good driver treatment: "I've never had a truck make me a dime -- it's the person sitting in the seat."

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The ‘kabang crunch’ wake-up call

"There's absolutely no reason in hell to catch third in a Love's, unless your hair is on fire or a member of the Taliban has suddenly popped out of your bunk with an RPG aimed at the back of your head."

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I’ve been everywhere, man

The things you miss -- and, better yet, the things you don't -- driving around the country hauling freight.

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