Wendy Parker

Trucking 101: The difference between a freight forwarder and a broker

The primary, though not the only, difference between forwarders and brokers is that a freight broker never takes possession of items being shipped.

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Actual news? Or a desperate grab for attention …

"I used to get mad and fire back, but there's not enough time in the day anymore. We will always have to deal with haters -- it's best to just pat them on the head, maybe throw them a little attention bone," and get on with it.

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The big-truck ballet

Wendy watching the world go by: "When you sit back, turn the CB off, and just watch the trucks rolling in and out, it's a lot like a big-truck ballet. You can pick the Prima Ballerinas out immediately...."

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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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