Wendy Parker

Push back

Wendy on the importance of individual advocacy efforts: "I hear so many people say, 'You can't change things, no one listens, I'm just going to complain on Facebook and waste valuable time I could be calling my Representative with and eat worms.'" ...

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No really, it’s that stupid

"The FMCSA had a chance to do something truly effective about safety" with the entry level driver training rule, Wendy contends, and "they made a mockery of it." And not only that: "They made it a very expensive mockery – for all of us."

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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.

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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.”

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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. ..."

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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."

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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!" ...

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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." ...

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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.'"

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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.

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