Wendy Parker

Curbman wisdom and other assorted thoughts from the peanut gallery

A $25 million truck parking boondoggle? A recent federal grant to eight states for parking-availability-information systems put to a different use might build as many as 2,500 new spaces. "Let that sink in for a minute."

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Pack, paint, pain: Dreaming of the road, at home

"It only makes sense that I pack my bags and return to the road for a few days, so I can actually get some rest. No one asks you to paint houses -- unless it's code for something like 'cleaning your truck' is."

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Never fear, Supertrucker is always near

"I'm going to start pulling out of this space at 29 and a half minutes, because I'm not going to be made to take a 30-minute break! I'm a rebel, baby!" Sometimes, being a supertrucker is hard.

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Confusion on the sidelines

"So the sky is falling and we're in imminent danger of not having enough truck drivers. We're all going to starve and perish, unless they can get speed limiters on the trucks and everyone on electronic logs. ... "

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What truck stops have the best restrooms?

Announcing Roady's Truck Stops' Q3 "Pristine Latrine" award winners: Stops in Ardmore, Tenn.; Grangeville, Idaho, and Casey, Ill.

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Elderly trick-or-treaters unwelcome: Report from the Cat Litter Wars

"When a 15-year-old man-boy in a costume consisting of a backwards flannel shirt and funny nose glasses gives you a baritone, 'Gimme some candy,' the good feelings dry up."

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The Passenger: Part 1

Wendy Parker's annual piece of Halloween fiction gets under way -- what happens when a killer with his prey in his auto's passenger seat wrecks into the back of a broken-down flatbed rig? ...

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When real life requires following the rules, even if it sucks

Or: How to get more drive time out of your e-log. Ever had to stop for a 10-hour break 30 minutes from the house? Wendy Parker: Been there, done that.

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‘We’ll take care of ya, son’: The brotherhood exists, take three

In which a newbie gets his first CB, and a valuable lesson: "That's what trucking is all about, son. We take care of each other out here, least that's how it's s'posed to be." ...

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Flashbacks and fast tracks

Trucking success beyond the road: Wendy looks back three years on the success of trucker-singer-songwriter Tony Justice and the folks behind Diesel Life apparel.

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