Wendy Parker

Things four-wheelers believe

"I've written several articles about things four-wheelers don't know about trucking and truckers, but there are some things I think they don't know about themselves that bear to be mentioned." ...

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Notes on missing home

"I know I'm a lightweight, but after 20 days on the road, I'm more than ready to go home. Everything seems like a chore, and I might become the tiniest bit whiny."

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When the blind lead the blind

"Ladies and gentlemen, we have our new administrator! ... The potato chip has more experience than anyone else in the agency, because it's actually been on a truck before."

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Giving ’til it hurts

"It's a pretty well known fact that the trucking industry is one of the most charitable communities out there. ... Consequently, a lot of folks get burned by unscrupulous people or organizations ..." More on how to spot a legit charity or cause.

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The Dipwad 500

Wendy on the most popular race going: "Ladies and gentlemen, you heard it here. Truck stop racing is based on the premise that no one else around matters much, and safety is for the birds."

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It’s the little things

The small stuff matters: Wendy offers kudos to the Pilot in Lincoln, Ala., for a small gesture that made the oasis just that, a true place to wash off the weariness of the long road.

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The 500 million dollar question

"Since when were the words 'safety' and 'revenue' interchangeable? Oh that's right, I forgot. They became interchangeable the minute safety became a billion-dollar business."

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California steamin’ — just say no to being nuts

Wendy on one driver's trailer-retrofit / delivery nightmare: "I'm no fan of California's prohibitively restrictive laws, but I'm also not a fan of insanity. Just say no to being nuts. Please."

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Yankee Candle creates a new scent called ‘Vitriol’

Wendy on the dust-up over a shipper/receiver facility's "no restrooms for drivers" policy: "Unfortunately, the bad apples of the bunch have ruined the sauce for all of us. It's time to cull those tainted fruits."

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Stress relief for mastodons

"Sometimes, relaxing is hard." Wendy gets ready for a long run with no scheduled return, learns about soil liquefaction, deaths of mastodons and just how restorative sleep can be.

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