George & Wendy Show

Wendy Parker

Don’t lick me, bro

| August 22, 2014

I know this seems like an odd statement, but the trucking industry is pretty tiny. You’d think with three million or so people involved, there’d be no end to the number of folks behind the scenes on a corporate level, but that’s not the case. This is our fourth year at GATS, and we’ve seen pretty much exactly the same ten faces, year after year. There’s not a lot of variation in the who’s who of trucking.

I like the shows, it gives us an opportunity to relax (also know as “drinking”) with the people who make our trucking world go ’round. We get to have lovely meals and listen to stories and tell our own to whoever will listen. These tales are invaluable to me, as my trucking world is all about telling the story.

Jeff Clark, with his wife, Roxanne

Jeff and Roxanne Clark

We were talking to Jeff Clark in the Freightliner booth yesterday, and one of the incidents he told us about not only stuck out in my mind — I might be a little obsessed with it.

He related to us that he was working the booth a couple years ago, and helped get a lady signed up for a program she was incredibly excited about. Apparently, she was so excited that when she hugged him to thank him she licked his face.

Wait. What?

She licked his face.


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OK, I’m pretty way out there, and I get excited at the shows, too, but I’ve never gone so far as to lick someone’s face over it. When I asked him what he did after she licked his face, he said he didn’t know what to do, which is an incredibly valid answer, considering there aren’t many instances in which you would prepare for another human being (who is a stranger) to lick your face.


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I related the story to him in which I was smelled at a Subway Sandwich Shop. A guy standing in line behind me leaned forward and put his face almost into my hair and smelled me. I would never have known he was smelling me had he not been a loud breather. It flipped me out, but I had no reference as to what the appropriate course of action was, so I just got as far away from him as I could and hoped he wouldn’t try to bite me or do anything even weirder than smell me.

I ruminated over Jeff’s story for the rest of the day, and made sure to keep my face out of licking distance when I hugged anyone I wasn’t familiar enough with to know whether or not they’d lick me. I think I might have a mild complex regarding stranger licking now.

Thanks, Jeff.

  • paul

    Can’t be worse than a dog licking your face.

  • James

    True that,Paul,and we can generally know for pretty much certain where that dog’s tongue has gone in the last 24 hours. We can probably GUESS where that lady’s tongue had gone,but my stomach just isn’t up to that kind of speculation yet today.

  • Viki

    eewww! Toad-a-lee empathize.

    Think STD(or, heaven 4bid ebola) &
    a lick becomes more than an ICK!

  • Mary ann cotrone

    Hi C someone offer advice? My husband has a Kenworth parked on our private lot at the end of a country road and the one neighbor at the end of this road has constantly harassed me about the truck looking: tacky trashy ruining the look of the neighborhood and sent a petition down the road to forbid my truck accesd. He said the view of a truck looks redneck , ugly and gives the road a low class look? I moved it to a truck stop for some time to find multiple gashes in side.

    I then moved it back to my property.

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