George & Wendy Show

Wendy Parker

Helping hands are hard to find

| March 23, 2014

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Wendy with her new vinylThe Precious is wearing new vinyl, just in time for MATS. George spent his last day home putting them on, and he did an awesome job. I, of course, helped by merely being present and occasionally handing him something, which is pretty much my function in life. I show up and hand people things. It doesn’t sound like much, but just wait til you’re somewhere and need something handed to you and there’s no one to do it. You’ll wish you had a helper.

Find more photos of the 2004 Freightliner Coronado George and Wendy got running earlier this year in the gallery below.

Find more photos of the 2004 Freightliner Coronado George and Wendy got running earlier this year in the gallery below. “Special thanks to our friends at the Graphics Company,” Wendy says.

I’ve been excused from handing tools since the boy got big enough to do it. I’m not familiar with wrenches and stuff — an upholstery hammer is pretty much the extent of my tool use. I will say my numerous and innovative ways to use an upholstery hammer are far-reaching and, in my opinion, brilliant. I once knocked the cork out of a wine bottle with one. Straining glass through my teeth while drinking the wine was kind of a drag, but hey, I got the damn job done. I have also since added a corkscrew to each of the bug-out bags, to avoid having to go through such unnecessary stress when the zombie apocalypse comes and I’m in need of libation.

The job of “official hander” comes with the unfortunate burden of having to know where everything is. Let’s face it, you can’t hand anyone anything unless you know where to find it first. Not only do you have the responsibility of knowing where to find it, you have to keep up with all of it after you hand it to people. This is a real conversation that actually happened in my house, and as the official hander of things, it wasn’t unusual to me at all.

“Mom, I need that piece of paper.”

“Which piece of paper, the green one or the pink one?”

“The white one.”

“Oh. That narrows it down to the nine thousand pieces of white paper I currently have the location of cataloged in my head. Any other clues?”

“It has writing on it. About the library. I showed it to you.”

And miraculously, like the guy on Wheel of Fortune who solved the entire puzzle with two letters, I know precisely what piece of paper he’s talking about.

“It’s in the pocket of your black pants.”

“Where are my black pants?”

This is where the handing part comes in, because I’m usually too busy to go through the “Who’s on first” routine, so I find his black pants and hand them to him. With the piece of paper in the pocket, just like I told him. Bam.

Never underestimate the value of good help. Who else is going to hand you stuff?

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  • ironage

    :blank expression: I have no idea what i just read….much less the point of it.

  • Wendy

    I’m sorry, was it the words or the pictures that confused you? Here’s the gist of the story: The truck got new graphics. I helped George put them on. Now, that doesn’t make for a great post, so I filled in some stuff about how having good help is important. Sorry if I confused you. Thanks for reading, I hope this clears everything up.

  • Clyde

    :) LOVE IT!
    Keep up the great work!!

  • Tamara Wilkie

    I used to tell a trucker friend of mine that I needed a J(his wifes name) like he has — she was/is awesome help to him ,, and its tough not having a helper ,, for example being on a trailer tightening a bungee and you need another one ,,, have to get down , get one, climb back up ,,, lots of extra work ,,, maybe I need a “Wendy”

  • ironage

    “Now, that doesn’t make for a great post, so i filled in some stuff about how having good help is important”

    “Now, that doesn’t make for a great post”

    (sigh) :eye roll:

  • Kurt Keilhofer

    as a kid they called us (what I thought was) gophers, but what they really meant was go-for.

  • Mike Smith

    Why did you do something informative, like tell how much they paid for the truck, and how much money, time, and effort they put into it. So that we can dwell on doing it ourselves. Also, give us the names of the people who did the work, and how much it costs.

    This goes for all the crap done on the trucks that people poor a bunch of time and money into. This what’s important. Not all the filler stuff.

    I don’t like to sound mean, but I’m fed-up with the show trucks that don’t tell us how much money Jose’ put into his truck AND how he got the money!

  • Wendy

    Hi Mike. First off, it’s not a show truck. It’s an everyday working truck. Second, my daddy taught me a long time ago, unless you’re doing business with someone, talking about money is rude. I’m not promoting a show truck, and I really don’t think it’s anyone’s business what we paid for our work truck. The graphics were somewhere around $200 and George put them on himself, so there were no application fees. There’s a link to the company we used, so she can give estimates if you need one. We get all the money we put into this truck from using it. He puts as much time into it as he has between runs to mess with it. I hope I answered your questions, and I’ll pass your requests for monetary value on to the people who write about the show trucks. Thanks for reading and interacting. It helps me be a better writer.

  • Wendy

    I’m not sure how you get much driving done while you’re practicing all those theatrics, but thanks for reading. I appreciate the interaction. (smile) wave…wink, smiley face

  • ironage

    When i was a kid….my mother bought “Family Circle” and “Womens Day” magazines religiously.