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Wendy Parker

Roller-coaster into 2014: 2013, don’t let the door hit your tail on the way out!

| December 31, 2013

giraffe on a roller coasterWell, here we go…we’ve spent the last week clicking up the track, one chain link at a time, to make it to the precipice of the roller coaster that has been 2013. We’re sitting at the top, waiting for someone to drop a pygmy goat from the sky so we can disengage the brake and fly down the hill into 2014, and frankly, I can’t wait to get there.

It’s been a tough year for a lot of people. I’ve heard more bad about it than good, and we seem to have struggled a lot during the 12-month stretch ourselves. I can personally say I close this year out gratefully — I don’t want to look back on it much, and I’m thankful to continue to learn lessons, even though most of them are learned the hard way. It may take me five or six times of slamming my hand in the door before I hold it differently when I close it, but I do eventually pick things up and implement them into daily life, and that’s what it’s all about.

I hate New Year’s resolutions because they’re usually ridiculous. I get carried away and resolve to do things like cure cancer and save every animal on the ASPCA commercials, which just sets me up for failure and self-loathing. I’ve been in this brain long enough to know how to trick it into doing things, so instead of making resolutions, I’ve decided just to keep a few things in mind on a daily basis. You can call it a code of ethics, or a mantra, or the ravings of someone who has inhaled waaaay too much Break Fast, but it’s how my warped mind has to operate, so dig it.

It doesn’t matter what God you follow, the only thing you’ve ever been guaranteed by it is free will and the only thing you have free will over is how you choose to act. Every situation in life is made better by someone who chooses to act in a positive manner. There is never an instance in which it is OK to be intentionally cruel, so don’t be a dick. You have absolutely no right to the next day, and if it happens that you wake up alive, it’s because you were once again given the opportunity to live and enjoy it, so make the best of it and don’t act like it’s yours to give or take.

The days have churned on for time immemorial, you have absolutely no bearing on them, so jump in with both feet and accommodate the flow – there’s not much you’re going to do to change the outcome. It always gets dark, and if you’re lucky enough to see the light again, it starts all over.


VIDEO: The George and Wendy Show 2013 in pictures

A video look-back on 2013 put together by owner-operator George Parker for the George and Wendy Show YouTube channel.

I already know I’m going to have some trouble living this, especially the “go with the flow” part, but I don’t think it’ll hurt me to try, and my blood pressure will thank me. It’s going to be like me not saying I quit smoking, but I haven’t had a cigarette in three months. I can smoke any time I want to, I’ve just chosen not to. I realize this method of thinking seems completely crazy to normal people, but I never claimed to be normal, and I haven’t smoked in three months. [Nice work. –ed.]

We’re looking forward to 2014 – there will be so many more opportunities available with the new truck and company. Prepare for a wild ride. We intend to make this one count and want you all along with us. You must be this tall to ride, keep your hands and arms inside the cart at all times, and please don’t puke on your seatmate. Amen and pass the blackeyed peas.

  • Steve

    My wife, Lori, makes black eyed peas for new years. Unfortunatly, I won’t be home for them this year. Feeling kinda sad in the truck tonight. God bless you guys, and good luck with the new year and new truck.

  • jesse wood

    hey steve i,m gonna have blackeyed peas with hog jowls and collard greens with pig tails and corn bread, i will think about you

  • Wendy

    Happy New Year, Steve. God bless you and your wife. Hope you make it home to some black eyed peas soon!

  • Life With No Fixed Address

    Congratulations on quitting smoking. Here’s a GREAT tip I got when I quit 24 years ago after 20 years of smoking. Take that money that you were burning every week and put it in a savings account. Do it EVERY week because if you were still smoking you’d be spending it every week. Try the Capital 360 account, make a ceremony out of it, you can flip from your checking account to the bank online. After eight months, and this was in 1990, I had enough money for a plane ticket to Spain. I credit the money I saved with keeping me off the cigarettes, and the quitting smoking turning me into a money saver. Happy New Year. It’s one day at a time. You can do it.

  • MercenaryMan

    Thanks Steve for all you do, from one trucker to another, Its men like you who keep America great, Happy New Years.. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.