parking lots

Notes on parking lot pet etiquette

"Please be cautious and respectful enough to ask if you can pet the baby monkey before you run up on the poor thing and put your big human hands all over it. No wonder people get bit. I'd bite you, too, if I was on a chain, couldn't get away and you tried to pet me. Just ask George."

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Pikachu, I choose you!

Getting decent sleep on the road sometimes depends on where you're parked ... And how close you happen to be to the Pikachu-colored flattop Freightliner when it "ripples" the new Volvo's bumper.

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Future’s so bright, I gotta wear lead underwear

"I'm not sure where all these people who are envisioning a rash of child molesters grabbing kids in the bathroom ... are coming from – or what bathrooms they're sending their kids unattended into ..."

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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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The ‘kabang crunch’ wake-up call

"There's absolutely no reason in hell to catch third in a Love's, unless your hair is on fire or a member of the Taliban has suddenly popped out of your bunk with an RPG aimed at the back of your head."

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Expediting: Singing the praises with Don Lanier

A chance meeting with expedited driver Don Lanier yields insights into the segment.

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Maryland offers truck parking during snowstorms

Pilot program provides truck parking in select park and ride lots during snowstorms of six inches or more.

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Electrification of truck stop spaces revives

As fuel prices spiked in 2007-08, a large majority of truckers' anti-idling interest was focused on dedicated auxiliary power units, which market expanded dramatically with a profusion of new manufacturers. This time around, with the economy still somewhat shaky, owner-operator and fleet interest in up-front investment in full-function APU technology may be taking a back seat infrastructure improvements and use of electrified truckstop parking space services when needed. For operators who don't already have APUs, ...

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