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Wendy Parker

Truck haters and Mother freakin’ Nature

| January 29, 2014

Today was one of those days when you just wonder why in the world anyone would want to be a trucker. Especially in the wintertime.

Between the truck haters in the press calling for the public to arm themselves with pitchforks against truckers and the people who may or may not live close to me or you and definitely don’t eat rat poison or hate truckers, but feel the need to call lawyers on people when they get their truck stuck in the country lane after a snowstorm and 70-mph drifts across three cornfields and they have to call a big wrecker out to move their truck two feet because in the span of time since the truck had been moved the ground unfroze just enough for the drive tires to sink into the mud and refroze around them like a vice when the weather dropped to -17 degrees Fahrenheit.

STUCK! One of the "trials and tribulations" of trucking -- via this link, catch a vid with George and Wendy at home with their immobile rig at -8 Fahreheit.

STUCK! One of the “trials and tribulations” of trucking — via this link, catch a vid with George and Wendy at home with their immobile rig at -8 Fahrenheit.

It’s really kind of a bummer trying to talk to a lawyer while you’re simultaneously handing someone a check for $300 for helping you get a truck off the lane of contention and on the road to make much-needed money. I’m just saying.

Anyway, The Precious is free and safe. Our dear friends at Fox’s Gun Loft let us park her in their lot and she won’t be back down the lane. We leave for Orlando in the morning and as always, George handled things like a professional. Here is a video I shot after watching him wrestle everything he could think of to free her for two hours. I think you can tell from the edge in my voice that I’m on the verge of hysteria, but he just took it in stride and, as usual, methodically tested options until he came to the final choice of having to pay someone to help him out.

I address someone named “Peter” in the video – that’s the guy from Hollywood who wants video of the trials and tribulations of trucking. He wants to see how we act under pressure, and, frankly, I don’t think to pick up a camera when I’m under pressure most of the time. I usually refrain from holding breakable objects when I’m under pressure, which is why I haven’t gotten a lot of video lately. It’s been a stressful winter.


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I was under a lot of pressure this morning. Between worrying that George would freeze to death, or at the very least break a finger off, or that the one spinning tire was going to finally catch enough to break the other ones free and shoot him off into the seven-foot drifts like a juggernaut, I will admit to being slightly stressed. And by slightly I mean if I had actually known what my blood pressure was, I probably would have had a stroke.

Anyway, I grabbed the phone and stomped outside to make a video. This was right before I went back inside and had a nervous breakdown. And after that, the lawyer called.


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It was a banner day, folks. I wished fervently my new best friend, Mr. Carpenter, had been with me to hold my hair while I puked in the bushes when George told me it was going to cost another $300 to leave the house.

Who is Mr. Carpenter, you ask?

Here ya go – read this. Please feel free to correspond with Mr. Carpenter. I certainly have. And I’ve been kind enough to examine his article and check a few facts for him, and I’ll run my rebuttal on Thursday/Friday. Not that he’ll care, because he’s been bashing truckers for years, but I feel the need to respond, if only to get it off my chest so I don’t explode.

Just another day in trucking. A crappy one. But that’s OK because it still beats night shift at a nursing home, and we both woke up breathing again. So there’s that. 

  • sdgal311

    The country should go back to using trains? Hmm Mr. Carpenter-how exactly do you think your goods would get from the train station to the store? On the backs of donkeys? No, I’m pretty sure it’d be a truck. And unless you’re willing to go to a farm and get your milk out of the cow in your own bucket you’re going to need a truck for that job too. Get a clue. Why don’t you try going truck free for a week and see how that goes for you? I’m betting there’d be no groceries, toilet paper, newspapers or mail at your house>they’re all carried by truck you know. Good luck.

  • Richard

    Wow. There was definitely no bias in the article I just read on truck safety (sarcasm). You are correct in your concern about safety but need an education in trucking and how the business is run. And this is coming from someone not in the trucking business. You are attacking an entire industry for the very unfortunate incident that you reference and for the acts of one individual. The truckers I know are very interested and concerned about safety and are in an industry that is regulating them out of existence (which you are probably happy about). To compare the number of truck involved deaths to school shootings is ludicrous. Why don’t you do some research and find out how many of the accidents you reference were caused by the trucker as statistically most are caused by the smaller vehicles. If a truck is involved in an accident it is spectacular in appearance due to size, damage and yes, potential death, and more often than not makes the news because of this. Greed exists in the trucking industry, but its not the drivers that are benefiting (they average $30-50,000 a year). Let’s not punish a respectable profession and vital profession just to place blame for a tragic incident but rather look at the way drivers are (under)paid by the mile and the hours they are forced to drive to make a mediocre living. Place the blame not on the drivers but rather on the carriers and shippers that benefit from these unfair labor practices and call for improvements (possible fixed pay?) in these conditions which will likely improve the conditions they are forced to work in which will lessen the likelihood of a repeat of the horrible incident at the toll booth.

    Thank you, Richard

  • Richard

    The above was my response to Mr. Carpenter. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.