Wendy Parker

Head-first into the ‘exodus’ he goes …

"Bill Weaver has decided, on pretty much the eve of the ELD mandate going into effect, to make the transition from company driver to owner-operator for the first time in his more than 20-year trucking career."

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I’ll have my sinks with handles, please

"I still stand by the distinct possibility of either being electrocuted by a water-logged hand dryer or having a full-on anger-induced stroke the next time an automatic air freshener sprays antiseptic lilac mist directly onto my corneas."

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More duct tape on a broken ax handle

"Anyone with a lick of sense knows it's unsafe to duct-tape a broken ax handle. Those who don't have that kind of sense work for the FMCSA."

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Things truckers deal with that would be weird if everyone did them

"Here's a startling thought: what if everyone had a 14-hour clock? You're sitting in the emergency room with a sliced-up finger and the surgeon sewing it back together falls out like a fainting goat half-way through the procedure."...

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What’s ‘rally’ going on here?

"I'm happy to see people in the industry come together – for whatever reason. You don't have to agree with what they're saying to appreciate their efforts."

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Cargo support – what truckers do best

Wendy checks in with Cargo Harrison on his foot-trek from South America to Prudhoe Bay. If you see him between Vegas and Reno on U.S. 95 this week, he could use some help with water -- stop if you've got the time!

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Notes on things that shouldn’t be self-certified

Wendy on FMCSA's ELD registry: "'Self-certification' is a fancy term for 'because I said so', and pretty much every human being who has or is a parent has heard or used that phrase."

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I’ll take ‘Education and Training’ for the safety, Alex

"Any coherent business owner will tell you education and training are your most important safety features, in any setting, commercial or otherwise. ... How is this being left out of the safety discussion?"

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Gratitude is the sign of noble souls. Cats, not so much

Holiday home time: " It was seriously a couch-potato Hallmark moment, until George said, 'What's wrong with the cat?'" Look out ...

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Seeking recommendations for wormhole repair

"I think we need some wormhole repair around this joint. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and the day before yesterday was Easter, right?"

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