Wendy Parker

The decline of human civilization began with ‘safety concerns’

"Hey y'all, guess what? You can pump your own gasoline in Oregon now. Legally, even." ... How 'safety' was used to justify retention of the self-service ban over the years ...

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Unmentioned but not unappreciated

Here's to those who didn't make the printed stories of 2017. The people too weird or fleeting to create an entire post around, the folks I probably would have never seen or experienced without travel and trucking, but the very people who make this whole thing interesting ...

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Is it business as usual in the grocery world?

Mixed bag of reports coming from groceries around the country in the middle of this holiday week -- are empty shelves a result of the ELD mandate or the "perfect storm" of holiday freight pressures? ... A little analysis here, and: What are you seeing?

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Things to leave behind in 2017

The phrases "driver shortage," "level playing field" and a variety of other trucking bugaboos. "Be happy we don't all 'get on the same level,' and quit saying that. ..."

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Merry Christmas, feel free to sing along

A merry Christmas from Wendy and the rest of the Parker family.

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The other side of the ELD pancake

"It's been a rough week for some, but just like Dr. Phil says, 'There's always another side to the pancake, no matter how thin it is.'"

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Hip, hip hurrah or hip replacement?

"I got my first AARP card in the mail this week. It only costs me $16 a year to officially prove I'm old. Life's been good to me so far."

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Thin the herd without churning the masses

"Driver shortage" explored, again: "There are finally a few brilliant folks out in “mainstream news” land who have begun peeling away skin on the “obvious onion” in trucking and started mentioning the fact that being paid has a lot to do with wanting to stick with a job."

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Things you don’t like to think about, but need to

"No one wants to think about the implications of losing a loved one, especially when that loved one may be far away from home when they pass." But think about it they do -- the good news is there's an organization working to put itself out of business by encouraging a paradigm shift in how carriers and drivers think about the risk.

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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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