George & Wendy Show

Things I’ve learned in 50 years

"I've done some really dumb things, and I'm not ashamed to admit I really believed Pilot Flying J hauled their coffee around in tankers when I first came out on the road with George." ... Join us in wishing Wendy a happy early 50th!

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Thank-you bites and lizard tails

What does your momma have to say about eating chicken lips and lizard tails? "I can't tell you the times I've wished I could successfully use some version of the excuse -- 'My mother doesn't allow me to eat lizard tails' -- in my adult life..."

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Que hora es your mom?

In which Wendy decides to learn Spanish. Again. And it all "may or may not involve disappearing into the forests of Libre Union and becoming ranchers in the Yucatan."

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Will they go round in circles?

"A 'song that ain't got no melody' makes a pretty good analogy for my personal thoughts on the current plans for autonomous and self-driving commercial vehicles."

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Old Spice and sunshine: Remembering Jim Johnston

"He looked like sunshine and smelled like Old Spice and Marlboro cigarettes, and he was a big deal to me." --Wendy remembers OOIDA head Jim Johnston, who passed on at 78.

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While you’re at it, wash your hands

Take it from a longtime former nurse: "You can prevent flu by not slobbering all over each other and washing your hands frequently. ... Really, wash your hands. Do it a lot. It helps, even the scientists say so.

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Don’t go toward the light, Carol Ann

"If it has taken 30 years of hemorrhaging drivers to snap into the realization the eternal well is drying up for real -- the very fleets who have participated in the practice of paying their executives well while drivers are once again forgotten are about to feel a whiplash of epic proportions they are fully unprepared for."

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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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