Carolyn Magner

Drink water not soda

Dear Carolyn, I am still laughing about NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s misguided ban on over-sized sodas. I think you would agree with me that it’s a boneheaded attempt to legislate common sense! What do you think? I’m about to go buy an extra large soda just because I can! Gina Dear Gina, I do agree with you. We all know that you can’t outlaw stupid. If someone wants to drink 2,000 calories worth of soda; that’s their decision.  I always suggest ...

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Tougher Than Tough

TRUCKERS NEWS CELEBRITY SERIES -- Ice road trucker Alex Debogorski epitomizes the word tough, and in the sixth season of the History Channel’s “Ice Road Truckers” and the upcoming season of “IRT: Deadliest Roads,” he takes on Canada’s remote Dempster Highway.

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Rescued puppy now trucking dog

Dear Carolyn, A while back I wrote about the loss of my two best friends, Bouncie and Bullet.  I swore I would never go through that hurt again.  I took a trucking job and have been driving for four years now.   On Nov. 3, 2009 we were out by the fire at our place in GA.  I sensed something by my feet.  It was dark and breezy.  This thing began biting at my ankles.  My ...

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Corny pick-up line that worked

Dear Carolyn, My husband used a corny pick-up line when we first met. Here’s one for your collection. Hubby to be: Can I have directions? Me: To where? Hubby to be: To your heart. I know, lame as can be but I fell for it! Just so you know, we’ve been married 32 years! Jane Dear Jane, Oh, I’m a sucker for a corny pick-up line! They take courage and also a twinkle in the eye. There’s a big difference between being amused ...

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Facebook bragging

  Dear Carolyn, I have a friend who is always bragging on Facebook. She posts pictures of her fabulous life, awesome boyfriend, expensive vacations and newest purchases. I’m barely making it as a single mother of two kids. I drive a truck to pay the bills and would love to walk in her stilettoes for a day or two! I have considered “de-friending” her but outside of Facebook, I like her and she’s been a good friend ...

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Hubby gets healthy

Dear Carolyn, My husband is a 55 year-old trucker who has decided to take steps to improve his health. He’s scared about his high blood pressure and severe sleep apnea. He blames his medical conditions on the trucking lifestyle but for some reason, has decided to make serious changes. I want to help. Do you have any tips for spouses? Sarah Dear Sarah, First, congratulations on your husband’s decision to start on the road to health. I actually do have ...

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My son is being bullied

Dear Carolyn, My 10 year-old son is being bullied at school and I’m not sure how to handle it.  When I was a boy, I was teased for being overweight and wearing glasses. My son is teased because he’s got a learning disability. I feel helpless because I’m on the road most of the time and my wife is too shy to be assertive with the school. What do you think I should do? He comes home ...

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Trucker image improving

Dear Carolyn, I am dating a long-haul truck driver who is very fit, very healthy and very smart. We run together and met at a marathon training clinic. When I tell people about how great my guy is, they don't believe me. I've never gone out with a trucker before but I don't understand the negative stereotypes associated with trucking. My brother is a lawyer who is tending bar at Ruby Tuesday's and my sister is ...

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Melanoma Monday

Dear Readers, Long distance drivers are more at risk for skin cancer on the left side of their bodies. Wear sunscreen every day and get regular check-ups. http://todayhealth.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/07/11504351-its-melanoma-monday-4-summer-skin-tips-you-should-know?lite Watching out for you! Carolyn  

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Trucks and women, then and now

What’s old is new again. Here is an old Overdrive Magazine cover and here is a recent Overdrive photo shoot of a pretty girl and Gene McKinney’s 2000 Peterbilt 379 wrecker. What do you think? Is this traditional approach too retro for our politically correct world?

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