Reality Check

Too much togetherness?

Dear Carolyn, My last chick is flying out of the nest in a few weeks and I’m feeling very blue. I am planning to join my husband on the road as soon as she's settled into her dorm. It’s something we’ve always wanted to do after the children were grown. However, I’m getting cold feet. It seems like a huge commitment to be together, in a cab, for weeks at a time. All of our married ...

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Consider the long haul

Girlfriend is OK with doing heavy lifting in relationship, but her friends aren't.

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State of isolation is no place to dwell

Dear Carolyn, I just went through a tough divorce and am now single and lonely. I feel hopeless about ever meeting a good woman who can put up with the stress of loving a trucker. There’s nothing to look forward to in my life. I know I need professional help, but how am I supposed to fit my long-haul schedule into the 9-5 schedule of my local shrink? It was hard enough making my court date for ...

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Change is possible

Dear Carolyn, I’m about to get married to a great guy. He wasn’t such a great guy when he was married to his previous wife. However, he has since quit drinking, got into therapy, lost 50 pounds and has turned into the great guy he once was. I know everything about how badly he treated his first wife but I feel lucky to be getting a new improved version. Does this worry you? Sue   Dear Sue, The second mouse ...

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Model search!

Dear Readers, Overdrive magazine is looking for a few attractive, wholesome, fit women to pose for photos next to beautiful show trucks at the Great American Trucking Show, August 23-25, in Dallas, Texas.  It's easy to enter and you don't have to have any modeling experience! If you are a trucker, married to a trucker or will be attending the GATS event in Dallas with a trucker, send in your picture! Here's how: *Send me an email(cmagner@rrpub.com) with a ...

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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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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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