Reality Check

The truth hurts

Dear Carolyn, Why are you always so sarcastic? Don’t you worry about what people will think? Penelope Dear Penelope, I don’t worry too much about what people think since they don’t do it very often. Besides, as your wingman, I have to tell the truth. Sometimes that may seem harsh and sometimes the humor may sting. The reality is, most people who ask me what to do already know what to do. They need someone to confirm their choices ...

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Buyer's remorse

Dear Carolyn, My wife has changed since we got married. When we were dating she was funny, kind and a blast to hang out with. Now, all she does is complain about how I don't do what she wants me to do. I feel like I got the bad end of the stick in this deal. We got married after only two months of dating and everyone loves to tell me they told me so. What do ...

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Repent and don’t repeat!

Dear Carolyn, My conscience is killing me. Years ago I had a fling with a married woman.  Now that I’m married to a great gal, I feel like I should confess my past sins. Do you think that’s a good idea? I want to prevent this from happening again. Mark Dear Mark, A conscience doesn’t prevent sin, it prevents you from enjoying the sin.  Save the confessions for the priest.  No need to worry your new bride. You have ...

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Tricky treats!

Dear Carolyn, I love Halloween! I love dressing up, decorating the house, taking the kids trick or treating and all the candy!  My husband hates it. I think he's worried about all the calories in the candy. I think that every once in a while, it's okay to splurge on sweets. What fun is life if you can't kick back and act like a kid? Spooky Dear Spooky, I too love Halloween and candy. I get it that the anxiety ...

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Junk in the bunk!

Dear Carolyn, My husband is almost a hoarder. I mean, his truck is full of junk. It takes 20 minutes to clear off his bunk just to sit on it! I nag, beg, threaten but he refuses to throw out what he says is his “stuff.” What exactly is the difference between “stuff” and “junk?” Patrice Dear Patrice, Junk=stuff we throw away. Stuff=junk we keep. Happy to help! I’m just say’n, Carolyn

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Doing a man's job!

Dear Carolyn, I am an attractive, (according to others) single, 32 year-old truck driver. I’m good at my job and work long hours like everyone else. My problem is that men in this industry don’t take me seriously.  They either think I am soliciting or going to crash my truck into a wall. I try to ignore them but sometimes I feel like quitting and doing something easier--like coal minning. Wanda  Dear Wanda, Women have to do everything twice ...

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Lagging libido!

Dear Carolyn, My husband has lost his sex drive. I’m not sure what to do about that!  I’ve tried all the usual methods but he’s not interested. He’s a great guy and we have a strong marriage. What can I do? Jen Dear Jen, Sex is like air; you don’t notice it until you aren’t getting any! First, drag him to the doctor and get him checked out.  Many health conditions and medications can zap the libido.  And, the ...

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Got the breaking up blues

Dear Carolyn,  My girlfriend went back to her ex-boyfriend last week. It was a huge shock to me and I never saw it coming. She says she tried to tell me that she wasn’t over him but honestly, I can’t recall having that conversation. I know I shouldn’t call, email, text and drive by her house all the time. She is telling friends that I’m stalking her. Can you help me? I’m so angry about this and ...

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Dieting advice for truckers

Dear Carolyn, I have lost about 10 pounds this month by following your dieting advice. My question is how can I lose ten more? I know you are more about "dating" advice giving than you are about "dieting" advice but what you said really worked! Bob Dear Bob, Hey there big Buddy. You must be the one I told to stop drinking soda and start drinking water? That’s the only weight loss tip I’ve given out lately. And even ...

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Trashing the ex!

Dear Carolyn, My new boyfriend constantly runs down his former girlfriend. He talks trash about her and compares everything I do to how she did it.  I’ve never met the poor woman but it makes me a little uneasy. Why can’t he just enjoy my good side without having to tell me how terrible she was?  Do you think he’s protesting a bit too much? Janet Dear Janet, Pay close attention to this. How he talks about her is ...

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