Thursday, June 1, 2023


Wife’s rock collection overloading RV

Dear RV Shrink:
My wife has rocks in the head. No, I am not being derogatory. I mean she has rocks everywhere, including those I found in the bathroom this morning under the sink.

We are headed to Quartzsite soon and I see more rocks in my future. Then we go to all the rock and gem shows in Arizona. After that we go to Rockhound State Park in New Mexico. After that we go to the Stillwell Ranch outside of Big Bend. I will truly be a rock star by then.

It wouldn’t be so bad if she made something out of the rocks and sold them. At least that would make up for some of the bad mileage we’re getting.

Should I put a weight limit on what she can load into the motorhome or just keep my quarry quarreling attitude to myself? I want to get along but I am between a rock and a hard spot over the safety issue and gas mileage. —Bedrock in Benson

Dear Ben:
Depending on how much rockery your wife really collects, safety can be an issue. Everyone needs a hobby and rockhounding seems to be a very popular one.

You may want to encourage your wife to look for really heavy rocks. No, seriously – get her a gold pan. If you can convince her to go for quality and not quantity, you won’t have to worry about the price of gas. Plus, you can stake a gold claim on BLM land and camp for free all winter while your wife looks for gold. You can turn this into a win, win situation.

There are many ways to solve rocky relationships. Leave no stone unturned. Remember, in John Lennon’s words, “Love is the Answer.”

I hope this can take some weight off your shoulders. —Keep Smilin’, Richard Mallery a.k.a. Dr. R.V. Shrink

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