Welcome back, wisdom-seekers, to another installment of Ask Professor Classypants. It’s a special edition with a singular, shining goal: to remind you that fake advice columnists have feelings, too.
Also, I hope you got the Muppets reference in today’s title. If you didn’t, you are dead to Act Classy.
In my first two outings as your go-to guru of gut-checks, I was swimming in letters. I couldn’t swing a cat without hitting an advice-seeker. When, both, the cats and the brutalized advice-seekers stopped coming around and began sending emails instead, I was positively deluged with e-pleas. Annoying mothers-in-law. Dreadful co-workers. Tactics for those being bullied. Best practices for those doing the bullying. In retrospect, I should have saved some of these letters instead of answering a dozen or so and setting the rest on fire or forwarding them to Dear Prudence. Because now, dear readers, I have no letters.
Do I think it’s because no one wants my advice? No. Do I think it’s because people are afraid of the truth? Yes.
So, this week, I am taking on the cowards and offering entirely unsolicited advice. I am going to post questions I’ve never been asked on the street. Then I’m going to post answers to questions no one bothered to ask me. And because I am on the Internet and you are not, you will sit there, you will listen, and you will like it. Confused yet? Good. You deserve it. Maybe next time, you’ll submit a question like a good lost soul.
Dear Professor Me: Should someone ever wear those wife beater t-shirts that aren’t wife beater t-shirts? Those sleeveless t-shirts that just scream “Kevin Federline?”
Dear Me: I think the better question is, “Should someone take Kevin Federline out back and beat the t-shirt out of him?”
Dear Professor Me: What made you want to become an advice columnist?
Dear Me: Fantasies about beating Kevin Federline.
Dear Professor Me: Isn’t this column a rip-off of Dave Barry’s old “Ask Mr. Language Person” bit? Or of “Letters to Strong Bad” on Homestar Runner?
Dear Me: Hey, when you have a blog, THEN you can have opinions. And, really? A Dave Barry reference? It’s 4:00 pm somewhere; shouldn’t you be getting ready for dinner, reading a Denny’s menu aloud to a bored teenager?
Dear Professor Me: Wait — aren’t you the advice-seeker and the advice-giver in that last scenario? By admonishing yourself to hold your opinions until you get a blog, haven’t you torn a hole in time and space?
Dear Me: I’m sorry, do I know you?
Dear Professor Me: I HAVE TO TELL YOU ABOUT THE FUTURE!
Dear Me: Oh, look! A van!
Wow. Advice-seeking isn’t as easy as I thought. I am chastened. Hopefully, you are as annoyed as I am chastened and will send your letters soon. If you include a self-addressed stamped envelope, I will mail you back a partially completed Mad Libs booklet from 1982 and a half-used bottle of Love’s Baby Soft because it has been 30 years since anyone sent a self-addressed stamped envelope.
Happy writing! Thanks for stopping by to live, love, and learn. Be sure to join us next week. And remember: Act Classy and you will be classy. Ish.
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