Thursday, October 21, 2010

Advice Illustrated, 21 October 2010 "Short and curlies"

The originals are HERE.

Letter 1 is from a woman who's met Mr. Right, except that he's very poorly endowed. She only likes vanilla sex, so is this a deal breaker? Prudie says it doesn't have to be.
I have nothing to say but that I was very embarrassed for Prudie, who used this letter for her Tourette's-worthy spate of puns. Not appropriate, not funny, not helpful, not entertaining. Just sad.

The video letter is a waste of time. Already commented on it. My daughters are each beautiful, but one is beautiful in an eery way. Wooooooo.

Letter 2 is from a woman who's being hit up for a hair donation to make a wig for a sick child. Prudie says no way, José. Give cash, bring a casserole, but don't give up your hair to this rude, rude, woman.
I say you should go to the nearest barber and collect some hair clippings. Place in bag and give. Maybe she'll get the point.

Letter 3 is from a woman whose fiancé cheated on her. They're OK, and are now married. But she's now discovered that the friend for whom she's bridesmaiding has invited the Other Woman to all the wedding festivities, and treats her as a friend, despite having avowed her hatred of OW. She thinks it's too late to pull out of the wedding, but is not sure how to handle this. Prudie says the situation may not be what it appears, and she needs to talk to the bride-to-be, who in any case, should have warned LW. Prudie hopes the clarification will allow LW to follow through.
I say that my first reaction is that yes, anyone can choose their friends, and it's time for you to unfriend this bride and skip the wedding. But Prudie is right that she did end up theoretically happy, and she doesn't need to let the past influence the present. I would add that LW expects her friends to forgive and accept her husband, who was at least as responsible for the affair. (Has he apologized to any of them? No? Then he's on the same footing as the OW.)

Letter 4 is from a student who is soon to be a lawyer, but who hates the law and dreads practicing it. LW doesn't want to tell their parents that their investment was for nought. Prudie says that given the job market, staying in school to pursue other studies may not be a bad idea, but that LW can also find a profession that doesn't require her to practice law with her law degree, and cites the entire staff of Slate as examples of lawyers turned writers.
I say: yeah; But how can't you love the law? It's really interesting intellectually, morally, etc. etc.


CoolOne said...

In all fairness, the mother who wanted the LW's hair may have said something very innocent like, "I'd love it if Betsy could have hair like Eloise's." And the other friend interpreted that to mean, "I'd love Betsy to have Eloise's hair."

I too was somewhat offended at the spate of "little" jokes at the expense of an answer to #1; and annyoyed at the non-answer of, "But you can practice law for a few years!" to the LW who doesn't WANT to practice law.

evelyn said...

IIn regard to #4, there was an article in today's newspaper (Sacramento (CA) Bee) that said that a number of people decided to wait out the recession by attending law school and now have a JD, big loans and no jobs. Maybe not such a good idea to propose staying in law school if that's what awaits. . .