Donât go changinâ,
P.S. Iâm going to keep my address private, but this Saturday Iâll be hanging around the food court at the Plain Fields Multiplex, just outside the theatre showing Coraline.
Still, not everyone who writes me has Daddy issues and owns platform boots. Hereâs a message I received just last week from an older gentleman with a lot on his plate it seems.
HUGE HBN fan! Anyway, I was hoping you could help me with something. I recently landed a new job. Itâs a big deal. I had to relocate from the Mid-West to D.C. Iâm under a ton of scrutiny. And the worst part is, the guy I replaced messed everything up so bad that there is honestly âbetween you and meâabsolutely no way for me to make things right in four years. Any ideas?
-Sent via Blackberry-
Having held some high level jobs myself I can certainly appreciate your situation. For example, I remember when I got promoted to senior book stocker at Barnes & Noble. Every day, my boss would scan the aisles to make sure that any book we had three or more copies of had at least one copy facing out to the aisle. Also two face out books were not allowed to be adjacent to each other. It was pretty rough. Is your new job like that?
Anyway, all you can do is your best. And if it doesnât work out, you can always do what I did. Go up to your boss. Look him straight in the eye, and say âI donât need this job. Iâve hit the home page of Digg.com more than twenty times!â Now I realize that perhaps your achievements arenât as notable as that, but Iâm sure you have things to be proud of too, and donât forget it!
Also, why was relocating to DC so hard? I hope you werenât making a subtly racist comment about the cityâs large African American population. Come on. You're better than that.
G-StoneSometimes the requests for advice come in the form of late night Facebook instant messages. And while Facebook chat is more intimate and immediate than a message, Facebook friends should be aware that chat can be more finicky, and always raises the possibility that Iâm having technically difficulties even though I really would just love to chat with you:
Jessica: ZOMG, I canât believe you answered.
G-Stone: I do that sometimes. Whatâs up?
Jessica: Dan OâBrien gave me a medicine-resistant strain of chlamydia.
G-Stone: I covered that already. Anything else bothering you?
Jessica: Yeah, how did I get SO DRUNK right now! LOL!
**G-Stone is offline**And finally, some people have come to me seeking advice that âunlike the rest of this articleâ appeals to the good people of the Digg community.
How do I sync my I-phone wirelessly in Linux?
P.S. Please find photos of me in Hot Topic attire, attached.
A real person, not a shameless ploy to attract Diggers with technical content (âARPNASPTADWTCâ)
Hereâs a link I though you might find useful.
Thanks for the pics.
G-StoneWell, I think that provides a nice sample of the valuable services I provide daily to my treasured Facebook friends. Do you have the guts to become one? Are you bold and sexy enough to join Facebookâs fan site Gladstoners? I think you are. I believe in you. Also, thereâs a chance in hell I might do another advice column post so feel free to send along your questions after joining up. --This post is dedicated to my oldest friend G. Xavier Robillard. Congratulations on the Captain Freedom book release, G!
Have you checked out Gladstone's Website Kafka Lives In Maine?
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