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: Kevin said I'd be good at this, and he wouldn't let it drop, just kept bugging me about it, so here goes. You can send me your personal problems, or someone else's personal problems, or some funny personal problem you made up, and I will play the advice columnist on your behalf. Keep it clean. Your anonymity is ensured, except to me. My answers will not be as good as Ray's, but your letter is more likely to be answered.

Disclaimers: Advice may not be helpful. I know nothing about interpersonal relationships, yet my pronouncements will be delivered with the cocksure air of authority. Your email may be published in full or in part. Not valid for US residents living underseas.

"Then The Zombie Came Closer And Closer!": First, there was Dada Pokey. Now, Dada Garfield.

: "It's the greatest thing ever, and you can't have it." (via Kevin)

Location, Location, Location: Riana writes:

Belgium, eh? What a dazzling array of people hovers nearby, just across the Channel. GBP14, return, sans taxes. Although it's a pain getting out to the not-really-in-Brussels airport, and into London from the slightly-outside-London airport. All the same, you should demand of all your contacts within a reasonable radius of Belgium that they come see you.

Yes, scenic Belgium. Centrally located to... other countries.

: Today I finished reading The Glory Game by Keith Laumer. It's sort of derivative of the Retief story pattern, but I enjoyed it. I enjoy that pattern. I also enjoy sci-fi stories in which governments are realistic governments rather than charicatures or adjectives; I think of it as just good characterization on the meta-person level. Laumer's non-Retief books do this pretty well. The Glory Game is the first book I've read that contains a Congressional hearing on an attempted alien invasion, which is something I've sort of been looking for. Any others like it?


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