Sunday Advice Column #30


The advice column was originally thought up because I was concerned I wouldn’t have enough content for the whole week. I imagined after a certain amount of time, the column would be popular enough to generate enough questions each week. I was wrong.

This week I got one question from my buddy Aaron. Now, usually I throw up a reminder for questions, but this week I wanted to do a little bit of an experiment and see if any would come without a prompt. Lesson learned. Always prompt.

I also didn’t realize how much of a resurgence in popularity the advice column genre has had. There’s the classics like Dan Savages’s and Cheryl Strayed’s; there’s also new winners like Andrew W.K.’s. They’re all really good and full of actually good advice. The schtick with my column is I probably shouldn’t be giving out any sort of advice. The only thing I’ve ever really done successfully over time is stay married and graduate college without paying for it. I’m definitely an authority on those subjects.

Should I carry on with this nonsense? I don’t really know. I have enough to bang something out on Kindle (that was the plan) and it really is just a bonus for the 365 day challenge. Anyway. Here’s the one question. Enjoy.

In Stranger Things, Dustin is wearing a Waupaca, WI shirt in one of the episodes. My hometown, Waupaca, is also home to the house that inspired the Bates Hotel. Robert Bloch, the writer of the original Psycho book, lived in the next town over. He was walking through Waupaca and saw this house, and that’s how it all started. I don’t watch the show, so I don’t know if there is any meaning – or if the showrunners have any idea of the connection. But…seems random enough that it could be purposeful. What do you think? 

I think that every single thing in this show is designed to reference something. It’s balls out nostalgia turned up to 11. I was unable to find any sort of evidence to support it, but this is an interesting observation and completely reflective of a major pleasure of the show: spotting genre Easter Eggs.

It’s been interesting to see how much of a splash this show has made on pop culture. Every time I turn around, the kids are on some TV show or red carpet event. They seem like pals and that’s definitely cool.


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