Advice From The Comic Hack 173 – The Deja-Vu, Snakes, Change And Accidents Shouldn’t Happen Edition

Sep 09

Advice From The Comic Hack 173 – The Deja-Vu, Snakes, Change And Accidents Shouldn’t Happen Edition

When consulted about the inevitability of change Friedrich Nietzsche has said “The snake which cannot cast his skin has to die”. Friedrich was a bit of a downer. My touring schedule has become quite hectic this month and rather than leave you bereft of this week’s ADVICE COLUMN – I’ve brought back a piece I wrote from before this column found its own blog. That’s a change you’ll have to roll with but don’t worry; MY snake is feeling just fine! Some people fear change, some collect it in cups on street corners and some used it as a major and successful campaign talking point. Some people fear snakes. I fear neither. Once upon a time this ADVICE COLUMN only existed as a feature on the Renaissance Festivals Facebook Page. That’s clearly changed. I used to write 3000-word answers to multiple questions each week. This has also changed. I used to be damned-funny and devastatingly handsome – please god tell me that hasn’t changed!  Your Humble Comic Hack embraces change as not only unavoidable but desirable. Your Humble Comic Hack does not embrace snakes. Today a Darling Reader is in distress and proposes a horrendous solution… I’m shocked and appalled and I have to set her straight. I ask you to please enjoy as I re-visit a classic entry from this column’s past. I will  try to answer with… jokes (and wisdom); that hasn’t changed. You know what else hasn’t changed? I still want you to submit questions for future columns to advicequestions@comichacksguide.com . It keeps the snake happy and thriving. I wonder how long I can belabor that damned slithering metaphor? Aaarrrrrrgggggg! That kinda sums up how I currently feel. Let me explain, in ’08 my mom had open heart surgery which has put her out of work so my (then) boyfriend and I moved in to take over bills for her and my teenaged brother. Bo proposed and though I was quite certain he was not the “one” I accepted. How could I turn him down he had stepped up and taken care of my mother when my own sisters wouldn’t? Well after a failed pregnancy he informed me (self titled mother hen) that he never wanted...

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Advice From The Comic Hack 172 – The Support The Survivors – Men Are The Worst Edition

Sep 02

Advice From The Comic Hack 172 – The Support The Survivors – Men Are The Worst Edition

Austrian bodybuilder, Predator slayer, Mr. Universe, California Governor, Terminator, Kennedy banger and my personal favorite (of three) Conans; Arnold Schwarzenegger has said “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”  Today I try to respond to one of the most difficult emails I have ever gotten. I mean – the question is not that hard but the situation certainly is. Finding or making “the funny” for this one is. For inspiration I look to one of my personal heroes and unparalleled quote-machine Sir Winnie Churchill who offers this “We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival” and from Burmese statesperson, politician, diplomat and author Aung San Suu Kyi who reminds us all “Humor is one of the best ingredients of survival.” Today a Darling Reader, previously victimized in a heart-breaking way has her hard-won peace shattered when her attacker ‘returns from the dead’ to victimize her once again. This is not a zombie story but it does contain horrors. Please try to survive today’s column –  which I hope to eventually include in a book (and/or an Ebook) –  AND don’t forget to submit questions for future columns to advicequestions@comichacksguide.com    I quite enjoy reading your advice column, as do I always strive to catch The Tortuga Twins at least once every year at *redacted* Renaissance Festival. As such, I was wondering if you might shed some light onto my own situation. About two years ago, I found myself trapped in a relationship that started as a casual affair and quickly turned very abusive. This man was violent, and raped me frequently over the next eight months. The seemingly obvious question at hand is why I didn’t leave sooner, but the mental illnesses I struggled with at the time prevented me from believing things could be better than they were, and he was extremely volatile and threatened my life if I were to ever say anything. It wasn’t until I started to recover from severe depression that I found the courage to record the act so that I would have evidence against him; I made myself very clear...

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