Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Ask Amelia: Mountain Dew and the High Road

 

AskAmelia3It’s Friday and it’s time for Amelia Hamilton to answer all your questions about stinky neighbors, soda pop, and staying above the fray!

Dear Amelia: I have downstairs neighbors whose apartment smells so bad I actually hold my breath as I pass by when their door is open. I can only describe it as the unholy marriage of incense, unwashed hippies, and too many cats. They constantly ask me to feed their cats when they go out of town. I keep finding reasons to decline, as I don’t think I could actually walk in there without vomiting. Plus, they keep a “pet spider.” How do I tell them “no” once and for all? — Grossed out Neighbor

Dear Neighbor,

Eww. Just tell them that spiders gross you out and that your active social life doesn’t leave you time to take care of their alarming number of cats. Okay, put that into your own words, but by letting them know that you just can’t commit to helping, they will probably find a petsitter or another neighbor who is able to help. You’ve tried to sugar coat it, but they’re clearly not getting it. Time to tell them simply that you’re not the neighbor for the job.


Dear Amelia:

My husband says I need to take the high road in a personal conflict with some acquaintances. I think the low road looks more fun and personally satisfying. What should I do?

— Running out of Gas

Dear Empty,

Indeed, the low road is an enticing path, full of venting and short-term gain. However, it rarely feels better in the long-run, and then you don’t get to feel smug about taking the high road (a little-lauded perk to that option). However, the high road doesn’t need to mean that you’re a doormat. You can say what needs to be said, draw the boundaries that need to be drawn, and remain above the fray. Sorry … I’m sure your husband is wrong about something else.


Dear Amelia,

Some days, I drink up to 2 liters of Mountain Dew to enhance drumming. Most women I know aren’t impressed. What gives?

— @TheLostDrummer

Dear Drummer,

There are a couple of things at play here. First, are you some kind of actual rock star? If not, do you have a day job? (IT guys drink a lot of Mountain Dew, but they have good jobs.) After college or thereabouts, the drumming thing will probably be less alluring to the ladies than it used to be. So, drinking yuck to make the drumming even better won’t have the return on investment you think it does but, rather, make you appear a little bit frat boy. Assuming you are no longer in college, this is another thing that is probably not helping with the ladies.

Now for my second point: Mountain Dew is yuck. Drink some water (Coca-Cola is acceptable, but not in those quantities). I’m assuming this wasn’t the answer you want, but my job is simply to help.


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  1. Doctor Bass Monkey Inactive

    I miss the days when Mt Dew wasn’t a frat boy drink. Let the hillbillies drink their soda in peace!

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    • October 23, 2015, at 3:09 PM PDT
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  2. Max Ledoux Admin

    Whiskey Sam:I miss the days when Mt Dew wasn’t a frat boy drink. Let the hillbillies drink their soda in peace!

    Mountain Dew from the fountain is the best.

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    • October 23, 2015, at 4:02 PM PDT
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  3. Lash LaRoche Inactive

    The drummer needs to switch to bourbon (but not two liters a day, of course).

    Then he can sing: “I have loved some ladies, and I have loved Jim Beam. Both of them tried to kill me in the year two thousand and three.”

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    • October 23, 2015, at 4:05 PM PDT
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  4. Johnny Dubya Member

    The cat thing can be dispensed with using the simple statement “I’m allergic.”

    You don’t have to specify the “…to dirty hippies” part.

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    • October 23, 2015, at 4:08 PM PDT
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  5. Doctor Bass Monkey Inactive

    Max Ledoux:

    Whiskey Sam:I miss the days when Mt Dew wasn’t a frat boy drink. Let the hillbillies drink their soda in peace!

    Mountain Dew from the fountain is the best.

    Have you had Mt Dew Throwback with the real sugar? Smooooooth

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    • October 23, 2015, at 4:10 PM PDT
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  6. Doctor Bass Monkey Inactive

    In my misspent youth I lived for a time in the Elektra building in Seattle. There was a certain floor that reeked every time the elevator opened on it. Found out later a guy had died in his apartment, and no one knew it for over a week.

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    • October 23, 2015, at 4:11 PM PDT
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  7. Jimmy Carter Member
    Jimmy CarterJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    @TheLostDrummer

    Chicks ain’t impressed by lil’ boys banging away on Fisher-Price toy sets.

    To be a Rock Star, try enhancing with copious amounts of alcohol, cocaine, and heroin.

    Yer welcome.

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    • October 23, 2015, at 4:20 PM PDT
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  8. Eustace C. Scrubb Member

    Dr. Pepper is the prefered soft drink of the erudite readership at Ricochet. (Mr. Pibb, Dr. Thunder, Doc Shasta, etc. are not acceptable.)

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    • October 23, 2015, at 6:57 PM PDT
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  9. MeandurΦ Member
    MeandurΦJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Eustace C. Scrubb:Dr. Pepper is the prefered soft drink of the erudite readership at Ricochet. (Mr. Pibb, Dr. Thunder, Doc Shasta, etc. are not acceptable.)

    My wife calls it “carbonated prune juice.”

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    • October 23, 2015, at 11:32 PM PDT
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  10. :thinking: no superfluity of n… Member
    :thinking: no superfluity of n…Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Eustace C. Scrubb:Dr. Pepper is the prefered soft drink of the erudite readership at Ricochet. (Mr. Pibb, Dr. Thunder, Doc Shasta, etc. are not acceptable.)

    Mr. Pepper was always rather jealous of Mr. Pibb, so he went out and got a doctorate to prove he was better. The whole thing left him a bit bitter though.

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    • October 24, 2015, at 10:58 AM PDT
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  11. Man With the Axe Member

    Which would you rather drink, Mountain Dew or crab juice?

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    • October 24, 2015, at 12:35 PM PDT
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  12. Miffed White Male Member
    Miffed White MaleJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I’ve spent the last week in France, where it is apparently impossible to obtain Mt. Dew. I just don’t understand how the French can consider themselves civilized.

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    • October 24, 2015, at 11:48 PM PDT
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  13. Proud Skeptic Inactive

    I am sixty years old and drink one Diet Mountain Dew every morning. Clears the palate and gives me a nice morning jolt of caffeine.

    Exquisite!

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    • October 25, 2015, at 11:36 AM PDT
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