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It’s Friday, so it’s time once again for Amelia Hamilton to answer your most pressing questions about bumper stickers, online personae, and mirror images.
Does a person have to drive more courteously if he has a Jesus fish on his car? Asking for a friend. — Friend of Jesus Fish
Dear Fish Friend,
I’m afraid you (we all know it’s not your friend) will have to be courteous, yes. It is up to those with emblems on their cars to be ambassadors of those positions. I have to think about my “Avenge Me!” Reagan bumper sticker when I drive, and you’ll have to think about your fish. You won’t be perfect, but Jesus will forgive you.
How would Jesus drive?
For those of us who write for public consumption, there is a tendency to adopt a certain public persona. Most people are able to strike a balance, but some seem incapable and it’s exhausting. What’s the best way for dealing with somebody who is “always on?”
I’m not sure that’s exclusive to writers, as most people these days have an online persona. Health-nut (workout selfie!), supermom (my-kids-are-perfect selfie!), fashionista (#OOTD selfie!), etc. I think the best thing you can do is be real. It’s okay to remind people, in a funny, friendly way, that you know their real selves, and they don’t need to keep the show going for you. Some people, unfortunately, don’t know their real selves from their personas anymore. To them, I say, “bye, Felicia.”
Every day when I wake up, I scream “Hellooo, handsome!” at the mirror. I don’t really have a question, I am just telling you this.
— Mr. M
Good for you! But your poor neighbors.
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