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My Friend Smells Really Bad. Help!


Dear Willie D:

I’m a fairly attractive mid-twentysomething man who keeps striking out with the ladies. Every time I meet one I like, they say they like me, but only as a friend. To them I’m the nice fat guy with the great personality, but that’s it. I need to get this weight off of me because it is literally slowing down my social life. How do I make that happen? I don’t like exercising and watching my calories.

Nice Fat Guy:

Alternatively, you could back up from the table, go under the knife, or close your eyes real tight and imagine you’re skinny.


Dear Willie D:

I’m an Independent voter, which means I’m an independent thinker. I’m not partisan to Democrats or Republicans; I’m partisan to America. Lately, there has been fear among cons that President Obama might try to run for a third term to protect the changes that he has implemented in America and to ensure Obamacare doesn’t get repealed.

I think Obama has done a decent job as President. If the 22nd Amendment of the United States Constitution didn’t set a two-term limit for U.S. Presidents, and the election was held today pitting him against the current crop of Democrats and Republicans, I would probably vote for him again.

Obama changing The Constitution to remain in office for a third term is highly unlikely. But if a President is doing a good job, as Americans, shouldn’t we have a say in doing whatever it takes to keep him in office for as long as possible?

Independent Voter:

I don’t think it’s wise for Americans to keep one guy in position of power for an extended time no matter how good of a job he’s doing. I support two term limits for Presidents, and I think the same should apply for members of Congress, the Supreme Court, and federal judges everywhere.

Term limits provides for a system of checks and balances, and discourages abuse of power. Rather than trying to keep a particular politician in office forever because he or she is doing a good job, the American people should do more to get rid of the ones who aren’t, and put an end to any politician getting paid for the rest of their lives after only serving the public for a few years. Hell, most Americans have to work 30-40 years before they can receive retirement benefits.

While we’re at it, let’s stop letting those damn lobbyists get away with buying our elected officials. I vote we put a term limit on that.


Dear Willie D:

I’m a female with a girlfriend who doesn’t keep up her personal hygiene like she should. This has been happening on and off for the duration of our two-year friendship. In the past, whenever I mentioned it to her she became combative so I stopped saying anything. The last time we hung out together at a bar with a male friend of mine, when she excused herself to go to the restroom, he commented that he hoped she was in there washing more than her hands. I wanted to stick up for her as a friend, but he was right.

The situation has created a rift in our friendship because I’m embarrassed to be seen with her or even be around her. Besides poor hygiene, she is otherwise a cool person. How can I get her to see that she has a problem that needs to be addressed, and how it’s hurting her reputation and our friendship?

Funky Situation:

There’s no excuse for bad hygiene, however, there is always a reason. Maybe she’s depressed. If you don’t want to be direct you could try a little diplomacy and say, “Hey, is everything okay with you?” When she asks why, use that as your opening to say, “You know I love you, so this is coming from a place of love not abhorrence. I’ve been noticing you’re not keeping up with your hygiene.”

Tell her that other people have made comments about it, and it makes you uncomfortable because she’s your friend. There’s an outside chance that she may not care or get mad at you. In that case, throw a bar of soap at her and take off running.


Dear Willie D:

Back in May, you published my letter "My Man Is Hot But His Attitude Sucks." You were right about him. About a month after I wrote in to you, we were at a bar and he snapped because I gave the door guy (who happened to be my cousin’s boyfriend) a hug. The two of them got into a fight and he took it to the extreme. As I was trying to stop them he slapped me and pushed me to the ground in front of everybody.

Before that night no man had ever hit me, not even my father. That night I broke up with him, and blocked him on my phone and social media. My neighbor, who is a sheriff’s deputy, also spoke to him on the phone about the assault and let him know that if he ever came near me again he would be arrested.

When I got home after the incident, as I sat on my bed rubbing Neosporin on my cut arm, your words kept echoing in my head: “He’s already emotionally abusing you. It won’t be long before things get physical.” Thank you for being the voice in my head that gave me the courage to move on before things got worse.

Stopping Fights:

Thanks for following up. It’s always good to know whether or not a reader used the advice given, and if so, how things turned out for them.

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Willie D is a member of the legendary hip hop band, the Geto Boys, the host and executive producer of the Willie D Live podcast, and an advice columnist for the Houston Press since 2013.
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