How to Learn from Other People's Experiences

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Reader Comments (22)

Hmmmm... as lessons go, it's not too far from 'Never get out of the boat'.

May 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTimP

I thought they'd never top "Toddlers and Tiaras" until I caught part of an episode of "Dance Moms".

My eyeballs are still screaming for mercy.

May 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

Panel 2 is a pure, 24 carat golden panel.

I might use that within a few days

May 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRaestloz

Wow, Rick and I have the same strategy for avoiding dumb TV shows in break rooms! It turns out "Never look up from your book" works well in waiting rooms, too.

May 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterscgvlmike

Yup, new line getting into the rotation for getting the stupid shows off my TV!

May 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermohrorless

Reason #45,923 that I only watch Jeopardy, local news, and Netflix. At least if I pick a dumb movie from the last, I have only myself to blame/thank.

May 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

@Raestloz - it's something similar to being passive aggressive, and you can apply the same tactic to other similar situations, too!

Also, reading a book near a TV has another purpose - if you feel guilty watching dumb TV, then when someone else walks into the room, you can just pretend that you're reading the book and the TV was left on...

May 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPatrik

Here comes Honey Boo-Boo!

May 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHanover Fiste

I thought the lesson to be learned was this: unplug and hide the TV before anyone else enters the room.

May 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBabyDoc

The past tense of 'behold' is 'beheld'. Unless Rick means he never beholds intelligence, even in the pages of his book.

May 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEvelyn

Wheres the comic? It's not showing!!!! Dear god have some mercy:(

May 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercharles

"Oh, Sit!", "Bet On Your Baby", "Does Someone Have To Go?","Apprentice" in all its variations, "Finding Bigfoot" (Sasquatch may exist, but this show is a great argument against the premise that there is intelligent life on this planet) "Mermaids" , news companies that have closed their investigative journalism departments, and other atrocities against the human mind exist, and not only exist, but get air time, and then network executives wonder why television is losing ground to YouTube.

May 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDee

@Evelyn: But, "I never behold it" mirrors "eye of the beholder"; also it's funnier for Rick to never see it in general, than merely not have seen it in this one specific case.

May 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteveK

If you actually understand it, boxing is a highly intellectual enterprise—though that's probably irrelevant to the sort of person who'd describe it as "fat guy boxing".

Even for that person, though, it's more intelligent than Dance Moms, since it does not actively erode the human intellect.

May 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSnails

I think it's possible that Rick doesn't know what “"behold" means, and assumes that if he ever did it, he'd know what it is called. Or, it should be "beheld". Is there an irregular verb that is its own past tense? Is that possible? Oh, wait... "read". Kind'a. Actually, what is up with that!

May 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

I just came here to say that I'm about halfway through "Off to Be the Wizard" and I am loving it. It got me through two excruciating hours in a doctor's waiting room (don't ask) this morning, and made the time fly by. It's one of the funniest books I've ever read. I'll be recommending it to everyone I know. Thank you for writing it. I really hope there will be more some day.

May 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie

I recently took my car to the dealership to get a replacement key made. While i was sitting in the waiting room playing games on my cell phone the only other people waiting was a man and his 5 year old. they had the waiting room TV on some children's cartoon channel. that's fine, but when he left he placed the remote on the chair next to me as if to say "you can watch whatever you want now." To me though, the choice was caring about what's on the TV enough to change channels OR appearing to any newcomers that i chose this childrens cartoon channel. After all, I did have the remote. I left and spent some time at the coffee machine instead.

May 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJason

Does a Google search for "Dance Moms". Switches to a Google image search.

Aaaarrgghh. Must clear browser cache NOW...

Oh lordy. And that's legal TV? As a middle-aged man, I wouldn't want to be seen in the same room as a TV showing something like that!

May 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSimes

Actually, lots of people are willing, even eager, to watch something dumb. Provided a guy in a red jumpsuit and two robots are snarking at it.

May 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Other Mike

"Mind if I change channel to something more intelligent?"
"As a matter of fact I do. I have enough intelligence, I need more stupidity. On second thought you probably need intelligence more than I need stupidity so go ahead."

June 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSensemaker

Dance Moms terrifies me. My mother loves Dance Moms.

August 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGregory Bogosian
August 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertrigonman3
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