The Matters w/ Matt: Swimming In Lava For Diamonds

Every Wednesday: I never fail to be disgusted with advice columns. I am unsure why they still get paid to do what they do. As always, I am in awe when it comes to awful examples like Dear Prudence and Dear Abby. The columnists seem to get rewarded for giving you bad advice. I think that people get terrible advice from them. I don’t blame anyone that calls advice column responses garbage. I use my postings to correct these responses and help society by being an utmost asshole, (as always, a hat tip to Aaron Clarey at Asshole Consulting).

Consider this Dear Annie article (courtesy of Arcamax) from June 29, 2022:

Dear (Matters):

I was in an abusive relationship for over seven years, still legally married but separated with a four-year restraining order. I have been with my current boyfriend for over three years. The first two years we lived together, and then COVID-19 struck, and we have been living apart for over a year.

My problem is that his father, sister and brother are so against our relationship that we have to hide it.

I have never shown any type of disrespect or done anything that I am aware of that has caused their hatred of me. When I visited his father’s residence, I was told that if I ever stepped on his property again, he would call the police and have me removed.

His sister lives right next door; it’s a duplex, and she has called their father to report that I was there. When we visited his mother, his brother said that if I were to continue to be brought there, he would have his name taken off the lease and move out. I get along with his mom and don’t want to put any more strain on her.

I love my boyfriend, but this is becoming ridiculous that we have to sneak around. I’m 49, and he is 38. The only explanation I’ve gotten is that I make them on edge. I have never tried putting them on edge, but I’ve also heard their negative opinions of me and seen how they treat my boyfriend.

Help! We don’t know what to do anymore.

   ——- Unaccepted

Dear Unaccepted:

I had met a husband and wife when I was out at a well known event. I knew them roughly through a volunteering opportunity that we were all involved with. They appeared to be happy and sociable people. Our polite conversation went through light hearted discussions about friends and work.

I found out that they worked at a building that I occasionally was at. They both had encouraged me to stop by and talk with them further. We had all talked about not having a bigger base of healthy people in our lives, but this came to be a humble warning.

I was happy to stop by after rooting around the catacombs of their building. I was directed to their desks. They seemed surprised to see me. I attempted to be pleasant, although they seemed to be unenthused. I offered to come back at a better time, but was ensured that I was okay. I propositioned that we all should get together in a near weekend for a meal. They both seemed to hem and haw, then give me what seemed like a pre-planned response. I got the feeling from a shallow conversation that I wasn’t exactly “friend” material. I even got the feeling that I wasn’t exactly…accepted.

I left and didn’t put a lot of effort in staying in touch with them. I never heard from them via phone, or even a stop at my shop. But I was thankful when I was given an opportunity to keep them out of my life. They weren’t worth keeping in my life and I don’t see how anyone around them could justify keeping me in theirs.

For your instance; I would see the toxins among the paydirt. No matter where you go, the bad is there. You may care about the one person, but it is nothing but stress to try to spend time with them. I would find someone that has less of a challenge for their time. As I had said before; pop smoke.


I don’t imagine that I will have a shortage of emails to answer. I would love to start doing this for anyone that sends me an email. If this is you; email us at

If you hate advice columns; I don’t blame you. If it isn’t soft people giving advice; it is someone trying to justify acting like an insensitive asshole. Till next week.

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