Todd Parker

Todd Parker

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Wednesday, 14 October 2015 00:05

Dear Todd Parker - (10/15/15)

What is it with the kids today?

I've been working in education for the past six years, primarily at the middle and high school levels. I got the job right out of college, so I'm still young enough that I occasionally get misidentified as a student in the high school hallways. I always thought that I'd be able to maintain some level of connection with the stuff the kids are into.

Tuesday, 06 October 2015 17:22

Dear Todd Parker - (10/07/15)

I have a good friend who is getting ready to move away. He's landed a great new job that he's really excited about, but it means that he has to move to another state.

How can I be less upset by this?

Tuesday, 22 September 2015 19:56

Dear Todd Parker - (09/23/15)

I am a 30-year-old man who hasn't been involved with a woman in over 10 years. I haven't had a girlfriend since high school and I haven't been on a date since she broke up with me.

I tried. I really did. But women aren't interested no matter what I do. It's not like I'm some hideous troll or something I'm about 6 feet tall, weigh around 190 pounds. I'm no Clooney, but I'm not ugly either. I mean, I don't think I am. I try and hit the gym 3-4 times a week; I'm a little soft around the middle, but I'm in fair shape. I have a good job and make a good living. I've never anything but nice, but for whatever reason, they just aren't into it.

Tuesday, 08 September 2015 22:20

Dear Todd Parker - (09/09/15)

I like to think that I'm a considerate neighbor. I mind my own business and try to keep my property looking presentable. I don't make a lot of noise and I pick up after my dog. My attitude is basically a do-unto-others, golden rule deal.

But there's this one person (or people, I can't say for sure) that is really doing a number on things. I can forgive a lot. Live and let live and whatever. Everybody has their stuff. But when someone else's stuff starts to impact my own life, there's only so much I can take.

Tuesday, 01 September 2015 20:45

Dear Todd Parker - (09/02/15)

I'm a student getting ready for my last year of college. A couple of friends and I have been living in the same place for a couple of years now. It's not a great place, but it's convenient to campus and relatively cheap, so we like it.

Here's the problem this year, my roommate Steve (his name's not really Steve) decided that he wasn't going to stay in town this summer and got a job elsewhere. He left in mid-May.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015 22:09

Dear Todd Parker - (08/26/15)

I'm getting ready to start college in the fall. I'm going to a small school in another state and I'm really excited about getting the chance to spend time in a new place. I've gotten everything together and I'm just about ready to go.

My only issue is my girlfriend. She's a year younger than me, so she's going to still be here while I'm in school a few hundred miles away. We've been together for almost a year and it has been really great. She wants to stay together and see each other during breaks and stuff. She's even planning on applying to my school. But I'm not really sure if that's what I want to do.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015 18:54

Dear Todd Parker - (08/18/15)

There's something that I've been wondering about for a long time, but I can never really ask anyone about it because it's the kind of question that will probably make people think that I'm an ahole.

Why do I have to go to a child's birthday party?

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 18:35

Dear Todd Parker - (08/12/15)

I just graduated from college this May and I'm working at my first real job. I'm pretty much the only one of my friends who has managed to find a job in their field already. Everybody I graduated with is sending out a million applications and/or working at some timekiller job. They always talk about how incredibly lucky I am to work where I do.

They're right. I am lucky. This is a great job. I like what I do and it's a perfect springboard for me to work my way up the ladder to the career that I'm looking for. I even like the people I work with; they're almost all really nice.

Wednesday, 05 August 2015 20:43

Dear Todd Parker - (08/05/15)

(On August 2, 2015, writer Jim LaPierre posted a piece titled 'Why Todd Parker is a Genius' as part of his 'Recovery Rocks' blog on the website of the Bangor Daily News. This is Mr. Parker's response.)

Well now. That was awfully nice.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015 20:02

Dear Todd Parker - (07/29/15)

I've noticed as I get older that my stable of friends tends to shift as time passes. People drift away, new people take their places. It is part of making a permanent home in a place that most treat as a transition. And that's fine. I like making new friends, meeting new people.

But one of my old friends is returning to the area and I don't know what to do. He and I were buddies during a very different time in my life, a time that I've tried very hard (and mostly successfully) to put behind me. I'm just not that guy anymore.

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