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.

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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.

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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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Tuesday, 30 June 2015 21:25

Dear Todd Parker - (07/01/15)

I live in a nice neighborhood in Bangor. I don't have a lot of contact with the people who live around me, but that's usually fine. I'm someone who prefers to spend most of his time alone anyway.

The only point when things are less than ideal is around this time of the year. There are two or three households in my general vicinity who really get into the whole 4th of July thing. Specifically the fireworks.

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Tuesday, 23 December 2014 20:06

Dear Todd Parker, (12/24/14)

I've realized that I'm dating a child. We've been together for seven months, and we enjoy each other's company. I love him and he's very sweet to me. The problem (and all our problems) lie in the fact that he's 27 and lives at home with his parents and while he works full time, he somehow wastes away all of his money and is constantly broke (and he makes twice as much as I do and I live on my own.)

It affects our relationship because he asks to borrow money (which I do not lend him) and constantly has to cancel plans because he can't afford to do anything. It's ridiculous to me that he has no adult skills in responsibility, and is nowhere near being able to handle himself on his own. He's good at doing what he's told to do, but not at independently choosing to do it.

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