Dear Andy Advice Column Answers Personal Questions by Readers
Greetings everyone. Today we have something new. I (Andy) am going to share some personal questions people have asked since I began this odyssey as an advice columnist. After all, it isn't fair to know the intimacies of my reader's private lives and not share a bit of my own. It goes along with the saying, "I'll never ask you to do something I wouldn't do." I will also provide a brief bio.
If you are new to Dear Andy, you need to know that many puns are woven through every letter. Today's theme is Rock N Roll groups or solo artists names. I hope after hearing about my private life you won't be disappointed.
Please, you Hubpages readers, please leave a question for me in your comments, I'd love to do a part 2 from your comments. Enjoy your day.
Tell Us About Your Children
Your advice to parents is always so sensible. I have to assume you are a father. Tell us about your children, and do you take your own advice?
Father to Father
Andy's Answer to Father to Father
Dear Father to Father,
I have four children.
Our eight-year-old son Derek likes to play Dominoes.
Our twelve-year-old son is an award-winning metal Arrow Smith. He makes the best arrows you can imagine for Archies competitions.
Then we have a six-year-old daughter named Lola. The Kinks in her unruly hair match her unique personality. She is quite a character. Once she got her hair caught in a tree.
Last but not least, is Little Richard, our three-year-old who eats a lot of Bread and likes to play pick up Styx.
I try to practice what I preach when it comes to parenting. My wife and I recently started a parenting group where we teach young Mamas and Papas about discipline, communication, and encouraging our kids.
With that said, being a parent can sometimes be like trekking through Muddy Waters. We've made lots of mistakes like most parents. The Temptations kids face today is quite a challenge and keeps us on our toes and on our knees. One other thing of note is that I have not experienced every situation a parent writes in about. I try to do the best I can to answer sensibly, but I admit, that does not always mean it was the best advice or that it is a guarantee to success.
Thank you for asking about my kids.
Are You a Religious Man?
I am a Christian preacher man. I love to read the Bible and pray. I have seen you make occasional references to faith and God. I wonder, Andy, are you are a religious man?
Andy's Answer to Preacher Man
Dear Preacher Man,
I am a man of the Christian faith. I love the Scriptures and many of my answers are from passages, stories or principles found there. Genesis is my favorite book of the Bible.
I love my Journey of faith. I am human and mess up sometimes, but God is a gracious, patient, and loving teacher.
Favorite Movies and Television
What are your top 3 favorite Movies and top 3 television shows?
Andy's Answer to Entertainment Buff
Dear Entertainment Buff,
My top 3 favorite movies are:
- The Wizard of Oz. If you've not seen this very old movie, it is the story of a Kansas farm girl and her little dog Toto.
- The Byrds. An Alfred Hitchcock favorite.
- The Eagles Have Landed.
- Law and Order. The other night I saw a cool episode about a pro-Bono attorney helping a homeless woman.
- The Beverly Hillbillies. I love the son, Jethro , Tull and handsome.
- Nature's Great Events. This is a documentary series. This past season has dealt with Earth, Wind, and Fire.
Isn't it interesting how different each one is from the other? Different genres. It makes the world more interesting.
What Bothers Andy?
You are always so upbeat. It almost seems unnatural. What gets you down? What bothers you? What keeps you up at night?
Andy's Answer to Nosey
It's true, I am usually a very positive guy. I hate being negative, but I'm human and there are some things that annoy me. None of them keep me up at night, but they bug me.
- I hate Meatloaf (don't tell my mother).
- I very much dislike The Village People in a township near us. They are not very friendly.
- I detest walking the beach to look for oysters. When you cut them open, it looks like someone blew their nose in them. Creepy to watch people pop them into their mouths. My wife and her family are fanatical about oyster harvesting and all the rest of the things you do with them. They're like a cult. Their favorite oysters are blue. It's kind of creepy to be asked by someone if I am one of the people in the Blue Oyster Cult.
- I do not like playing cards with my father-in-law. He always plays Cheap Tricks on me.
- My neighbor's son is Bad Company to my kids, and he is a bit Lobo in the head if you get my drift. I don't want him around influencing my children.
- I don't like the desert area where I live. My wife needs to be close to her mother. The heat is awful and I miss the Four Seasons.
There, the secrets are out.
Does Andy Have Pets?
I love the letters that come in about pets. Some of them are too wild to believe. Are those letters for real? And, do you have any pets?
All Pets Are Off
Andy's Answer to All Pets Are Off
Dear All Pets Are Off,
All letters, regardless of subject matters are real, though hard to believe for sure.
We have three dogs, a cat, and a parrot.
My first dog is Merle. He always looks so Haggard. The next one is named Pink Floyd. We call him that because his fur has a pink tint to it. Our third dog is Teddy who loves to eat new Pender blades of Grass, They are very restless at night and howl and bark seemingly for no reason at 3 a.m. We call it a Three Dog Night when they do it.
Then there is our Cat, Stevens, who loves to eat The Beatles in Credence Clearwater creek behind our property. Pretty gross.
We also have an Amazon parrot called Mungo Jerry. He has Wings that span out a 14 inches. Every time my wife passes by, or some other woman visitor, Mungo whistles and says, "Come give Mungo Jerry a big KISS."
That's it on the pets.
Dear Andy's Bio
Hi, I'm Andrew Everly. I have three brothers. We, The Everly Brothers, were known as Young Rascals growing up. When I was a teen, I lost my way for a while and hung out with The Drifters in the neighborhood. But I got my act together before too long. We moved around a lot. We lived in Buffalo, Springfield, Boston, and Chicago.
Dad worked with Blood, Sweat, and Tears as an AC/DC specialist for The Association of Electrical Engineers. Mom worked part-time for The WHO - World Health Organization. They found The Cure for many diseases.
I graduated from U2 - University of Two Minds - with a degree in communications and one in computer science. Eventually, the first degree opened The Doors of opportunity for me to become an advice columnist. The second led to my primary job at Fleetwood Mac computers as a tech support engineer.
My wife Dione and I have been happily married for thirteen years.
PLEASE feel Free to ask questions in the comments.
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