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A reverse advice column

September 4, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

You know all those advice columns that take questions from readers about how to deal with a difficult husband or what's the best way to get out a ketchup stain?

Well, apparently my readers are turning the tables on me and they are the ones doling out the advice back to me.

You see, after I spout off my latest household dilemma through this space in the paper each week, readers are taking it as a call to action to help me.

I wrote one column about getting really sticky recycling pop cans at the grocery store and that prompted one lady to get in touch with me. She said to make sure I cleaned out the cans at home before I took them in and it's easier to take them to a recycling center.

I can't say I took that advice yet, but we have been donating our cans more lately so my sticky situation has been avoided.

I can't remember what I was talking about in one column awhile back but I must have mentioned that I had a bout with a nasty case of the hiccups. One lady decided to tell me I should breathe into a brown paper bag and put ice on the back of my neck to get rid of them.

I also have yet to take this advice, but if anybody wants to try this one at home let me know how it goes. And make sure you have a spotter, I don't want to see you get hurt on that one.

I'm learning all sorts of home remedies just by telling my readers my problems and the ladies, in particular, are responding. At least I know that you're reading and that makes me feel good. I'll try to take more of your advice under consideration.

As you can probably guess I get all sorts of responses from good to bad on the columns and stories I've written through the years.

Heck, one lady even said my headshot in the my column made me look pretty handsome - that was a fun day at the office and made me question whether she's visited the optometrist lately. She may want to schedule a check up right away.

Well, I've got to go back to checking emails now - you never know what kind of "expert" advice I have coming my way.


Reporter Andrew Potter is a Tuesday columnist for the Times-Republican. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don't necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or



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