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Thursday, March 24, 2005

Ask Dirk

Dirk Nowitzki has an advice column. I feel like the answers he gives are rather generic, and not worthy of an advice column, though the general idea is still sort of interesting. This led me to decide to answer some of the letters myself, to see if I can apply for my own mailbag.

Ashley in Denton, Texas asks:

Dear Dirk
... My husband spends almost all of his free time playing video games. How do you suggest I get him to pay less attention to the video games and more attention to what I'm saying????

Dirk says: "Try turning the TV off, standing in front of it and making him look you in the eye."

Garthur says:: "Maybe if you lost a few pounds, your husband would find you more entertaining than Devil May Cry. Let's be honest, you've put on 30 or 40 since getting married, haven't you? Video games aren't the worst thing he could be doing - if he were a real man, he'd be sleeping with younger, less chunky women. So count your blessings and find a stairmaster."

Marley in Arlington, Texas asks:

Dear Dirk
... What up Dirk, I'm a big fan of yours There was this girl in my class and I had a huge crush on her. We didn't talk a whole lot but she still considered me a good friend. Then she finds out that I like her, she was always like she wasn't sure if it was going to work out but she never said no. Then one day one of her friends was like "Hey, why don't you talk to Marley?"

So I go and try to talk to her, but would just walk away. So, then my friend tells me she is going to write me a note. The next day she gives me the note.

She says a few things and writes a big fat NO! Then says sorry for the misunderstanding. Now she won't talk to me. I'm not sure if she is mad at me of what. But she hasn't talked to me or said "Hi!" in almost two months. Some of my friends say I should try talking to her, some say I should let it go.

What do you think I should do Dirk?

Dirk says: "I suggest giving her one last chance to see if she responds. You can’t wait for her forever, so if she isn’t interested then you need to move on."

Garthur says: "Just sayin'.

Jordan in Roanoke, Va. asks:

Dear Dirk
... I recently discovered someone very close to me reading a private journal that I keep. This is someone I see every day and this has made things awkward. What should I do?

Dirk says: "I suggest confronting them and talking about it to let them know you are upset. You can’t just drop a good friend just because they read something."

Garthur says: "You keep a journal? God I hope 'Jordan' is a female, because if not, your first course of action should involve razor blades and a bottle of cooking sherry. I suggest you stop keeping a 'private journal,' or begin putting disinformation in it. Let's say, for example, this person's name is 'Julius.' My next entry would be '3/25/05 - Julius fucked with my shit today. Julius, I know you're reading this. I am behind you with a knife, Julius. Close the book now so that I don't get your blood on the pages. Very good. Now goodbye, Julius.'"

Naomi in New York asks:

Dear Dirk
... Hey Dirk, what advice do you have for young female athletes who aspire to play the game as good as you?

Dirk says: "I don’t see a difference between male and female athletes who aspire to play the game on a higher level. It is all about practicing long and hard as well as having fun."

Garthur says: "Become 7'1", or learn some phonics, because while T-Mac can skip school, you're not getting anywhere unless you decide to marry rich. And let's face it, if you're a 'young female athlete,' you're obviously not attractive enough to do that."

Liz in Fort Worth, Texas asks:

Dear Dirk
... I'm going to be a freshman this coming school year and the basketball varsity coach at the high school has told me that I'm good enough and I'm going to be on JV next year. And if I work hard enough I will have the opportunity to skip both freshman and VJ teams and go straight to varsity.

Since this was said, I've been working out twice as hard as I had before and am playing on two basketball teams, sometimes three. They seem to all overlap.

My question is after so much pressure of meeting the expectation of my coach as well as myself, how do I keep up the determination and will-power when its just so easy to want to quit? I've given up every opportunity to spend with my friends toward basketball and I'm NOT complaining! I love basketball from depths of my heart but how are YOU able to still proceed when your entire life I centered ONLY on one particular subject? Like what keeps you going when feel like just ... not caring anymore?

Dirk says: "You are too young to do all that. That will come later. You need to have fun with your friends and find other hobbies. You can always focus on specializing later in life. Basketball for me is all about fun. Once the fun is over and you see it as a job I think you are on the wrong route."

Garthur says: "Women are bad at basketball. Quit."

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