Dear Mik and Mike: My friend’s car got broken into probably because I dropped my wallet in her car. My wallet is now gone and she lost her stereo and other stuff. We’re filling out the police report in an hour. It’s a mess. What makes it even worse is that I’m missing a job interview over this, and I had to reschedule once already because I came down with the flu. My friend wants me to pay for her damage because she says I’m the idiot who made it happen. I’m afraid now I won’t get a shot at the job because I look like a complete ass. To make it even worse, along with the credit cards and cash in my wallet was the card of a girl I met last night. She’s everything I want in a girlfriend, we really connected, and now I’ve fu**ed that up too. What do I do?
Offer to split the deductable of the insurance if the damage is more than the deductable. If she has a $500 deductable you each pay $250. If you are the “idiot” that caused the break-in, she is also the “idiot” for letting you ride with her. I’m guessing this isn’t the first time this kind of crisis has happened to you. Were you stoned drunk or altered in some other way?
For the flu get plenty of rest and/or see your doctor or whatever other ridiculous advice our disclaimer allows us to give.
Where did you meet “dream date”? Go back again to the same spot at the same time every day until she shows again. Tell her you lost her card but you came back. Don’t tell her the rest of your lame story or she will dump you on the spot.
Call the company you were interviewing with and tell them you are sick, that you would love to come but you don’t want to infect anyone. They will appreciate your candor and if there is any chance you aren’t the loser you sound like, maybe they will give you another shot. People get sick and miss interviews. Please quit feeling sorry for yourself and get it together!
Mike has some excellent advice for you, and I suggest you start there. Everyone has days when the world falls apart, where I like to say, “The moon is up Uranus.” No matter what you do, another crisis hits you. On those days, it’s best to go to bed with the remote and some snacks, and watch bad TV until the earth makes another revolution. If this kind of thing happens to you all the time, then my advice to you is to get yourself assessed for ADHD and get into counseling fast. The events you describe can be so, so demoralizing if they happen all the time. You’ll be left with no confidence at all and you’ll believe you’re an idiot.