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Watching Is Out—So Watch Out!

I have been receiving so many requests lately for lifestyle advice, tips on public relations and media etiquette (not to mention recommendations about health and beauty maintenance), that I just haven’t been able to keep up with them all.  And let’s face it, it’s pretty obvious why so many people ask me.  That’s why there’s so much pesky filtering to do!  Some of these approaches are screams for help from needy individuals who are perfectly sincere, while others are just the usual come-ons or come-hithers from would-be groupies and young women and men who want to take advantage of me.  I don’t dispense the obvious for people who are simply unstable, and I can name names and initials like “L.L.”  You can talk about your divas if you insist, but I say unstable is the worst.

Yes, I have worked as a guru for numerous and various insecure show-biz types, and I can tell you that because they couldn’t handle the truth, a number of these people are no longer with us.  Now, a lot of destructive problems such as mixing alcohol abuse with other substance abuse and both of these with reckless driving—well, I didn’t have to be a rocket scientist to know what to say.  I didn’t even have to be Henny Youngman: “Doc, it hurts when I do this!”  But getting them to accept, internalize, and act on this advice?  I learned a...

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