Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Dear Dr. Jim
I am having trouble with my car. Could it have a mind of its own?
Every time I pass by a MacDonald's it wants to turn in. Several times it has done that on its own, just drove in and parked.
Most of the time this happens I don't know in advance until we are in the lot, parked.
When I do realize in time to avoid that place the steering wheel often pulls beyond my strength. Then, once more I am parked in the lot.
I could drive back out but I just don't have the will power to do that. So I go in and have a couple of cheeseburgers, fries, and a drink. Most times I finish with a hot fudge sundae since they are on the dollar menu right now.
Please help me, Dr. Jim. I am gaining weight. Things are out of control.
Happy Meal Hank in Freesburg, Virginia
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Dear H M Hank
This is one of those rare occasions where I cannot possibly believe what I am reading. A grown man, I assume, taken over by his car. A machine at that. Machines will not rule.
Having said that, most times I would trash a letter like yours.
However I sense a problem here. It is a genuine call for help. Help for an over-eater.
Please do not delay, but call your local OverEaters Anonymous as soon as possible.
Do not pass go but please pass the MacDonald's. I feel you are stopping at other fast foods as well even though your favorite may be MacDonald's.
Please read about Overeaters Anonymous on their Web site (link). When you are ready click on the top in the header, the "find a meeting" button.
I found twelve meeting locations within 25 miles of my home. They were meeting every day of the week! Even Saturday mornings. At the bottom, in red are these words, "You do NOT have to register to ATTEND any OA meeting."
I hope this helps,
And please do take advantage of these Overeating Anonymous people!
So, keep on keep'n on, and till then,
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