I often get criticized for my taste in music, even to the point where I get bullied by some of the kids at school for it. What should I do?
- Paul in Georgia
P.S. Congrats on your 17th Pulitzer. That’s got to be a record or something!
Mike: Let your freak flag fly, dude. Love whatever music you want to love. We’ve all been there. I’m 35 years old and I still deal with bullies. In fact, let me tell you about the time Patrick, my "friend" and our fearless leader here at FTM, discovered that Adam and I bought tickets to see Green Day in concert last year.
Turns out Patrick isn’t a fan of Green Day. That’s fine and not shocking at all. I knew that Patrick might make a joke or two about it, but what happened next I wasn’t prepared for. He was relentless.
For example, every email I sent to Patrick was replied to with a Green Day joke in there. Here’s an actual email exchange we had at the time:
Patrick: All jokes aside, you should have told me you built a time machine.
Mike: I knew I'd take a hit for telling you about this, but this is worse than expected. Now I wish I really had a time machine so I could go back in time to befriend the guys at another site