How to Make a Writer’s Day: June 18, 2014

How do you make a writer’s day?

Send them a letter like this one I just got…

Dear Joe,

I stumbled across your column this morning, Why You Are Wrong and had it to share it with 1,567 of my closest friends on Facebook. I then decided to check out your older humor columns and found myself laughing out loud, while reading alone. This is the most enjoyable column I’ve read since Dave Barry. Thanks for the brilliance! If you ever find yourself near Sarasota, FL, I would love to grab a beer with you (or Fresca, if you don’t imbibe).



Hi Larry,

I like that you know exactly how many Facebook followers you have. I used to have this number memorized, just to parry with my wife. We’d be in the car, and she’d say, “You missed a turn.” And I’d say, “I’m pretty sure I know which way I’m going. I do have 344 more Facebook followers than you.” She would laugh, but deep down I know she was making a mental note to launch a Facebook Like drive when we got home so I could never throw that in her face again. 

FYI, I do imbibe. I hear Florida has some great beers, at least that’s what some of my 1,905 Facebook followers tell me.

And here’s another email I received recently about Why You Are Wrong

Fucking great.

– David

Hi David,

Fucking A.

And another letter about my LinkedIn article In Defense of Quitting

Hey Joe,

I just wanted to reach out and say I recently have experienced something similar to your past. I have been at a company for about five months when I was hired I was told that I would receive top of the line training and needless to say that didn’t happen. I was basically thrown to the wolves before I was even close to being ready. I began having anxiety problems and saw where this was going: my performance would suffer and inevitably, I would be replaced.

When I told my current company that I was quitting I positioned it this way: “I’m not enjoying it hear and I would hate for my performance to make the team suffer.” Turns out they knew they had done something wrong and let me stay for an extra six weeks following my notice.

I am now moving to DC to be with my boyfriend of two years and I already found a job – crossing my fingers that this will turn out better! I wanted to share my story with you because I truly couldn’t agree more. Life is too short to be pursuing something that makes you miserable when you know you would be happier elsewhere.

Kindest Regards,



You learned something that I have only recently discovered. When you interview at a company, that interview goes both ways. You need to see if it’s a good fit for you. When they’re like, “What’s your greatest weakness?” you need to stick-punch that question in the throat, turn it around and ask what the company considers to be its greatest weakness. If the interviewer says, “We’re perfectionists,” run.

Larry and David and Maggie, in return for your kind words, here is a photo of a Basement Horse.



Author: Joe Donatelli

Joe Donatelli is a writer in Los Angeles. He publishes The Humor Columnist.

  • Ashley Cummings

    Oh my gosh. I just stumbled on your blog, and I am dying. The horse. Oh. I can’t. hahaha.

  • Thank you, Ashley. But whomever put that horse in that basement deserves some credit, too.

  • SFX

    FYI, you can buy a horse mask exactly like that one, and create your own basement horse, or ceiling horse. It’s not actually a horse.

    But the picture is still great, and I love your writing.

  • Thank you. And I love your knowledge of basement horse.