ally sheedy

HOLLYWOOD – Following fellow Breakfast Club attendee Molly Ringwald‘s success over at The Guardian, we’ve recruited Ally Sheedy as our agony aunt and consultant on all things emotional, psychological and financial.

Reader Ruth Philips wrote:

I’m very bored at work and home lately. I’m too old to hang in bars and too young to hang at the senior center. What fun things can I do? I am a 49 year old who has a school bus driver job and do not have to work full time, yay!
I have hit the gym, and the women are pretty snobby. Well, hope you have interesting stuff I could try so I don’t end up staring at the fire dept guys when I just take my dog out walkin. Husband is now home most of the time.

Ally Sheedy writes:


I wrote that in CAPS LOCK because I’m shouting at you. Yeah, girl this is like a wake up call. First up, you are NEVER too old to hang out in bars. You never when we were young and we’d hang out in bars and there’d be that sad character, an old gal weeping into her umpteenth gin sling? Well, she was old right? And all she ever did was hang out in bars. That could be you. But as for the Senior Center, you’re right. Avoid. Even when you’re old.

Okay. You said about hitting the gym. Also not a good move. That’ll just lead to longevity. And no one wants that. And I sympathize with the fact your husband is home more often. The secret of a good marriage is to see each other as little as possible.

But it seems to me your solution is staring you in the face. ‘Fire Department Guys!’ There you go. Between those fellas, and getting wrecked at the bar, get yourself an electric toothbrush and you’re away.

As Molly Ringwald always used to say to me while we were filming The Breakfast Club: ‘You’re a much better actress than me Ally. You’re more beautiful and way more talented!’ So use what you’ve got.

If you too have a problem and wish to seek Ally’s advice, please leave your questions as a comment in the box below.

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