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Monthly Archives: June 2012

BALUT

A discerning citizen asks: What do you say when someone serves you something disgusting?  I spent the holidays at my in-laws and everything came out of a can. LISTEN: The trick is – what do you mean by disgusting? Is it undercooked or raw meat or fish?  It’s one thing if it’s chicken and another […]

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ANATHEMA 1

One of the absolute worst things you can do is correct, in public, the behavior, actions or speech of another adult without their having asked your opinion.  Your opinion doesn’t really matter anyway, mine does, but that’s neither here nor there.  The moment you say to someone “That’s rude!” you have officially committed the more […]

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TICKET TO RIDE

A transporting idea: What’s the most appropriate way to ask someone on a date when you just saw them on public transit? LISTEN:   There is no polite way to ask a fellow passenger out on a date – sad but true.  That doesn’t mean you can’t make your presence known to this person and engineer […]

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TELL ME LIES

A terrible question: I got an email invitation today for a bachelorette / slumber party. I was actually considering going (not spending the night, though) until I learned that it will feature a stripper and no alcohol is provided.  It’s at someone’s house (don’t know the person), and I’m supposed to bring my own wine and […]

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PEOPLE COME FIRST

A preventative measure: How does one discreetly dispose of a condom that accidentally falls from a visitor’s trouser leg without drawing attention to the situation?  Do you do it yourself?  Do you alert the trouser wearer to do it? LISTEN: Unless they leave it behind, it isn’t properly yours to dispose of.  They may need […]

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FIRST AID

A tortured confession: I’m socially awkward.  I never know what to do or say.  I’m so shy – I don’t even know what to ask you. When confronted with an unusual or uncomfortable situation – be it an invitation, new friend or foodstuff… If you get your feelings hurt, or say or do something boneheaded… […]

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ALL THAT GLITTERS

A question of taste: I just got engaged!  My boyfriend – my fiancé! – bought me a HUGE ring…it’s a little embarrassing!  But I want to know if I can put a picture of it on facebook.  I took a picture of it with my phone and sent it to my best friend, she’s not […]

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YOU’RE IN TROUBLE

An urgent question: My dog peed all over this woman wearing a bikini while sun-tanning on the beach.  “Sorry, but you are at a dog beach,” was all I could think to say.  Help me for the next time this happens, because there will be a next time. LISTEN: This is not quite what I had […]

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ETIQUETTE DEFICIT DISORDER

An oft voiced query: I live in a pretty big city, and walking down the street now has turned into a collision course…just to get to the subway. On one hand you have tourists stopping to gawk or walking four abreast taking up the whole sidewalk, on the other the people who actually live here […]

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ORDER UP

A caffeinated question: When the barrista calls my name at my favorite coffee shop, I can’t get to the counter because everyone is crowding around there talking and texting.  How do I get my coffee? LISTEN: Gasp and say in an awestruck voice “Is that Cher!?”  Your way will be clear in seconds. Abhorring a lie […]

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