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Monthly Archives: July 2012

MOSQUITO MOSCATO

A diligent drinker explains: I have a friend who drinks through a straw.  I mean, drinks everything through a straw. Water, milk, cola, cocktails and beer.  The fact that it’s incredibly wasteful notwithstanding, it’s childish and sometimes embarrassing.  He carries straws with him and pouts if he can’t have one.  He left a fine dining […]

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SURSTRÖMMING

A black and white suggestion: While I generally agree that you should just be placid and grateful when invited for dinner, I think it’s also the host’s responsibility to make sure the food is generally pleasing.  Expecting people to eat disgusting food is cruel, and further, expecting people to not freak out if you don’t […]

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VITA BREVIS

A conflicted question: Today I found out an old friend of mine died.  We’d fallen out with each other more than ten years ago, but back then we were really close.  I know his brother, but not well.  I feel like I should say something, but what? LISTEN: Oh, it’s terribly difficult.  Try this: Dear […]

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CUM GRANO SALIS

A genial inquisition: Which is worse: To let a species go extinct, or to lick your fingers at the dinner table? LISTEN: That depends – is it a formal dinner?

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MENJA BÉ

A note of disbelief: I’m not a religious person, more atheist than agnostic actually.  I can’t stand it when I’m eating with other people and they want to pray before a meal.  Can I ask them not to pray?  If I don’t hold hands and bow my head and all that they ask about it […]

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SOMEWHERE

An interested party says: I am so annoyed when people ask me if I “want to do something sometime”.  Something sometime?  Yes, I want to do something sometime.  What?  When?  It’s an open ended invitation that doesn’t tell me anything. LISTEN: While it must be a huge burden for you to deal with, all these […]

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MORALLY BANKRUPT, ETHICALLY DUBIOUS

But perfectly polite.  Is etiquette a sociopath? On one hand you have family, school, community and religion instilling a series and system of values and critical thinking skills to evaluate said values.  Combined with other societal influences – the age old question of Nature vs. Nurture seems to have settled at A Little of Both […]

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THAT’S OFFENSIVE

In the immortal words of Mr. Stephen Fry, “Well, so fucking what? A polite person will, of course, make every effort not to offend someone intentionally, but that’s where it ends. Going about in public has its own inherent risk.  It could be that you see a woman breastfeeding.  It could be that you see a gay […]

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YOU CAN’T SPELL “DIVORCE” WITHOUT D-I-E

An inconsolable reader writes: I’m at the age now where fully half my friends are divorced.  Some of them are remarried already.  Some of them are single, and acting like it.  That’s great and all, but I don’t have any desire to relive my single life.  I’m happily married, and I feel like I’m starting […]

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CINDERELLY

A truly fastidious question: When I have people over for dinner, or any entertaining, I try to clean as I go.  After dinner, I like to wash and put away the dishes…otherwise they just sit out.  My kitchen is open to the living room and dining room, so leaving them out would look chaotic.  Anyway, […]

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