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Monthly Archives: August 2012

GAYBORS

A curious or questioning question: Our long time neighbors sold their house recently, and while we are sad to see them go, it was the right decision for them.  However, the people who bought it are two men.  I don’t know if they’re a “couple” or not.  They might be brothers.  How could I find […]

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HEY THERE

A hazy memory and confused fan asks: Yesterday I was sitting at Happy Hour with my boss and a co-worker, and I saw someone in the restaurant who looked vaguely familiar.  He was sitting by himself.  Every time I glanced in his direction, he was looking at me, so it seemed like I might be […]

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PRAYERS FOR (NIMBY) RAIN

A political personage pontificates: I don’t care if you’re Republican or Democrat – I can’t stand the way people are saying “Oh, what’s Pat Robertson gonna say when the hurricane hits the RNC in Tampa,” or “We prayed to God to make the hurricane turn away, and now it has,” or anything like that.  I […]

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A RECORD YEAR FOR RAINFALL

A desiquestion: Hi.  I live in a state that is undergoing a pretty serious and long term drought.  We are restricted to watering once a week, and either very early or very late.  All our yards are struggling except my next door neighbor, who runs his sprinkler every day for a good 15-20 minutes.  I […]

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WHAT A LOVELY BASKET

A curious cat calls out for killing with: So the post earlier today made me wonder…what would be the best possible new neighbor welcome present?  Homemade cookies?  A pie?  Liquor?  And what’s with the salt?? LISTEN: I was thinking about the very same thing.  What a good idea they had, even if it was dreadfully received.  Let’s […]

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NEW NAYBORES

A rebuffed reader reports: Last week we had some new neighbors move in across the street and a few houses down.  My husband and I put together a small basket, like we have for every new neighbor, consisting of a box cutter, a small bottle of glass cleaner, paper towels, a roll of toilet paper, […]

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MADAM IS NOT AT HOME

A much put upon soul informs us: I have a friend who will send me a single text message, like, inviting me somewhere, and if I don’t respond she freaks out.  She doesn’t call my cell, she doesn’t call my home, she doesn’t email…what can I tell her? LISTEN: “You need to quit,” obviously, and […]

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GREIFSCHECK

A thwarted, generous soul inquires: A few of us go to lunch every Friday, and we stay for a while.  We have wine and talk and linger…anyway, at the end of the lunch, one of our friends always grabs the bill!  What can I do to politely tell him to let it go?  That it’s […]

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SMOOSH

While enjoying my lunch yesterday afternoon, I happened to look up and see a blue car tailgating a white pickup truck…which suddenly stopped.  The satisfying noise of crunching metal aside (provided no one is hurt), I wonder what we could do to prevent this in the future – from an etiquette point of view. We […]

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MS. BIG STUFF

An intrepid shop keep tells this tale: I own a small jewelry and design shop in a city that is becoming more popular with celebrities and musicians.  I think that’s great!  I’ve had quite a few really famous people in the store and for the most part they’re really nice or innocuous.  I welcome everyone […]

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