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Monthly Archives: October 2012

BABY BABY BABY OH

YNTQ has a fever, and doesn’t feel like writing much today. I suggest you take the time off from scouring this site for pearls of information and go vote. http://www.ncsl.org/legislatures-elections/elections/absentee-and-early-voting.aspx More later this week. YNTQ

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IT’S LOVELY

A question that does not need to be asked: What do you say when someone paints their house a color you can’t stand? LISTEN: Did they ask your opinion?  No?  Then you don’t say anything. They did?  Uh-oh. Then lie, and tell them it’s lovely.  Quickly add that it’s not a color you’d choose, but […]

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BROKEN RECORD

A complaint: I’m having a fight with a friend – she said something pretty mean-spirited to me when we were hanging out, and now she’s saying she said no such thing.  Then she said she had said something sarcastic, not the same thing I remember, and we both laughed about it.  I know I didn’t […]

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(UN)WELCOME

An irritated host(ess?) asks: My husband is an introvert – I’m an extrovert.  I love to go to parties and be around people – he likes to say at home with the dogs and play solitaire on the iPad.  Now it’s gotten to a point where he doesn’t even want me to have people over […]

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BUBBLE HEADED

An insulated introspection: With the election coming up, I have found it very handy to see what people post on facebook.  Now I know who to delete!  If I see someone supporting insert the opponent’s name of the guy you support here, I know that getting rid of them is the best thing to do for my […]

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RAVE ON

An unfriendly friend freaks out: I have a friend on facebook – and a friendly acquaintance in real life – who is in the same line of work that I am in, though in a completely different school of thought (in our field).  He frequently, almost exclusively – posts condescending remarks about my segment of […]

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PARIS, TU AS PRIE MA VIE

A traveler’s travail: A very good friend of mine wants to make his 40th birthday party a destination event – he wants everyone to go to Paris to celebrate.  That’s great and all, but that’s expensive!  I want to go, and am going to try to save up for it – but if I can’t […]

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HOT HOUSE

A delightful question: What is the right thing to buy for a housewarming present when the people have everything they need already? LISTEN: Most people would default to a scented (stinking) candle, so I appreciate your asking.  The traditional gifts are bread and salt, though symbolic gifts could include coins, knives and wine. Think about […]

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DONA NOBIS PAINTINGS

An unsolicited solicitation: I am a working artist, and I sell fairly regularly.  I am getting more and more requests from non-profits for donations for their silent auctions and other fundraising schemes…it’s expensive to paint, and I can’t afford to give to all of them.  What can I say to politely decline? LISTEN: You shouldn’t. […]

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WHAT CAN YOU SAY WHEN A LOVE AFFAIR IS OVER(RATED)?

An incensed inquiry: I have a friend – I wish it was just one – who takes hyperbole to an extreme.  If he goes out to a four-course meal, it was “epic”, if he likes a car, it’s “epic”, if there is a band he likes coming to town, they, and all their music, is […]

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