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Monthly Archives: October 2012

WE’RE SORRY

A telephonuisance: How do you respond to telemarketers? LISTEN: By gently pressing the “end” button on my phone. Join the National Do Not Call Registry here: https://www.donotcall.gov/

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ALL SHE WANTS IS

A foul observance: I have a friend who smells bad.  Recently, it’s gotten worse.  It isn’t just body odor, though there’s some of that, not much – but their clothes smell like they’re mildewed.  How do you deal with someone’s problem like this? LISTEN: Take them on a shopping spree?  First to buy new clothes […]

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UNPLEASANT DREAMS

A ticked-off parent hovers nearby, screeching: One of my neighbors has put up Halloween decorations that I think are just completely inappropriate.  Can I tell him to “tone it down” or “take them down?”  I don’t want to have to explain to my children why there is so much disgusting stuff hanging off his house. […]

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MELOTOXIC

A disgusting salad suggestion: I despise melon – all kinds – and yet I find myself going to a dinner at a friend’s house where they will be serving a something with melon (they always do).  I can’t choke it down, and I feel terrible…what is the most polite way for me to decline a […]

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MY LIFE WOULD SUCK WITHOUT ________________

An irritation with the process revealed: I was at a fundraiser last night and there was a silent auction.  I bid on a painting, was outbid, and bid again.  Then someone signed the guaranteed purchase line – at this point the auction is supposed to be over.  Well, someone else came up and wrote down […]

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DIS N DAT

A wronged reader writes: When is it appropriate to end a friendship?  There is someone in my life who has gotten so mean-spirited and ridiculous…I just don’t know if it’s ever OK to say you don’t want to be friends with someone. LISTEN: Of course it is.  I mean, think of the alternate scenario…would you […]

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ZOMBIE

Advice for the undead: I have recently taken a very stressful, very time consuming job where I have to commute to a different city at least 3 days a week.  I never can seem to get enough sleep, and I have to be rested to focus on work.  The problem is that my fiancé is always […]

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STOP IT

“We’ll deal with that tomorrow…” Or the Next Day Or the next.  Sigh.  Time slips away. OK…a recap: According to our most recent correspondent – dinner guests show up: They criticized the size of our house, saying it was too small.  They didn’t like our dog, they called the china kitschy, and said how nice […]

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