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Category Archives: Attire

MERCI

A harried host’s harangue: My husband’s two close friends are coming into town for 4 days during our “staycation”.  That’s all well and good, but that means I get 2 days of rest and 4 days of hosting work while waiting on them hand and foot and keeping the house clean.  They’re nice people, but […]

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CAKE OR CANDLES?

Substance or Style?  Existence or Experience? There is room for both in our big old world, and lots of leeway should be provided for the varying definitions we’ll find of the word style, or at least its incarnations as experience.  But it’s a false choice. Think about it this way: You’ve gone on vacation with your family […]

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SHUT. THE. BARN. DOOR.

A slightly flustered employee asks: I was sitting at my desk at work when a female colleague came to ask me a series of questions.  Without any untoward interest, I noticed her fly was down, as her waist was at eye-level.  I didn’t say anything, for fear of appearing like a pervert.  If it was […]

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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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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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SHE BANGS

A disturbed tenant writes: I live in the middle floor of a rather large apartment complex.  The new upstairs neighbor makes so much noise – I know when you first move in you have to move stuff around and hammer nails into the wall and everything else.  But it’s been months.  And now she has rather […]

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SERVIEEEEWWWW…

An understated and understood undoing: I can not believe I am writing this.  I went to dinner at the home of a new aquaintance (sic) who is a rather eccentric artist.  The food was good but wierdly (sic) prepared.  Things like sweet potatoes stuffed with poached fish and salad made out of raw beets.  Anyway, […]

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IS THE POPE CATHOLIC?

A thoughtful inquisition: Is it polite to discretely inform a stranger if part of their attire is amiss – meaning, if their fly is down, or their tag is sticking out of their shirt?  Is it polite to tell someone if something is amiss with their personal appearance – such as food in their teeth, […]

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