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Category Archives: Elitism vs Snobbery

SWEET, SUGAR, CANDYMAN

A health conscious concern: I have several friends with children who just feed them junk food.  These are people that eat good food themselves, but they give their kids processed junk that is loaded with high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils.  Can I say something to them?? LISTEN: No. That was easy, wasn’t it?

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COME AGAIN?

A mispronunciation boondoggle: What do you say when someone mispronounces a word – or worse – corrects your pronunciation of a word incorrectly!?  I brought out the dictionary, but I think I might have hurt my friend’s feelings a little. LISTEN: When you say they corrected you incorrectly, did they slap the shit out of […]

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XERXES IN BLUE JEANS

An economically disadvantaged discussion: I have a friend who recently came into a great deal of money.  It wasn’t the lottery, but years of hard work that paid off dramatically.  Now he can afford much nicer things, and I find myself insecure about returning any kind of hospitality.  He’s never said anything one way or […]

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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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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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THE CURE FOR WHAT AILS YA

An inebriated inquiry: I have small dinners at home with some frequency – me, my partner, two close friends and then two newer friends – people we’d like to get to know and who we think everyone would get along with.  I take a great deal of care creating a new menu for each dinner, […]

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BOARD

A criticized creature reports: I am finishing up a let’s call it a creative project.  I have shared it with some of my friends and the reaction has been mostly positive.  Then out of the blue at a dinner party one of my friends said it was boring!  It took me aback and I didn’t […]

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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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EQUINE OPPORTUNITY OFFENDER

An ungrateful ingrate whines: My brother in law – who has a LOT of money – always gives us the cheesiest and tackiest presents imaginable.  We have a lot of tasteful decorative things in our home, and it’s like he’s never even been there.  He could afford to buy much nicer presents, and I’ve half […]

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FAST AND EASY

A somewhat misdirected question: What do you think about microwaves?  I went to a dinner party and you could hear the *ding* of the microwave as the hosts were preparing the food.  It’s disgusting. LISTEN: What do I think about microwaves?  Not much, really – I don’t have the occasion to use them much as I’m […]

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