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Category Archives: Hygiene

DIRTY KITTY

An allergenic assumption: I recently took a road trip and spent several days visiting old friends.  One of them had a cat, and I’m allergic.  Before I left, I asked every person I was going to stay with about their pets, offering to stay in a hotel, and no one else had a cat so […]

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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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CINDERELLY

A truly fastidious question: When I have people over for dinner, or any entertaining, I try to clean as I go.  After dinner, I like to wash and put away the dishes…otherwise they just sit out.  My kitchen is open to the living room and dining room, so leaving them out would look chaotic.  Anyway, […]

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DISPOSABLE SOCIETY

A thought: Paper plates.  Plastic cups.  Paper napkins.  Plastic straws.  Paper towels.  Single-serving plastic bowls. All just dreadful. And if you don’t think it’s dreadful, you can at least agree that it’s wasteful. And I’m not talking merely from an environmental point of view – just in terms of money.  The amount of money it […]

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PEOPLE COME FIRST

A preventative measure: How does one discreetly dispose of a condom that accidentally falls from a visitor’s trouser leg without drawing attention to the situation?  Do you do it yourself?  Do you alert the trouser wearer to do it? LISTEN: Unless they leave it behind, it isn’t properly yours to dispose of.  They may need […]

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YOU’RE IN TROUBLE

An urgent question: My dog peed all over this woman wearing a bikini while sun-tanning on the beach.  “Sorry, but you are at a dog beach,” was all I could think to say.  Help me for the next time this happens, because there will be a next time. LISTEN: This is not quite what I had […]

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