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Category Archives: Inconveniences

V O T I N G N I T O V

A concerned commentary: I thought this stupid blog was supposed to be about etiquette.  What’s with the voting crap? LISTEN: The real issue, my dearest friend, is that ultimately it is my blog, so if I wander around a bit, tough tits. But since you mentioned it, let me just say this: I don’t care who […]

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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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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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OBBLIGATO

Silver solemnity: My best friend’s mother recently passed away, and in many ways she was like a second mother to me.  As part of her will, she left me the family silver.  Neither my best friend or his sister wanted it, so they told her to give it to me.  I’m truly grateful for this, […]

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I DREAMED A DREAM IN TIME GONE BY

A devastating story of tremendous implications: I was at a coffee shop a few days ago, in my usual morning commute mode, and I wanted to get some cream.  At the condiment station, there was a guy sort of taking up the whole space, but I’m pretty tall, so I just reached over him and […]

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BLANK SLATE

A terrible human being asks an incredibly stupid question: Yesterday I had plans with a friend, and I inadvertently made plans with another.  As soon as I remembered, I called the second friend back, and now she’s really mad at me!  I don’t know why, because it’s not like this is the first time I’ve […]

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MOOD VERY BAD

A sleepy soldiering on: How do you make people leave your house when it’s “time”?  My wife’s co-workers come over every once in a while and stay until waaaay after I’m ready to go to bed. LISTEN: I don’t see where one has to do with another.  Go to bed, then – let your wife […]

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I’LL FLY AWAY

An aviation aversion: I hate flying now.  The idiotic farce we pretend is “security” notwithstanding, the passengers are so rude and entitled.  Two days ago I was on a flight and a woman would not get off her cell phone.  When the stewardess stood there and told her to turn it off while she was […]

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PRAYERS FOR (NIMBY) RAIN

A political personage pontificates: I don’t care if you’re Republican or Democrat – I can’t stand the way people are saying “Oh, what’s Pat Robertson gonna say when the hurricane hits the RNC in Tampa,” or “We prayed to God to make the hurricane turn away, and now it has,” or anything like that.  I […]

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SMOOSH

While enjoying my lunch yesterday afternoon, I happened to look up and see a blue car tailgating a white pickup truck…which suddenly stopped.  The satisfying noise of crunching metal aside (provided no one is hurt), I wonder what we could do to prevent this in the future – from an etiquette point of view. We […]

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