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Category Archives: Introductions

HEY THERE

A hazy memory and confused fan asks: Yesterday I was sitting at Happy Hour with my boss and a co-worker, and I saw someone in the restaurant who looked vaguely familiar.  He was sitting by himself.  Every time I glanced in his direction, he was looking at me, so it seemed like I might be […]

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WHAT A LOVELY BASKET

A curious cat calls out for killing with: So the post earlier today made me wonder…what would be the best possible new neighbor welcome present?  Homemade cookies?  A pie?  Liquor?  And what’s with the salt?? LISTEN: I was thinking about the very same thing.  What a good idea they had, even if it was dreadfully received.  Let’s […]

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FEELGOOD M.D.

An inappropriate situation: My husband (a doctor) and I had a meeting earlier this week with two business partners, one of them a woman, and she leered at him all through the meeting.  What should I do? LISTEN: Ask her to join you in a ménage à trois?

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CHEERS

A vexed hostess asks: If you host a party, and have a particular guest trying to monopolize your time, what should you do? LISTEN: Oooh – good question. That’s going to depend on why he is monopolizing your time. If it’s because he doesn’t know anyone, then you need to introduce him to someone you […]

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TICKET TO RIDE

A transporting idea: What’s the most appropriate way to ask someone on a date when you just saw them on public transit? LISTEN:   There is no polite way to ask a fellow passenger out on a date – sad but true.  That doesn’t mean you can’t make your presence known to this person and engineer […]

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FIRST AID

A tortured confession: I’m socially awkward.  I never know what to do or say.  I’m so shy – I don’t even know what to ask you. When confronted with an unusual or uncomfortable situation – be it an invitation, new friend or foodstuff… If you get your feelings hurt, or say or do something boneheaded… […]

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I’VE SEEN YOU BEFORE

A questionable question: There is a cute boy at work who flirts with me…what is the proper etiquette for asking him if he is married or has a girlfriend? LISTEN: What are you going to do if he does?  Wait – don’t tell me.  Etiquette is one part memorization and one part plausible deniability. Speaking […]

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WELL, HELLO THERE

A question of proper introductions: What is the best way to charm a one night stand into becoming an often night stand? LISTEN: Like any new habit, it’s best to start first thing in the morning.  Once you’ve nuzzled a hungover mammal awake, extend your right hand and politely introduce yourself.  When you have the […]

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