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Category Archives: Joyful Things

NUDE RULES

A most welcoming hostess asks: What’s the etiquette for a three-way? LISTEN: Oh, you kids and your new technology.  The most important thing is to let both parties know they’re on the call…hold on a minute – – OK, I’m back.  You meant a ménage à trois, didn’t you?  Conveniently, it isn’t all that much different from a […]

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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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EN*G*R*AGED

A concerned citizen writes (yet again): I’m uncomfortable with the idea of gay marriage.  I don’t think it’s right to call it marriage, but I don’t want to discriminate.  Why can’t we just call it civil unions?  But then again, sometimes I don’t feel like I should even have an opinion as I’m not gay.   […]

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16 TONS

A festive question: Is is polite to write “no gifts, please” on a birthday party invitation? LISTEN: No it is not.  That presupposes someone’s intentions, and that’s always poor form. I recognize that you’re trying to be sort of reverse generous, telling people not to spend money when you just want their company, and that’s lovely. […]

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EVERYTHING

A delightful inquiry: I read your post about champagne…my question isn’t about etiquette probably, but what food goes with it. LISTEN: I suppose there’s a question in there, but I can’t find the question mark, or the interrogation mark if you’d rather, or the eroteme if you must.  I hate to make assumptions, but I’m […]

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CHAMPAGNE

When in doubt: What’s an appropriate wedding present when you don’t want to buy from a “registry”? What are some ideas for a hostess present – other than wine? What do you bring to a party of friends-of-friends when you don’t know them very well but find yourself invited? LISTEN: The answer to all these […]

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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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