Skip to content

Category Archives: Life or Death

THAT’S NOT FOR DOING THAT

A concerned clickette complains: I just HATE IT when people put things on facebook get people to respond to them.  Yesterday, someone posted about how they couldn’t reach their child who is in an area suffering a national disaster.  While I hope for the best – what if this kid got killed?  Is that how […]

Share

IN VINO VERITAS

A complication with your complication: I have a friend who is an an open relationship.  Recently, the two of them have started sleeping with a third person who is married and cheating on his spouse.  I don’t know this new person and I don’t want to.  I am absolutely disgusted by this behavior.  I don’t […]

Share

RAVE ON

An unfriendly friend freaks out: I have a friend on facebook – and a friendly acquaintance in real life – who is in the same line of work that I am in, though in a completely different school of thought (in our field).  He frequently, almost exclusively – posts condescending remarks about my segment of […]

Share

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 […]

Share

BANG BANG

An armed inquiry: I have several firearms in my house – two pistols, two rifles and a shotgun.  I keep them all cleaned, maintained and loaded (except for the shotgun).  Do I have an obligation to tell guests about them?  I know some people have an objection to being in a house with guns. LISTEN: […]

Share

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 […]

Share

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 […]

Share

VITA BREVIS

A conflicted question: Today I found out an old friend of mine died.  We’d fallen out with each other more than ten years ago, but back then we were really close.  I know his brother, but not well.  I feel like I should say something, but what? LISTEN: Oh, it’s terribly difficult.  Try this: Dear […]

Share

CUM GRANO SALIS

A genial inquisition: Which is worse: To let a species go extinct, or to lick your fingers at the dinner table? LISTEN: That depends – is it a formal dinner?

Share

MENJA BÉ

A note of disbelief: I’m not a religious person, more atheist than agnostic actually.  I can’t stand it when I’m eating with other people and they want to pray before a meal.  Can I ask them not to pray?  If I don’t hold hands and bow my head and all that they ask about it […]

Share