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Category Archives: Modern Life

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT

Temptation asks: I met this guy through friends and we kind of hit it off.  He just asked me if I wanted to see the porn he was in!  He’s also been texting me and asking me to hang out…I have a boyfriend – so does he – so nothing like a date, but I […]

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CAKE OR CANDLES?

Substance or Style?  Existence or Experience? There is room for both in our big old world, and lots of leeway should be provided for the varying definitions we’ll find of the word style, or at least its incarnations as experience.  But it’s a false choice. Think about it this way: You’ve gone on vacation with your family […]

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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 […]

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EVERYBODY’S TIPPIN’

Uncertainty wrote me: I took delivery of a new couch today.  I didn’t know “standard” delivery for this company meant leaving it on the porch!  I just opened the door and the delivery guys carried it right inside, but then mentioned they weren’t supposed to.  I was so shocked that delivery didn’t mean “inside the […]

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XERXES IN BLUE JEANS

An economically disadvantaged discussion: I have a friend who recently came into a great deal of money.  It wasn’t the lottery, but years of hard work that paid off dramatically.  Now he can afford much nicer things, and I find myself insecure about returning any kind of hospitality.  He’s never said anything one way or […]

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FORENSIC ETIQUETTE

Excavating the ruins of a friendship or a relationship is always tricky.  The classic line of He said / She said morphed somehow into Sex, Lies and Videotape – one imagines it was the advent of videotape, as sexing and lying have been quite popular for some time – and now you can’t get away […]

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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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GOOD EVENING, SIR

A dilemma: I was dog-sitting for some friends and they live on a second floor overlooking a busy street.  It is very fun to watch the street and foot traffic, but then this happened: A man in a white truck pulled up in front of an apartment next door, then he looked around and suddenly […]

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THE SHORTEST HORROR STORY

The Shortest Horror Story: The last man on Earth sat alone in a room.  There was a knock on the door. — Frederic Brown LISTEN: It was probably just a Jehovah’s Witness.  And they’re not that scary.  They’re quite friendly, in fact – and more than happy to go away and knock on someone else’s […]

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I WANNA BE NUMB

A technical question: Is there an etiquette for dealing with automated systems?  Phone calls, ATMs, self check-out lines – all of them have a tendency to break down and I just want to hit something. LISTEN: Provided you’re only hitting the machinery (and not doing any property damage), knock your lights out. And I mean […]

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