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Category Archives: Sorrowful Things

GAGGING FOR IT

A choked-up person requests: What do you do when you’re talking to someone about something emotional and they start crying?  What about if it’s you that starts crying?  What do you say? LISTEN: I never cry.  If I did, I would have my own handkerchief handy. If you started in, and the aforementioned handkerchief was […]

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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 […]

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DIAMONDS IN THE STREET

From a vigilant citizen: I found a very expensive watch on the subway two days ago, and I’m not sure what I should do.  There’s an inscription – To CK Love SD, but that’s all I have to go on.  Should I put up posters?  Take out a lost and found ad? LISTEN: If you […]

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BABY BABY BABY OH

YNTQ has a fever, and doesn’t feel like writing much today. I suggest you take the time off from scouring this site for pearls of information and go vote. http://www.ncsl.org/legislatures-elections/elections/absentee-and-early-voting.aspx More later this week. YNTQ

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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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THERE HAS COME WINTER

A dreadful duty, detailed: I have to put my dog to sleep, and I don’t know if I can handle it.  Is it OK to ask a friend to drive me?  I know I’m going to be a mess. LISTEN: Yes.

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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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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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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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BARUCH DAYAN HA’EMET

An old-age question: What is the proper etiquette surrounding pet funerals?  Do we bring cakes and pies?  Do we sit Shiva?  Do different kinds of pets require greater reverence – Dog vs. Guinea Pig?  Is it ok to say that you think that they do? LISTEN: Do you generally bring a cake to a funeral? The proper etiquette at […]

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