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Category Archives: Unpleasant Facts of Life

YOU’RE IN TROUBLE, TOO

Another fragrant question: What should you do when your neighbor’s dog pees on your dog while playing? LISTEN: Give it a bath?

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BOARD

A criticized creature reports: I am finishing up a let’s call it a creative project.  I have shared it with some of my friends and the reaction has been mostly positive.  Then out of the blue at a dinner party one of my friends said it was boring!  It took me aback and I didn’t […]

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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 […]

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CRAIGSLOST

A frustrated shopper writes: I like to peruse craigslist to look for neat things that one doesn’t generally find at the stores.  Most of the time it goes ok, you meet someone new and get something cool for cheap, but increasingly I’ve just been left hanging out to dry.  Would you classify standing someone up […]

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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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OFFRIENDED

A one less friend person states: I think it’s extremely offensive to be de-friended on facebook without being told why.  Someone de-friended me, blocked me from seeing they’re on there (I know they are, because we have a mutual friend and they told me), and didn’t say a word about it. LISTEN: Your friend sounds […]

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IS THE POPE CATHOLIC?

A thoughtful inquisition: Is it polite to discretely inform a stranger if part of their attire is amiss – meaning, if their fly is down, or their tag is sticking out of their shirt?  Is it polite to tell someone if something is amiss with their personal appearance – such as food in their teeth, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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MORALLY BANKRUPT, ETHICALLY DUBIOUS

But perfectly polite.  Is etiquette a sociopath? On one hand you have family, school, community and religion instilling a series and system of values and critical thinking skills to evaluate said values.  Combined with other societal influences – the age old question of Nature vs. Nurture seems to have settled at A Little of Both […]

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