I Listen to My Roommates For Some Reason

Dear Never Wrong, I’m currently in a precarious balance of a living situation with two rather nosy roommates. They always have to know where I’m going and when I’ll be back for reasons unbeknownst  to yours truly. My most recent episode with this problem involved receiving several phone calls (of which I never answered) which…

Friend should solve her own problems like I always do for her

Etiquette Hell, November 14 2016: I used to be close to a girl named Emily. She had a habit of being both rude and entitled. For example, she asked to come over to my mother’s house (I was home for the summer from university) to talk to me. I said she can come over and…

I want things my way and for everyone to be happy about it

Dear Not Wrong, My mother and father divorced years ago. My father has happily remarried and my mother has not found much luck in love, or really in other areas of her life. Early in the divorce, my sister and I started spending Christmas Eve with our dad and Christmas Day 2 hours away with…

Sitting on a chair disgusts host and elves alike

Miss Manners, December 20, 2016 I have a shared living room/dining space, and a separate breakfast table off my kitchen. However, my formal dining table is always set, but rarely used. I was always taught to never seat yourselves at a formal set table if the meal is not being served there. Every Christmas, I…

Help! My dating standards are too high

I went on a date with a guy and he was nice. What do I do? We went to lunch. He picked me up. It was a silver corolla. We went to a local diner in city. He had nice eyes, otherwise not attracted to him. I was already full because I had brunch before.…

Selfish roommate won’t write letters for best advice columnist ever

Today’s letter is taken by dictation: I’m standing in the kitchen eating sushi with my hands (like a heathen) and drinking kambucha which was originally described as fermented mold tea, it surpassed my (admittedly low) expectations. My roommate is trying to make me write for advice from her column and I really don’t want to…

There’s a crack in my professional relationship

Ask a Manager, November 28, 2016 There is a time and a place for everything, right? Not really. There is no place for butt cracks and certainly not at work. Our offices have an open floor plan, and groups get rearranged from time to time. We recently had a new team moved in next to…

Life without kids is empty, so everyone should have them

Dear Prudence via Slate, November 10, 2016 Dear Prudence, My husband and I are both very committed to being child-free. Our conservative, reactionary family is not. We avoided the arguments, lectures, and condescension by using “not yet” as the answer for years. Now we have gotten into our mid-30s, we have changed from “not yet”…

Dad’s imperfect ticket is worse than no gift

Ask Amy via The Denver Post, November 14, 2016: A well-known singer announced a tour date for my city. My father generously offered to buy tickets as a birthday gift. I was delighted, but I also let him know that I needed to find someone to join me. He texted back “I’ll get two tickets…

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