‘‘Tis the Season

Posted on | November 19, 2017 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
When can I start listening to Holiday Music??
In the Spirit

Dear Spirit:
Now is fine with us.

Pandora’s Box

Posted on | November 19, 2017 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
After my parents died a couple of years ago, none of my siblings really wanted to go through all of their possessions since it simply felt too sad. So we paid a mover to pack everything up and it now sits in a storage facility. I am now feeling guilty about letting their personal possessions go to waste and I certainly don’t want their stuff to get sold at some auction if we ever forget to pay the monthly fees. My siblings disagree and just want to forget about this. Would it be wrong for me to take it upon myself to clean out the storage locker or do I need to get everybody’s permission to do this?
Ready Now

Dear Ready:
You can volunteer to do an inventory as a first step — but this is likely to be a journey.

The Acculturation of Mate Prospects

Posted on | November 9, 2017 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
My new boyfriend has a phobia about sharing his food with other people.  If I take a bite from his plate, he refuses to eat it anymore.  I grew up in a big family that loved to share.  Do you think that I will have to stop picking off his plate forever or is there a way to convince him that sharing is more fun?
I Like It My Way!

Dear My Way:
We’ve met both — the “my food is your food” types and the “mine is mine.”   Our experience is that these things are as immutable as blood type.  Stay away from his vittles.

On a Good Day

Posted on | November 9, 2017 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
What is love?
Searching

Dear Searching:
Love is what you are.



Disgusting

Posted on | November 3, 2017 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
Since I do all the cooking at home, my husband does the dishes. The problem is that he does a HORRIBLE job at it.  He refuses to run the dishwasher until it’s packed so full that half the dishes don’t get clean.  But he still puts them away even if they are dirty so I end up washing them by hand when I use them.  How do I teach a grown man how to do the dishes properly?
LAV

Dear LAV:
Words like unsanitary and unsightly ought to do it.

#newrules

Posted on | November 3, 2017 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
he cheerleaders at our local high school are selling raffle tickets door-to-door and they stopped by my house the other night.  When they rang the doorbell, I called out to my wife that there was “a group of girls at the door.”  She yelled back, they are not GIRLS, they are WOMEN!! That made me think.  At what age do you stop calling them “girls” and start calling them “women?”
Old-Fashioned

Dear O. F.:
Can’t go wrong with “ladies”.

Love and Money

Posted on | November 3, 2017 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
What is the right amount of money to donate to charities every year?
JonnyB

Dear JonnyB:
Depends on how you define “charity” doesn’t it?

Meaning of Life

Posted on | October 15, 2017 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
Was charcoal ever alive?
Bill S.

Dear Bill:
No, not to our way of thinking, but are always cautious in matters of life and death.

“Reasonable” Is Not the Issue

Posted on | September 17, 2017 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
How long should it take a reasonable person to get ready for bed? My girlfriend takes OVER AN HOUR!  We can’t afford an apartment with two bathrooms so what do I do?
The BF

Dear BF:
You use the bathroom first, then get off her case.

Communal Property?

Posted on | September 16, 2017 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
My new boyfriend and I were at a restaurant and it started to rain really hard. When we left, he simply grabbed an umbrella from the pile of umbrellas that were by the door.  Since we hadn’t brought an umbrella with us, he was basically stealing one.  When I asked him about this, he claimed that people do this all the time and that there are always “extra” umbrellas that people have forgotten so there isn’t really a problem.  Plus, he claimed that he had forgotten umbrellas all over the place so he was basically just taking back something he had forgotten at another restaurant.  I was at a loss for words.  Is this an acceptable rationale for taking an umbrella?
Erica

Dear Erica:
No, this is NOT acceptable behavior, it is stealing.

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