Lighten Up

Dear Short Answers: After a few drinks at a dinner party last week, we played the “what would you do if you only had an hour left to live” game. Of course, everybody said they would spend it with their spouses and kids – except my husband. He said he would have sex with the [...]

Cut the Crap

Dear Short Answers: I was invited to a dinner party at the home of someone I really can’t stand. I know that dinner parties are a lot of work and I feel guilty about accepting. Should I make up an excuse not to go so that somebody else (someone who really LIKES the host) can [...]

A Home Not a Hothouse

Dear Short Answers: A number of my friends have started using those new electronic cigarettes. I realize that they don’t emit any smoke and are safe for other people to be around. But I still find them annoying and don’t want my children to think that they’re okay to use since they still, as far [...]

A Very Personal Question

Dear Short Answers: How much drinking is too much? Party Girl Dear PG: If you think you drink too much, you probably do.  If others think so, they are probably right. Like Unlike

No Worries, Man

Dear Short Answers: I am friends with the staff at a restaurant where I eat probably once a month. I don’t see any of them socially outside of the restaurant unless I happen to run into them. Last weekend, my husband and I were at the restaurant after they closed, and everyone was drinking. One [...]

No Fault Dinner Party

Dear Short Answers: Last week, I went to a party and the host insisted that everybody have a few cocktails before dinner, then wine with dinner, then after dinner drinks. When anybody tried to refuse another drink, he got a little belligerent. I had a little too much alcohol and accidentally broke a vase that [...]

Wedding Presence

Dear Short Answers: With the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage, I am expecting a flood of invitations to gay weddings this summer. I can’t possibly afford to buy everyone a gift — and I am not going to take out a loan to buy wedding presents. When couples are 40, or 50 or 60 [...]

It’s No Party

Dear Short Answers: For the past 10 years, I have had a big 4th of July barbecue at my house and invited just about everyone I know. This year, I’ve decided to take a year off from all the work. Unfortunately, I’ve heard a couple of people tell me how much they are looking forward [...]

A Matter of Taste

Dear Short Answers: What is the best vodka to use for Bloody Mary’s? Jan Dear Jan: Probably not necessary to use a top shelf brand for a heavily flavored mixed drink.  We go for mid-priced on this one. Like Unlike

Nothing Tastes as Good as Thin Feels

Dear Short Answers: Now that the holidays are here, I am starting to panic about all the food that is going to be EVERYWHERE. I lost 50 pounds last year and I am desperate to keep it off. I’m tempted to decline every holiday invitation that I get but that will just make me more [...]

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