Three’s a Charm

Posted on | October 12, 2014 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
How many times should you ask a girl out before you finally give up and admit that “no means no??”
Jimmy

Dear Jimmy:
She says no once, perhaps she is busy.  Twice, maybe she is being coy.  Third time — she really means it darling.

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The Story of Stuff

Posted on | October 12, 2014 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
I have a very large family with lots of nieces, nephews and distant cousins.  My grandmother is getting old and will likely not live much longer.  I know that everyone in the family will want a memento of this wonderful woman but I’m not sure how to go about dividing it all up and making sure that the closest relatives get the first pick.  How do I avoid turning this into a major family drama?
Sister Woman

Dear Sister:
Perhaps this wonderful woman has wonderful progeny. Assume the best and ask each of the relevant people to let you know (privately) what memento they would prefer. Ask the closest ones first. This presumes your grannie has no view and/or has put you in charge.

Simple Addition

Posted on | October 12, 2014 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
Why are gay men so much more attractive than straight men?
DJM

Dear DJM:
Grooming+Fitness+Fashion = Attractive

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It Doesn’t Begin with the Mirror

Posted on | October 5, 2014 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
Am I pretty?
Not Too Sure

Dear Not Sure:
We have a hunch you are very pretty. Convince yourself and you will convince the world.

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Register and Vote

Posted on | October 5, 2014 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
I would like to stay as apolitical as I possibly can during this absurd election season.  Maybe even for the rest of my life.  What is the best way to do this?
John Doe

Dear John:
If you want to stay out of the often meaningless yet angry debate, or spare yourself the hours of bloviating on the media, then turn off the TV and tell those that try to engage you that you “would rather not…” But please vote. Not voting is just handing power to those who are likely to be less competent to decide.

Only in Your Dreams, Darling

Posted on | October 5, 2014 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
Is it wrong to wish that your ex-boyfriend die in the most painful way possible?
Still Angry

Dear Angry:
Yeah, it’s wrong. Do something constructive with your anger — go for a run, learn Karate, or better yet, get involved in a project that will do good for others.

The Lady or the Tiger

Posted on | September 28, 2014 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
Do you think that Internet dating services are better than hanging out at bars?
Working at It

Dear Working:
Depends on what you are looking for. Bars have the advantage of “what you see…. ” but dating services promise focus.  Our thought is that you might want to try both!

Another Parent Trap

Posted on | September 28, 2014 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
What’s the secret to NOT spoiling your children?  I can’t seem to stop buying them stuff and giving them everything they want.  Is that wrong?

RS

Dear RS:
Well, the first thing is STOP — nobody, except maybe infants, should get “everything they want.”  We don’t know the secret, but we do know that character is a slow build and THAT is your primary job as a parent.

Oh My Dear

Posted on | September 27, 2014 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
Do you think it’s important for women to work?  My boyfriend makes enough money for both of us to live comfortably and he would prefer that I quit my job so that I can pay more attention to him.  Do you think that’s a good thing to do?
Janet

Dear Janet:
Exactly how much time would you like to devote to him?  What would you like to do  for him?And what do you think that will do for you?

In a Word

Posted on | September 27, 2014 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
Do you think that having children is the answer to the meaning of life?
???

Dear ???:
No.

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