Redirection and neighbors.

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My boss and I recently discovered that we have similar religious and political views. Normally this would not be a problem, but he has now taken to coming by my office several times a day to talk about religion and politics, and it’s affecting my productivity. And when I say “talk about,”Continue reading “Redirection and neighbors.”

Dysfunction and rehabilitation.

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My husband grew up in an unhappy home, and came up with all kinds of strategies to stay out of trouble. Like, he has this odd way of answering a yes/no question with a word that could go either way. Plus, he can never be wrong. Over the years, I’ve helped himContinue reading “Dysfunction and rehabilitation.”

Interesting goings-on in advice world today!

DEAR ABBY: I went for a jog the other morning, and when I returned home I discovered I was locked out of my house because the garage door keypad wasn’t working. I had left without my cellphone or a key, so I tried to contact my wife through our Ring doorbell. My wife told meContinue reading “Interesting goings-on in advice world today!”

I’m not feeling virtuous today!

Dear Annie: I have been in a friend group that plays board games nearly every month for 25 years. We all know one another from working at a startup in Colorado nearly 30 years ago. We don’t work together anymore, but we still play games together frequently. It has been tough during COVID-19, but weContinue reading “I’m not feeling virtuous today!”

Annie Lane’s easy answers and ambiguous behavior!

Dear Annie: I am an 18-year-old girl living very far from you, but I recently read one of your columns and thought you might be able to help me. I am doing really well in my academics and was just accepted by one of the best engineering institutions in our country. Everyone around me isContinue reading “Annie Lane’s easy answers and ambiguous behavior!”

Huh. Interesting issues.

Dear Amy: I’m a man in my late-50s. I’m currently dating — or trying to date. It’s clear to me now that I’ll never know women, so please explain what just happened here: I met a woman on a dating app, and we had one of those perfect first dates — lots of laughs, lotsContinue reading “Huh. Interesting issues.”

Have a wonderful, splendiferous day!

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Please address the issue of customer service people who tell everyone to “have a good one.” At numerous stores and restaurants, upon leaving, I am told to “have a good one.” I am so tempted to say, “A good what?” What happened to, “Have a nice day”? GENTLE READER: It was smotheredContinue reading “Have a wonderful, splendiferous day!”

Annie Lane is up to her old tricks!

Dear Annie: I am a 45-year-old single man. I have three children: two sons from my marriage, both in their 20s, and my daughter, who is 14, from an ex-girlfriend. When my oldest son was thrown out of his mother’s home, I had him move in right away. He got a good job, and IContinue reading “Annie Lane is up to her old tricks!”

Birthdays, anniversaries, and bad husbands!

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I adore my longtime boyfriend and the happy life we have built together. There is, however, a recurring issue over which we cyclically disagree: his birthday. While never truly enjoying getting older, I have always enjoyed celebrating my own birthday — what a wonderful excuse to see loved ones and share aContinue reading “Birthdays, anniversaries, and bad husbands!”

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