My lover says I eat like an animal and won’t dine out with me anymore until I learn how to “act like a cultured man.” What’s the big deal?
Dining Dutch, Annapolis, MD
Dear Dining Dutch,
Whether you’re on a date, a business luncheon or dining out with anyone who has good table manners, it’s very important to know how to properly use a fork and knife. It often means the difference of keeping a job, a group of friends and sometimes even a boyfriend. Dining out is an art just like dressing, being witty or using good social skills. Remember, pumpkin, it’s about social graces as an adult, not about being stuck on how you did things as a nine year old!
I try and try and still I can’t seem to have the right pick-up moves. I’m good looking, smart and funny, but I keep getting rejected. What am I doing wrong?
Getting Rejected, Omaha, NE
Dearest Getting Rejected,
When making a move, you must remember that single people have very specific agendas and are often blind to anyone not possessing the qualities on their agenda. You must also understand that no one can reject you, however, people can look right through you when you’re not on their agenda. It’s not that you’re being rejected or disrespected, but rather you have been overlooked, which feels like rejection. Sweetie, making a move is about trial and error, not about who thinks they’re better! (Exercise caution when approaching would-be suitors. My cartoon shows you why.)
I met someone in my travels who is coming to visit me for the first time. But, I’m not sure how to deal with a visiting date. Help!
Visiting Date, Honolulu, HI
Hey Visiting Date,
With a visiting date, it’s natural to want to spend a lot of time together, but you must schedule time apart, to do your own things and to get your daily chores met in between doing things together. Darling, this will keep you excited about getting together rather than excited about killing each other. Good luck!
What’s so important about keeping in touch with family? Aren’t good friends enough?
Family Or Friends, Washington, DC
Hello Family Or Friends,
It’s great to have supportive friends who come and go in your life, but, honey, family has ties to your life, your genealogy and your medical history. If you don’t believe me then read…
Trinity’s Risks, I Mean Reasons, For Keeping In Touch With Family
1. When holidays come around, you don’t have to cook because someone else is there to make you eat their food, I mean make food for you.
2. If you have emotional, financial or an automotive problem, there’s always someone to hang up the phone, I mean help you so you’re not alone.
3. Being around people to whom you don’t always have to explain yourself can be oh so neurotic, I mean nice.
4. When you’re old, frail or sick and in need, your family is there to take you for everything, I mean take care of everything for you.
5. Friends come and go, but family is always there like a thorn in your side, I mean always by your side.
6. Friends don’t suck the blood out of you like family, I mean blood is thicker then friendship.
7. It’s nice to be in a longing and selfish, I mean loving and supportive environment.
8. There’s no one in the world that will torture you, I mean teach you about life better than a killing, I mean caring family.
9. Without family there would be no one to push you off a cliff, I mean give you a truly loving lift.
10. Lastly, who else would put up with your crap, your drunken stupors or your barking dog like friends, I mean family.
info: With a Masters of Divinity, Reverend Trinity hosted “Spiritually Speaking,” a weekly radio drama performed globally, and is now minister of sponsor, WIG: Wild Inspirational Gatherings, wigministries.org. Learn more at telltrinity.com.