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On women, work, and other stuff that screws up men’s lives
I JUST FOUND OUT THAT
MY FIANCÉE HAS SERIOUS
CREDIT CARD DEBT. ARE
WE ALREADY DOOMED?
JERRY, DALLAS, TX
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That depends. Before you go jumping to conclusions, do some recon work. Find out how she
ended up in this hole, and sit down with a financial advisor together. It’s time for some frank
talk: Is she willing to tighten her Gucci belt? Can you agree on a budget? If you’re far apart
on something this important, then maybe the relationship is as maxed out as her credit cards.
Oh, and Jerry? If you just found out, you might want to brace yourself for more surprises.
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My mom asked me to help set up her
online dating profile. I’m all for her
finding someone new after the divorce,
but this is just too much. Do I have to?
Bart, Boise, ID
Come on, son. She’s not trying to post
shots of herself in naughty nighties. Just
show her how to do it, for cripes’ sake. If
you’re really all in favor of her moving on,
then helping her write a profile and working out the technical stuff shouldn’t be a
big deal. Her search for happiness should
be the only reason you need.
My buddy texts while he drives. How do
I convince him to stop without sounding
like his mother? Charley, Lexington, KY
What’s more important: maintaining your
cool points, or arriving at your destination
alive? I wouldn’t give a damn about sounding like his mother. Go ahead, sound like
her. Nag him, hector him, and then hound
him some more. Hell, grab his phone and
toss it in the backseat. To do otherwise is
to put both your life and his on the line for
no good reason. U no wut im sayn?
Every year my office has a golf outing.
I suck at golf. What’s worse: going and
sucking, or always begging off?
Alonzo, San Jose, CA
Nearly everyone sucks at golf. Nobody
cares how bad you play; go hang with your
friends. Take in the fine weather, have a few
beers, share a few laughs, and suggest
a “scramble” format to keep things moving.
Believe me, you’ll be glad. The benefits
of putting yourself out there almost always
outweigh the consequences of not.
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My fiancée and I are planning a tropical
vacation for Christmas. How do we
break it to our families that we won’t
be home with them? Rich, Buffalo, N Y
If it were me, I’d embrace my family
and find another time to do the piña colada
thing. Or at least make an extra effort to
see my folks at both Thanksgiving and New
Year’s. But, hey, it’s not my call. You want
palm trees and not Christmas trees, just
tell the fams where you’re headed, and
then suck it up when they suggest an even
hotter place you two can go straight to.
My wife hates my best friend’s wife.
I can’t keep them apart forever, can I?
Bret, Columbus, OH
No, Bretty boy, you most certainly cannot.
With all due respect to the ladies, your job
is like a peewee basketball ref’s: Minimize
contact. Sometimes they’ll bump up
against each other and maybe even throw
an elbow or two. But problems escalate
when foes are constantly sharing the same
air, and you’re not going to let that happen.
As long as the double dates are spaced out,
we should have a good, clean game and
they can at least shake hands afterward.
Locate beers in
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brewski wish list,
rate your faves,
and find sugges-
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My 13-year-old son knocked out some kid’s
tooth wrestling. I say boys will be boys, but his
parents are suing. Now what? Russell, Providence, RI
is the legal
Write to him at
Apologize and try to keep the matter out of
court. In most states, parents are legally
responsible for the intentional and willful
acts of their children. The upper limit of liabil-
ity varies from state to state, ranging from
about $1,000 to around $25,000. The bigger
problem for you could come if you had prior
warning—in other words, if your son had
done something like this before and you failed
to take action to prevent repeat conduct.
HO W CAN I FIND A GOOD DIVORCE
LAWYER? Trice, Oklahoma City, OK
It’s amazing how many calls I get for this.
A referral is your best option, so ask around;
start with other lawyers or divorced people
in your area. State divorce laws vary greatly,
so you need to find an expert in your state’s
law. And don’t just go with the “toughest”
or “meanest” lawyer, even if you’re angry.
The longer and harder the fight, the higher
the legal fees—and emotional stress.