My boyfriend comes from a rich household. Yearly, his mother and father take him and his siblings on an extravagant trip. As his girlfriend of six years, I’m invited — with the caveat that I pay my very own method. However my boyfriend and I are graduate college students, in order that’s unrealistic. I can’t even afford to separate the prices with my boyfriend, which he’s provided to do. These are lengthy journeys which are booked prematurely (like cruises and excursions), so he can’t depart early, and so they burn up most of his trip time. I don’t need to ask him to surrender once-in-a-lifetime journeys, however I want to trip with him sometimes. Any ideas?


You appear to have painted your self right into a nook: You may’t afford the lavish journeys, your boyfriend’s mother and father received’t pay your method and also you don’t need to ask your boyfriend to overlook one. Until you might be prepared to revisit one among these planks, get used to touring alone.

Personally, I feel it’s cheap to ask your boyfriend of six years to surrender one ski trip in Gstaad together with his household to stick with you at a comfy cabin within the Catskills. In reality, it appears type of crummy that he hasn’t instructed this himself. (Or possibly he has, and also you didn’t need to intervene together with his household plans.)

Right here’s the factor: In lots of relationships, from romance to the office, we don’t get what we would like till we ask for it. So ask! In case your boyfriend is unwilling to overlook even one household trip to journey with you, he’s telling you one thing (not nice) about your relationship. Or he might comply with skip an occasional household journey — hardly the tip of the world. This may occasionally even immediate his rich mother and father to cowl your prices.

I’ve had a pricey pal since highschool, for 40 years. She doesn’t stay close by, so we’ve saved in contact by textual content for the final 15 years. Just a few years in the past, we had somewhat textual content argument, and at a sure level, I suspected her husband of texting for her. I let it go. Not too long ago, we have been planning a go to. The plans went out the window, and, once more, her texts appeared to be written by another person. I requested her to name me, however she didn’t. I’ve most likely listened to too many true crime podcasts, however I’m frightened her husband might have harmed her and is texting from her cellphone. Is it bananas to ask the police to do a wellness test on her?


So, you’d moderately contact the police than make a single voice name to your pal? (True, she didn’t name you as requested, however you don’t appear to have referred to as her both.) Weirdly, this new dread of voice calling just isn’t unusual. I get that digital messaging is smoother than messy speak with actual individuals, however calling the police on a baseless hunch, with out even making an attempt to cellphone your pal first, appears unhappy.

Name her! Ask concerning the odd texts. The police can’t let you know in case your pal arms off the cellphone to her husband when issues get tense with you. Wait on the wellness test till you’ve made a honest effort to succeed in her by cellphone. Right here’s hoping the police received’t be essential.

I’ve a younger relative — a mom of two kids below 7. I provided to fund school financial savings plans for the youngsters and supplied contact data to a trusted agency. I provided to assist arrange the accounts or set them up myself. Two months later, she’s been “too busy” to open them. It takes quarter-hour! Why is she tired of one thing of actual worth to her youngsters?


Beneficiant supply! Such as you, I’d have arrange the accounts lickety-split. And are you aware why that’s? As a result of neither of us has two little youngsters who have been on summer time trip. Within the face of their instant calls for — “Now, Mommy!” — a future profit might have taken a again seat.

When the youngsters are again at school, name the mom once more and ask for the minimal data you must open the accounts and put your beneficiant plan into impact.

We took care of a pal’s poodle over a protracted weekend. Afterward, a neighbor (who complains endlessly) left a observe saying the canine barked nonstop for 3 days. She wrote: “Make it cease!” However we have been there the entire time, aside from a couple of hours throughout dinners. We’re sorry if the canine barked whereas we have been away, nevertheless it was quiet whereas we have been at dwelling. I object to her aggressive tone. Ought to I drop this or ship a pointy reply?


You had me at poodle! You additionally know higher than I do how a lot you wish to have the final phrase. For my part, you made the barking cease: The canine is gone. And the exaggerated criticism would most likely cease me from responding. Nonetheless, even a couple of hours of steady barking might be actually annoying. In the event you can’t convey your self to apologize, let this one go.

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