My weird neighbor left an index card in a zip lock baggie under my windshield with a note saying he wants to buy my car (no price indicated) and his phone number. I am not trying to sell my car and have never given him any reason to think I am. Can I just throw… Continue reading Getting Unsolicited Offers from Neighbors
Folks, I have a confession to make. As I’ve gotten more into this one sports team I love (#LetItReign), I’ve started walking (and sometimes crossing) a fine line between ardent fan and obnoxious spectator. And so, for myself as much as for you, below please find some tips for being a good fan at a… Continue reading Attending a Live Sporting Event (Home Team Edition)
How to handle who pays on a first date. I hate when the check comes and it’s awkward. Am I expected to pay because I’m the guy? Does that depend on the girl? Is it who asked the other out? 50/50 because I support feminism? Should she pay? Is it based on who makes more?… Continue reading Sorting Out First Date Logistics
I recently lost a friend to a drug overdose. I was sharing that news with an acquaintance and she made a sympathetic face and said “well maybe it is for the best. At least now the pain is over.” I resisted smacking her in the face but only barely and I definitely didn’t have anything… Continue reading Comforting Someone Who Is Grieving
Late last week, a jury in Minnesota inexplicably found Jeronimo Yanez not guilty of three charges related to the 74 second traffic stop during which Mr. Yanez shot seven bullets at Philando Castile, killing Mr. Castile and placing his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds and her four year old daughter in great danger. If you’re not familiar… Continue reading Discussing Police Violence
At the risk of sounding like I’m bragging, I am a smart person. That doesn’t make me a jerk, but correcting people constantly sometimes does. I don’t have a good sense of when I should correct the person speaking or when they are going to give me a death stare. If I was saying something… Continue reading You Feel The Need to Correct Someone
My 4 month old son keeps trying to pick my nose while he is nursing. No matter how I ask him to stop, he just looks at me dumbfounded. Can you make my son stop being a jerk?
How do I tell my roommate to clean up his dishes (in the living room) without being an asshole? Keep in mind, I’m bad about doing my own dishes. I don’t leave them everywhere though.
While no one has asked me “How can I not be a jerk on Father’s Day?” (which may suggest we don’t take it as seriously as we take Mother’s Day), I don’t want to ignore it. In the US, we seem to have the idea that all fathers fit into a couple of neat categories:… Continue reading It’s Father’s Day
How do I let an employee go knowing they’re struggling already?