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September 27

Ideal dating city?

So I started dating again recently and have realized I have a "type" that, as far as I can tell, is uncommon in my area. If I could go anywhere in the country, where should I go to increase my dating prospects? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels at 7:05 PM - 25 answers

Bad coworker question #842

I live in the U.S. in a fairly progressive city. I have an ethnic sounding last name, an ethnicity which happens to be uncommon to this area and so it makes my name easily identifiable and, apparently, memorable. My co-worker feels the need to sing my full name, at random, in an accented voice that is characteristic of my ethnicity. This is loud enough for all of my cube neighbors to hear. Yeah, awkward. [more inside]
posted by onecircleaday at 4:59 PM - 25 answers

Supporting a spouse during anger management therapy

My husband will be undergoing an anger management therapy program. How can I best support this process? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:17 AM - 8 answers

September 26

Need help understanding my self-absorbed mother and what to do about her

I'm a 38F mom and my mother is 61. She "raised" me as a single mother-- bio dad is a true narcissist (I met him when I was an adult and we are NC now). Raised is in quotes because my grandmother did most of the raising. She is also probably NPD or BPD, I'm not sure. [more inside]
posted by ladybugmom at 3:32 PM - 17 answers

Is my boyfriend hiding something serious from me?

He has been maniacly hiding -since always- his phone from me. I'm not even "allowed to touch it". Dumb question, but lately I'm just freaking out about it. [more inside]
posted by Tiffy119 at 3:04 PM - 51 answers

What face should I wear when passing by neighbors who are suing us?

Neighbors are suing us for a money grab and now I'm unsure of how to behave when seeing them. My insurance will cover the costs so only slight financial hit. Money isn't the problem but now it's so very awkward. Starts with dog and ends with fetish site pictures. [more inside]
posted by Coffeetyme at 2:08 PM - 21 answers

Invaluable benefits to team sports?

Are there any amazing benefits to my child playing in team sports? And if so, where can he learn these without playing team sports? [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman at 1:19 PM - 35 answers

September 25

Deflecting questions about career goals without feeling like an asshole

My friends/classmates and I are going on the job market in the coming months. I don't want to really discuss this whole process with them and what my top choices are, where I've gotten interviews, and so on. But, I also feel like a competitive, secretive asshole for not openly telling them what I'm doing and what my goals are. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:07 PM - 18 answers

How do I connect with people, myself/find people to connect with?

For a long time I haven't really been close with anyone. I don't really have anyone I would consider a close friend even though there are probably people who would consider me their close friend. I feel like I can't find people who I can relate to or feel comfortable with. Most of the people I hang out with are by default; they are old friends who I fell out of touch with but then moved in with recently so I often hang out with them and their friends. I try to make it work, but inside I just don't feel the connection or desire to be truly close. They are all extremely into music and the arts. I used to be more like this but feel like I'm desiring a different lifestyle. (Though I still appreciate music and arts and do enjoy some of the company) [more inside]
posted by oracleia at 8:26 PM - 5 answers

I'm passive aggressive. How do I fix that?

I've had passive aggressive tendencies my whole life, but it's taken me awhile to realize just how destructive my behavior is for my relationships. I want to stop, but I don't know how. [more inside]
posted by gumtree at 10:14 AM - 28 answers

How to divorce when there's so much love left

We love each other so much and haven't been married long, but he's not willing to try to fix things and I feel like we have no choice but to move towards divorce. [more inside]
posted by blackcatcuriouser at 9:48 AM - 16 answers

Should I or shouldn't I...follow up?

I wrote to this guy with the intent to hang out, but he hasn't responded and I'm not sure what's going on. Snowflakes underneath. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:29 AM - 19 answers

September 24

¿Yo me enfrío o lo sufro?

I'm in a wonderful, loving relationship but I can't seem to stop feeling pessimistic about what our future together would look like. I'm not sure whether to stay or go and need help thinking through how to go about doing either. [more inside]
posted by deus ex machina at 3:34 PM - 17 answers

How can an introvert psych herself up to do something social?

I generally enjoy social gatherings and parties when I attend them but as an introvert, I often get cold feet at the last minute and end up not going. What kinds of affirmations and strategies can I use to get through this? [more inside]
posted by armadillo1224 at 3:02 PM - 19 answers

How do I resolve conflicting holiday goals?

I'm planning a trip to celebrate holidays, partly with my girlfriend and partly with my mother, and I'm having a communication / conflict issue between the two. Can you help? Details inside... [more inside]
posted by Homeboy Trouble at 1:03 AM - 27 answers

September 23

to be or not to be...disclosing

I'm a dissertation-writing Ph.D. student. I was supposed to work on chapter X over the summer, and have a draft by the end of the summer. I've also asked two extensions, and am about to ask for another one. I'm wondering if I should disclose my extenuating circumstance. [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree at 6:49 PM - 13 answers

He says "he is not looking for anything in particular"

Met a guy on tinder. First guy I met that is smart, employed, attractive and not after a hook up. Am I wasting my time? [more inside]
posted by sockiety at 12:47 PM - 35 answers

Should I give in on spending money on an expensive luxury?

My wife wants to buy an expensive artwork for the house. While I also find it beautiful, I don't think it's a good idea, financially. We're at loggerheads. Help me think this through. [more inside]
posted by snarfois at 1:49 AM - 91 answers

September 22

WOOFing...what's the best way to contact a host farm?

I finally bit the bullet and bought a membership to WOOF after mulling for a year or so. For those of you that have successfully established work with a host farm: how do you go about it? [more inside]
posted by Young Kullervo at 4:13 PM - 2 answers

Straight wife, bi husband, maintaining sexual attraction

My husband is bisexual, and recently indicated that his "pendulum" has temporarily swung to being more interested in men. How can I deal with this while being supportive? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:40 PM - 26 answers

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