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Was my roommate appropriate in inviting this Guest?

Was my roommate appropriate in inviting this Guest? Hello, I currently live in an expensive city, and am subletting from a roommate. I'm a straight male in my mid20s, and he's a bit older than me. This roommate has quickly proven himself to be a truly wonderful individual, both in private and professional life. I would even go so far as to say I deeply admire him. He is starting at a new top notch hospital along with other residents. He offered a place on his couch to any of these new residents, for a day or two, as they get settled into the city. He told me this well in advance. A younger women took him up on his offer. A day before she was set to arrive, he told me he was extending his vacation and asked me to do the hosting. The truth is with her professional background and career, I don't doubt she is a very trustworthy person. And I also don't mind helping my roommate out, as he has really been very kind with me. With that said, I am uncertain if what he did is fair to his guest. She had never met my roommate before, and they only came in contact over a facebook page for new residents. And then a day before she was set to arrive, she found out he wouldn't even be here, and she would be sharing an apartment with me. [more inside]
posted by jjmoney on May 29, 2014 - 28 answers

Can I please get a copy of that "This Is How People Act" memo?

Currently, I'm in grad school in DC. I feel like I'm putting my foot in it at every turn, especially toward people in positions of authority, like professors and bosses. At this point, I think there are probably lots of things I'm doing wrong that I don't even know about! Please tell me what the unwritten rules are for being a nice, friendly, pleasant person in this milieu, because I can't figure them out. [more inside]
posted by rue72 on Apr 6, 2014 - 32 answers

How to address a touchy-feely friend?

We have a close family friend who seems to have a problem keeping his hands to himself around my 8-year-old. We've spoken to him about it generally, but he doesn't seem to understand what we consider to be inappropriate. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 24, 2014 - 31 answers

Is this unprofessional conduct, or just being generous?

Someone in a position of authority, whose professional endorsement I'm seeking, put me in an awkward position. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 21, 2013 - 26 answers

How much touch is appropriate between father and 6/7 year old daughter?

My wife and I disagree strongly over how much touch is appropriate between myself and my almost-7 year old daughter. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 15, 2013 - 98 answers

my friend's son has asperger's and his behaviour is worrying her.

Asking for a dear Australian friend, "Ariane" who feels she has nowhere else to turn. Any and all advice gratefully received. "My son Henry is 19 years old and has Aspergers. He has a little brother George who is 12 and a sister Lily who is 2 1/2. We all live at home with my partner (who is the biological father of Lily). [more inside]
posted by taff on Mar 18, 2013 - 16 answers

Did I just offend this landscaper?

What did I do that was inappropriate in my consultation with this gardener/ landscape designer? [more inside]
posted by steinwald on Sep 22, 2012 - 30 answers

Should I send my condolences in hard-form?

My cousin's wife just lost her baby at 4 months along. This is her second miscarriage (one full-term pregnancy in between, daughter is now 1.5 y/o). I would like to send a card or have flowers delivered, but is it appropriate? [more inside]
posted by kthxbi on Apr 27, 2012 - 27 answers

Before bed, where do I put the clothes that I want to wear again?

Traditionally, where do people put the clothes they wore during the day that aren't dirty enough to go into the laundry hamper, but aren't clean enough to go back in the closet? Also, it's likely they want to wear them again soon. [more inside]
posted by Sully on Dec 22, 2011 - 85 answers

"But MoTHER, I CAN'T now because I'm READING!"

Please help me to find graphic novel/illustrated novel/comic strip novel/picture novella/comic book (whatever they're called) suggestions for my seven year old daughter? Preferences inside. [more inside]
posted by peagood on Oct 11, 2011 - 31 answers

Grief vs Sexuality

How do I reconcile my interests and passions with creativity and human sexuality, in the face of death, grief, and tragedy? Are there any thoughtful heartfelt resources from those who have talked about the two? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jan 3, 2011 - 10 answers

What is the threshold for neighborly decent exposure?

I moved into a new apartment where my back windows now face other neighbors, not too close, but not very far either. This exchange of views is a new thing to me. My question is: how dressed up do you have to be in order to avoid offending the neighborhood? Anyone with "rear window" experiences? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 18, 2010 - 23 answers

Everyone says volunteering is good for depression...

Is it appropriate for me to volunteer at a Youth Suicide Prevention group if I'm still depressed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 13, 2010 - 14 answers

How would you explain menstruation to little kids?

Please help me find an age-appropriate way to explain menstruation to my young kids. (This question is obviously not for anyone squicked out by female things.) [more inside]
posted by widdershins on Sep 1, 2009 - 32 answers

Websites for Elementary Kids?

What are some school appropriate websites I can use in the classroom? [more inside]
posted by debbie_ann on Jul 13, 2009 - 15 answers

Thoughtful gift for a new date?

I need help choosing a gift but the circumstances are complicated. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 3, 2008 - 14 answers

How do I deal with my Hulk-like anger?

How do I deal with my Hulk-like anger? [more inside]
posted by jackofsaxons on Feb 10, 2008 - 19 answers

Clean, upbeat, non-love songs

I'm looking for clean, upbeat songs that are NOT about love. I just need one business-appropriate one to edit a "Candids" video of business people at a sales meeting to. The client is super picky and wants pop music with exactly the right lyrics and a "high-energy" tempo. They liked the lyrics to "Oh Yeah" by Macy Gray but didn't think it was upbeat enough. Any ideas?
posted by nicholm on Jan 16, 2008 - 30 answers

Recommend a simple monochrome mobile phone that can sync with Mac / PC?

I want a simple mobile phone with a monochrome screen and a fast interface that can sync contacts with my Mac or PC via a cable or IR. Something like the Nokia 1110 but with the ability to sync! [more inside]
posted by tkbarbarian on Dec 19, 2007 - 3 answers

How do I adress public hygeine issues?

What is the best way to tell a potentially over sensitive co-worker that clipping her fingernails is not an appropriate thing to do in the office?
posted by anonymous on Dec 28, 2004 - 40 answers

How do I deal with racism at work?

Workplace racism and etiquette advice. MI. [more inside]
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen on Sep 6, 2004 - 15 answers

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