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To use info from a girl's online profile in talking to her offline?

I've recently made chit-chat with an attractive barista at a coffee shop I frequent, mostly about the writing group I meet with there and a band we both like that she was playing over the sound system one day. This past weekend I signed into OKCupid for the first time in awhile, and she's one of the first matches that comes up for me. So now not only do I know that she's single, but that we both like several other bands, authors, shows and movies. We actually have a good bit in common. Do I exploit my new-found knowledge of her to make conversation in person (which is publicly posted, and it's not like I went looking for it), or do I message her on OKC in a "fancy meeting you here" sort of way? Which is less creepy?
posted by Zorz on Jul 26, 2011 - 40 answers

Should I acknowledge counsellor's situation?

My counsellor has experienced a loss herself. Should I acknowledge it? [more inside]
posted by amoeba syndrome on Jul 24, 2011 - 10 answers

How to Be Good to Her Under Difficult Circumstances?

My sister is being extremely difficult. Should I go to her wedding? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 23, 2011 - 59 answers

What should my next step be?

Job search, interview, etiquette question. Sorry for the length. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 19, 2011 - 4 answers

looking a gift horse in the mouth, or something

Should I ask my generous relative who is paying for our trip to have my own hotel room with my husband? [more inside]
posted by stranger danger on Jul 12, 2011 - 57 answers

Is it too late to mail wedding thank yous?

My wedding was almost two years ago, and I never sent out official thank you cards, because apparently I suck. I want to go ahead and send them out now, but would that be even more awkward? [more inside]
posted by crowyhead on Jul 11, 2011 - 41 answers

How do I deal with Racist friends?

What do I say to racist friends? A guy I know makes racist jokes, and I don't know how to call him on it because he's technically not disparaging me? [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Jul 10, 2011 - 41 answers

Is there any way to uninvite someone?

How do you uninvite someone to a party? Is it ever acceptable? [more inside]
posted by Hey nonny nonny mouse on Jul 9, 2011 - 42 answers

Keep my meetup from becoming a creepup!

Help me resolve my first Meetup group drama. [more inside]
posted by rouftop on Jul 6, 2011 - 20 answers

Job interview: too late for a thank-you note?

Have I blown it for good? Interviewed for a job 13 days ago and then followed up with a different interviewer 5 days ago, and neglected to send thank-you notes both times. No decision has been made yet -- should I just let it go at this point, or would I still be better off sending my thanks? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 5, 2011 - 9 answers

Will a proposal steal the bride's thunder?

Is it a bad idea to propose the day before (or the day of) my girlfriend's good friend's wedding? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 30, 2011 - 70 answers

Visiting during Ramadan...good idea?

I am thinking of visiting a friend for 2-3 days during the month of Ramadan. My friend may or may not fast this time. Is it bad manners to visit during this time? What are the things that I should and shouldn't do while I am there, if I decide to go? (And no, visiting any other time of the year or the next year may be out of the question. We are meeting after 17 years) Should I bring something over with me? (I will be flying there) Thanks all!
posted by xm on Jun 24, 2011 - 8 answers

Should I carry the purse?

Should I carry my co-worker's sister's purse? [more inside]
posted by amodelcitizen on Jun 24, 2011 - 19 answers

I am a horrible person: New Baby Edition

I flaked out on a friend's new-baby acknowledgment... for two months! Exactly how much of a transgression is this, and what (if anything) can I do to mitigate the damage? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 16, 2011 - 22 answers

Asking about names of people you know?

How to ask someone's name that you've known for years without sounding like a jerk? [more inside]
posted by udon on Jun 1, 2011 - 30 answers

Flashing hazards as you pass

USA folks. We are driving on mountain roads, me following you, you traveling more slowly than me. You kindly pull in to let me pass. After I pass I switch on my hazards briefly as I pull away. How do you interpret this? [more inside]
posted by Disco Moo on May 28, 2011 - 53 answers

tastes good but not in good taste?

Would it be in bad taste for me to bring wine to a dinner party hosted by two recovering alcoholics? I know at least 3 of the other 5 guests are drinkers, so it's not like I'd be drinking the wine alone. Should I just bring a plant?
posted by BadgerDoctor on May 26, 2011 - 56 answers

My fiancé refuses to let his parents help out with our wedding.

My fiancé refuses to let his parents help pay for our wedding. Should I say anything, or am I walking into a minefield? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 25, 2011 - 33 answers

What to take to boss's BBQ?

What should I bring to my boss's barbecue? [more inside]
posted by jackfruit on May 21, 2011 - 27 answers

Dog park/walks etiquette from a dog owner's perspective-- what's okay and what's not?

Large, sweet, excitable puppy. Meeting new dogs at the park and on neighborhood walks-- help me with proper etiquette! [more inside]
posted by mireille on May 15, 2011 - 23 answers

Should I complain?

A server at a restaurant yesterday was rude. Do I call and complain? [more inside]
posted by mchorn on May 11, 2011 - 49 answers

Am I being oversensitive about an unexpected dinner guest?

Is my friend being rude, or am I overreacting? And how do I get over it in time for dinner tonight? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 11, 2011 - 75 answers

Should we try to haggle at the Local Camera Store using Amazon's prices?

My husband is in the market for a new camera. There's one camera store in town that carries the cameras he's considering. The camera store is asking $100 more than Amazon. Should he tell the camera store what Amazon is charging? (I.e., try to haggle?) [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn on May 10, 2011 - 30 answers

How to turn down this introduction?

Went to a "networking" event, realized after I walked into the bar that they meant beer and business cards networking, but stayed a few minutes anyway and met someone who offered to introduce me to someone who worked someplace that might be hiring Ruby development interns. Help me talk my way out of this without offending anyone, and help me avoid this problem next time. [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang on May 5, 2011 - 16 answers

Agreed to review a book. It's awful. Now what?

I agreed to review a novel. I just received the review copy and read the first chapter, and it's absolutely awful. What does professional etiquette dictate here? [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt on Apr 24, 2011 - 25 answers

The Most Toast

Toast Filter: Some members of my family feel it necessary to touch everyone else's glass when toasting at the table - glass-to-glass contact between every dang glass at the table. It can be a bit inconvenient, especially when there more than a few people at the table. Anyone know toast etiquette / history? [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Apr 23, 2011 - 19 answers

I need to understand more about cultural differences in doing business with Japan

I need to understand the Japanese cultural importance of "saving face" with respect to business, and how I can make myself less frustrated with an ongoing business negotiation I'm involved in. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 20, 2011 - 10 answers

Polite Dispensation of Elderly Attentions?

How do I deal with my elderly gentleman stalker? Story inside. [more inside]
posted by thisness on Apr 3, 2011 - 32 answers

On my first day at a new job, help me deal gracefully with jetlag.

I'll be jetlagged for the first day (and week) at my new job. Help me deal with this gracefully in my new workplace. [more inside]
posted by paindemie on Mar 21, 2011 - 11 answers

Should I stay or should I go now?

We broke up. Who keeps the apartment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 17, 2011 - 26 answers

How do I fit into my peer group at work when I have some constraints?

Asking for a friend: How do I, an Indian, fit into my peer group without being an odd duck? [more inside]
posted by theobserver on Mar 15, 2011 - 29 answers

Graciously Backing Out of an Undergraduate Research Position

What is the most gracious way for me to back out of the undergraduate research I said I would take up for the upcoming fall semester, given that I've spent two semesters working in the lab already? I don't want the people I worked with to have a bad impression of me because of the fact that I demonstrated so much interest in and commitment to their field only to quit prematurely. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 15, 2011 - 12 answers

How to inform coworkers I am married

Workplace Etiquette Filter: How to inform coworkers I am married? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 15, 2011 - 30 answers

Need some Mrs. Manner's advice, stat.

Question about a wedding invitation situation with a coworker/ college friend... [more inside]
posted by CharlieSue on Mar 6, 2011 - 18 answers

How do you respond when the interviewer misses your phone interview?

I had a phone interview for an entry level position at a small tech startup, but the interviewer is about forty minutes late with no signs of appearing. How do I respond? Possibly relevant: When I confirmed the interview, I forgot to "Reply All" and didn't CC it to two people. Because of this, my interviewer might have missed my confirmation or something.
posted by grammar corrections on Mar 5, 2011 - 11 answers

Bike storage negotiation

What's the most polite and likely-to-be-successful way to ask my new neighbors if I can continue to store my bike on the landing outside their apartment? [more inside]
posted by mlle valentine on Mar 1, 2011 - 19 answers

Is there an etiquette for reclining in the air?

Is there an etiquette for reclining in the air? [more inside]
posted by lpsguy on Feb 28, 2011 - 85 answers

I want to out on dates, not sit at home and write emails

Online dating question for the women of Metafilter : if a guy asks you out in the first email, do you automatically assume that he's a player, a creep, or otherwise undesirable? What if you email him first, and he asks you out in his first reply? [more inside]
posted by Sloop John B on Feb 25, 2011 - 48 answers

Is there a "Miss Manners" attachment to this thing?

Plate o' wedding beans: We're starting to receive early wedding gifts, both from people attending and not attending the ceremony in 3.5 weeks. Should we open them? Acknowledge their receipt? Send proper thank-you notes? Help me, Emily-Post-i-fites. [more inside]
posted by supercres on Feb 22, 2011 - 19 answers

Bloody dilemma

How can I (should I) talk to my roommate about leaving the toilet seat bloody during her period? [more inside]
posted by pluot on Feb 19, 2011 - 34 answers

Dear Slutty Abby

What's the general opinion on "morning after" etiquette? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 8, 2011 - 57 answers

How can I politely rebut "Everything happens for a reason"?

People always say, “Things happen for a reason,” or, “It was meant to be,” or, “God has a plan.” But I don’t believe any of those things, and I don’t know how to respond politely when people say them. [more inside]
posted by tatiana wishbone on Feb 8, 2011 - 89 answers

Dude, you're totally harshing my network connection.

I feel like a dick asking this, but is there any way to tell if my neighbors are throttling our shared internet connection with downloads? And if they are, is there any way to partition the connection so my connection's not affected? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Feb 3, 2011 - 24 answers

Maybe I should say no thanks in song?

Unwanted gift etiquette - What do I do with this thing now? [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics on Jan 30, 2011 - 22 answers

Will Beethoven roll over in his grave at the sight of jeans?

Going to see an NSO performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC tonight. Does it matter what I wear? [more inside]
posted by the foreground on Jan 29, 2011 - 13 answers

Why do restaurants expect people to reuse their dirty utensils?

At many restaurants, after the starter course is finished, the waiter will remove my dirty knife and fork from the plate, and leave them for me to use with my main course. I dislike this, and usually will ask for a clean knife and fork for the next course. My question is: what is the thinking behind this? The added cost I would think is trivial, and it just seems really weird to expect people to eat a new course with food from the last course on the utensils. Is there some financial aspect to putting more utensils through the dishwasher that I'm missing?
posted by kevinsp8 on Jan 28, 2011 - 46 answers

Slightly late or slightly early?

When you're meeting up with people, should you err on the side of "slightly early" or on the side of "slightly late"? [more inside]
posted by forza on Jan 24, 2011 - 75 answers

How to Hold Open a Door

What is the proper way to hold a door for someone you are walking with? [more inside]
posted by jefficator on Jan 19, 2011 - 25 answers

What are the best follow-up techniques to use when you lose a creative pitch or proposal?

What are the best follow-up techniques to use when you lose a creative pitch or proposal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 12, 2011 - 1 answer

Would you mind taking your shoes off?

If I asked you to take your shoes off when you came into our (North American) home, would you be put off? What kind of foot covering can I offer you to make it less annoying? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Jan 4, 2011 - 222 answers

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