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Check please?

I went out with a girl twice and she just sent me a Facebook message telling me that she's seeing someone else now and that she wants to take me out to dinner to pay me back for the previous dates. [more inside]
posted by Groovytimes on Oct 26, 2010 - 51 answers

What to give a mentor as a thank-you gift?

Is it appropriate to give a thank you gift to a mentor, and what can I give someone who doesn't drink, doesn't eat junk food, and doesn't like flowers? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Oct 25, 2010 - 27 answers

Advice on visiting a Catholic Church

Dear MeFi Catholics... help...? (possibly UK specific) [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon on Oct 19, 2010 - 21 answers

Is turnaround fair play when it comes to weddings?

Despite my profile name, my wife and I recently celebrated our two year anniversary. Yay! We recently received an engagement party and wedding invitation from a couple that didn't give us a gift for our wedding. Now, we're not sure how to handle the gift situation. Do we get them a gift as we would any other wedding, do we scale down the size of the gift, or do we not give a gift at all? [more inside]
posted by love is a murderer on Oct 19, 2010 - 65 answers

Thank you gift for flying 3000 miles for my dumb birthday party?

My friends flew 3000 miles to Seattle as a surprise for my 40th birthday party, and I just don't know how to thank them for what it meant to me! Friends: married couple, and the wife's sister (who I've known since she was like 10 and is now 35). They are super-cool and very not-poor and live in Brooklyn and don't need for anything, and I have no clue what I could do/give to express my thanks. [more inside]
posted by tristeza on Oct 18, 2010 - 16 answers

Quiting by Email

I need to resign my job sometime on monday - I'm taking a position at another company. Through contracts and sub-contracts, I have at least 3 different "bosses" who work at three locations - I only sit at the same location as one boss (one of the others is fairly accessible). Is submitting a resignation by email to the off-site bosses acceptable to mainstream north american business etiquette? [more inside]
posted by Deep Dish on Oct 17, 2010 - 11 answers

The unwritten code of rock concerts.

Rock concert etiquette: What are the unwritten rules of general admission, unseated shows. re: your spot. [more inside]
posted by windbox on Oct 16, 2010 - 32 answers

Help me get my wreck of a body into some kind of shape, please

I just started working out at my university's gym, but I have some difficulties and some questions... [more inside]
posted by patheral on Oct 13, 2010 - 31 answers

Broken eyeglass etiquette - who should pay?

Who is at fault and who should pay for the expensive broken eyeglasses to be fixed? [more inside]
posted by stealabove on Oct 12, 2010 - 57 answers

The fine line between 'gentleman' and 'creep'...

How do I offer to escorting my date home without sounding like I'm sleazily trying to invite myself back to her place? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 7, 2010 - 38 answers

Where do I go from here with this close encounter of the non-consensual kind?

I have a problem with one of the students I tutor, but I'm not sure if he realized he crossed the line. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 5, 2010 - 35 answers

So... your husband. Not a child molester, by any chance?

There is a very small, but still nonzero, chance that my brother-in-law might be a pedophile. I have a toddler daughter who is very close to her aunt. How can I tactfully gather more information about this, and how should I handle it with my family? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 5, 2010 - 59 answers

How do I not stab my roommate in the face?

How do I not stab my roommate in the face? My roommate is mind numbingly annoying and I'm starting to hate her. How do I not do that? [more inside]
posted by katybird on Oct 4, 2010 - 39 answers

Returning or keeping engagement ring

Drama Alert: Question about returning an engagement ring after the engagement is called off. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 29, 2010 - 42 answers

Etiquette in a Modern Age

What's the etiquette for contacting a cousin I haven't spoken to in eight years on facebook? How exactly to do it? Is it a bad idea? Unique circumstances inside. [more inside]
posted by slide on Sep 29, 2010 - 16 answers

Dear [first name / last name]

I'm applying to a job where I recently worked for 2 years. In my cover letter and statement of interest, should I refer to my former co-workers (who are much older than me) by first, last, or full name? [more inside]
posted by jejune on Sep 29, 2010 - 5 answers

Should I pay to replace a rude guest's shawl?

Does etiquette require me to replace the shawl of a dinner party guest that she ruined while out walking our property? [more inside]
posted by Nickel Pickle on Sep 27, 2010 - 171 answers

iPhone broken by a 2.5 year old

What's the etiquette consensus on paying for things broken by a relative's child? Last night my wife was at her brother's house. Their 2.5 year old boy snatched her iPhone from her hand while she was using it and smashed it against a wall, breaking the screen. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Sep 15, 2010 - 63 answers

Not-obvious things you shouldn't say to women

What are some not-obvious things you can't/shouldn't say to women? [more inside]
posted by pauldonato on Sep 15, 2010 - 172 answers

Cabin Feaver

How do I invite 12 people to a cabin that fits seven? [more inside]
posted by Diablevert on Sep 14, 2010 - 21 answers

Wedding fashion woes

Late September - 2pm wedding in a Catholic church (although I'm not 100% certain it's a true Catholic ceremony), with reception at 4:30pm. Is this outfit okay to wear? [more inside]
posted by shoppingforsanity on Sep 13, 2010 - 73 answers

What to do about a partially acknowledged wedding gift?

YetAnotherWeddingGiftQuestion: A month ago my husband and I attended a friend's wedding. We took our gifts to the reception (a cookbook and a set of pots and pans, wrapped in the same distinctive wrapping paper). Today we received a thank-you note - for the cookbook. Do I ask the bride and groom about the cookware? My motivation isn't "we got you this nice gift, and we want you to acknowledge it." When we got married, we received one set of china that we couldn't ever attribute to anyone, and it bugs me to this day that we couldn't properly thank the gift-giver. So, do I ask? Or just let it go? These folks are friends, but not close ones.
posted by killy willy on Sep 8, 2010 - 20 answers

Couchsurfing etiquette

Calling all CouchSurfers! As a, sort of, follow up to this question. I have a question about Couchsurfing etiquette/expectations from people who have already hosted/surfed. [more inside]
posted by prufrock on Sep 8, 2010 - 6 answers

Tipping the Driver, the Baker, the Cake Decorator?

Should I tip the person who baked, decorated, and is going to deliver the birthday cake I ordered for my boyfriend? [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on Sep 2, 2010 - 31 answers

Ok to ask?

If I'm invited to a cocktails only and dancing wedding reception, may I ask to bring a date? [more inside]
posted by hellameangirl on Aug 31, 2010 - 48 answers

social etiquette filter: how do you handle someone butting in line, in front of you?

social etiquette filter: how do you handle someone butting in line, in front of you? [more inside]
posted by thermonuclear.jive.turkey on Aug 27, 2010 - 39 answers

What do I need to know to survive at a jazz jam session?

I've played jazz for many years, but never done the jam session thing. What rules of etiquette should I follow? [more inside]
posted by IjonTichy on Aug 26, 2010 - 5 answers

Thanks for the money, I'm gonna spend it all on fancy hats!

Received a small scholarship--any etiquette tips? [more inside]
posted by aka burlap on Aug 18, 2010 - 8 answers

How can I salvage a bad sell on eBay?

My first sale on eBay was a new and unused mobile phone. Turns out that (unknown to me) it wasn’t new and has been used before. This is starting to turn into a bit of a disaster for an eBay virgin and threatens to tar me with a poor sellers rating. Can seasoned eBay’ers please give me some advice! [more inside]
posted by mr_silver on Aug 18, 2010 - 25 answers

Should I be tipping Dr. Sofa?

Should I be tipping Dr. Sofa? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton on Aug 15, 2010 - 6 answers

What's appropriate in the world of online dating?

OnlineDatingEtiquetteFilter: I'm somewhat new to the online dating scene, opting for free sites such as OKCupid. As a guy interested in women, there's a few points of etiquette that I'm just not exactly sure how to handle. A series of questions after the cut. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 14, 2010 - 30 answers

Can I hang out at the bar if I'm dating the bartender?

Dating a bartender - is it ok to hang out at the bar? (But me and the bar began our relationship first!) [more inside]
posted by teststrip on Aug 11, 2010 - 21 answers

My schedule is totally not interested in you

Mind-reading Filter: What does this mean - "Well, I'm totally booked up this week... I don't know what my schedule is next week." [more inside]
posted by XMLicious on Aug 10, 2010 - 21 answers

Combatting Transphobia 101?

Dear enlightened AskMe, can you help me talk well, make clear points and provide quality links to nerdy teenagers on the internet about transgender issues? [more inside]
posted by Mizu on Aug 10, 2010 - 11 answers

Trying to find the line between Good Samaritan and Creepy McCreeperson

I saw a woman weeping on the subway and I did nothing. Was that the appropriate response? [more inside]
posted by soonertbone on Aug 1, 2010 - 84 answers

A friend distributed my awful resume. Now what?

I sent a possibly-horrible resume to an influential friend, who graciously passed it along. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 28, 2010 - 7 answers

What is the best way to ruin someone's wedding plans?

Yes, sure I'll play piano at your wedding. But now it's a week before the wedding and changes have been made that I'm not musically capable of handling! What do I do? [more inside]
posted by kataclysm on Jul 27, 2010 - 43 answers

How do I stick up for my beliefs and not be a member of the PC police?

How do I stick up for my beliefs while not being a member of the PC police? [more inside]
posted by joeyjoejoejr on Jul 24, 2010 - 25 answers

How do I communicate employment enthusiasm without alienating anyone?

How do I explain a belated e-mail in a professional context? And how does one write a letter of inquiry to someone who already has the job? Bean-plate overthinking inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 23, 2010 - 4 answers

Did I overreact about the towel thing?

In my gym at a large academic institution: this guy took my towel today by mistake in the locker room, in the showers (we were both in the showers, he got out first). He didn't tell me, but left me to figure out that he had left his towel on the other side of the other shower that he had used. I was perplexed and angry. Should I have been so pissed? More below. [more inside]
posted by dubitable on Jul 21, 2010 - 33 answers

Sorry, your friend's not hot enough.

How do I deal with people pushing blind dates, when love is not (for the moment) blind? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 12, 2010 - 15 answers

I want to hang out with my friend!

I invited a friend to go to an event, and then she invited her boyfriend and other friends. I don't really want to hang out with her other friends! What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by so_gracefully on Jul 8, 2010 - 44 answers

How to be politically correct while still being political?

How do I politely back out of political/social commentary without appearing uninformed? [more inside]
posted by Miss Mitz on Jul 4, 2010 - 24 answers

WeddingFilter: "You're not invited"

How do I politely say "you aren't invited to my wedding" to (almost) all of our guests. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 28, 2010 - 54 answers

Dogs and public parks

I was just called an A-hole for letting my dog pee on a bush in a public park. Is this a typical reaction? [more inside]
posted by deadweightloss on Jun 20, 2010 - 54 answers

What should I do about a dog that is not supposed to live in the building?

The renters upstairs have a dog. Our lease clearly states no pets, and the dog barks all the time. I've talked to the guys upstairs about the dog, and they told me he would only be there another week. That was one month ago, and I still hear and see the dog daily. Should I approach the landlord, or is that petty? [more inside]
posted by superlibby on Jun 11, 2010 - 35 answers

How do you break up with your doctor?

He wants a new doctor. I need to keep a good relationship with the once he's about to dump. [more inside]
posted by Sweetie Darling on Jun 7, 2010 - 9 answers

9:30 Sunday night phone call? Someone better be dead.

Businesslike behavior: Is it different today for 20-somethings? Maybe I'm just old... [more inside]
posted by lothar on Jun 4, 2010 - 27 answers

I'm sorry, I can't understand you

You're at a loud party, or you have a bad phone connection, or the other person has a thick accent. Whatever the culprit is, you're having trouble understanding what the other person is saying. You've already asked them to repeat what they were saying, but still, no dice. How do you handle this politely and gracefully?
posted by estlin on May 31, 2010 - 20 answers

If you tell me just go with "queer" I'll know you're messing with me.

Is "LGBT" the official designation for any particular organization or group, or is it simply an accepted social convention, like saying "white people" or "ball players?" [more inside]
posted by snapped on May 31, 2010 - 16 answers

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