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Is it weird/creepy to attempt friendship with a one off acquaintance?

Recently I had to take my car in for repairs. I visited the shop for an estimate, spoke on the phone to the receptionist and dealt with her when dropping off my car and picking up the courtesy car. Not only was she very helpful in providing me with some information I needed (a previous shop I went to weren't helpful at all) but she was fun to interact with. She and I seemed to hit it off and chatted each time for a few minutes, about the car and also about some other random topics. After interacting with her I just felt like I wished she was my friend. The converation was light and fun and I think we share a sense of humor. Just to provide some more information: I'm a female in my early 40s and I think she is maybe late 40s. [more inside]
posted by thegoldfish on Dec 18, 2014 - 25 answers

I mean.... I just don't want to talk to you anymore?

I've tried to slow fade a friendship, but the slow fade doesn't seem to be working. [more inside]
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper on Dec 15, 2014 - 28 answers

Never mix friends and business! Lesson learned.

On my recommendation, my husband hired an old friend of mine to design his website last year. She behaved quite unprofessionally, and I haven't talked to her since both because of that and because of physical distance (we'd had only sporadic contact since university). But I'd like to at least get in touch with her for the holidays, because I do miss her. Should I break the ice? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by Pieprz on Dec 15, 2014 - 13 answers

I really am a people person. Really. But go away.

YANMT, but maybe you can help me figure out why I push away the very people I'd like to get to know better, both in romantic and platonic capacities. I'm asking as sort of a follow-up to this question but I really wanted help exploring that specific facet of things a little more deeply. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Dec 12, 2014 - 10 answers

¿How to repair a friendship?

Almost 6 months ago I screwed up a newish friend by vanishing and leaving them in the lurch with a job for a client (anxiety and depression problems, etc). I know the work relationship is absolutely destroyed but, is there any chance of repairing the friendship? I have no idea how to even try to fix this or if it's possible. [more inside]
posted by Memo on Nov 21, 2014 - 9 answers

In search of a Blu-ray player with specific apps

Is there a Blu-ray player with HBO Go and WWE Network? [more inside]
posted by dorisfromregopark on Nov 16, 2014 - 3 answers

Have you ever "broken up" with a friend?

There's a guy I've been friends with - very close friends at one point - for over 20 years. I won't get into the details, but I've decided that because of his shoddy behavior towards myself and others I no longer want him in my life. How should I proceed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 11, 2014 - 14 answers

Days gone Bye!

An impoverished friend that I haven’t seen in 5 years contacted me about lack of closure. There were a lot of bad things that happened then, that are not necessarily morally bad... I’m just not sure how to feel about it all or respond in kind? [more inside]
posted by krisb1701d on Nov 10, 2014 - 26 answers

How to say "NO" diplomatically so my (ex) friends don't get offended

Hi, I use to live in a neighborhood where a group of 10 girls used to be friends.I liked them and enjoyed their friendship for few years.I was very honest and sincere and very helpful to anyone when they need help.I am not a party type person.i couldn't join their family parties as my son has multiple allergies.They didn't like my decision not to join the family getogethers .They started making fun of my healthy life style I changed to for my son sake.I moved few miles away from that place and started feeling strange behaviors( like they didn't want me around) from few and then slowly came from each one of them.But nobody opening spoke about the problem to me directly.this continued for the last 1-1 1/2 years and I have been patiently ignoring their behavior and tried to smile when we met in girls only lunches.also,I lost my beloved Dad last year and I am still recovering from that .I am a positive person and I felt I can't take their behavior anymore and decided not to attend any of their group lunches to avoid me getting back at them if they behave like that again. [more inside]
posted by SunPower on Nov 8, 2014 - 6 answers

Living with friend who owes me rent

I live in a two bedroom flat which is owned by myself and my brother. She gets a discount half price, which goes to my brother. She owes several months rent, and now I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by akita on Oct 27, 2014 - 37 answers

Mom: Destroying Friendships Since 2014

My son has social delays that make making friends hard. He was finally on his way to making a real friend, and I (his mother) ruined it by inadvertently alienating the other child's mother. I can't fix it. How do I live with it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 25, 2014 - 17 answers

How to stop being polite and start getting real

I consider myself an exceedingly polite and considerate person, but often this makes me seem overly formal and has the (unintended?) effect of keeping people at arms' length. How can I reduce this behavior and act more casual and normal with people? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 22, 2014 - 16 answers

Apportioning ownership to creative ideas polished through collaboration

For very low budget, collaborative efforts, where the script is an outline and you are told to act like yourself, where there is no pay and no craft services and you are doing it because you enjoy being together, how is ownership usually apportioned? [more inside]
posted by GregorWill on Oct 21, 2014 - 8 answers

Public health issues and friendship issues re: childhood immunizations

How do I navigate finding and sharing information about unvaccinated populations at my local school when I am friends with at least some of these people? [more inside]
posted by tk on Oct 17, 2014 - 24 answers

Ambition: to have or not to have?

Too much ambition and you end up being disappointed for not achieving your goals. Too little, you're unattractive. How to strike a balance? [more inside]
posted by knz on Oct 16, 2014 - 35 answers

... I'm probably overthinking this.

I am a single woman, all of whose straight male friends are taken. I find that this is the only kind of opposite-sex friendship I can cultivate, but when the guys in question are single, it's different story. I find it difficult to get to know or be friends with guys when they're single and I'm single. Thought I'd ask the Hivemind for your ideas. [more inside]
posted by sockandawe on Oct 15, 2014 - 16 answers

I've been bottling my feelings up, and it's about to burst.

I'm in a weird friendship situation with two friends of mine (partnered), and after a combination of odd events and miscommunications, I'm not sure what to make out of it. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude on Oct 5, 2014 - 17 answers

I really wanna harmonize with a faraway friend

I've got a buddy who has recently returned to the opposite coast for a while. A big part of our friendship is singing together, which is right nice. The problem is we can't figure out how to do it now. Skype has that delay that always makes it feel like the other person is messing with you (and the volume goes down in my speakers when there's input from my mic?). Phone calls are weird when one person's trying to hold a guitar. Are there any solutions for this kinda thing yet, or are we reduced to sending recordings back and forth? [more inside]
posted by lauranesson on Sep 30, 2014 - 11 answers

The value of online friendship?

I'm uncertain how to proceed w/maintaining an online friendship and if I should move on or not. Internet drama ensues. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Sep 28, 2014 - 14 answers

Please help me tell good friends to not touch my newborn baby

I am a new mom to a six week old baby. My husband and I are part of a close group of friends we haven't seen in a while. They're eager to meet this baby and we'd like to let that happen next weekend. However, please help me firmly yet politely tell them they can't touch her until she's a little bigger. [more inside]
posted by dmbfan93 on Sep 19, 2014 - 56 answers

Two polar opposite friends clashing, who would've guessed?

When I was having a particularly rough time at home I told a good friend that I was thinking about living in my car for a while. Some time later he mentioned having told another friend about it, laughing about how ridiculous of an idea it was. I feel betrayed. I've told him how that made me feel and he doesn't seem to care so I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by blackzinfandel on Sep 18, 2014 - 28 answers

So I met my online friend in real life! What are these mixed emotions?

I met an online friend of about 10 years today in person and feel oddly emotional. What just happened? [more inside]
posted by Kat_Dubs on Sep 15, 2014 - 12 answers

Making Friends and Dating in Madison, WI at Age 32

Hi all, I've gone through previous questions relating to live in Madison, and it looks like I'm far from the first person to feel like it's super hard to make friends or find dates here at age 32. Before I give up and move, which I am very much considering, I want to know if there are options I've overlooked as far as meeting people goes. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Sep 12, 2014 - 15 answers

How should I handle my hunch that my boyfriend was abused?

How should I handle my hunch that my boyfriend was abused as a child -- when I am unsure about the future of our relationship in general? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 10, 2014 - 36 answers

How do I form stronger friendships and cope during a PhD transition?

Why would someone have a hard time getting people to want to be friends with him, yet be great at listening to people talk about deep personal issues? Is my personality "intense" in ways that amount to immaturity--and if it is, how do I hold onto my idealistic, nonconformist streak without coming across as a jerk or a child with it? And how do I deal with all of this while keeping my career in academia afloat? [more inside]
posted by urufu on Sep 4, 2014 - 19 answers

Words in books.

I want to give a great kid a couple of books. Not sure what to write in them. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Sep 4, 2014 - 11 answers

Coping with Friendship Blues

I wrote this question. I've been thinking a lot about my friendship with that guy, specifically how to proceed with it. Small blizzard under the fold. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 30, 2014 - 14 answers

Thinking about others until it's inconvenient

Help me form a strategy for reaching out to people I have met and want to know better. I need a new one to help me search for work, but I have difficulty working with specific sorts of strategies for general sorts of problems, so I'd like to avoid making it about job hunting exactly. More about how to think of people in a way that accounts for my own interests while still thinking of them and not myself. [more inside]
posted by LogicalDash on Aug 29, 2014 - 4 answers

What are reasonable expectations of looking after an unwell friend?

I’m having troubles working out if I’m being unreasonable in the below scenario. [more inside]
posted by pennywise_1 on Aug 27, 2014 - 49 answers

What do I do about a friend?

I'm not sure how to proceed in a friendship. Thrilling details within. [more inside]
posted by saturn~jupiter on Aug 25, 2014 - 25 answers

My Best Frenemy's Wedding

(ugh.) Friend B from this post is getting married next month, and I don't want to go. Or I do want to go, to support her fiance and be with old friends. But I don't want to celebrate her in any way. How do I proceed and keep my dignity? [more inside]
posted by magdalemon on Aug 21, 2014 - 45 answers

where are you, my fellow nerds?

I've lived in Kansas City for about three years, and due to my tendency to be an introvert I really haven't found any friends outside of work. I tend to get along best with nerdy intellectual/perpetual student types, but am open to branching out a bit. I've tried Meetup groups with little success. Anybody have ideas I could check out? KC specific or more general wouldn't hurt either. Thanks!
posted by gilsonal on Aug 20, 2014 - 10 answers

Weekend guest etiquette - am I right to be upset?

I recently had two very close friends to stay for the weekend. My partner and I put a load of effort into tidying and cleaning the house, buying new towels for our guests, filling the cupboards and fridge with yummy (and expensive!) food, and my partner spent hours cooking. I had a nice, though tiring, weekend (with some awkwardness as we have all changed over the years since we were very, very close) but when the guests had left, my partner pointed out that neither of them had brought a gift (I would never expect something huge, but I don't think I ever don't take a bottle of wine/flowers/chocolates if I go to stay with someone..). We also realised that neither of them had offered to (or taken it upon themselves) to help with the washing up after any of the homemade meals we had - even breakfast! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 18, 2014 - 64 answers

Why is this "straight" guy so fond of me?

I have an overly close friendship with a straight guy, which is turning into a marriage in every way except sex. What could be going through his mind? Why is this "straight" guy so fond of me? More below. [more inside]
posted by Kwadeng on Aug 16, 2014 - 39 answers

Am I being a good friend or being taken advantage of?

I had to back out of a paying gig that a friend and I had agreed to work on together. I backed out because of health complications, but she was very upset, so I agreed to try and help get the project finished in any capacity that I was still able. It's now turning into a much bigger mess, and said friend is expecting more work from me. I want to help my friend, but I also feel like I'm being a sucker. [more inside]
posted by LANA! on Aug 15, 2014 - 21 answers

My 30 yr.old friend's mom has stage 4 cancer, how to be there for her?

Hey All! How can I support my friend? I have only know her for 6 months. It is awkward, do I say something and check-in on her mom or not? What is the most supportive thing to do?
posted by TRUELOTUS on Aug 11, 2014 - 14 answers

I don't have friends.

I'm interested in improving my social or networking skills for a better perspective on life. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Jul 28, 2014 - 8 answers

It's "banana," not "'nana"

How do I ask a friend to stop speaking in a baby voice? Friend in question is 22 years old. [more inside]
posted by mlo on Jul 21, 2014 - 51 answers

When Is It Good To Let go Of An Internet Friendship?

I've had a two year friendship with someone I've never met but care a great deal for. It is causing a lot of stress. I am unsure how to end it given the intensity of our communication. I have included more in the extended area. [more inside]
posted by Fayrose on Jul 18, 2014 - 17 answers

I'm sorry, I can't help you.

Lawyers: how do you decline helping out your friends? [more inside]
posted by naju on Jul 14, 2014 - 21 answers

Handling an irresponsible friend

Things have come to a head with a friend, and I want to figure out if I'm right in wanting to cut and run, or if there is something else I should instead be doing. While the friend has her virtues (she's kind, a social butterfly, fun to hang out with), I've come to the conclusion that she is also very irresponsible, and my experiences dealing with this irresponsibility have become a point of stress and frustration in my life. [more inside]
posted by Sakura3210 on Jul 13, 2014 - 21 answers

helping others while maintaining my own sanity

I have a friend who is having a horrible life right now and I want to be supportive but I am also having a horrible life right now. How can I help but not put my own mental health at risk? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Jul 11, 2014 - 16 answers

A fareweather friend apologizes for being a bad friend, should I care?

I'd already stopped caring a few months ago and it's hard to go back to caring again. [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Jun 25, 2014 - 20 answers

We can be friends if you respect how boring I am.

My friend would like me to go out more. I am not interested. How do I address the tensions this is causing in our friendship? [more inside]
posted by Milau on Jun 25, 2014 - 18 answers

What makes a good Barbecue?

What makes a good Barbecue? [more inside]
posted by Caskeum on Jun 21, 2014 - 14 answers

Yeah, so the real reason I didn't come to your party....

Do I tell a good friend that I've been avoiding him because my husband's jealous of the friendship? Gory details and backstory inside. [more inside]
posted by Gwendoline Mary on Jun 8, 2014 - 26 answers

Socially awkward human seeks advice on friendship.

A while back, my friend sent me a message confessing his love for me. Awesome, right? Not so much. I failed to reply because I am a socially awkward human being and it was overwhelming at the time and now he has stopped speaking to me entirely. I'm not sure how to fix this, and honestly, I'm not sure if I even want to. [more inside]
posted by sarahgrace on Jun 7, 2014 - 19 answers

Cat scratch = money fever?

A friend who is catsittting claims that my cat has "gashed" her nose. She included a photo of her face and it's setting off alarm bells. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by wxysock on Jun 5, 2014 - 32 answers

Need help sorting out a very complicated friendship

Just over a year ago, I met this guy, let's call him A, via email. He got in touch with me requesting some of my tutoring services and asked if I were willing to teach him via Skype. This tutoring relationship collapsed after a few months due to a number of factors but he insisted we stay in touch on a more personal level. I quickly learned that he'd gone through a lot in life: abuse, estranged family, homelessness. I wanted to learn about his life and be there for him because it became apparent that he didn't have any fixtures of support in his life whatsoever. The nature of our friendship became more and more intense. All-night phone calls became the norm and it began to have a significant effect on my ability to function in my already hectic life. After several months of this, all of the following have happened: I told him that I felt our friendship was dysfunctional and that we should cease contact, he told me that he couldn't live without me and said he was in love with me. And then made a last-minute trip to visit me. I'm so confused and lost as to how to handle this situation and desperately need perspective. Big ol' wall of text inside. [more inside]
posted by csjc on Jun 4, 2014 - 42 answers

Please help me figure out if this friendship is over

I think a friendship that had meant a whole lot to me is over. Part of me is ready to just cut ties and call it a day, but another part of me is loathe to let go of what had been a really fun and meaningful friendship. Details below. [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby on Jun 4, 2014 - 48 answers

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