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How to express condolences with estranged neighbor?

Our somewhat estranged neighbors just lost their 19 y/o son in a tragic accident. How do we communicate our sympathies? [more inside]
posted by keith0718 on Sep 12, 2009 - 28 answers

I am at a standstill. Have a done everything I should??

When I think about the situation, I think I'm doing the right thing. Then why do I feel so bad about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 11, 2009 - 44 answers

Let's be friends

Ambiguous date requests. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 10, 2009 - 25 answers

I am madly in love and don't know what to do. Should I tell her?

I am madly in love and don't know what to do. Should I tell her? [more inside]
posted by Takeyourtime on Sep 2, 2009 - 27 answers

Isolation Fatigue

What happened to my ability to trust in and connect with people? How do I regain it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 30, 2009 - 9 answers

Is it legal to solicit paid friendship?

Is it legal (or even safe) to buy friendship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 19, 2009 - 38 answers

Losing it over losing touch

What are some useful techniques to overcome separation anxiety? Sub-Question: How do you successfully "keep in touch"? [more inside]
posted by RingerChopChop on Aug 12, 2009 - 3 answers

How do I deal with a coworker (and potential friend) that is distracting me at work?

How do I deal with a coworker (and potential friend) who is distracting me at work? [more inside]
posted by Buttons on Aug 5, 2009 - 12 answers

How to make a particular friend

Another "how do I become friends with this person?" question! (Only possibly with a little more to it). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 2, 2009 - 11 answers

Meeting a crazy ex?

Should I meet my crazy ex boyfriend, one that was a huge emotional disaster? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 31, 2009 - 54 answers

Don't judge me, but....

I am the "judgmental friend." What does this mean? Should I change, and if so, how? [more inside]
posted by thebazilist on Jul 28, 2009 - 52 answers

Did I screw up my friendship breakup?

Yet another friendship breakup question. A very, very dear friend has disappeared from my life during the past three years. We had this amazing chemistry, which we both acknowledged... until she cut me off her life with no explanation. I have three actual questions on friendship breakups. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 24, 2009 - 43 answers

Patching Over Things

Brainstorming filter: ideas on properly appreciative ways to returning a borrowed book to once-a-friend and ways to salvage our friendship? [more inside]
posted by hedonic.muse on Jul 23, 2009 - 13 answers

Dealing with being friend-dumped?

Over the past year, I have slowly been dumped by a friend... I think? Should I just let her go? How to deal with the hurt feelings? What questions should I be asking about my own role in the breakup? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 21, 2009 - 23 answers

Enough about me, what about you?

How can I stop feeling bad for myself when something good happens to one of my friends? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 16, 2009 - 25 answers

Help me push the reset button on this friendship.

I faded out messily from a long-distance friend's life a year ago - he sent emails, called, etc., while I was too busy and guilty to respond. I'd like to reconnect. What's the most gracious way to do this? [more inside]
posted by flawsekno on Jul 9, 2009 - 15 answers

Celebrating 30 years of friendship. How?

Celebrating 30 years of friendship. How? [more inside]
posted by yawper on Jul 2, 2009 - 5 answers

She may be my best friend, but I'm not hers...

How can I deal with the fact that my best friend is not inviting me to her wedding? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 19, 2009 - 90 answers

The universal mateship code

Anyone who has been to Australia or talked to any Australian males (sometimes females) will know they frequently call people they have never met before or even people they're angry with: "mate". What other expressions of universal male bonding are used in other countries?
posted by vizsla on Jun 18, 2009 - 35 answers

Can we still live together or are we crazy to think it could work?

This is yet another "we're broken up but still living together and want to remain friends," question, but with some complications... specifically, we had planned a Caribbean vacation for next winter, and she still wants us to go together... I'm not so sure that's a great idea. Long, drawn-out story follows. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 7, 2009 - 13 answers

We were friends, that was as far as it went

I was rejected pretty kindly, we are being friends, and we're hanging out an awful, awful lot. Please help me get some perspective. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 6, 2009 - 10 answers

Art Gallery closes, my "friend" steals from fellow artist

I am an oil painter. I have a friend who is (was) a gallery owner (G). The gallery owner knew I am in touch with an esteemed oil painter (E) and arranged to have a two man show with E and another local (venerated) painter. Unbeknownst to E the G is/was in serious financial trouble. E had a gallery for a decade and had a decent reputation. Well, E's show went up and 3 paintings were sold. The other artist had 2 paintings sell. I know E trusted G largely because he felt if I was involved G is a good guy. (The "contact" type of arrangement). G's gallery has now closed and I have helped in final details as a volunteer as G has no staff. I consider G a friend..he has helped me as an artist. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 28, 2009 - 11 answers

When does becoming a good listener go too far?

As a friend of someone who is going through an extended personal rough patch, how do I find and maintain a good balance between being a sympathetic ear and feeling like a punching bag? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 27, 2009 - 18 answers

How can I compare to a supermodel in training?

My friend is gorgeous like a supermodel. I am not. How do I stop feeling down on myself? I am starting to resent her due to my jealousy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2009 - 45 answers

Help me figure out how (and if) I should dump a friend.

She wants to escalate the friendship; I want to dial it back but not necessarily end it. How can I handle this without being mean or subjecting my other friends to this tiresome person? [more inside]
posted by JennyK on Apr 29, 2009 - 30 answers

Dealing with Gossip and Mutual Friends

You're with some friends and they begin to maliciously gossip about one of your friends. What do you do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 26, 2009 - 36 answers

How do I show a fantastic friend that I appreciate her?

Help me do something sweet for a friend. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 15, 2009 - 18 answers

Are my standards for friendship too high?

Are my standards for friendship too high? I have a friend who seems to constantly, deliberately avoid hanging out with me, but was upset to learn I'd distanced myself from her as well. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 14, 2009 - 25 answers

Just fade out?

To piggyback on this previous question, should you let the other person know that you are severing ties? [more inside]
posted by blithecatpie on Apr 13, 2009 - 11 answers

Help getting over a crush on a straight guy.

I'm a dude; he's a dude. I'm in love with him, and I need to get over him. But I can't. Please help me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 12, 2009 - 22 answers

Can't be just friends.

I'm falling for my friend but she doesn't see me in that way. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 7, 2009 - 26 answers

How do I maximize the odds of a good outcome when I tell my friend I'm in love with him?

I'm in love with my friend. I'm going to tell him, but not for a few months. A) What do I do in the meantime? B) Any dos/don'ts for when I tell him? C) How do I both hope for the best and keep my expectations in check so I don't get hurt if he's not interested? D) Any way I can feel him out for signs of interest? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 1, 2009 - 42 answers

Should I stay or should I go?

Is it wrong to leave a mostly-ok 10-year relationship because you've found someone new that you're passionate about? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 28, 2009 - 65 answers

Mending bridges with a former supervisor?

How can I mend a friendship with a former supervisor while embattled in a quasi-legal situation against our former company? [more inside]
posted by Raynyn on Mar 28, 2009 - 13 answers

Let's get physical, but not that kind of physical...

I've just left a relationship in which I was having great sex, but not experiencing enough non-sexual physical affection from my partner. It really made me aware of how much I need physical contact such as hugs, and knowing that there's a living body near me. How can I get more of that feeling of physical affection without actually hooking up with someone? [more inside]
posted by pipstar on Mar 14, 2009 - 27 answers

managing my expectations with no shows

Friendship-filter: How can I manage my expectations better when people cancel at the last minute? [more inside]
posted by so much modern time on Mar 12, 2009 - 37 answers

Friendships: do i just accept that I'm not gonna understand my guy friends?

Do you approach same-sex and opposite-sex friendships similarly in terms of expectations of care and respect? [more inside]
posted by paperlanterns on Mar 6, 2009 - 37 answers

Why be friends after a breakup?

After a breakup that is not mutual, what is the purpose of staying friends with the person who dumped you? [more inside]
posted by RajahKing on Mar 6, 2009 - 32 answers

Anybody Here Seen My Old Friend Bruce, Can You Tell Me Where He's Gone?

While searching for an old friend on Facebook, I found out that he had died a year ago, "unexpectedly at home." Usually that means something bad. What's an appropriate response given that amount of time? Should I follow-try to contact his wife, whom I never met?
posted by Xurando on Feb 22, 2009 - 43 answers

How do I build a social life at 30?

How do I build a social life at 30? Or how do I get better at building/maintaining casual relationships? [more inside]
posted by runflats on Feb 14, 2009 - 22 answers

Why don't you talk about your girlfriend?

I've been working with this guy for 3 months, and we've gotten on really well the whole time. Today he casually brought up his girlfriend for the first time. Why hasn't he mentioned her before? [more inside]
posted by bibliophibianj on Feb 11, 2009 - 31 answers

What to do when depression disrupts your relationships?

What to do when depression disrupts your relationships? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Jan 30, 2009 - 13 answers

How do I get *into* the friend zone?

Can a guy in his 20's make new female platonic friendships? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by fishtacos on Jan 25, 2009 - 22 answers

Utterly forgettable

I tend to be forgotten between facetime sessions with friends. [more inside]
posted by @homer on Jan 23, 2009 - 14 answers

helping relieve stress and overwork from afar

Someone I love is very burned out and is still facing another month of overwork before he gets any real break. Thinking about ways I can help. [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Jan 23, 2009 - 10 answers

Happy birthday to me?

Is it weird to invite acquaintances/coworkers out for drinks after work to celebrate your own birthday? Is it a fairly accepted, normal thing to do, or is it likely to set off the "she's strange and/or desperate!" alarm bells? [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs on Jan 22, 2009 - 32 answers

I feel used. I want a close friendship.

How do I get over the feeling that I need to be useful in order for people to like/tolerate me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 21, 2009 - 20 answers

Is it normal to maintain multiple casual relationships year after year?

I am looking for opinions on my lifestyle of multiple casual relationships.. Is it healthy to be inherently against a committed relationship because you enjoy the company of new people quite frequently? [more inside]
posted by Macallister Vagabond on Jan 19, 2009 - 29 answers

I'm taken but falling for someone else

I'm falling for a friend who is much more compatible with me than my SO of five years. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 17, 2009 - 38 answers

I don't want my courage to come from a bottle

Since the beginning of the year, I've begun binge drinking in social situations to loosen up. What can I do that will help me get over my anxieties and not have to depend on a bottle to make me talkative and fun? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 12, 2009 - 21 answers

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