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It's my party and I'll cry if I want to

Relationship frustration, party-planning edition: Help me have a great party even though the circumstances are annoying. Details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by kat518 on May 28, 2013 - 76 answers

PLS assuage my guilt about refusing to beat my head on a cold shoulde

My brother assumed the worst about why I didn't attend a family event out of town. He wouldn't return my calls or texts to just talk about it. Other members of the family insist I should keep trying to 'get through'. I feel like I never deserved his anger and I don't deserve his further disdain. Help me stop torturing myself about it. [more inside]
posted by Tandem Affinity on Jan 19, 2013 - 24 answers

You ordered the cupcakes, right? Right?

For our son's 2nd birthday party, my wife ordered cupcakes from a bakery online for delivery to our son's daycare but they didn't show up. My wife was crushed and was understandably angry at the bakery, especially since she said she had paid for the cupcakes. But when I tried the online ordering form, there was no place to input any payment information. However, after submitting the form the company says it would get in contact for confirmation and payment information. It looks like the company didn't follow up with my wife, but also that my wife didn't follow up with the company. Is someone clearly at fault? How should I handle both my wife and the company? [more inside]
posted by photovox on Jan 8, 2013 - 91 answers

Damage Control

I think I accidentally lead on my non-English-speaking coworker. iAyudame, por favor! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 13, 2012 - 13 answers

This is called friendship. It's not a race.

Is it going to be worth it to confront this friend/classmate about her competitive nature and its impact on our friendship, or should I just give up? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Jan 23, 2012 - 21 answers

How to minimize fallout from work miscommunication?

A friend referred me for a dream job and I screwed it up really badly. Please help me fix things. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 11, 2011 - 14 answers

Communication Breakdown

Am I fundamentally missing something? "Let's get a drink," or something extensionally equivalent thereto, from presumably single/presumably not-gay male to presumably single/presumably not-gay female he isn't already friends with, means "I want to bone you," right? Like, everyone, presumably including bay area women, do/can be reasonably expected to know that? [more inside]
posted by paultopia on Aug 29, 2010 - 82 answers

the language barrier

You're talking to some people about computers when you realize that somehow, they know even less than you do. How do you figure out what they need to hear? How do you phrase it clearly, simply and accurately, but not condescendingly? How do you know when you're screwing that up, and how do you recover? And conversely, when people talk to you about computers, how do you figure out what they mean even when they are using a different set of jargon from what you've learned, or incorrect jargon, or plain don't themselves know what they mean? [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang on Nov 27, 2009 - 14 answers

Needs to find the sources of the physical vibes that I'm giving off.

Is it possible to alter your physical appearance in a way that will prevent you from being stereotyped (from STRANGERS), without trying too hard or not being yourself? [more inside]
posted by sixcolors on Dec 23, 2008 - 53 answers

Is this cultural miscommunication, or am I being scammed? How to proceed?

Looking for advice about how to handle a cultural misunderstanding...or possibly a scam. Not sure how to reconcile the experience and associated feelings, and especially unsure about how to deal with the situation in the most sensitive and informed way. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 31, 2008 - 13 answers

Don't let me be misunderstood

Please help me find movie scenes that feature miscommunication/ misunderstanding. [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito on Dec 28, 2006 - 36 answers

Help with $3500 broadband overage fee due to miscommunication

Tragic miscommunication leading to sudden $3500+ fee, for person with no savings and a strict day-to-day type budget. Just found out about this and have now finished hyperventilating enough to type. This is not an emergency timewise, but I'd truly be grateful for any advice you can give. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 20, 2006 - 81 answers

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