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Dear Twitter April 25, 2009

Posted by Lady With A Hat in Money, Technology.
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Dear Twitter: Dear Lady with a Hat:
Please take my money.

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Donate a dollar at the checkout, mum? April 22, 2009

Posted by Lady With A Hat in Advice, Charity, Commerce, Money.
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Dear Patty and Sandy, Dear Lady with a Hat,

I am growing increasingly resentful of the store clerks who ask me if I’d like to donate $1 to cure cancer, help homeless pets, feed the homeless, cure muscular dystrophy, etc., every time I shop. While they are all good causes, I don’t donate to anything that I don’t have an opportunity to look into myself. Should I just give? Invest the time to ask for more information every time I go to the store? Ask to speak to the manager? Is there a Web site that critiques the charities?

Eva

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Haha, gross! April 19, 2009

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Dr. Date, Dear Lady with a Hat,
Last night, I was with this guy I’ve hung out with a few times. We’re not close friends and we’re not dating, but I wanted to get some, so I went for it. Things were getting pretty heated and we ended up having sex.

After the session, I got up and went to the bathroom, only to discover that I had my period! I freaked out, but couldn’t think of a solution other than go back to bed. In the morning, neither of us said anything about it, but there’s no way he could have missed the fact that his junk was bloody. I haven’t talked to him since, and I don’t know whether I should apologize or ignore it or what.

I’m really worried this has destroyed any chance to be friends, but what do I say to make up for the fact that I’m the reason he has earned his Red Wings?

Embarassed Cardinal

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A new business model April 16, 2009

Posted by Lady With A Hat in Commerce, Travel.
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United Airlines joins several other airlines by charging obese passengers for two seats.

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Idiot wants advice April 14, 2009

Posted by Lady With A Hat in Relationships, Sex, Work.
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Dear Amy: Dear Lady with a Hat:
I am a young man and have been sleeping with one of my older, married supervisors outside of work for the past few months. Recently the relationship has moved inside the workplace. She surprises me in my office and forces herself on me. I am a young professional and can’t afford to lose my job. The affair outside of work was great; I am a single man with no hang-ups, but if the affair continues at work I am going to have to end it. How can I stop it from happening at work, or just happening in general, without insulting my supervisor to the point that I get fired? Am I already in over my head? Should I just keep the relationship going and hope that I won’t lose my job?
— Eager Cougar Chaser

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Thank you for reading April 10, 2009

Posted by Lady With A Hat in Miscellaneous.
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Dear Amy: Dear Lady with a Hat:
Thank you for the many hours of interesting reading.

I have often wondered why women outnumber men in writing for advice. Do you know why? What is the ratio?
— Sophie

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My argument-free relationship bothers me April 7, 2009

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Dear Carolyn: Dear Lady with a Hat:
Maybe I’m looking for trouble, but this does nag at me some in the back of my head … I’ve been with my fiance for six years, living together for three. The problem is that there are no problems. We’ve never had any real issues (beyond his loading the dishwasher completely incorrectly … ).

Given that people constantly say maintaining relationships is supposed to be hard, are we just lucky? Extremely compatible? Extremely laid-back? Don’t care enough to argue? Or just have yet to hit any sort of rough patch?

I sort of worry that if we ever are tested, I have no idea how we’d handle it. Obviously I can’t hold off the wedding until something bad happens to see what occurs. So I guess my question is, how uncommon is my situation? Do most people have a lot of issues to work through before getting married? Is it naive to think a good relationship could just be this easy?

— High-class Problem

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File under “gross” April 4, 2009

Posted by Lady With A Hat in Celebrities, Relationships, Romance.
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Dear Prudence, Dear Lady with a Hat,
I am a college student in my early 20s and have been married for three years to my wonderful husband. My problem is that I’ve got a huge crush on Michael Douglas, who is in his 60s. I watch his movies every day! At first my hubby just laughed it off and said he had crushes on celebrities, too, but now he’s irritated because I insist on him watching these movies with me and discussing Michael Douglas’ personal life all the time. I am not a stalker or anything. I am not writing him fan letters—though I’ve considered it. I have had mad celebrity crushes before, but this is the first since I’ve been with my husband. It feels like I am cheating and pushing my hubby away to watch movies that are older than I am. Please help!

—Cheating With the Movies

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I took Psych 101, so… April 2, 2009

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Dear Carolyn: Dear Lady with a Hat:
How do you know if your partner’s behavior during a fight is abusive? I think that label would make breaking up easier. I wouldn’t feel like there was still something we could do to save the relationship.

The fight was about her (in my opinion) overreaction to something I did, which I didn’t think was that bad. There was name-calling, including accusations of being a liar and a cheater. She was out-of-control angry. The thing that causes me the most PTSD is that she pulled the emergency brake in the car while we were on a highway ramp. No harm done, thank God, but, is that abusive?

WASHINGTON.

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A sex offender by any other name March 29, 2009

Posted by Lady With A Hat in Law, Society, Technology.
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A 14-year-old girl victimized herself by taking nude photos of herself and posting them to her MySpace page.

The teen, whose name has not been released because of her age, was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography and distribution of child pornography.

If convicted, she might be forced to register as a sex offender.

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