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“Not a real reg”

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Mar 25, 2013
 
DEAR ABBY: My friend "Eden" recently told me her husband constantly compares her to me. It came up because she asked how I was feeling in my first trimester of pregnancy, and I confided that I have been having a tough time keeping up with my household duties.

Instead of sympathizing, she said, "Wow! I'll have to tell my husband that, because he's always talking about how clean your house is and how you cook dinner for your family every night."

I was really hurt that she was taking pleasure in my failures. I also felt uncomfortable that her husband compares her unfavorably to me. It isn't the first time she has mentioned how he talks about me.

I have distanced myself, hoping things would get better, but when I see her, she invariably manages to get in a little "dig." I'm unsure how to handle this. We're neighbors and have mutual friends. I thought we were friends, but now I realize she harbors some resentment toward me for something I didn't cause. Help!-- NO CONTEST IN MARYLAND

DEAR NO CONTEST: Unless Eden's husband stops using you as the cudgel to beat her down with, you can forget being friends. A way to handle it would be to talk to her husband and say, "Please stop comparing me to your wife because it is affecting our friendship!"

DEAR ABBY: Whenever my best friend smells a cough drop, she comments that it's "rude" to eat one in public and that if someone is sick, the person should stay home.

I would much rather smell someone's cough drop than listen to coughing during an entire movie or opera. Some people may have bought expensive tickets to a show only to get sick the day before or have allergies that cause them to cough.

So is it rude to eat a cough drop in public or not?-- UNBOTHERED IN TEXAS

DEAR UNBOTHERED: If it was bad manners to pop a cough drop into one's mouth in public, more than a few large brands would be out of business. While I agree with your friend that if people are sick they should stay home, some coughs linger beyond the stage when they are contagious.

I do not think that because someone bought expensive tickets to an event and gets sick the day before that it's all right to attend anyway and risk infecting everyone within "cough-shot." The considerate thing to do is to cancel and ask for a refund.

DEAR ABBY: I have a friend in another state who has been posting on Facebook about her diagnosis of cancer. Her postings started in October, followed by more postings about delay after delay in the treatment.

First it was insurance -- she doesn't have any. Then it was multiple CAT scans and PETs. Now she's planning her own fundraiser, and I'm beginning to think she has made the whole thing up. It looks like there will be no treatment until after the fundraiser, even though she claims the cancer is stage 4. What do you think?-- SUSPICIOUS IN NEW YORK

DEAR SUSPICIOUS: I think that if there is any doubt in your mind about this woman's character, you should not contribute. And I also think that if your suspicions are true, your friend is planning to commit fraud and could wind up "recuperating" in prison.

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Mar 25, 2013
 
L1: Wow. She's not making digs at you. She's simply happy to find out that you're not perfect. They need marriage counseling. You need to get that dinner on the table, missy!

L2: your friend is an idiot.

L3: What do you care? Don't give her any money.

“I Am Mine”

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Mar 25, 2013
 
LW1: I think your pregnancy hormones are making you too damn sensitive. She's not taking pleasure i your failures. She's taking pleasure in the fact that you are human and not the superwoman her husband makes you out to be, and therefore she has ammo to tell her husband to go F himself.

LW2: Tell her to go F herself.

“Fort Kickass”

Since: Sep 09

Bloomington, IL

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Mar 25, 2013
 
L1, 2, 3: Yep, what everyone else said.

“A Programmer is not in IT!”

Since: Feb 09

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Mar 25, 2013
 

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1 I dont see a problem, just tell her she needs to learn how to clean house and cook.

2 Tell you friend to suck it.

3 How can you be delayed by insurance you dont have?

“I Am Mine”

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Mar 25, 2013
 
LW3: Anyone that I am close enough to, that I would consider donating to, I already have a good idea that they are not the scum of the earth that would scam people like that. So this thought would not even cross my mind. Anyone for whom such a thought WOULD cross my mind is not someone to whom i would have considered donating to in the first place.

“Licensed to Ill”

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Mar 25, 2013
 
LW1: Find a new friend.

LW2: Your friend can blow me.

“The two baby belly, please!”

Since: Sep 09

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Mar 25, 2013
 

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LW1: She's so excited to finally have some ammo against her a-hole of a husband. If you really want to keep her as a friend, f*ck up some more.

LW2: If I heard someone say that, I'd probably try real hard to "accidently" cough all over them.

LW3: Well, it's a good thing you're in a different state, huh.

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Mar 25, 2013
 
squishymama wrote:
LW1: She's so excited to finally have some ammo against her a-hole of a husband. If you really want to keep her as a friend, f*ck up some more.
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I like this!

“FD&S is no way to be.”

Since: Feb 13

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Mar 25, 2013
 

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1. She's taking her resentment of her husband out on you. Tell her to grow up and talk to her husband.

2. Tell your friend it's "rude" to be such a "prick."

3. Maybe you should have one less friend in another state.

Speaking of Facebook, I saw a stat today that 1/3 of all divorce filings have the word "Facebook" in them.

“It made sense at the time....”

Since: May 09

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Mar 25, 2013
 
LW2 - i was just with someone who had a coughing fit that starts with allergies... her throat gets dry & scratchy from something. she's been workign on what it is, coudl be environmental, could be soemtihgn she eats, could be a medication. nothing contagious. i've had sinus infections taht migrated southward, and the cough lingered for a couple weeks, even thoguht i cracked a rib. again, nothign contagious. I say "stick it" unless you know for certain someone's contagious, as long as it's occaiosnal and they're tryign to keep it under control.

“It made sense at the time....”

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Mar 25, 2013
 
Sam I Am GEAM wrote:
1. She's taking her resentment of her husband out on you. Tell her to grow up and talk to her husband.
2. Tell your friend it's "rude" to be such a "prick."
3. Maybe you should have one less friend in another state.
Speaking of Facebook, I saw a stat today that 1/3 of all divorce filings have the word "Facebook" in them.
SIL's jackass is blabbing and bragging on FB that he's doing this and that, going on vacations, etc., with his new GF. i would love it if SIL could wait for him to blab again and have him served while out of town... he's been crying poor adn withholding documents (car title, insurance cards, stuff like taht) that she is entitled to and needs to get stuff taken care of...
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Mar 26, 2013
 
LW2 is giving Texas a bad name.
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Mar 26, 2013
 
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