“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Braidwood, IL

#1 Jun 9, 2014
DEAR ABBY: I accepted a request from my brother to watch his cats while he was across the country for a few months. During that time, one of them matured and started marking his territory all over my house. The dilemma was quickly taken care of with a trip to the vet, after permission from my brother.

My brother now insists that because I accepted responsibility for the cats "in every way" in his absence that I shouldn't expect reimbursement for the professional carpet cleaner I rented or the vet bill I paid for neutering the cat.

Am I out of line to expect to be paid back? We have agreed to abide by your response.-- CHRISTINA IN MARYLAND

DEAR CHRISTINA: Tell your brother to start writing the check now. If he'd had to board his cats while he was out of town, it would have cost him a lot more. You were kind to help him out, and he should be ashamed of himself for trying to stiff you. HISSS!

DEAR ABBY: My sister-in-law is in a barbershop quartet. While I appreciate the artistic effort of what she does, listening to it bores me and I don't enjoy it. I feel like I must go to her recitals because she makes a point of inviting my husband and me.

I have an ethical dilemma. Should I be honest with her and say I don't enjoy sitting through two to three hours of a capella songs? Or should I be true to MYSELF and admit I'd rather stay home and catch up on my reading? What would you do, Abby?-- EARACHE IN IDAHO

DEAR EARACHE: I'd try to be tactful. Instead of saying you would rather stay home and catch up on your reading, say instead that you have "different taste in music" than she does, or that you have other plans. If this would make you feel guilty, consider putting in an appearance every once in a while.

DEAR ABBY: My second wife died last year after 39 years of marriage. She had a beautiful, unique sense of humor. Three weeks after her funeral, I was walking our dog on the day that would have been our anniversary. As I bent down to pick up the poop, I spotted a quarter on the ground. It was so tarnished with age I couldn't make out the date. But I remembered your "pennies from heaven" letters, so I picked it up.

I hurried home to clean it to see if it was from the year we were married. I was amazed when I discovered it WAS from the year I was married -- but to my first wife. Like I said, my late wife had a unique sense of humor ... SMILING IN NEW JERSEY

DEAR SMILING: I'm sorry for your loss. Two things occur to me. The first is that the quarter was your reward for being a responsible dog owner. The second is that your late wife may have been trying to "remind" you that you had a love before her, and you may find another one in the future.

“Where is Tonka?”

Since: Feb 09

Neda, stay with me! Charlie

#2 Jun 9, 2014
1 Your brother is an ass. I bet he would offload the cats on you if they got sick.

2 So, if it was not your anniversary, you would have let the quarter lie?
blunt advice

Wilmington, DE

#3 Jun 9, 2014
1. Lesson learned. Cats pee on things and the stench is hard to remove. They also scratch up furniture. Tell him unless it's a pet living in a glass bowl you won't take care of it when he is gone.
2. The change was left by someone with a hole in their pocket. But if you are happy believing it was put there by a loved one in heaven then hey enjoy it.

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Chicago, IL

#4 Jun 9, 2014
3- puke

“...,to wit”

Since: Jun 09

Location hidden

#5 Jun 9, 2014
edogxxx wrote:
3- puke
No, it was Dog poop, not Dog puke..

There you go, Fixed that for ya'

“...,to wit”

Since: Jun 09

Location hidden

#6 Jun 9, 2014
edogxxx wrote:
3- puke
Oh, and besides, Moon gives no quarter.

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Chicago, IL

#7 Jun 9, 2014
PEllen wrote:
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Oh, and besides, Moon gives no quarter.
Le sigh
Kuuipo

Elizabethtown, KY

#8 Jun 9, 2014
LW1: Brother owes you big-time.

LW2: Half of the time, you have "other plans", the other half of the time you go, but leave right after her group performs. Then later, you can tell her that she performed well in all honesty.

Since: Dec 07

DuPage County

#9 Jun 9, 2014
1. Thy brother is a cheap douche.

2. I'd rather gouge my ears out than be forced to listen to anything more than a few minutes of a barbershop quartet . "Sorry but we are already busy that night."
blunt advice

Wilmington, DE

#10 Jun 9, 2014
Just go once or twice a year to the most important performances. This comes from the mother of one who was a theater clubber and has one now in Marching Band.

Since: Dec 07

DuPage County

#11 Jun 9, 2014
blunt advice wrote:
Just go once or twice a year to the most important performances. This comes from the mother of one who was a theater clubber and has one now in Marching Band.
I was never gladder than when I realized I was done going to marching band competitions.....

“...,to wit”

Since: Jun 09

Location hidden

#12 Jun 9, 2014
Saluki Rod wrote:
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I was never gladder than when I realized I was done going to marching band competitions.....
When I was in college at CU, the Illini Marching band practiced outside my department's lab windows. From August when we came back through November. It felt like every. blanking. day.
Julie

Chicago, IL

#13 Jun 9, 2014
LW1: Your brother is one cheap POS.

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