“...,to wit”

Since: Jun 09

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#1 Apr 6, 2013
DEAR ABBY: I'm a member of a close-knit theater company for teens, and I auditioned for the musical "Fame." The director wants to give me a role as one of the teachers.

Show after show, I get matronly roles with no memorable lines or funny scenes. I don't know if I should accept the part. If I do, I'll get to be with my friends. If I don't, there will still be another show coming up that I can audition for. What should I do?-- YOUNG ACTRESS IN MICHIGAN

DEAR YOUNG ACTRESS: Grab all the time you can get on stage. If you didn't have the depth it takes to portray a mature role, your director wouldn't want to assign it to you. This is a compliment about your abilities. Audition for the next show as well. The more varied the roles you play, the more you can develop your craft.

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I decided to take some classes at a local community college. We both have college degrees, but there was a class we were interested in. We are the oldest students in the class by 10 to 20 years.

I am irritated by our classmates' disrespect and rudeness to the instructor. It takes the form of talking with each other when the instructor is speaking, then asking her to explain what she just discussed while they were talking. They sometimes get so loud that I can't hear what the teacher is saying.

Is there anything I can do as a fellow student to get them to stop? Because of the age difference, I'm afraid most of them would think I was being bossy.-- ANONYMOUS IN CALIFORNIA

DEAR ANONYMOUS: The teacher you describe does not appear to be a particularly effective one or she would have better control of the classroom.

Because the noise level is so high you can't hear the lecture, I have two suggestions: The first is to speak privately with the teacher. And if that doesn't do the trick, when the students around you become disruptive, ask them to pipe down so you can hear what the instructor is saying. That is not being bossy. You paid for the class and you should get your money's worth.

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I often go out to eat at local ethnic restaurants with a small group of friends. When we're at a Mexican restaurant, I often throw a couple of "arribas!" into our conversation. When we're at an Italian restaurant, I will sometimes use an Italian accent to say "pizza pie-a!" My husband tells me it's offensive.

I don't mean to insult anyone. My comments are made in the spirit of fun. Furthermore, the owners and servers at these restaurants are hardly ethnic Mexicans or Italians.

I would never wish to hurt someone or be derogatory, so I told my husband I'd consult you. What do you think?-- MUY CALIENTE IN IOWA

DEAR MUY CALIENTE: When you visit a Jewish deli do you tell the server, "Oy vey, I'll have the corned beef"? Your husband is right -- cool it. Not because you'll offend the servers in the restaurant, but because stereotyping makes you look like a fool.

“...,to wit”

Since: Jun 09

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#2 Apr 6, 2013
1. Check the career path of Angela Lansbury.
2. Sit in front and invest in a hearing aid
3. You are a fool and you are clueless and I seriously doubt you are muy caliente. Now o out into teh cornfield and feed the hogs Cheesh.

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#3 Apr 6, 2013
LW1 - Gawd. I should have skipped reading that one.

LW2 - If you can't hear what the teacher is saying, turn around to the talkers and say - loudly is okay - "Tiffany, would you shut the h--- up? I can't hear the instructor."

LW3 - Wow. You are a racist azz.
not a ghost

San Antonio, TX

#4 Apr 6, 2013
Are these April Fool leftovers?

Chicago, IL

#5 Apr 6, 2013
Lady,that is the kind of corny, stupid crap I hope to never hear ever during my remaining years on this planet.

Chicago, IL

#6 Apr 6, 2013
I am not daggers.don't know how that got there. But I was responding to L3

Chicago, IL

#7 Apr 6, 2013
LW3: You're an idiot. And a racist. Shut the F up.

“Not a real reg”

Since: Jan 13

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#8 Apr 6, 2013
Julie wrote:
LW3: You're an idiot. And a racist. Shut the F up.
Idiot, yes. STFU, yes. But I wouldn't say she's a racist. You're not racist using an Italian or Mexican accent when you're not. You're just corny and stupid and annoying. A very good friend is German, ethnically. but she has a fixation that she's somehow Italian and will exaggerate the accent and identify with them,( I could never tell her my lasagna is better then hers). She's definitely not racist in that behavior.

The LW probably has a drawer full of ugly sweaters.

Saint Petersburg, FL

#9 Apr 8, 2013
LW3: My ex does this with the african americans. It always made me cringe.

LW2: You should see if any colleges have programs for "experienced learners". When I went to back to finish my degree (at age 26), I found a local college that had such a program. You had to be 25 or 26 to do it, which meant you had people in your classes that WANTED to be there and learn something. Plus, you had a nice range of ages and experience so there was a lot of interesting input from other students. Only thing is they crammed a full 16 week semester into 8 weeks. It was hard work!!!

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