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   Annapolis Sunday Capital (Newspaper) - March 16, 2013, Annapolis, Maryland                                 B12 — THE CAPITAL, Saturday, March 16, 2013   www.capltalgaiette.coni   COMICS & FEATURES  Boyfriend opening mail that isn’t his  soootfr WAKE, UP ODPIOCHMt TÔMORKÛW MOKUIUÔ'  LOOK' > ûttCA) «MAMAS'  DEAR ABBY:    My boy  friend and I are in our 20s and have been dating for five years. We're renovating a home that we will live in once it’s completed We have never lived together before.  During the renovation I have come to the house to find that he has opened pack ages that were addressed to me. The first time, I didn’t say anything because I thought he might have thought it was his. After the second and third times, I mentioned — nicely — that they weren’t his to open. He claims he “knew” they were things for the house, which is why he opened them.  I was raised that people’s mail and packages were theirs to open, and I would never think of opening anything sent to him. This is an issue for me, but he brushes it off. He feels entitled to open my packages since it is his home, too. How can I make it clear that I expect him to respect my personal mail when he thinks this is no big deal? - NO RESPECT IN NEW YORK  DEAR NO RESPECT: If I were you, I’d be less concerned about his opening  DEAR ABBY  By Abigail Van Buren  your packages and far more concerned that when you tell him something bothers you, he ignores it. His disregard for your feelings is a red flag.  Your boyfriend appears to think that what is yours is his. Is the reverse also true? (I’ll bet it’s not.) Does he also check your phone messages and email? Does this extend to any other areas of your relationship?  If this was only about his opening your mail, I would advise you to open a post office box in your name only. However, if the answer to any of my questions is yes, I think you should take a sober look at the entire relationship.  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He is sort of a folksy person who says to patients, “Come back and see us again” or “Hope to see you again” as they are leaving.  I told him I feel that sort of greeting is inappropriate, as many of our patients are seriously ill, and it seems like we are wishing them to have a future illness so we can get their business.  I prefer to say to them, “I hope you feel better” or “Have a nice day” as they leave. He says that will not encourage patients to return. Who is right?  GENTLE READER: Neither of you. “Have a nice day” isn’t charming, either, to someone laden with bad news.  Miss Manners always cautions against interpreting conventional phrases literally, but even she once reached her limit. It was when she was departing from a funeral, walking toward the church’s open doors where she could see her friend’s casket being lifted into a hearse, and one of the church volunteers cheerily wished her a nice day.  Please issue a straightforward reminder (“Have you scheduled a checkup appointment?”), and then say a pleasant goodbye.  DEAR MISS MANNERS: I attended a luncheon/fashion show put on by a local charity organization. The invitation stated socializing at 11 a.m., luncheon at noon.  MISS MANNERS  By Judith Martin  At the appointed hour, we all found our assigned seats and waited for the luncheon service to begin. Instead, the emcee took to the dais and made her opening remarks. She introduced the dignitaries in attendance, thanked all the donors for their generous contributions and described the fashions that would be shown. This took about 30 minutes.  At last, thought my table companions and I, the food would arrive. But no, the next items on the agenda were testimonials from individuals who had been helped by the charities, followed by a presentation of the donated items to be raffled during the meal.  The food service finally began at 1:30. 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