New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 19, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeiturig. New Braunfels, Texas
Thursday, February 19,1987Dear AbbyState of Steady Date’s Pate Arouses Woman’s Curiosity
DHAR ARRY: I ani a single, professional, working woman in my early .‘His. Several months ago I met a wonderful young man who I think is falling in love with me. I ll call him Note. He’s intelligent, interest ing, well educated, good looking and »onsiderate. We’ve been dating regularly, and lie s been very open
and honest with me about every aspect of his life.
Recently I learned from a longtime friend of Nate’s that he started wearing a hairpiece shortly before I met him. He has never indicated to me that lie is wearing a hairpiece and I would never let on that I know, hut do you think if he would
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hide something like this, he might he hiding something more important?
Should I confront Nate with what I know, and if so, how?
WONDERING IN CALIFORNIA
DEAR WONDERING: Don’t confront him. And please don’t assume that he might be hiding something more important. Some men are very sensitive about their baldness, which has nothing to do with ’’deception” and everything to do with their own perception of themselves.
Erie Hoffer once said: “We do not mind having our hair ruffled, but we will not tolerate any familiarity with the toupee which covers our baldness.”
DEAR ABBY: Your recent column signed “Dunned to Death,” concerning the way people are hounded by charities these days, will strike a familiar chord with many.
Your advice: “Don’t stop giving to charities of your choice because of those who dun you to death with high pressure tactics” is excellent, hut I might add, consumers should check with their local Better Business Bureaus to determine the reliability and reputation of the charity. Our records show that in many cases, anywhere from 40 cents to 90 cents out of every dollar raised goes to pay professional fund raisers, leaving very little for tin* charity.
EDWARD F. HESSEL JR., PRESIDENT, B.B.B. INC., LOUISVILLE, KY.
DEAR MR. HESSEL: I agree, every giver is entitled to know how much of his dollar will go for fund-raising, hut ifs important to realize that in many cases (telethons, for example), a charity must spend big money in order to raise big money — in which case, it’s worth it.
Hut, I recommend that before giving, one should ask for an accounting of that charity's administrative costs. Every legitimate charity will make those figures available.
DEAR ABBY: Could you please save a marriage? My .husband and I each made a New Year's resolution, and we’ve agreed that if either one of us should fail, then on June I, the loser has to pay the other one $100.
My husband resolved to quit smoking. I resolved to lose 20 pounds. (I’m 5 foot 7 and weigh 155 pounds; my husband doesn’t need to lose any weight.)
Here’s the catch. ! don’t smoke, so I don't put any temptation in front of him, hut he hauls out doughnuts, cookies, chips and dips in front of me, and proceeds to pig out while I’m looking on — tempted, lf I taste something, he freaks out. He does
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this in front of company, too, and I don’t hold up very well in the face of temptation.
My husband says he has to work with smokers all day, and he is tempted constantly, so he figures it evens the score if he eats fattening foods in front of me.
TEMPTED IN CANADA
DEAR TEMPTED: Don’t
“taste” anything — the first bite is the beginning of the end. Hang in there, and I hope you lose enough to be $100 richer by June I. To tempt you deliberately is the height of meanness. Your husband could play the serpent in the Garden of Eden.
DEAR ABBY: My husband and I recently had five couples to our home for dinner. It was a lot of work, as an extensive menu had been requested. We spent the entire day preparing the dinner and were
busy in the kitchen up until the time we served it. We didn’t even have a chance to sit down and converse with our guests.
The dinner was delicious — everyone raved. But immediately after the dessert, one of the guests asked for a newspaper to check the movie listings!
Before we knew it, four couples were putting on their coats and running out the door so they wouldn’t be late for the movie. I will say in their defense that they invited my husband and me to join them, hut we declined.
I may be old-fashioned or too sensitive, but when people go to someone’s home for the kind of meal we prepared, and then run away to a movie immediately afterward, I call that unacceptable behavior.
To add insult to injury, they telephoned us to say they couldn’t get into the movie of their first choice, and would we check the
listings for their second choice!
What do you think of such people?
TOO SENSITIVE IN N Y.
DEAR SENSITIVE: The behavior you describe is not only “unacceptable,” it’s downright rude! You say the menu had been “requested,” which would indicate that your dinner guests came primarily to eat. Wellmannered guests would have remained after dinner to converse. These folks obviously came only to eat, so ail you missed was the company of a lot of “oink-oinks” to round out the evening.
(To get Abby’N booklet, “How to Write Letter* for All Occasion*,” wend a cheek or money order for $2.50 und a long, stamped CIU cent*), ttelf-ad-drcMNcd envelope to: Dear Abby, Letter Booklet, I'.O. Box 447, Mount Morn*. III. BIOM.)
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