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By The Way, Meet Vera Stark in Chicago & Meetup in Boston

  The Goodman Theatre’s production of By The Way, Meet Vera Stark opened last night. Previews run through 5/5, and then the run continues through June 2. I produced and was the assistant director for the film clip from “The Belle of New Orleans” that opens the second act of the play. We shot on beautiful […]

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Bristol, Sheffield, & Asheville Meetups

The Bristol Awkward People are having a meetup on Saturday, May 4 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at The Watershed Cafe. More details are at their Facebook group here. There will be an meetup of Ye Awkward Folk in Sheffield on May 25. Details: Hi!  I’m baroquemongoose, and I’m arranging a meetup at the […]

Boston Smiling and Eye Contact Meetup

Carbonated Wit is poised to carry out General Expression’s plan, and proposes the following activity: Boston Smiling And Eye Contact Meetup! Friday April 26 I will get on the Red Line at Alewife at the next train after 6:15pm. I’ll get on the last car of the train. At every red line station in to […]

#477 – Again (plus Letter Writer’s response).

Edited 4/25 to add further email correspondence from the Letter Writer at the end of the post. Two things I know: 1) If you have to keep explaining and justifying and expanding what you said, you said it wrong the first time. 2) If lots of people tell you you screwed something up, you did. […]

#477: I have anxiety that women will have anxiety about me approaching them.

Comments are now closed on this discussion.   <b>Edited To Add</b>: By request, there is a GIANT CONTENT WARNING on this post and the comments. It is not recommended that anyone suffering from anxiety read this post or the comments. Or, really anyone at all. It represents a major, major mistake and unkindness and able-ism […]

#475: How do I help my lonely husband make some friends? and #476: Tired of the same old college scene

Dear Captain Awkward, Over the last four years, my husband and I have narrowed our social circle to where we only have a few friends who we see regularly, most of whom were initially my friends rather than his. But basically, we’re each others’ social plans almost all of the time. This is especially true […]

#474: How do I get my coworker to shut up?

Dear Captain Awkward, I need advice on how to tell a work friend politely to just shut up.  He’s a very nice guy – super friendly and sociable, which is kind of the problem. You see, he is WAY too talkative. He sometimes says things that are completely out of left field, and he tends […]

#473: A gentle breakup is still a breakup.

Dear Captain Awkward, A few months ago I started seeing a kind, wonderful man who I fell hard for, quickly. We had a wonderful time together and he was very involved in planning dates, initiating physical affection, starting conversations, etc. After about a month, before we’d had sex, he told me he was not ready […]

#470, #471 and #472: Correcting Names

Dear Person, My friends have gotten into the habit of calling me by a nickname, which would be wonderful if they had asked first, but otherwise I’m okay with it. The problem comes when they introduce me to people using that nickname, leading those people to think that it’s my real name and so they […]

#468 and #469: “Hey, knock it off”, or, Constructive Conflict, Continued.

Jolly’s great comment to Monday’s post is going to be very relevant to these seemingly very different questions: “You also don’t necessarily have to bring some of these things up in one big confrontation about The Whole Pattern Of Her Sucking. You could just make a point of standing up for yourself when she does […]


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