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#563: I have a hard enough time making friends for myself. How do I navigate the special hell that is arranging playdates for my children?

Hi there Captain! I’m a 36 year-old mom of two adorable boys (6 and 2). I also have no friends. I’m not entirely OK with not having friends, but I’ve gotten used to it over the past 30 years or so of not-having-friends-ness. What I’m less OK with is that my Big Guy seems to […]

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#541: What kind of financial “help” do I “owe” my uncle?

My feet are cold, but my heart is warm thanks to the generosity of the Winter Pledge Drive contributors. Thank you so much! Support the site if you can! Today’s letter is about money and family and when those things come together in a manipulative and possibly sinister way. Dear Captain Awkward, My parents passed […]

#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 […]

#419: My friend’s jokes are The Worst. Also, why do we talk about ending friendships forever so much on this blog?

Dear Captain Awkward: I have a friend who makes rape jokes and other sexual jokes that make me uncomfortable. I’ve repeatedly asked him to stop, and he still says this kind of stuff. Also, he touches my arm when we talk and I don’t like it. What I like about our friendship is that he […]

#398: I’m tired of explaining my medical condition and food choices to “helpful” folks.

As of 11/29/2012, comments on this entry are closed. Hi Captain! I’ve had type 1 diabetes for nearly my whole life (18 years), and I’ve graduated college and moved away from home. As I’m very open about having T1D, I’m often asked about what diabetes is, what the difference is between type 1 and 2 […]

#360: My coworker called me a virgin, why did that hurt my feelings so much?

Dear Captain Awkward, I live and work at an isolated location with six other people. We are nearing the end of our work rotation and everyone is wearing a little thin emotionally so that might be partially where this problem stems from. I have a really good relationship with the woman that I spend the […]

Linky Links of Linkyness

Lindy West reacts to a new book by the authors of The Rules with the correct amount of “What the everloving fuck?” (h/t Bitches Gotta Eat) “So, essentially (according to these jokers), online dating is a forum where you put yourself up for auction and then passively watch while men compete for your silent company […]

#238: If I tell my parents I am an atheist, they will disown me (or worse).

Dear Captain Awkward: I’ve been a closet atheist for almost five years, and it’s getting kind of stuffy in here. Here’s some background: I’m a Dawoodi Bohra Muslim, which is sort of like the Muslim equivalent of the Catholic Church, only smaller. We have organized clergy, a pope-like figure, etc, etc. My parents are devout. […]

Reader question #64: I have a hard time understanding accents.

Dear Captain Awkward, I’ve had a problem for a while that has always been an issue with me, but is now beginning to affect my work and professional standing: I have a hard time understanding people strong foreign accents, and I don’t know how to address the issue without making it super awkward. So here I am! […]

Links!

I like this post about how to promote yourself without being a jerk.  I’ve been linking CaptainAwkward.com hardcore on the Book of the Face and the Twitter. This is a good reminder that you have to self-promote your work (no one else will), so don’t feel ashamed, but also don’t be such a Dalek about […]

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