It Came From The Search Terms: February Seven

It's time to answer the things people typed into search engines as if they are questions. Here is a seasonal jam by The Avett Brothers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkVM4AxzxCE Lyrics are here. 1 "I can't stand going to my friend's house because she smokes inside." Legit! I have a very hard time with smoke (asthma trigger), the same … Continue reading It Came From The Search Terms: February Seven

#1176: The limits of respecting one’s elders just ’cause they are elders.

Hello Captain, I've got a few older women in my life who keep talking to me like I'm one of their kids. It's either unsolicited advice or outright orders in a snotty tone. One of these women volunteers at the same place I do. She orders people around constantly, is generally rude and condescending, and … Continue reading #1176: The limits of respecting one’s elders just ’cause they are elders.

#1174: “I guess I have some doppelgängers. How do I be polite about it when someone insists they recognize me but I know they don’t?”

Hi Captain! I live in a largish city and participate in fairly distinct professional and hobbyist circles. Every so often - maybe once a month or so - I meet a new person in one of them, who will swear up and down that they have seen me before, or that they have met me … Continue reading #1174: “I guess I have some doppelgängers. How do I be polite about it when someone insists they recognize me but I know they don’t?”

#1172: “My boyfriend asked me to relocate to a new city with him, and I asked him to commit to getting engaged to be married. Guess which of these two things actually happened? What do I do now?”

Hi Captain, My boyfriend of 2 years and I recently moved across the country from my hometown (and all of my friends and family). He moved there for a job after grad school. For me, this move was leaving everything I knew behind, for him, it was just another move to a place he really … Continue reading #1172: “My boyfriend asked me to relocate to a new city with him, and I asked him to commit to getting engaged to be married. Guess which of these two things actually happened? What do I do now?”

It Came From The Search Terms: January Song

It is time for the return of the feature where we answer things people typed into search engines to find this place as if they are questions. Obviously we are missing details and nuance and the larger story. (That's what makes it fun). First, as traditional: music with the month somewhere in the song. https://youtu.be/jpVgPEWNiRkContinue reading It Came From The Search Terms: January Song

Guest Post: #1170: Battling Furlough Depression (Advice for keeping it together when you unwillingly have too much free time on your hands)

This letter came in last week, and a lovely blog reader who will now be known as "The Girl Sparky" helpfully volunteered to tackle the "sudden unemployment" part of the question. Her answer is below the letter/the fold. Here is my (Jennifer, Captain Awkward's) one additional suggestion to her beautiful post, dear Fed Up Fed: … Continue reading Guest Post: #1170: Battling Furlough Depression (Advice for keeping it together when you unwillingly have too much free time on your hands)

Short Answer Friday – Holiday Edition – 11/16/2018

Hello Awkward Friends! Today I'm going to try to knock out as many short questions as I can about the holidays, celebrations, togetherness. Readers can submit short questions at the designated thread on Patreon (advantage, more than 280 characters) or on Twitter (advantage, free for all!) before noon Chicago time today. Twitter folks, please use … Continue reading Short Answer Friday – Holiday Edition – 11/16/2018

Short Answer Friday for 11/2

Hello! This morning I am voting, picking Henrietta Pussycat up from the vet from her spay, and then I'm answering short questions this afternoon. Review of how it works: Patrons can submit questions at this thread (Advantage: More than 280 characters). Anyone can submit questions anytime via Twitter – @CAwkward, #awkwardfriday. Please use the hashtag, my … Continue reading Short Answer Friday for 11/2