Dear Captain Awkward, My 50+ y/o housemate has a problem, and I don't know how to help. Sounds stupid but her pants are always falling down. At any given moment inch(es) of her rear crack are exposed. It started years ago, most often when she would bend over, but it has progressively gotten worse--any time … Continue reading #1262: “My housemate keeps exposing herself to me/the world/everyone.”
Hi! I am 28, she/her. My sister in law ("A") is also 28 and my brother ("D") is 31. I have a question about gift etiquette. Last year on my birthday, A and D gave me a bunch of used DVDs. They got me slightly damaged copies of a couple movies and every season of … Continue reading #1237: “What to do about deliberately bad gifts?” A post about letting go of some etiquette rules when they no longer serve you.
Dear Captain, I have a friend that I've known since high school (we're both in our thirties now) and I consider her a good friend. Over the years we've gone through phases where we're more apart and distant (mostly from living in other states or distant parts of the country from each other and only … Continue reading #726: “I want to talk to my *friend,* not my professional-advice-giver friend.”
Hi Captain, I’m wondering if you could give me some advice on dealing with my challenging Mother when I’m going through stressful times. Right now I’m nearing the end of my Master’s degree, so I’m working long hours, stressed out, and have a lot to do (your posts on graduate life have been very helpful!). … Continue reading #718: How can I be more assertive about last minute invitations from difficult family?
Hi there CA and screeners. Long-time reader, first time writer. I’m writing to ask for some advice on how to get my extended family to treat me like an adult. I’m 21 years old now, about to graduate from college and start my life in the real world and I’m starting to find that my … Continue reading #713: “I’m ready to graduate from the kids’ table.”
Dear Captain Awkward, I was recently called out for inviting myself over to my friend's home to show off my new bike. It didn't occur to me that that was what I was doing, I was just excited, don't get to see her much, and the bike shop is close to her home. I have … Continue reading #711: Is it rude or wrong to invite myself to someone’s house?
Hello Captain! I have an situation that I don't think has been discussed: how do you deal with Stranger Mansplainers when you are a lady doing things normally associated with manliness & they can't fathom how a lady could figure out how to do such things? For me: I am a lady & I participate … Continue reading #709: Stranger Mansplainer Danger
Hi, Captain and company, Recently I was reading through your archives and I found a great discussion on how to deal with a parent's significant other who co-ops all conversations into another round of 'Who's right-er?' with the answer always being "me." (of course I cannot find that question now to give you context) You … Continue reading #705: How do I wrestle family visits and conversations back from Uncle Pundit?
Dear Captain, my Captain, Lately I have been very grumpy and I would like to stop. While I am in a very happy place right now mentally, best I've been in a long time, I have found that certain things irritate me more than they reasonably should. Prime examples are my flatmate coming home every … Continue reading #595: Q: How do I stop being so grumpy at people who are monopolizing my time and attention? A: Speak up!
Hi! I have a dog. I estimate the number of strangers who come up to me in public and give me unsolicited advice about my dog at about 25%. Yes, seriously, 1 in 4 strangers. An informal unscientific poll of my friends shows that not even parents of small children get that much advice! I … Continue reading #504: Replying to The Council of Unsolicited Advisors