Dear Captain Awkward: There is an elderly man in his 80s, who I will call Fred, who I have known for almost twenty years. He is known by almost everyone in the community as a grandfatherly figure and was voted Citizen of the Year. He likes to hug people, and I used to give him … Continue reading #742: The Touchy-Feely Neighbor
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
I'm in grad school for creative writing. It's hard. Right now, I'm taking three classes, which means that I'm reading 500-plus pages a week, in addition to commenting on my classmates' writing and producing a poem every week. Plus, I'm teaching a basic composition course for struggling writers, and a literature course (for the first … Continue reading #459: Do I have to destroy my health to be in grad school?
People are always telling me I could be attractive if I wanted to, and I acknowledge the truth of this - thing is, I don't want to. I don't care about my appearance beyond being clean and presentable. I'm not interested in putting more effort in just to please other people, and I'm perfectly comfortable … Continue reading #397: Pretty should be optional.
Dear Captain Awkward, I've recently been going to social events where I don't know anyone (such as MeetUp groups - thankyou for the suggestion BTW - I didn't know about them until you mentioned them) in order to meet new people and perhaps rebuild some kind of social life, since the one I had kind … Continue reading #336: Gracefully exiting from conversations.
Should there ever be a Captain Awkward Dot Com Meetup, I will acquire a bunch of these coloring books and the big boxes of crayons (and some silver and gold gel pens) and have a table where people can hang out and color. Right? Right. Thanks, Cleolinda! Today's letters are on the less happy topics … Continue reading #313 & #314: Broken Friendships
Dear Captain, I am having a hard time finding my words, or finding words that will get through. Here's the situation: I am a thirty-something female who has, after several years of struggle, come to terms with her complete lack of sexuality. I have dated men, and I have dated a woman, and all in … Continue reading #305: “Quit helping so much! I’m not going to fall in love with you.”
Aw fuck, people. More stalking. Emergency kittens standing by thanks to Twitter friend and hilarious DVD-reviewer @jearl8000. Dear Captain Awkward, For a few months now, I have what would be defined as a "Facebook stalker" - he likes all of my pictures, all of my statuses, all of my photos, all of my comments on … Continue reading #280: “How do I get rid of my Facebook stalker without being mean about it?”
Here be a bunch of letters about dudes who can't let go and the very young women who pity/get stalked by them. Have a website full of cute animal pictures open in another tab while you read this. You're going to need it. Dear Captain Awkward: Came across your 'the art of "no".' post, wish … Continue reading #276 & #277 & #278: A three-for-one stalker (un)special.
This is a follow-up to this post: https://captainawkward.com/2012/02/15/191-annual-reminder-time-get-your-teeth-cleaned-get-your-eyesnaughty-bits-checked-and-stop-hanging-out-with-crappy-people/ Dear Captain Awkward: First of all, I want to thank you and your commenters SO MUCH for being such kick-ass human beings and providing so much support and insight into the situation when I was so blind to what was going on. If I could, I'd invite … Continue reading #258 = #191 + Bridesmaidery