Regarding number 4: my aunt did the "right" thing and had two children - while married and at the "right age" (late 20s) - just went to rehab for alcohol abuse, and the other is addicted to pills and has spent most of his life not holding down a job and living off his mother. They are both around 50 years… » 11/22/14 8:44pm Yesterday 8:44pm

I also have a high school classmate like this. Very religious and conservative. But was drawn to that kind of life initially because in her college desperation to be married, she went through several fiances, one of whom converted her - the idea being their sex life would be less shameful if they were engaged and had… » 11/22/14 6:20pm Yesterday 6:20pm

We'd gone on a few ok dates, and then went to this fancy pub I wanted to try. He ordered a hamburger and then flipped out when he saw it wasn't a steak. Fair enough - he'd only been in the US for 5 years.....but he was pretty nasty to the waitress for not explaining what a hamburger was. Fail. » 11/22/14 1:51pm Yesterday 1:51pm

I was a child of a LOT of class privilege - both my dad and his sister were not only college graduates, but PhDs. So a college education was expected - but it was also the sort of liberal arts education that didn't necessarily lead to the perfect job right away (although my parents expected me to be self-supporting),… » 11/21/14 10:14pm Friday 10:14pm

I can see where "childfree" is coming from, because the choice one makes not to have kids, rather than not having kids by circumstance, hasn't really been around all that long. But I like "childless by choice" for myself, because it's clear and because "childfree" carries connotations to me that all nonparents hate… » 11/21/14 10:55am Friday 10:55am

I have to echo the recommendations to be as straightforward and honest as possible. But it's really, really shitty to be in the middle of it. I was in a situation where I had to supply information about the relationship between a friend of mine and a colleague I admired, and I only knew to answer the questions as… » 11/19/14 8:17pm Wednesday 8:17pm

I'm with you in that I like the tune/duet part of this song, but I can't not hear the lyrics. So I have a few minutes of "nails on a chalkboard" anytime this comes up in a concert. I have the same problem with old showtunes, which I love, but have terrible lyrics. » 11/19/14 1:31pm Wednesday 1:31pm