I have noticed in this town (I'm sure it is the same with many
college/tourist towns) that there is a lot of crappy service.
Recently while ordering food, I had to repeat my order three
times to the girl behind the counter (who was busy rehashing
the previous night's antics to her co-worker), and she still
messed up my order. As far as I'm concerned she deserved no
tip, nor a paycheck. Is it OK not to tip for poor service?
- Concerned, via e-mail
Not tipping for poor service is perfectly fine. Just remember, you're in Durango where most restaurant employees are high or hungover - or both.
- Good luck, Diver
I recently started seeing this guy who seems to be an intriguing prospect. However, I am a little concerned about his cleanliness - or should I say, lack thereof. During a recent visit to his apartment, I couldn't help but notice multiple discarded pizza boxes and dust bunnies the size of Volkswagens - not to mention unspeakable horrors in the bathroom. What does this say about his character? Should I run for the hills?
- Not a Dust Bunny
Dear "Not a Dust Bunny,"
This says nothing about a man's character. It says nothing about being a man. What it says is that he is desperately missing his mommy.
- Thanks, Diver
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What is the best way to break my boyfriend of
his obnoxious habits? We are moving in together, but I am hesitant
because of the whole "toilet-seat-left-up" thing. I love the
guy, he sometimes just grosses me out.
- Please help, Laura via e-mail
Quit nectar-nursing him until he changes his ways. Or maybe
you should talk to him. Perhaps he just doesn't know he is being
- Thanks for writing, Diver
This is another in what I'm sure is a long list
of in-law questions. This is about my father in law. When he
comes to visit all he talks about is how great my husband's
ex-girlfriend is. I guess she still lives near my in-laws and
he sees her, or is still friends with her or something. This
is driving me crazy. It's also driving my husband crazy. I find
it quite rude. How can I tell him to either a) stop talking
about her, or b) stop visiting?
Speak up and tell you father-in-law that the ex is not to
be spoken of in your household. Stand up for yourself. Perhaps
you also should randomly insult your father-in-law. Put him
down for menial things, such as his age, weight, size of his
manhood, things like that. Be even more childish than him. Two
wrongs don't make a right, but it might make you feel better.
- Thanks, Diver