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    A Little Something Extra

    Dear Social Grace, I recently attended a large dinner party in an Irish pub and restaurant. When our bill arrived, some of the guests insisted that we shouldn't include the tax tip. The no-tax people prevailed. I've…
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    Out of the Bag

    Dear Social Grace, A friend of mine says that I (an able-bodied, middle-aged female) should not take up the grocery store clerk's offer to carry my groceries to my car. I will accept that offer occasionally if I'm tired or…
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    Baby Love

    Dear Social Grace, I have a question about breast-feeding in public. As a new aunt, I have tried to convince my sister that she is shocking people by breast-feeding her daughter in public places. I'm talking about restaurants and department…
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    Double Dipping

    Dear Social Grace, Whenever I'm in a restaurant and any kind of dip is served, I spoon some onto my plate in order to avoid problems with "double dippers." Last week, I went to an Italian restaurant where bread was…
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    Wedded Diss

    Dear Social Grace, I have a friend, and I use that term loosely since we haven't been that close of friends since she met her now-fiance, who is getting married this winter. I was looking at her registry in September…
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    The Etiquette Doctor Is In

    Dear Social Grace, I recently moved to a new town and therefore have had to switch doctors. I am a gay man, and my new doctor is a very attractive man. In fact, he is what I would describe as…
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    Someone's Gonna Pay for This

    Dear Social Grace, I'm a professional sign language interpreter, and I was recently asked by a friend to interpret at her cousin's wedding. My friend's sister is deaf and was not expected to attend, but she was invited and has…
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    Three Strikes

    Dear Social Grace, I'm a "femmy" lesbian living in a liberal but very white-bread suburb where gays are pretty invisible. Several times, I've been asked out by guys who obviously don't know I'm gay, and who I'll have to see…
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    With Friends Like These ...

    Dear Social Grace, My partner was invited to a weekend-long 40th-birthday celebration for one of his friends. The friend has invited 20 close friends but not their partners. To me this is in extremely bad taste. I have tried to…
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    Wake-Up Call

    Dear Social Grace, I work a graveyard shift and often receive calls early in the morning from people who don't know I sleep during those hours. I must keep the phone on for emergencies, as I am on call. Sometimes…
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    Not Too Nice

    Dear Social Grace, We have a co-worker in our department who never goes out to lunch unless the company pays for it, but manages to ask one of the people in our lunch group to bring something back for her…
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    Stench Warfare

    Dear Social Grace, I have this friend who has a body- and foot-odor problem that is getting worse as the years go by. I've known him for 10 years, and although I discussed his odor with him a few years…
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    Awkward Moments

    Dear Social Grace, My question is about introducing a gay family member's partner. My younger brother "Mike" is gay, which has never been an issue in our family. For five years, he has been with "Joe," who is part of…
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    Goodbye, God Bless, and Good Riddance

    Dear Social Grace, We are having a lunch in our office next week for a member of our team who is being deployed with the military. We aren't happy about it, but we do want to show our support and…
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    Talk Talk

    Dear Social Grace, I work in a cubicle atmosphere and am in the middle of two co-workers. They talk to each other without leaving their seats, and I'm disrupted by it. In addition, one of the co-workers will stand outside…
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    Office Politics

    Dear Social Grace, I work in an office. Like most offices, mine has a bulletin board in a public area of the office where people put newspaper clippings, postcards from vacationing co-workers, etc. Recently, someone tacked up a petition on…
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    Tip Trouble

    Dear Social Grace, A friend and I recently had dinner at a small restaurant in our neighborhood. The waiter was a little grumpy and he got one of our soups wrong, but he was by no means awful. My friend…
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    No Bacon, No Boys

    Dear Social Grace, I'm a member of an online group of queer vegetarians -- the group has both male and female members, who have potlucks and occasionally some online discussion. Recently, a lesbian member announced plans for a "woman-only" event.…
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    Outrageous Behavior

    Dear Social Grace, How do I ask a new colleague to not use the bathroom across from my desk for No. 2? The odor is horrible and very offensive. Some days this guy can take out several offices. Thanks, Melissa…
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    Authority Figures

    Dear Social Grace, My mother recently decided to move here to be near myself and her family. We decided to rent a flat together. We've discussed etiquette issues because I am not living in her house, under her rules, and…
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    A Gay Old Time

    Dear Social Grace, My husband and I are attending our first gay dinner party. I know that the host was a bit unsure how we would take the purpose of the party -- an engagement party for two male friends.…
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    Bones to Pick

    Dear Social Grace, I work at an office as a receptionist, and the other day I came across a delicate situation that I'm not sure I handled correctly. Keep in mind that this is a very professional, conservative office where…
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    Dinner-Party Nazis

    Dear Social Grace, I'm from the East Coast, so I'm not sure if this is just a cultural difference or not, but out here in San Francisco, it seems that certain people find it perfectly OK to accept an invitation…
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    Back to the Bottle

    Dear Social Grace, I read your column "Ban the BYOB" , and you talked about asking people to bring their own alcohol to a party. My question is this: If you do BYOB, and there's still half a…
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    Laundry Hogs

    Dear Social Grace, In your book , you suggest that a "considerate tenant" will use only one washing machine at a time in an apartment-building laundry room with two machines. I understand that this would then leave a machine…
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    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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