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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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    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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    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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    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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    The One-Month Itch

    Dear Social Grace, I need your help. I met this really wonderful girl about a month ago and I finally asked her to be my girlfriend. I'm at college and she graduated last spring, so I usually go to her…
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    A Slippery Slope

    Dear Social Grace, I have a "How do you two know each other?" type of etiquette question for you. I've been very close friends with a young gentleman for at least three years now. We had been casually "going out"…
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    Nothing More Than Feelings

    Dear Social Grace, My husband and I are expecting our first child this summer. This is our first and the first grandchild for my husband's family. Everything is great, and we couldn't be happier. Our problem is my husband's grandmother.…
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    My Brother's Loser

    Dear Social Grace, I'm close to my brother, who's mild mannered, but his live-in girlfriend is mouthy and aggressive. She thinks she knows everything and talks nonstop. Is there a polite way to let loud and outspoken people know that…
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    Let's Do Lunch

    Dear Social Grace, My partner and I routinely run into friends or acquaintances at various events. Often, it's someone we haven't seen for a while, and it's good to reconnect. I'm writing to ask your advice on responding to "I…
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    Humble Buy

    Dear Social Grace, I am an emerging artist, and when people buy my work, I would like to send a personal note saying thank you in a card along with the documentation. But I don't want it to sound like…
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    Almost Polite

    Dear Social Grace, I had invited a few close friends over to my house. Yesterday, I got a copy of an e-mail from "George" telling "Stephen" to "bring 'Lesley' if he's in town." I did not invite Lesley. Upon receiving…
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    The Cold Shoulder

    Dear Social Grace, A couple of years ago, I wrote to you concerning some friends whose falling out was damaging my circle of friends. Your advice worked, so thank you. I have a new problem for you, and it is…
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    A Force for Civilization

    Dear Social Grace, A friend and I were at a bar, and we struck up a friendly conversation with the guy next to us, and we were having a pleasant conversation until he said something very racist, the n-word, to…
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    Armed and Courteous

    Dear Social Grace, Because I am a responsible adult who feels it is my moral obligation to take responsibility for my own safety, as well as being trained and equipped to protect the safety of my loved ones, I go…
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    Death, Taxes, and Doggie Bags

    Dear Social Grace, Is it impolite to call a person "dead," or is it better to say "passed away" or something like that? Via the Internet Dear Undead Madam or Sir, When speaking about topics that are unpleasant or difficult…
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    Checks and Balances

    Dear Social Grace, I have a friend whose company I enjoy: She's funny, clever, intelligent, and kind. The problem arises when we go out for dinner, drinks, lunch, etc. When the check arrives, she will make no motion for her…
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    Awkward Moments

    Dear Social Grace, I am a fan of your column and generally agree with your replies to readers' questions, but I must disagree with your answer to "Breaking Up With a Friend" , who wanted to end a friendship…
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    Curb Rage

    Dear Social Grace, Interesting to read your piece regarding saving a parking spot those "semilegal" midstreet spots on…
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    Good Spirits

    Dear Social Grace, I endeavor to always be a gentleman; however, I have recently run into questions about the propriety of sending a lady a drink at a bar. First, if said lady is sitting at a bar with a…
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    The Fire Next Time

    Dear Social Grace, In the past two months, I was in two separate situations, one socially, one at work, where my personal ethics were "tested." In the first, at the wedding of a close friend at a local park, we…
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    Giving and Re-Giving

    Dear Social Grace, If someone gives you a gift certificate to a fancy restaurant, are you supposed to use it to take the gift-giver to dinner? Background: My friends "Lisa" and "Fred" gave me gift certificate to a good…
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    Spine Straightening

    Dear Social Grace, I am terribly embarrassed that I even have to ask this question, but I hope that you can help me out. I have a very good friend (we have known each other since we were children) who…
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    Service With a Grimace

    Dear Social Grace, Tonight, while waiting on a couple at dinner, it was brought to my attention that I'd forgotten to bring their drinks. I apologized profusely, but I hoped the couple would understand. When I brought their drinks, the…
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    Social Grace

    Dear Social Grace, I have two questions of a bathroom nature for you. First, what do you do if you clog the toilet at someone else's house? Second, how do you handle it if you create a bad smell in…
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    Tune In, Turn On, Eat Lunch

    Dear Social Grace, I am a professional piano tuner, and when I am working on pianos in people's homes, it is not uncommon for children, and sometimes adults, to stand near me and watch. While I don't like this, as…
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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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