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Colleague doesn’t have to be ‘easy mark’ at work
Dear Annie: I work in counterargument to each. a large organization and The pain is something she is know my colleagues quite apparently willing to tolerwell. Though I enjoy work- ate, the “waste of money” is ing with them, a number of a matter of opinion, and the them recently have begun risk of infection (or worse) borrowing cash from me. is lessened if the piercing These are usually requests is done by a reputable profor small amounts to cover fessional under hygienic the cost of lunch or coffee, circumstances. As for her but over time, they add up. shape, her navel is not likely Not a single one to do all that much of them has ever growing. voluntarily repaid The better reame. When I ask, son, Dad, is that the person ineviyou object. You tably looks surare still her father prised, smacks his and can say no if or her forehead this makes you and says, “Sorry, uncomfortable. I forgot,” before She always has the handing over the option of piercing money. her navel at a later It’s not that I date. We think don’t want to be you and your wife helpful and col- Annie’s Mailbox should have an legial, but I have honest discussion come to realize that if I don’t with Olivia about this and pursue those in my debt, see whether you can reach I’ll never get the money an agreement. back and will have to write Dear Annie: “Thwarted” off those sums. Even if my was right on the money. colleagues aren’t doing this Women my age are defiintentionally, I can’t help nitely in a “trapped” situathinking that in some way, tion. We did everything the I’m encouraging irrespon- good girls were supposed sible behavior. to do. But men are looking Is there a professionally for someone in their 20s appropriate way of saying who will take care of their no the next time I’m asked every dream. Their trophy for cash? — California wives will inherit the bulk Casey of the assets that women Dear California: You like “Thwarted” enabled have apparently been tagged their husbands to acquire — as an “easy mark” in your everything from education office. It’s perfectly OK to to taking care of them and say pleasantly and politely, their mothers. “I’m so sorry, but I can’t It sounds lovely and glib loan you the cash today.” to say just go out there and You don’t have to give a volunteer, get involved in reason. If you say it often activities and churches, enough, they will assume and hopefully meet other you don’t carry that much women who are in the same money any longer or that place. But what about the you aren’t willing to part men? The majority are lookwith it. Either way, they ing for a nurse and a purse will leave you alone. once their libidos and bodies Dear Annie: I would start to wane. — 62 Married appreciate an objective to a 75-Year-Old with No viewpoint regarding my Reciprocity in Sight (just) 16-year-old daughter’s request to have her belly button pierced. “Olivia” is an honor student and all-around wonderful daughter. But I am having trouble being objective about the piercing. I am opposed on several levels. First, it is a waste of money. Second, there is pain and, more importantly, the risk of infection or worse. I also feel she is too young and still growing. She is very slender, but I’ve advised her that her shape is likely to “fill out” in the next several years. Her twin sister, her mom and I enjoy reading your column every morning at breakfast. Am I being overly concerned? — Worried Papa Dear Worried: Your concerns are perfectly valid, but Olivia could present a

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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Tomorrow’s Horoscope
By Bernice Bede Osol
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2012 Chance could play a greater role than usual in your financial affairs during the coming year, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t expend a little effort of your own. It’s unwise to leave everything up to the vicissitudes of fate. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -Try to subdue your fondness for risk when it comes to a financial matter with high stakes. Bucking the odds isn’t likely to work out too well, and you know it. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- Force yourself to avoid repeating a recent mistake, even if you think things will work differently this time around. They won’t. Live and learn. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Just because a certain philosophy fits another doesn’t mean it’s tailored to your requirements. You’d be happier living your own life, with your own patterns. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Regardless of who you are thrown together with, be gracious and thoughtful. Remember, people are always observing you, and bad behavior won’t be readily forgiven. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -Heed the notion that what you do might affect others. Take care to avoid doing anything that would inconvenience someone else, especially if the other party isn’t involved in your decisionmaking. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- Trouble is lurking if you attempt to stretch the truth regarding some important information. You should tell it like it is, no matter the consequences. If you fudge, you’ll just make things worse. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- There are strong indications that wastefulness on your part could become a major problem. Get hold of yourself immediately, or you’ll quickly find yourself in trouble. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Friends, co-workers and family will all resent it if you’re too selfserving. Be careful not to put your needs, desires or wants above those of everybody else. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- It’s important that you see your problems for what they really are and not through rose-colored glasses. It won’t do you any good, and it could cause some unneeded problems. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -Engaging in the least expensive activity is likely to turn out to be the most satisfying for you in the long run. No matter how tempting the alternative, stick with the cheaper option. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- A personal objective you’re hoping to squeeze into your schedule looks like it isn’t likely to get done, not through any fault of yours. Other factors could be working against you. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -The exaggerations of another might elevate your expectations to false heights if you’re not careful, so be aware of whom you place your trust in. The crash could be huge, if you’re taken in.
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