Writer jealous of slacker brother

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

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Tomorrow’s Horoscope
WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 2012 Your chart indicates the possibility of a busier social life in the year ahead, which is well and good. However, it might be smart not to involve business contacts in your playtime. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -Co-workers who usually back your intentions when it comes to career matters may be nowhere to be found when you need their allegiance most. Be prepared to fend for yourself. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -You should give your utmost attention to your duties and responsibilities. If you try to sweep things under the rug, all that’ll result will be large lumps that will surely trip you up. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Be smart and avoid all forms of speculative involvements. Be especially careful not to gamble on the abilities or talents of another. It’s tough enough taking a chance on your own situation. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -It’s important to weigh all sides of an important issue. Yet if you’re unduly analytical, you might be crippled or defeated by your own indecisiveness. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Even though you’re a creative person, it’s still important to follow productive methods. Be careful not to go to such extremes that you stray from a solid path. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Sometimes the best foods aren’t necessarily found in establishments that have the most expensive menus. If you are out wining and dining, keep this in mind. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- Try not to turn your home into a military camp. If you make the rules too tough or rigid, the troops will eventually rebel. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- If some of your co-workers have been doing things that bug you or make you feel uncomfortable lately, this might not be the best day to bring it up. It could be smarter to keep mum for the nonce. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Being in the company of those who can afford to spend lavishly might leave you at odds with your wallet. Don’t make the mistake of trying to operate on a high-society budget. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- Unless you are of singular purpose, certain objectives that you hoped to get done won’t be accomplished. Attempting several jobs simultaneously could cause you to cross your wires. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- You’ll know what is expected of you, yet you simply might not want to comply. However, guard against any inclination to pass the buck, because it will come back to haunt you. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- This isn’t going to be one of your better days for handling your personal resources or, as a matter of fact, the resources of others. Be especially careful in all financial situations.
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By Bernice Bede Osol

Dear Annie: My brother This is so disgusting. It’s and sister and I had an amaz- not only rude to their feling childhood. Our parents low diners, but also disrestressed the importance of spectful to the people who hard work and education. have to clear the table and The three of us got advanced pick up the germ-filled napdegrees and my sister and I kins. And it’s quite likely entered the workforce after that these same servers then graduation. bring menus, water or drinks Our brother, “Dennis,” to the next table without however, seems content to washing their hands. live with my parents, workPlease, people, be considing a seasonal minimum- erate. -- No Name, Please, wage job. He was unable to Some of These People Are find employment when he My Friends graduated and has not bothDear No: It is both crass ered to look since. That was and rude to use any table seven years ago. napkin to blow one’s nose. My parents do not charge A small dab (with a tissue him rent. They or handkerchief) is cook for him and fine, but major nose take him on weekblowing should be end excursions. confined altogether They pay a porto the restroom. tion of his student Dear Annie: loan bills. Dennis I agree with your doesn’t seem to advice to “Dumped have any ambition Upon,” whose to move forward. It mother-in-law has created a lot of badmouths her ex. resentment. My mother often The last time Annie’s Mailbox maligned my father I saw Dennis, he to my brother and made a snarky comment me after their divorce and when I revealed that I was even after his death. Her a month behind in my mort- words made me dislike gage payment. I was amazed being around her. My sisterat his nerve and it resulted in-law told me I must stand in no contact between us for up to her. I prayed about almost a year. Resentment is this problem. also building toward my parThe next time she started ents for continuing to allow in on my father, I said to her: him to mooch off of them. “I am sorry your marriage to They are now in their 60s your husband was not all you and nearing retirement. They wanted it to be, but I loved deserve better. I admit that my father and found him I’m a bit jealous that Dennis to be loving and caring. I gets handed to him the same have fond memories of him. things my sister and I have Please never say another bad to work so hard for. word about him to my brothI will be bringing my er or me.” After that, she no fiance to visit my parents longer mentioned him. I am for the first time and we -- Grateful Annie’s Mailbox is writwill be staying with them. I’m already dreading it. ten by Kathy Mitchell and My fiance says to bite my Marcy Sugar, longtime editongue, that it’s my par- tors of the Ann Landers ents’ decision. But every column. Please email your time I see them, I notice questions to anniesmailhow they have aged. Any box@comcast.net, or write suggestions? -- Frustrated to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd in Ft. Worth Dear Frustrated: You Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254. need to follow your fiance’s advice and bite your tongue. This is your parents’ choice. The best you can do is be supportive of their needs, perhaps gently pointing out that they are crippling their son by allowing him to be so financially dependent. And perhaps stay somewhere else when you visit. Also consider that Dennis may have undiagnosed adult ADD or other psychiatric or medical problems that are interfering with his ambition. We feel sorry for him. When your folks are no longer around to enable him, he will be in serious trouble. Dear Annie: Can I use your column to register a complaint? I’m talking about people in restaurants who use napkins, either cloth or paper, to blow their nose and then put the napkin back on the table or plate.







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