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Oct 1 Mike_in_Houston commented on Savage Love.
Thank you, Dan, for putting all of these questions in the same column. Now, if we can not have another one of these for about, oh, twenty years...

With regard to the first one, thank you for defining "sounding" so early in your answer. It enabled me to skip over the rest of the answer.

With regard to the second one, I can't believe people believe that hymens stay intact until the first sexual experience. Mrs. Anderson, my wonderful tenth grace biology teacher, who never pulled any punches, told us that many activities (riding a horse is the only one I can recall) can break a hymen.
Nov 21, 2013 Mike_in_Houston commented on SL Letter of the Day: Help Me, Google Translate, You're My Only Hope!.
google translate does a pretty good job when one wants a quick and dirty translation. Obviously, the translation here is not of publication quality and in some places I think it is inaccurate if not misleading.

I think "piĆ¹ grande" can mean "larger" or "older." It's probably a moot point in this instance since if he is older he is probably larger, and vice versa.

"nei scorsi quattro anni ho vissuto" translates as "for the past four years I have lived" or "I have been living." So I get the impression that he is either still living with this man or else has recently moved out.

The translation of "l'ex marito alcolizzato e cocainomane" implies that he is an ex-alcoholic and ex-cocaine user. However, I believe that "ex" modifies "marito" (husband) and so he is living with his mother's ex-husband who is still drinking and using. Of course, that brings up (not "begs," please) the question as to why he is still living with somebody who has physically abused him.
Sep 19, 2013 Mike_in_Houston commented on SL Letter of the Day: OKStupid.
I for one would love to see (1) her original OKCupid ad and (2) his "scary misogynist asshole response."

(1) Even if there is a "not under any circumstances ever interested in a casual encounters" box, I think a simple checked box would have been easy enough to miss. If the suggestion of having a casual encounter is a deal-breaker for her, I think it would have been worth her time and effort to include a phrase or sentence to that effect in the ad.

(2) I suspect, if she took such umbrage at this relatively innocent and respectful response (and actually she was the rude one, especially in her final kiss-off, which I'll bet she thought was extremely clever), that the response was nowhere near as offensive as she is portraying it. No wonder she didn't want to send it to Dan (and, by the way, I am surprised that Dan bought into her own assholishness, but then again she did stroke his ego by paying his husband a huge compliment, so why not? We're all human, I guess).
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Jan 11, 2013 Mike_in_Houston commented on SL Letter of the Day: Someone Missed the Cougar Meme.
Boring question, which I just barely made it through. I gave up partway through the answer. I enjoy Dan's column well over 99 percent of the time, so I can forgive this one and that one a few weeks ago about how do I know when somebody loves me, or whatever it was. The answer had to do with something on the face...
Jan 10, 2013 Mike_in_Houston commented on SL Letter of the Day: A Hopeful Thank-You Note.
#28 said it perfectly. Even if statistics show that 99 44/100 percent of parents would be accepting of their children, it's not worth it if COS happens to have parents who fall in the other 56/100 percent.

I don't even see where "lying" plays into this. What's wrong with good ol' not saying anything? That's what I did when I was growing up; I think my parents suspected--I think asking them if I could have ballet lessons when I was seven years old may have tipped them off--but that's not the same thing as rubbing their noses in it.

Of course, if it comes down to it, I support lying as opposed to putting one's home and life at risk.
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Jan 10, 2013 Mike_in_Houston commented on SL Letter of the Day: A Hopeful Thank-You Note.
#28 said it perfectly. Even if statistics show that 99 44/100 percent of parents would be accepting of their children, it's not worth it if COS happens to have parents who fall in the other 56/100 percent.

I don't even see where "lying" plays into this. What's wrong with good ol' not saying anything? That's what I did when I was growing up; I think my parents suspected--I think asking them if I could have ballet lessons when I was seven years old may have tipped them off--but that's not the same thing as rubbing their noses in it.

Of course, if it comes down to it, I support lying as opposed to putting one's home and life at risk.
 
 

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