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    LOL a smart woman would say that she is in telephone sales and then change the subject. I was talking to a stripper that I was serving coffee to and I asked her how she handled social situations, she told me that she said she was self employed in the entertainment business and changed the subject.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duxxy;2824850;
    LOL a smart woman would say that she is in telephone sales and then change the subject. I was talking to a stripper that I was serving coffee to and I asked her how she handled social situations, she told me that she said she was self employed in the entertainment business and changed the subject.
    Good answer! Not that I'm going to need it.

    Speaking of, I had a friend that was ah, in the "entertainment" business years ago and she could deduct from her income taxes all her pedicures, manicures, hair salon visits, tanning salon visits, etc. as "business" expenses.
    I briefly considered that I could look really good and take it off my taxes. But then again, I'd have to go to "work" eventually and wouldn't like that at all.
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    Maybe I should check into doing phone sex. I could use some extra money, and I like that I could stay at home. I wonder if they have a "Phone Sex For Dummies" Book that I could read? I would definitely have to update my vocabulary!
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    (2) Whenever you send an e-mail to more than one person, do NOT use the To: or Cc: fields for adding e-mail addresses. Always use the BCC : (blind carbon copy) field for listing the e-mail addresses. This is the way the people you send to will only see their own e-mail address. If you don't see your Bcc: option click on where it says To: and your address list will appear. Highlight the address and choose Bcc: and that's it, it's that easy! When you send to Bcc: your message will automatically say 'Undisclosed Recipients' in the 'To:' field of the people who receive it.

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    misskitty, thank you for posting that. It's all common sense! (I'm patting myself on the back as I write this...) I've done this all the time. I HATE getting spams from "friends" and it lists literally hundreds of email addresses. It takes so long to open that email. I always BCC people and really resent it when people have my email address out there for everyone to see. I don't mind if it's a small group of friends or family that I know...but otherwise, UGH!

    Ironically, someone just sent me a forward today that was one of those warnings about having to do something or you'll explode! (Or something like that... ) I emailed everyone back--BCC--and referred them to the Snopes page that had the information about that urban legend being just that--a legend. Anytime I get an email that says I have to do something or something bad will happen to me...well...as wimpy as I am, I write back the sender and tell them to take me off of their email list and shame on them for trying to scare people. Then I tag that email as "junk."

    People really have no email etiquette these days do they?

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    How would you handle this?

    This isn't a big problem--but I want to make sure I don't offend anyone. Two weeks ago, a couple of people I know--acquaintances, not close friends--said they wanted to take me out to lunch. (I had helped their children with some projects--it was truly my pleasure to help the kids!) They said they would call or email to coordinate but the day they had mentioned a few times was this coming Saturday, and one of them wrote it down in her agenda book. It's Wednesday night already and I have not heard a peep from them in the two weeks since they mentioned this.

    (Meanwhile...Another friend invited me out to lunch and I would love to see her. I told her that I already had plans but I didn't know if they would happen or not and asked if I could get back to her tomorrow afternoon.)

    I really don't want to call up these women and ask them if we're still on for lunch on Saturday. As they had offered to treat, I just don't feel comfortable reminding them... But I also don't want to keep my friend hanging 'cause if I'm not available, I want her to make other plans. And as she doesn't know these other two women, I don't want to invite her and have her be the add-on that I railed about all last week!

    So...what would you do? If I don't hear from them by tomorrow, should I just make plans with my friend? Or do you think I should call them up and ask if we are indeed still getting together on Saturday for lunch?

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    Re: How would you handle this?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lois Lane;2826185;
    This isn't a big problem--but I want to make sure I don't offend anyone. Two weeks ago, a couple of people I know--acquaintances, not close friends--said they wanted to take me out to lunch. (I had helped their children with some projects--it was truly my pleasure to help the kids!) They said they would call or email to coordinate but the day they had mentioned a few times was this coming Saturday, and one of them wrote it down in her agenda book. It's Wednesday night already and I have not heard a peep from them in the two weeks since they mentioned this.

    (Meanwhile...Another friend invited me out to lunch and I would love to see her. I told her that I already had plans but I didn't know if they would happen or not and asked if I could get back to her tomorrow afternoon.)

    I really don't want to call up these women and ask them if we're still on for lunch on Saturday. As they had offered to treat, I just don't feel comfortable reminding them... But I also don't want to keep my friend hanging 'cause if I'm not available, I want her to make other plans. And as she doesn't know these other two women, I don't want to invite her and have her be the add-on that I railed about all last week!

    So...what would you do? If I don't hear from them by tomorrow, should I just make plans with my friend? Or do you think I should call them up and ask if we are indeed still getting together on Saturday for lunch?
    I'd just call and say: Hi, are we still on for Sat.? I just wanted to double check the time and place with you guys.

    I would think that was perfectly acceptable.
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    Re: How would you handle this?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lois Lane;2826185;
    This isn't a big problem--but I want to make sure I don't offend anyone. Two weeks ago, a couple of people I know--acquaintances, not close friends--said they wanted to take me out to lunch. (I had helped their children with some projects--it was truly my pleasure to help the kids!) They said they would call or email to coordinate but the day they had mentioned a few times was this coming Saturday, and one of them wrote it down in her agenda book. It's Wednesday night already and I have not heard a peep from them in the two weeks since they mentioned this.

    (Meanwhile...Another friend invited me out to lunch and I would love to see her. I told her that I already had plans but I didn't know if they would happen or not and asked if I could get back to her tomorrow afternoon.)

    I really don't want to call up these women and ask them if we're still on for lunch on Saturday. As they had offered to treat, I just don't feel comfortable reminding them... But I also don't want to keep my friend hanging 'cause if I'm not available, I want her to make other plans. And as she doesn't know these other two women, I don't want to invite her and have her be the add-on that I railed about all last week!

    So...what would you do? If I don't hear from them by tomorrow, should I just make plans with my friend? Or do you think I should call them up and ask if we are indeed still getting together on Saturday for lunch?
    I have the same answer as MRD -- call to check on the time and place. Act air-headed if you can get away with it Unless you have an aversion to that it can smooth the way when a direct question might sound abrupt.

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    Thanks mrd and justcoz! I called and asked if this was the Saturday we were supposed to get together or if I had that date wrong and they apologized and said they had forgotten about it. I said it wasn't a problem, and that they could give me a ring when things were less hectic for them. And she said they would. Whether they do or don't doesn't concern me 'cause it's not a big deal. And then I called my friend and accepted her invitation for lunch, which will be fun! So it all worked out well. I was worrying about nothing really! Duh...

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    Quote Originally Posted by waywyrd;2819924;
    That's when I'd see just how many Junior Mints I could bounce off the back of her rude head.


    Maybe I'm just too old.
    Waste Junior Mints???? Those cost money...
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    Quote Originally Posted by myrosiedog;2822087;
    Lois,
    I'm glad your party went well and all the trouble makers stayed home.

    Here's a different approach to the girl that invites herself places. I HATE when people talk about an event I'm NOT invited too right in front of me. Make their plans, go on and on about it and I'm sitting there like an idiot while they talk about doing stuff without me. I think that's rude.

    If I am going somewhere where my friends are not invited, I sure don't talk about it in detail in front of them. I may mention that I have plans on that particular day and leave it at that. I have 2 very good friends that go on a short cruise just about every year. They have NEVER invited me along, but yet talk about it, make their plans in front of me, etc. The 3 of us have been close friends for a long, long time and we did do a lot of stuff together when I lived in Florida. They keep talking about how the 3 of us need to do a girls weekend now that we've all moved,but yet every year they plan this cruise and never invite me and then talk about it to me. I am NOT going to say: Hey, I want to come because obviously if they wanted me along, they'd have asked by now.
    ...I have friends that do the same thing to me. They will work out with me...go to lunch, etc, but never invite me on their trips. I just don't get it, but I think I've accepted it.

    You know MRD, these friends are missing out on a lot of fun by not inviting us along.


    BTW This is a really fun thread.
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