It's weird how people that are intelligent and can give good advice, can often be idiots. Listen to Dr. Laura for any length of time and see what I mean. She'll get mad at callers for the weirdest things. It reminds me of what Judge Wapner used to do. Someone got a little ocnfused with the question he was asking, and he's yelling, ready to have Rusty hold 'em in contempt of court.
Dear Abby often drops the ball. She (or whatever person is doing her job, I think it's a daughter or a niece now) once answered a question from a Marge Simpson, about how her husband doesn't care about her, and when he comes home from the factory he just wants to bowl. And, she started bowling to become closer to him and has now fallen in love with her bowling instructor. Abby gave good advice. The problem was, all the names and the story, were straight out of a Simpson's episode. She had been duped.
Today in the paper, someone said they live next door to "The Moochers" for years, and things have gotten so bad, that her and her husband avoide them. She says they always ask for something when they see them, even borrowing an outdoor grill, living room furniture, toys for their grandchildren, and permission to hang their laundry on their clothesline. This caused them to remove the clothesline.
Which, first had me wondering...who uses clothes lines anymore? It's 2008.
The lady also complains that since avoiding them, they have gotten a bad reputation in the neighborhood as being unfriendly. They also asked for their grill back, only to be told it was given to them.
Abby advises she should do some PR with the neighbors, and also that they should continue avoiding them, unless they plan on moving.
Now, why couldn't Abby say, "You guys sound like really pathetic people. Why take down a clothesline because they want to use it? If they want to park a car in your drive way, would you then plant grass and bushes over the driveway so it can't be used by anyone? And, ask them again to return the grill. Tell them, "You misunderstood, we were letting you borrow it." If they refuse, call the police. It sounds extreme, but instead of wondering why they're keeping your living room furniture and George Foreman Grill...which would lead me to my next question. How stupid are you as to let someone borrow your furniture? It's one thing if they say "Hey...we're having a poker game with friends, and we're short a couple of chairs. Do you have any we can borrow?"
I would end my advice by saying, "You sound like one of those pathetic people that complains about a co-worker that always wants to borrow a buck each morning for coffee. Yet, each day, you continue to give this person the dollar. Instead of saying 'Hey...each day you ask me for money. Why don't you come to work with cash, since you know you're going to be getting coffee in the morning."
Instead, people in this world do what they don't want to do. Then they bitch about it to their friends.
Or to Dear Abby and Dr. Laura.