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Man's behavior might be a 'Southern thing'

By Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Amy, he repeated this several times -- even though it was obvious that I'd heard him.

I was startled and speechless!

What would have been an appropriate response?

-- Rosalind

Dear Rosalind: This came out of nowhere, but please understand that -- just as you were walking around with visible injuries on this particular day, there are also people walking around whose broken places aren't quite as obvious.

One response would be for you to make eye contact with this person and say, "Hi friend. Thank you! I'll take it from here."

Of course, it is challenging to respond in the moment -- when something startles you. In cases such as this, stunned silence might be the best you can do.


Dear Amy: "Worried Pilot's Wife" was trying to persuade her husband to stop constantly texting while driving.

I appreciated your response, pointing out the alarming number of crashes caused by texting. But you forgot to point out that texting while driving is illegal!

-- Concerned

Dear Concerned: Absolutely. Thank you.


(You can contact Amy Dickinson via email: Readers may send postal mail to Ask Amy, P.O. Box 194, Freeville, NY 13068. You can also follow her on Twitter @askingamy or "like" her on Facebook.)



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