The Science Advice Goddess from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Fri, 17 Jan 2020 12:38:54 -0800 The Science Advice Goddess from Creators Syndicate 954852febd99ca0845e611fe065066c6 Heart Of Barkness for 01/14/2020 Tue, 14 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p><i>My friend recently bought a $3,000 labradoodle but refuses to pay to get it trained. The dog is really badly behaved. Whenever I bring up the need for training, my friend gets very defensive and lashes out at me. Last time I visited her, the dog got into my bag and chewed through some seriously expensive skin care products I treated myself to. She acted like it wasn't an issue and even said it was my fault for leaving my bag on the floor! We've been friends for nearly 20 years, so it's a little complicated, but how can I let her know her actions feel inconsiderate and get her to take proper responsibility for her dog?</i></p><i> </i><p><i>&#8212;Beware Of Owner</i><p>Updated: Tue Jan 14, 2020</p> 000ce6cfab1820e2ec3d8b56dea07ff4 Ghoul, Interrupted for 01/07/2020 Tue, 07 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p><i>A good friend's mom just died. Out of nowhere, he told me that his mom never liked me very much. Frankly, the feeling was mutual, but I of course never said anything. While I don't want to start a fight or anything, I'm bothered that he told me this. How should I let him know?</p> <p>&#8212;Irritated</i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Jan 07, 2020</p> 5a7214655eaea8b42de884116c8651fd Talons Show for 12/31/2019 Tue, 31 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p><i>Women are so mean. I'm the new girl at work, having started my job two weeks ago. Yesterday, I had a date after work, so I wore my date outfit to the office. It wasn't scandalous, but it was a little sexier than my usual workwear. I was in a bathroom stall, and I overheard two female co-workers talking about me: mean, nasty, catty talk. And really, my outfit was not terribly revealing. Why are women so awful to one another?</i></p><i> </i><p><i>&#8212;Upset</i><p>Updated: Tue Dec 31, 2019</p> 8f1721351db2f6c9b46580cec1b664d5 The Nobel Savages for 12/24/2019 Tue, 24 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p><i>My husband's parents interact with our 3-year-old in upsetting ways. They overfocus on her appearance, asking whether she's washed her hair or where her comb is. (She has naturally stringy hair.) They constantly quiz her, making her name colors, numbers, etc. They once spent an entire dinner trying to train her to use a napkin. My husband finally exclaimed, "She's not a performing seal!" After their last visit, she started showing anxiety that her hair doesn't look nice. How can I keep my daughter's spirit from being squelched by her grandparents?</i></p><i> </i><p><i>&#8212;Worried</i><p>Updated: Tue Dec 24, 2019</p> 9d13755d66d210508d3767aac42ce16c Crouching Tiger, Hidden Camera for 12/17/2019 Tue, 17 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p><i>I have a new roommate, and she's uncomfortable with the cameras in the common areas (living room and kitchen). This became an issue for her after I saw video of her being careless with my furniture and texted her and asked her to stop. My last roommate had no problem with the cameras, which I got after my home was broken into. My current roommate knew the deal when she moved in, but now she's very uncomfortable and complains about this constantly, saying it's affecting her mental health. She wants the cameras either removed or turned off when she's home. </p> <p>&#8212;Annoyed </i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Dec 17, 2019</p> 76f75cde3e07131460512a488e5f3dc2 Baby Got Backup for 12/10/2019 Tue, 10 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p><i> I've been dating this really great woman for three months. She's just decided that she needs to be single right now, despite our forming a pretty strong connection. She explained that she really, really likes me, but she's never been single for very long and thinks it's best for her at the moment. I can respect that. She also says we can keep sleeping together if I want. I want to do that, but I'm wondering: Could that ruin our chances of having a real relationship again in the future?</p> <p>&#8212;Wanna Play It Smart </i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Dec 10, 2019</p> ff3a6bf59be316d54d9898dee6030d5b Spurning Curve for 12/03/2019 Tue, 03 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p><i>I was feeding my meter the other day, and this guy started chatting me up outside his store and got me to take his number. He seemed sweet, but things quickly got weird when he wanted to come over the next night. I said that didn't work for me, but I offered to swing by his work and say hi during the day. He responded angrily: "No. I wanna come to your house, but you aren't ready for it." I politely explained that I didn't know him at all and wasn't into casual sex anymore. If that didn't work for him, that was totally cool and we could just be friends. He got angry again, saying (bizarrely), "I'm not a negative person" and then "But now you'll never know how awesome I am!" I was dumbfounded. Why do some guys get so jerky when you turn them down or just want to take things slow? </p> <p>&#8212;Baffled</i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Dec 03, 2019</p> 2b331608c9c8b3ff299a1ee6201c2703 Vicious Recycle for 11/26/2019 Tue, 26 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p><i>I've started dating a guy that an estranged friend of mine was engaged to and dumped 25 years ago. She completely broke his heart. She's been engaged eight times, married five, so I hardly think he was special. But some of my girlfriends think it's not cool and say I'm breaking "girl code." Am I betraying her?</p> <p>&#8212;In A Quandary</i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Nov 26, 2019</p> 0d32f65710f2ec94cbca8246bd3a4169 Once Upon A Crime for 11/19/2019 Tue, 19 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p><i>I've been with my boyfriend for nine years, and I'm still pissed off about stuff from like five years ago. I don't know how I remember this stuff when I can't find my keys half the time. I'd like to get rid of these resentments and not keep bringing them up. I know it's not healthy for me or our relationship, but I don't know how to let them go. &#8212; Stuck</i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Nov 19, 2019</p> 68d7e53f3e0872a8483654e0edb076c8 A Labor of Leave for 11/12/2019 Tue, 12 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p><i> I haven't had sex since my last breakup, and I'm all lusty. I really like this guy, but he seems to have some intimacy issues. We went on a coffee date, and the chemistry made things go further than I would have wanted or expected (making out like crazy in the car). My friends keep reminding me to build trust and friendship before sex. But can you really go backward? Like, is it possible to just hang out and chat once things have gotten hot and heavy? &#8212; Lustbucket </i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Nov 12, 2019</p> 0aad18a45b0657639f74e0fc54f28be1 Ingrate Expectations for 11/05/2019 Tue, 05 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p><i> My husband and I attended his niece's wedding two years ago. Our gift was money earmarked to pay for their honeymoon. We were miffed that we never got either a thank-you note or any word that they'd actually used the money for a honeymoon. We recently got a note that they're expecting their first child. We sent a nice card but no gift, as we never got any response for our wedding gift. Yesterday, a custom card came in the mail, belatedly thanking us for our generous gift and telling us about their honeymoon. We suspect that they're realizing that wedding guests who didn't get thank-you notes are holding back on gift-giving for the baby. Should we buy them a baby gift, or should this be a time for tough love? &#8212; Resentful </i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Nov 05, 2019</p> 76408e2e77954464601d37c8bfdcca21 The Rid Carpet for 10/29/2019 Tue, 29 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i> I'm a 30-something gay guy. When I moved to a new city five years ago, I knew nobody except two female co-workers, who became my first friends. I have since met wonderful, talented, artistic people who are more my style. I no longer work with these ladies, and I'm just not interested in hanging out with them anymore. When they call to get together, I keep saying I'm busy, but they're not getting the picture. How do I break up with them without being mean? &#8212; Trapped </i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Oct 29, 2019</p> ebd1cfc553fb7a5334fcdc108c38ea89 Captain Hookup for 10/22/2019 Tue, 22 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i> I'm a single man in my 30s, and I don't want a relationship right now. I keep meeting women online who say they only want something casual. Then, on the first or second date, it becomes obvious that they want a relationship, not just fun and sex. What's with the bait and switch? &#8212; Annoyed </i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Oct 22, 2019</p> 49c052fdd38d9cf9a7424552730d2f74 The Dumpster Fire Within for 10/15/2019 Tue, 15 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i> About six weeks ago, I started dating the nicest guy. I have some intimacy issues (basically, fear of abandonment), and having somebody be nice to me is new and uncomfortable. I freaked out one night and had sex with somebody else. I know this guy I'm dating isn't sleeping with other women, but we haven't had the official talk. I don't plan on doing this again, but I really want to confess. The guilt is terrible. &#8212; Disgusted With Myself </i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Oct 15, 2019</p> 6e75ebf1de998b66507e06445b28c2ed Murk In Progress for 10/08/2019 Tue, 08 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i> I'm in a weird place in my life: My work situation's up in the air, and there's a lot of uncertainty in my romantic life and my living situation. Friends are telling me to be patient and live in the moment, but I'm finding all of this not knowing extremely upsetting. Is there anything I can do to feel less anxious? &#8212; Distressed </i></p> <p>When everything seems uncertain, it's easy to go really dark: "Please forward my mail to the refrigerator box in the underpass where I'll soon be living with my fiance, the cat."<p>Updated: Tue Oct 08, 2019</p> 56e13b590684f4625676f065b7b93564 Friend Over Backward for 10/01/2019 Tue, 01 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i> A friend agreed to dogsit while I flew up to visit my ailing dad. She bailed at 7 p.m. the night before I flew out, saying she needed three days to pack for a vacation. She never even apologized. I don't want to be friends anymore. She said, "You're throwing a friend away over not watching your dog." But it's not that. It's that she broke her word and left me in a huge bind. Still, I feel bad about cutting her out of my life, as we've been friends a long time. Thoughts? &#8212; Disgusted </i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Oct 01, 2019</p> b819d20490c7efe085047d846b6b5d2d Are You Clonesome Tonight? for 09/24/2019 Tue, 24 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i> My friend thinks I'd do better in dating if I went on those sites that match people according to "similarities." Most of the couples I know aren't that similar. Could those sites be wrong? How much does similarity matter for being a good match with somebody and the chances of a relationship working out long-term? &#8212; Single Woman </i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Sep 24, 2019</p> 95d8df21f86e0d74db2e522b755e96a4 I Second That Emoticon for 09/17/2019 Tue, 17 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i> I know some men refuse to use emojis because they think they're silly or cheesy. But I have to say, when men use emojis, they make me feel good. Is it crazy that a heart or a rose emoji makes me feel like a man's more interested? &#8212; Wondering </i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Sep 17, 2019</p> 1e83816c2b753a721d2d9e9a518e589f Nurse Case Scenario for 09/10/2019 Tue, 10 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i> I have to go visit my mom, who's in the hospital in another state. She's really ill. Her boyfriend told me she's lost a lot of weight and it might be shocking to see her initially. I want to be strong for her, but I'm a big crier. I cry on every phone call, and it's awful. How do I show up for her and not let my feelings overwhelm me so she is not sad or worried about me and can concentrate on getting better? &#8212; Emotional </i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Sep 10, 2019</p> 8bb1d6794af0a24ae89ced0d315183d9 Charlie Brawn for 09/03/2019 Tue, 03 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i> If a guy is trying to amp up his attractiveness by working out, what areas of the body should he focus on? What do women notice and want? And how much of that can I get without any kind of surgery or dangerous potions? &#8212; Office Bod </i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Sep 03, 2019</p>