A woman who was adopted at birth receives an unexpected package – a folder containing the identity and contact information of her biological mother. Should she contact her mother? Should she ignore the information and move on with her life? Charlie tackles the complicated topic of adopted children who find their birth parents (and shares her own story of finding her father). This week’s problem was sent to in to Ask Amy at the Chicago Tribune.
Ever had a bad house guest stay in at your place? You know the type — shows up unannounced, doesn’t clean up after themselves, doesn’t show any appreciation for your gracious hospitality. This week’s problem-seeker who submitted their problem to Ask Amy, not only has a bad houseguest, but the houseguest is a so-called friend, sort of. What’s a hospitable houseguest to do? Charlie has a few suggestions and two choice words for this unwanted houseguest.
If your friend confessed to you that they’ve been having an affair behind their wife’s back (oh yeah, and their wife is pregnant), would you tell the wife about your friend’s infidelities? That’s the problem Charlie will attempt to solve this week, sent to advice column, Mrs. Webb. It’s complicated.
THIS WEEK’S PROBLEM:
Is he a gentleman, or a sucker? This week Charlie tackles hooking up on dating apps. This week’s solution-seeker (LA Confused) submitted his problem to Ask Amy, wanting to know how he can use dating apps without being played. Oy! It’s complicated. 😒
It’s a story old as time itself — the son has values and beliefs that directly clash with his father’s. He’s a leftist, progressive, liberal democrat. His father is (according to his description) a “right wing racist asshole.” They fight constantly, like drunken sailors in a bar.
Can this relationship be salvaged? Before you jump to the defense of the leftist son, take a listen at how Charlie breaks down the problem and solution (there’s enough blame to go around, and the solution, like the problem, is complicated).
Have you ever opened the Uber app and gotten hit with surge pricing that pisses you off (at best), or makes you feel like a powerless chump for agreeing to the surge price (at worst)? This week, Charlie unrattles the nerves of someone who feels icky whenever they agree to Uber surge pricing? Why the ickiness? Is there a way to get over feeling anxiety? Of course, there is! Problem sent to Dan Ariely’s column in The Wall Street Journal.