【N.J】 Ask Amy: Man doesn’t discover it humorous when mates feed him unknown species of fungi – New Jersey News

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DEAR AMY: I’ve a gaggle of three mates (we’re all male) with whom I take pleasure in one in a single day every month at a cabin within the woods.

We take turns cooking.

Lately two of the blokes made a spaghetti dinner for us.

The following morning they instructed us that that they had included mushrooms within the sauce that that they had discovered behind the woodpile.

I used to be horrified. I’ve a level in biology and taught environmental science for over 30 years – neither of those guys has expertise with mycology or taxonomy of fungi – nor might they even title the species of mushrooms that had been used. After I expressed my dismay, they had been defensive (“My wife said they were okay!”) and finally turned to taunting.

On the subsequent in a single day I questioned what substances had been included within the meal. Realizing the ridiculousness of this endeavor to be secure and wishing to keep away from additional ridicule, I started to deliver my very own meals underneath the declaration that I want to eat later within the night than they do.

Amy, they’re nonetheless making jokes about it and have by no means proven any contrition, a lot much less provided an apology.

Two questions: Was my response unfounded (I can’t think about it was), and do you’ve gotten a suggestion for resolving this by communication?

– Avoiding Amanita

DEAR AVOIDING: Your response was not unfounded, however your overreaction is.

Your folks made a doubtlessly harmful selection; because it turned out, everybody obtained fortunate and nobody obtained sick. You conveyed your educated and legit concern, and you realize your mates heard you as a result of they resorted to taunting you for taking your place.

I hope that what you describe as “taunting” was a milder teasing.

You definitely have the best to deliver your individual meals to those gatherings, however you aren’t being trustworthy about your motive (and “eating later” doesn’t essentially make sense). And – each time you do that you revive the unique subject, which is that you simply don’t belief your mates to supply a safely ready meal.

In my view, you must make a option to belief your mates’ meals prep, however this might require you to loosen up about a difficulty you clearly take extraordinarily significantly.

You would possibly flip this subject on its aspect for those who kind of dove into the center of it. Have some T-shirts made for the group: “Fun Guys Forage Fungi.”


DEAR AMY: My partner and I’ve been in a dedicated partnership for over 30 years.

It was solely after a few years collectively that marriage grew to become legally obtainable to us.

As the truth of confirming our long-standing dedication was now a chance, it nonetheless took a while to contemplate how we see ourselves, our lifetimes of shared experiences, and our intertwined households.

Marriage is just not solely a celebration and starting; it’s a private acknowledgement of our lengthy lives collectively.

When somebody sees a hoop on my finger, they’ll generally query how lengthy now we have been married. That’s when our definition of our lives collectively comes up in opposition to what some folks permit to be true.

I would like to reply, honestly, that now we have been married for 30 years. When an incredulous look inevitably follows, I might add: “…and we formalized it last year.”

However then some folks might reply: “But you have only been married for 1 year…” as if to put an enormous asterisk on our marriage.

In addition to insulting our proud and deeply private milestone, their conditional definition diminishes the true story of our lives collectively.

So – what ought to our reply be to the query of how lengthy have we been married?

– Fortunately Married

DEAR MARRIED: Congratulations in your lengthy and profitable relationship. Clunky encounters with others could be inflicting you to anticipate extra – with a considerably defensive stance.

You possibly can describe your relationship any manner you want, together with to say you’ve been married for 30 years. If somebody doesn’t like that reply or challenges it, then – that’s on them.

It could even be fairly easy so that you can say, “We’ve been married in our hearts for 30 years and legally married for one – so I guess that makes us the longest-married newlyweds on the planet.”


DEAR AMY: “Hurt Feelings” was a person who’d obtained a sports activities damage however was upset when his shut good friend “Bart” didn’t acknowledge it.

Dude must man up! Many guys grew up getting injured on the sports activities subject and their coaches didn’t kiss their boo boos.

– Former Athlete

DEAR ATHLETE: Compassion doesn’t harm a bit. You would possibly attempt it.

(You possibly can e mail Amy Dickinson at askamy@amydickinson.com or ship a letter to Ask Amy, P.O. Field 194, Freeville, NY 13068. You may also observe her on Twitter @askingamy or Fb.)

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