Dear Tell All: I'm bummed about the new state law that bans texting while driving. I text all the time behind the wheel, and I've never had a problem, or even a close call. What the politicians fail to realize is that the people who text tend to be young, and we are used to doing several things at once. We can text while studying, text while having a conversation, text while listening to a lecture, and, yes, text while driving. It's not that hard, unless maybe you're over 40. If Wisconsin absolutely must have a law, how about banning texting while driving while middle-aged?
Dear Supergrrrl: :(
Here's a reader's response to Ruff Day in the Park, a guy who was upset that a woman's tiny spaniel kept humping his big Labrador retriever in the dog park. ("Doggie Style," 4/22/2010). His Labrador freaked out and tried to get away from the spaniel; meanwhile, Ruff himself worried that the canine sexual spectacle would be a turnoff to the spaniel's cute owner, whom he'd been working up the courage to romance.
Dear Ruff: How about growing a pair? If her little dog trying to hump your big dog doesn't even bother her, why would she be impressed with a squeamish dandy? And, really, what the hell? Your Lab is whimpering because a wee spaniel is trying to hump it. Just how did you transform your big dog into a little girl? I suggest before you try to win the woman of your fancy, decide if you're ready to stop being a boy and give being a man a shot.
Dear Can't Tell: You think Ruff should act like a man - but what, exactly, would that mean in this situation? Hooting and hollering as the dogs copulate? Poking the spaniel owner in the ribs and shouting "SCORE"? Manly behavior can be as off-putting as wimpy behavior, and I don't fault Ruff for seeking a nuanced approach to the delicate mating dance.
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