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Channel fighting energy in a safer environment

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Dear Miss Lonelyhearts: Girl-on-girl fighting has become a kind of indoor sport in the bars. I like it. I go in the bathroom because girls take it into the bathroom when there's going to be a scrap. God knows it's been too cold to go outside this winter.

One girl will slap another and call her a name, or sometimes they start a fight right on the dance floor, and then they're going at it. It's like a hockey game when everybody gets excited once somebody finally starts fighting. Now I can hardly wait until something happens. Is there something wrong with me, or am I normal, and most of the people out there are too scared to show how they really feel? -- Hear Me Roar, North End


Dear Roar: Take your excited, aggressive body down to a boxing gym and learn how to go at it properly. Keep it out of the bar, where you could get stabbed or get pounded so hard you get a concussion, which could change the way your brain functions. It's OK to be aggressive, but you should join a hockey team, learn to fence, kickbox -- anything where you can channel that fighting energy without taking a chance on losing much more than your front teeth.


Dear Miss Lonelyhearts: I must be one of the few people not looking forward to the warmer weather. Summer means my neighbour has gatherings (several times in the middle of the week and on weekends when he is not at the cottage) that involve heavy drinking in his backyard, which is how we know. So be it -- they are peaceful, quiet and neat -- but he drives for his job. We have witnessed him stumble out of his vehicle and barely be able to make it to the house after returning home from the cottage. Who says he is capable of driving for his job?

When he is sober, he is a nice guy, but I fear for anyone on the road with him. It is starting to really eat at me and I don't know what to do. On one hand, it has nothing to do with me; on the other, every time I hear of a fatality on the highway I worry that he was involved and I could have somehow intervened. Any advice? -- Worried Neighbour, Winnipeg


Dear Worried: Call the police when you see this happening. It would be best if you saw him drunk and staggering while packing his car to go somewhere. Local police might then be on the watch for him. The next time you see him staggering up the walk from his car and if you have a cellphone with video capability, let him be the star of your film -- there's nothing like a little evidence.

Or, be straight up about it. Approach him when he's staggering to or from the door and say, "You're drunk and you're driving a vehicle? You could kill yourself or somebody else. I'm going to ask police to be on the watch for your plate." He won't like you any more, but there's no love lost anyway, and he might think twice about arriving or departing drunk after you shine a light on him. At this point, he may actually think nobody notices.


Please send your questions or comments c/o or mail letters to Miss Lonelyhearts c/o Winnipeg Free Press, 1355 Mountain Ave., Winnipeg, MB, R2X 3B6.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 10, 2014 C2

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