DEAR MISS LONELYHEARTS: My older boyfriend is a daredevil and routinely parks at fire hydrants if he's making a quick stop to pick something up. Even if there are other places to park, he prefers the big parking places. I think this is dangerous for other people -- what if there was a fire? He laughs at me, and says, "Suck it up, buttercup." I told him he could get in big trouble if he ever got caught by the cops. He said: "This is just practice, baby. I do worse things you don't know about and never get caught." What exactly did he mean by that? I didn't like the way he laughed. Should I be worried or is he just bragging? My mom says I should give everyone the benefit of the doubt. -- Not Sure Anymore, Winnipeg
Dear Considerate: This bad boy is telling you he does things that are dangerous and illegal -- much worse than hydrant blocking. If you're smart, you'll take heed, and tell him to get lost for good. And your mom, sorry to say, is wrong on the advice. It's foolish to try to think the best of someone who's bragging about doing things so nasty he can't even tell you about them. What could he be doing that requires practice at easy pickups and dropoffs. Let me see, how about drug courier work, or maybe driving the getaway car during robberies?
Dear Miss Lonelyhearts: My wife is a fisherwoman -- there is nothing she loves more. I gave up on it this summer because I never catch much. She has all the techniques and knows all the hidey-holes where fish hang out. She's always dying to go fishing on Fridays for the weekend. Now that I'm not going, this good-looking really friendly guy has started picking her up on Fridays. She says he has a very nice wife and they go fishing with these other people -- a "mixed group," whatever that means. Now I'm feeling nervous. Should I go and see who these people are, or just trust her and be glad I don't have to bait hooks anymore? -- Armchair Guy, St. Vital
Dear Lazy: It's way too "Canadian" to let some hot guy just drive off with his fishing rod and your wife. You smell something fishy, mister, and you do something about it immediately. You don't want to be separated and waiting for divorce papers in your uneasy chair this time next year. It's one thing for couples to have separate hobbies, but it's quite another to have hobbies that require your mate leaving town with a handsome-looking guy who may be laughing at you. Have you ever actually seen his wife? Show a renewed interested in being with your wife on these weekends. If it bores you to fish, bring books and projects, but make yourself highly visible, show her you love her and that she's your partner.
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