Dear Not: Turn it around. If you asked him to act out a teen fantasy that happened with you and a fumbling young partner, there's a big chance your husband would surpass whatever that teen love could do. It could become something that now belongs to you and your partner. And wouldn't you love him all the more for granting your wish? You might even try out the fantasy and say, "Well, that was interesting, but I'm not into it as much as I thought. Does your back hurt as much as mine?" So go for it, but play it smart. Make his fantasy come true, just the way he wants it except go far enough into the country, the gendarmes won't arrive. After all, you're the one your husband wants to star in the show, now it's hit the big time.
Dear Miss Lonelyhearts: As I write to you, I'm so wiped. I moved into the downstairs suite in a house and the people upstairs have a new puppy who cries and whines and whimpers all the time they're at work, doing crazy hours. They leave him alone way too much and he is desolate. I'm a dog lover and it's making me crazy. What should I do? I'm an artist and work at home so I always hear his cries. I want to go get him! Please help. -- Tortured by His Crying, North End
Dear Tortured: Play this right and it could have a happy ending for everybody. Why not offer to take the puppy in during the daytime and out for short walks, just because you love pups. He could hang around with you and you could have a part-time doggie, no expenses for food and vet services. It's an unusual solution, but it could work. But don't heap any shame on the owners. They probably don't know how he cries and wouldn't want him to be so sad. Go upstairs and tell them you're a dog lover and ask if you could meet their puppy. (Bring a gift, of course.) Get to know the dog, and them. Then ask if you could dog-sit him sometimes when they're out at work, no charge. If they say yes, jump on it, suggesting a time. Hint: Never let on the puppy prefers you to them, even if it seems to be true.
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