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May 21, 1995

Special K asks Kauli:
My boyfriend's fridge is filled with 'no-name' brand products. He thinks that you only pay for the name on many food and grocery items...I can't get him to understand that 'Black Label Cream Cheese' just is NOT comparable to Philadelphia brand! He won't buy Ritz crackers or Heinz ketchup...there's always a store brand that's cheaper. What kills me is he owns a BMW 320 and a *very* expensive home entertainment center. Am I blowing this out of proportion or do I have a right to let this bother me?
Kauli Kauli answers:
Dump your boyfriend. I would not treat you like that. If you were my girlfriend I would buy a giant vat of Philadephia Cream Cheese for us to swim in.
Kelsey Kelsey adds:
Your boyfriend has a right to choose whatever brand he wants. He has an unsophisticated palette when it comes to food. That's okay. The real point here, Special K, is that your boyfriend is not acknowledging your taste. If he wants you to be happy, he should get you the things you like, for no reason other than that you like them! You don't have to agree with each other's taste, just respect it!

Cady asks Kauli:
Do you have to wash your face with Woolite, being a furry character and all?
Kauli Kauli answers:
I lick my fur. Don't you?

JESSICA asks Drizzle:
Well, my problem is that I can't stand one of my friends, but I don't know how to tell her to get lost. Please help.
Drizzle Drizzle answers:
It sounds like you don't want to hurt this person's feelings, but you really would prefer if she didn't hang around you. It's nice of you to respect her feelings.

I would suggest that when your friend does something you don't like, tell her how you feel about what she's done. For example, "You know, I really don't like it when you gossip like that, because it embarrasses me." Or: "When you tell me how hard your life is, it makes me feel awkward because there's nothing I can do about it."

Your friend will soon realize that she had better either change or stop hanging around you. It could be the biggest favor you could do for that person.

Just remember to say how you feel, and not what a bad person she is. Good luck!

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