IllinoisTimes - Advice Goddess http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-109-1-advice-goddess.html Wed, 17 Sep 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Whoa is me http://illinoistimes.com/article-14439-whoa-is-me.html Whoa is me
 Last year, after I split up with my girlfriend, the law firm I worked for went belly up. I haven’t been on a date all year. Friends try to set me up, and I keep giving excuses for why I can’...]]>
Beard-death experience http://illinoistimes.com/article-14411-beard-death-experience.html Beard-death experience
This adorable, smart, funny guy I’m dating was clean-shaven when we first met, but for the past three weeks, he hasn’t shaved much. He has this really weird facial hair pattern (like patches on hi...]]>
MP3’s a crowd http://illinoistimes.com/article-14385-mp3%25E2%2580%2599s-a-crowd.html MP3’s a crowd
 I’ve been dating a girl for two months, and I go back and forth from thinking the relationship has legs to wanting to end it. I just had a birthday, and she got me a new iPod Touch with my nam...]]>
Under new anger management http://illinoistimes.com/article-14351-under-new-anger-management.html Under new anger management
When my boyfriend and I started dating, he was kind of a hothead. His first encounter with my friends was a game of touch football on the beach. He and another guy collided, and he lost his temper. Th...]]>
I’m with stupor http://illinoistimes.com/article-14305-i%25E2%2580%2599m-with-stupor.html I’m with stupor
 A close friend has a drinking problem. His wife kicked him out, he lost his job, and he’s been a lousy father to their 1-year-old son. He begged to stay with me (his only single friend) and ha...]]>
Empty Shelly http://illinoistimes.com/article-14276-empty-shelly.html Empty Shelly
My girlfriend of a year is really pretty and sweet, and we love all the same outdoor activities. However, I feel there’s a ceiling on our connection because she lacks a strong personality of her own...]]>
Cheat exhaustion http://illinoistimes.com/article-14258-cheat-exhaustion.html Cheat exhaustion
 My girlfriend and I are mostly happy together, but we have this ongoing fight where she accuses me of wanting to cheat whenever I so much as glance at a woman she perceives to be my “type” (...]]>
Tales from the cryptic http://illinoistimes.com/article-14213-tales-from-the-cryptic.html Tales from the cryptic
My boyfriend of two years got an early birthday present from his sister and her husband: a really expensive, second-row ticket for a major sporting event next year. The trouble is, it falls on my 30th...]]>
Pierre pressure http://illinoistimes.com/article-14195-pierre-pressure.html Pierre pressure
 I’m an 18-year-old woman, recently asked out by a handsome, charming 34-year-old guy from France. He took me out to a nice restaurant, and everything was wonderful until he admitted that he ha...]]>
Is this deceit taken? http://illinoistimes.com/article-14168-is-this-deceit-taken.html Is this deceit taken?
I’m a 54-year-old single man. I’ve discovered a troubling and apparently rampant trend among people around my age doing online dating – women not being honest about their age. I think the women...]]>
Destitution wedding http://illinoistimes.com/article-14153-destitution-wedding.html Destitution wedding
 A friend asked me to be a groomsman in his wedding. It’s being held hours away, and the only hotel is pricey. With tux rental, attending will cost me over $500. I’ll also have to miss work....]]>
Bridle party http://illinoistimes.com/article-14088-bridle-party.html Bridle party
 I’m going to a friend’s bachelor party in Vegas, which includes a strip club visit. My girlfriend said I have to sit that out. She believes going could lead me to cheat on her. I assured her...]]>
All is not flossed http://illinoistimes.com/article-14061-all-is-not-flossed.html All is not flossed
 I’ve gone out several times with a girl I really like, but her breath bothers me enough that I don’t want to kiss her until it improves. (It smells like pepper and socks.) She doesn’t smok...]]>
Are we having fund yet? http://illinoistimes.com/article-14021-are-we-having-fund-yet.html Are we having fund yet?
I’m a single mother with a 12-year-old son. Four years ago, when my boyfriend fell in love with me, he would buy me clothes and jewelry. He also promised to build a house for my son and me to live i...]]>
Que syrah syrah http://illinoistimes.com/article-13992-que-syrah-syrah.html Que syrah syrah
 I’ve been dating a fun, very attractive woman for about a month, and things have been going great. However, on our last date, we were out at dinner, and the female server accidentally spilled...]]>
Bad harem day http://illinoistimes.com/article-13925-bad-harem-day.html Bad harem day
I’m 30, and I’ve been married to my sweet, beautiful wife for three years. I am a bartender at a club and have numerous opportunities to cheat dangled in front of me. After coming close on several...]]>
Sneer pressure http://illinoistimes.com/article-13896-sneer-pressure.html Sneer pressure
My boyfriend of eight years and I love each other to death and are very happy. Still, I’d be lying if I said it doesn’t bother me that some people think we aren’t in a “real” relationship be...]]>
All doc and no action http://illinoistimes.com/article-13810-all-doc-and-no-action.html All doc and no action
 I’ve been going to the same primary care doctor for a few years. I’m very attracted to him, and I believe he’s attracted to me, too. There’s always been a dynamic between us. I thought i...]]>
Gone with the Windex http://illinoistimes.com/article-13786-gone-with-the-windex.html Gone with the Windex
I’m a woman sharing a house with several roommates. We’re all in our mid-20s. This one male roommate and I sometimes cook meals together, and we share a bathroom (since we’re both cleaner than t...]]>
Watching paint die http://illinoistimes.com/article-13767-watching-paint-die.html Watching paint die
 I’ve been dating a girl I really like for six weeks. She pays her rent with a 9-to-5 job but studied painting at art school and wants to make it her career. Unfortunately, I don’t like her p...]]>
Six-month lay away http://illinoistimes.com/article-13728-six-month-lay-away.html Six-month lay away
For my New Year’s resolution, I committed to not having sex for the first six months of the year and then another six months from whenever I start dating someone. I’ve never been good at waiting. ...]]>
The fastidious and the furious http://illinoistimes.com/article-13685-the-fastidious-and-the-furious.html The fastidious and the furious
My boyfriend of nine years is extremely messy, while I prefer things tidy and clean. Cajoling, asking and flat-out begging him for consideration and help on this hasn’t worked, nor have tactics like...]]>
Serf’s up! http://illinoistimes.com/article-13653-serf%25E2%2580%2599s-up_.html Serf’s up!
 My boyfriend works at a hardware store and can fix things, and in the past six months, his sister and her husband have asked him to install their new kitchen faucet, mend their fence (with the h...]]>
Save the wails http://illinoistimes.com/article-13647-save-the-wails.html Save the wails
Are guys scared of politically active women? My boyfriend of two months just broke up with me over my support for animal rights, and I’ve generally had difficulty keeping boyfriends because of this....]]>
Fool disclosure http://illinoistimes.com/article-13596-fool-disclosure.html Fool disclosure
On a business trip, I drank WAY too much with some work friends and ended up kissing a random girl I met at a bar, despite my having a girlfriend I love very much. I feel horrible. Until now, I’d ne...]]>
When Harry met hairy http://illinoistimes.com/article-13552-when-harry-met-hairy.html When Harry met hairy
 My girlfriend of six months just stopped shaving her legs and armpits. I think she is so sexy – except for this. Recently, I asked her whether she’d shave again, and she snapped that shaving...]]>
The grating outdoors http://illinoistimes.com/article-13528-the-grating-outdoors.html The grating outdoors
This great girl I’ve been dating just invited me on a camping trip. Frankly, there is nothing I would like to do less. I hate camping, and I won’t know anyone but her. The trip is three days with...]]>
Pamper-resistant http://illinoistimes.com/article-13501-pamper-resistant.html Pamper-resistant
After six years with a lazy and ambitionless boyfriend, I found a funny, loyal, caring boyfriend I love, with a solid career and a good work ethic. He pays his share of our bills and even does our lau...]]>
A good time was jihad by all http://illinoistimes.com/article-13466-a-good-time-was-jihad-by-all.html A good time was jihad by all
 I’m good friends with the woman next door, but she and her husband fight constantly in front of me and others. Recently, we were all in their car. She was driving, and he repeatedly told her e...]]>
Cower rangers http://illinoistimes.com/article-13442-cower-rangers.html Cower rangers
I read your recent columns about guys who are too shy to ask women out. You seem to think it’s okay for women to make quick judgments about a shy man’s worth because his shyness is their first imp...]]>