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  • Dear Michael: Trust is a must

  • The other day I was standing in line at the post office when I noticed this mentally handicapped man standing behind me. I wasn’t paying much attention to him until he completely fell on top of me and knocked me over. I am pursuing pressing charges because I felt as though the assault was violent. Do you think it is understandable of me to go fourth?

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  • Dear Michael,
    The other day I was standing in line at the post office when I noticed this mentally handicapped man standing behind me. I wasn’t paying much attention to him until he completely fell on top of me and knocked me over. I am pursuing pressing charges because I felt as though the assault was violent. Do you think it is understandable of me to go fourth?
    Sincerely, Abused and Angry
     
    Dear Abused,
    Understandable? I can barely wrap my head around your justification in choosing the alias “Abused.” Unless you were bleeding, in need of hospital care, missing teeth, or sincerely put out after the accident you have no grounds to come at that poor man with a bogus “assault” case, if you can even call it that! Don’t you think he has enough problems as is?!
    Love, Your Diva, Michael
     
    Dear Michael,
    My boyfriend asked me to check his phone and a message from another female came in saying “I still miss you.” Puzzled, I continued to scroll through his inbox and caught him in a lie about something that had happened earlier that week. I’m more upset about the fact that he did not come clean until he was caught. I know that this isn’t the biggest deal in the world, but it does make me question the trust I have in him. We recently moved in together and I’m starting to wonder if we moved too quickly and that maybe I should move back home.
    Sincerely, Untrusting
     
    Dear Untrusting,
    Next time you probably shouldn’t move in with someone until you know the person well enough! What were you thinking, girlfriend?! If you can’t trust the person you’re living with I can’t imagine it ending well. Maybe moving back home will be the best thing for your relationship.
    Love, Your Diva, Michael
     
    Dear Michael,
    My boyfriend and I find it really hard to go on dates or go out at all for that matter because of our money situation, or lack-there-of. We’re getting really sick of each other always being stuck in the house, and I would really like to be able to do more things with him. What are your suggestions for cheap good times?
    Sincerely, Perfectly Poor
     
    Dear Perfectly,
    I would suggest taking some of that excitement you’re looking for outside of your house and bring it inside, if you know what I’m saying, sweetheart. Try singing karaoke to your favorite songs at home with your friends. 
    Love, Your Diva, Michael
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    Michael Serode is the owner/operator of Salon Serode in Pembroke, Mass., and your divine advice columnist. Send questions to salonserode@gmail.com.
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