Dear Abby: I must comment on your reply to the woman whose gentleman friend's only drawback is his terrible teeth. You recommended candidly saying, "You really need to see a dentist - let me refer you to mine."
I hope it works for her. When my husband and I were courting, the only thing I found seriously disturbing was the miserable condition of his teeth. The one time I mentioned it, he blew up, and I never mentioned it again. However, our compatibilities far outweighed the teeth issue, so I decided to bear with it and hoped he would change. He didn't.After we were married, I got him to brush his teeth more regularly, but he still refused to see a dentist - even when his gums were in such bad condition, he bled on the pillowcase! When I pointed this out to him, he said, "I'll be fine." (Need I tell you what his breath smells like?)
Abby, what would make a grown man behave this way? Is there anything I can do?
- Baffled in Virginia
Dear Baffled: He behaves this way because he is absolutely terrified of seeing a dentist. As a boy, he probably had a very painful experience in the dentist's chair.
Perhaps if you told his physician about this hang-up, he could explain that a person's general health is seriously threatened if his teeth are rotting.
He could also explain that dentistry has come a long way in recent years, and while the discomfort is temporary, the rewards are permanent.
Dear Abby: Regarding the rooster-shaped alarm clock and where you can buy one: Your search is over - you can have mine. But I must warn you that this is the most annoying alarm clock ever made! The alarm is bad enough: "cock-a-doodle-doo" at an ear-shattering volume over and over again. But when you finally shut it off by pushing down its comb, the rooster says "Good morning" in an unnaturally cheerful voice.
Abby, nobody should be that cheerful at 7 a.m. - least of all the fatuous fowl that disturbs my slumber. This chicken is really starting to get on my nerves, so please take it off my hands before I choke it.
Since the clock was a gift from a friend, please don't mention my name. Just sign me . . .
- Nothing to Crow About
Dear Nothing: Thank you for the rooster clock, whose cock-a-doodle-doo is so authentic I thought I had a live rooster in the house.
And to all who wrote asking where such a clock is available, they are advertised in numerous mail-order catalogs - and many novelty shops and electronics stores also carry crowing clocks.
Dear Abby:"Delaware" asked, "What does it mean when a person puts a postage stamp upside down on an envelope?"
You replied, "It could mean, `I love you,' `I'm in a hurry' or `I need glasses.' "
Abby, that may be correct, but it also means that the writer is right-handed and buys 29-cent stamps by the roll.
When those stamps are used by a right-handed person, they come off the roll upside down! When I have a lot of envelopes to stamp, I can't be bothered turning each stamp right side up. This has been my pet peeve for years.
- Toni Rhode
in New Holstein, Wis.
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