Dear Abby: Friend’s dates all have criminal records

SHARE Dear Abby: Friend’s dates all have criminal records

DEAR ABBY: I’m worried about a close friend I have known for about 10 years. She’s well-educated, independent and family-oriented.

She has been online dating for quite a while and continually meets guys who have criminal backgrounds. She dated one of them on the down low for two years because she was embarrassed by how he behaved in public. The most recent man served a 16-year prison sentence for being involved in a murder.

She tells me she doesn’t see a future with any of them, but goes on multiple dates and defends them with, “He seems like a nice guy.” In the next breath, she’ll claim to want a steady and meaningful relationship.

I have voiced my concerns. I asked her what she’d say to me if the tables were turned, and her responses mimic the concern I show her. I suggested she try a different website or mode of meeting potential partners, but it hasn’t made a difference.

I believe in second chances up to a point, but now I’m genuinely worried for her safety. Is there anything else I can do to convince her to have safer boundaries? — CONCERNED ABOUT CRIMINALS

DEAR CONCERNED: No, you have done enough. Until your friend admits to herself that she’s fishing for trout in the wrong stream, she’ll continue to reel in sharks.

DEAR ABBY: Is it normal for men to sulk or get angry when they don’t get sex when they want it?

I’ve been married to my husband for more than 30 years. I run several miles a day and, with all the work I do, I don’t always feel like having sex. Lately, I have been under a lot of stress, so I haven’t been in the mood.

The other night, he did his usual sulking. Then, as he often does, he tossed about in bed, repeatedly and roughly, while we’re trying to sleep. The whole bed shook.

Another night, he stuck his elbow in my ribs to be sure he got my attention. Sometimes he’ll grab my butt really hard while I’m trying to sleep — in the middle of the night, mind you. I end up having sex with him so he leaves me alone and I can sleep

I have tried sleeping in another bed. But then he comes to that room and repeatedly kicks the mattress. If I lock the door, he kicks the door. So, I have sex with him so I can live in peace.

Do most men do this when they don’t get sex as often as they like? — SPOUSE SULKING IN THE NORTH

DEAR SPOUSE: You have tolerated this for 30 years? What you have described is spousal abuse. Most men do not behave the way your husband does, bullying and coercing their wives into marital relations.

Please discuss this with a licensed mental health professional. His behavior is off the charts, and you need more help than I can give you in a letter.

DEAR ABBY: I have a question. If you are traveling with a group of friends on a plane, is it rude for one couple to upgrade to first class? This was a group trip traveling to go on a cruise together. — JUST WONDERING IN FLORIDA

DEAR JUST WONDERING: I wouldn’t call it a breach of etiquette. However, it’s less than an expression of solidarity with the friends who are sitting in the back.

Personally, I think it sends a wrong message and could cause resentment unless there’s a practical reason the couple needs the extra space — long legs, a bad back, a weight problem, etc.

Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

For everything you need to know about wedding planning, order “How to Have a Lovely Wedding.” Send your name and mailing address, plus check or money order for $7 (U.S. funds), to: Dear Abby, Wedding Booklet, P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL 61054-0447. (Shipping and handling are included in the price.)

The Latest
The research revealed an ancient ecosystem unlike anything seen on Earth today, including traces of mastodons and horseshoe crabs roaming the Arctic.
As a political issue that seeks to define and categorize a firearm along legal and technical lines, expert opinions based on decades of professional training and experience have to carry more weight than the opinions of the uninformed and the less informed.
With the Bears on their bye week, the Sun-Times’ Patrick Finley — who can be found at @patrickfinley — answers your questions from Twitter.
Ira Schab, 102, was on the USS Dobbin, a tuba player in the ship’s band. He recalled seeing Japanese planes overhead and wondering what to do. “We had no place to go and hoped they’d miss us,” he said before Wednesday’s ceremony in Hawaii.
Holecek says he’s done coaching at the high school level but isn’t sure what his future holds.