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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 49

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2E THE PALM BEACH POST THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1997 F Liz Smith Table setting for the hostess Mom confesses to fantasies for teen A modern day 'sugar daddy' Dear Ann Landers: The "sugar daddy" of the ; 1930s is not dead. He is alive and well and; living in Florida. . . My husband hired a secretary who could not; type, didn't know shorthand and said filing things McRaney has the magic touch GERALD McRANEY has all the luck. Just as in his two previous TV series, Simon & Simon and Major Dad, his current CBS show, Promised Land, began slowly; but it has built up a strong audience and good ratings. The show's Dear Miss Manners: At Thanksgiving dinner in my daughter's home, her husband designated the seating, placing her at his right. He was at the end of the table in the host chair, and his brother-in-law was seated at the opposite end of the table in what I have always Dear Abby: I am the happily married mother of two teenagers. Something disturbing has happened recently. I find myself attracted to my daughter's boyfriend. He is 19 and I am 46. I'm no "Mrs. Robinson," u 1 1 termed the hostess chair. w - Before leavine. I remarked i K- to him that I felt hurt that my A v danchter was bein? denigrated producer, Martha Williamson, i i i rnr i was too mucn trouDie. ane cua, , however, answer the phone.; This woman rented a computer, ; a fax machine and a tape record-; er and purchased all the items! needed to run an office. Her; expense account, over and: above her generous salary, was -. $1,000 a month. ' Her first month in the office, " this so-called secretary took a: nine-day vacation. Actually, it; v I wno aiso neims cdo mega-nu ,.' J Touched by an Angel, also has the I 5 1 luck. A Touched SDinoff didn't and I would never reveal how I feel. When he's here, I behave in nothing but an adult, motherly manner. However, my thoughts and fantasies about him are far from "motherly." This has bothered me for months. This has never happened before. I know I have to cope with it like anyone else with a secret crush, but I feel like such a fool. a o o in front of my two grandsons, ages 20 and 18 years old. He said he learned this seating at their gourmet club. Everyone of my age I have talked to goes by the old rule the wife in the hostess chair and the head of the house in the host chair. X if:, V Ann Landers Dear Abby Abigail Van Buren seem like a great idea, but Williamson stuck to her guns or her wings and scored another family-oriented hit I think the worried networks could have lots of hits if only they'd let something run long enough in the same time slot to develop an audience. Miss Manners Judith Martin McRaney 1 AMID ALL the crash-and-burn aftermath of Princess Diana's death and the overkill of coverage, I shied away somewhat from most of the lurid stories that attached themselves to Diana. But here is an authentic, appealing anecdote from the funeral, and it is worth retelling. The royal family had requested that cameras not be kept on them during the Westminster Abbey service. That request was obeyed. But maybe this was a mistake. When Diana's casket reached its resting place, the brilliant Royal Standard had become twisted and awry. The Queen herself rose, went to the casket and knelt. Then she straightened the Royal Standard with both hands. One insider has observed had there been a photograph or video of the Queen on her knees at Diana's bier, it would have gone a long way toward creating a more friendly and satisfied atmosphere for the royals. PRODUCER GARY Pudney is still searching for the perfect Dorian Gray for his in-the-works update of Oscar Wilde's the Portrait of Dorian Gray. This script will place Dorian and his decadent ways slightly in the future, perhaps by about 20 years. Maybe Oscar's anti-hero won't seem so decadent then. , This sounds like a job for Leonardo DICaprio, if you ask me. THE LOCKHORNS bunny hoest and john reiner mmmmmmwmmmmm was 10 days, sne neeaea an; extra day to shop for her nine--day vacation. ; Four months later, she wanted to go to Disney! World, so the company provided the plane ticket.! Three months after that, she went to Las Vegas for; a "working vacation" and then to see her parents; for a week because it was "on the way." (They live in South Dakota.) These tickets were paid for by! the company, too. When the chief of operations; finally terminated this flea brain, my husband saw; to it that she received a month's severance pay. Don't tell me old men can't have fun. -My j husband is 72 and still keeps in touch with this! shrewd little cupcake. He thinks I don't know. I'm; too old to consider divorce or separation, but it; would do my heart good to see this letter in the; paper. Please make my day. The Old Grayi Mare in Brandon, Fla. ! Dear O.G.M.: I guess there's no fool like ah old! fool. Meanwhile, I hope you have children' and; grandchildren and a few hobbies of your own. (P.S.:; Why not treat yourself to a shopping spree? You've j earned it, honey.) Dear Ann Landers: I was interested in the! letters that appeared in your column about the,' proper (and improper) way to dress when eating in' a restaurant. j I am not saying that guys should wear tuxedos; and cuff links when they go to McDonald's, but; unless you have faced the hairy armpits of a jock! when dining out, you have no idea what real nausea! is. ! Please tell those slobs to show some consider-! ation for others by carrying a sport shirt in the car; for such occasions. Houston is a particularly offen-j sive city in this regard. I know because for 18 yeara I put up with the slobs. Too bad there's so littlej class there. I haven't seen one hairy armpit in a; restaurant since I moved to Baltimore. J.R. Dear J.R.: Your complaint leaves me baffled.; Have you been eating for 18 years in truck stops? have been to Houston many times and have yet to! encounter a single hairy armpit in a restaurant. Ann Landers' column appears daily. Write tor her in care of The Palm Beach Post, P.O. Box 24700,! West Palm Beach, Fla. 33416-4700. . J Am I abnormal? Have you ever heard of a mom falling for a kid the age of her children? Please don't make fun of me; I feel silly enough already. And please don't even mention which state this letter came from. Smitten Dear Smitten: You are not abnormal, and yes, I have heard of women falling for men the age of their children. I suspect there are many adults (of both sexes) who have found themselves attracted to their children's friends, but would never admit it. The important consideration is not that you have these feelings, but that you neither reveal nor act on them. As long as your fantasies remain fantasies, they are harmless. Dear Abby: I recently read the letter from "Troubled Tourist," who asked, "Aren't there more options for a single person than cruises that penalize one for traveling alone?" He wanted to travel alone or as part of a group, but pay a single rate and have a private room. Abby, to give the lowest price to those who are coupled is outrageous! It is akin to saying married is good and single is bad. It is cruel to imply that, when more than 75 million people are divorced, widowed or never married. I can afford to pay for a cruise, and can afford to travel to Europe alone, but in this couples' world, it is still sometimes painful. I refuse to pay that exorbitantly higher rip-off price for traveling alone! It's time travel agents and hotels wised up and realized they are losing a tremendous amount of business. If condominiums and apartment buildings can accommodate the needs of singles, then so can cruise ships and hotels. Eleanor Carlson, St. Petersburg, Fla. Dear Eleanor: Meeting the needs of the single traveler may be an idea whose time has come. Many travel agents wrote to offer roommates, singles cruises and discounted rates to "Troubled Tourist," but that was not his question. Perhaps the answer to traveling alone inexpensively is to check several travel sources and plan creatively. Bon voyage! D Dear Abby appears daily. Write to her in care of The Palm Beach Post, P.O. Box 24700, West Palm Beach, Fla. 33416-4700. Am I correct to follow the old rule? My grandsons told me they would abide by your response. Gentle Reader: Miss Manners gathers from your family's good-natured response that you made these devastating accusations in a better spirit than your words would suggest. Otherwise, the tradition you practice sounds like an old one called Stirring Up Trouble. The old rule you mention is one of several. The really old tradition, you will recall from medieval tapestries, has the hosts sitting next to each other facing the company. In the early part of this century, the fastidious thought it better to have the hosts sit opposite each other in the center of the table, rather than the ends. But while it is possible to quibble over which custom is best, there is none by which the position at the host's right can be construed as insulting. On the contrary, that is the position of honor. If you really wanted to stir up trouble, you'd be asking why you, as the senior lady in the family, were not seated there. Dear Miss Manners: I find that most hostesses set a beautiful table, but when dinner is over, they ask you to pass your dirty plates to them. Then they sit at this beautiful table scrapping the leftovers into the dirty plates and stacking them. This procedure nauseates me, so I immediately find something to do in the kitchen waiting for the stacked dishes to arrive. Gentle Reader: Miss Manners doesn't care for this nasty practice any more than you do. But she at least understands why the hostesses do this because they have no help in clearing the table the right way, two at a time. What she doesn't understand is why you're hiding in the kitchen instead of helping clear the table properly. a Write to Miss Manners in care of The Palm Beach Post, P.O. Box 24700, West Palm Beach, Fla. 33416-4700. "LEROY'S PRACTICING EXTREME NAPPING." The Holida Horoscope f W IT by JOYCE JILLSON Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Intellectual superiority brings you new clients, dramatically enhancing your reputation. You win at games and contests. Preparation brings you extra money. Accept gifts and invitations or you'll hurt a friend's feelings. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Offer a new friend whatever help you can. Relocation or a new job location is likely. Develop creative ideas quietly before you present them. Reunite with an old friend via the telephone. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You have some difficulty adjusting to a new routine. Focus on long-term goals. A lover's sympathy Is reassuring. Arguments begun in the morning are resolved when the sun sets. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Change is positive and brings a fresh outlook. An old romance dies hard. Your artistic abilities flourish. An important decision In your hands affects others; proceed with care. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20). Your forceful personality creates an aura around you that intrigues new friends and Investors, too. Luck in a competition leads to a windfall. Keep after those who owe you, and they will pay. turn things you borrowed. Your financial situation Is greatly improved. An obligation comes to an end. Deliberate before making your next move. Those who are late or otherwise imperfect are under mixed-up influences. Cancer (June 22-July 22). Nurture creative instincts within yourself. The new environment In which you find yourself is very different from your old surroundings. Be careful to make a good Impression. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22). Ask a friend to set you up with a hot prospect. Romantic luck springs from bold motions. But do avoid falling in love with everyone you meet. Concentrate on the work at hand this afternoon. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). What seemed like a catastrophe brings about a sudden bonus. A disagreement arises between you and a partner. Turn to a friend for moral support. Perseverance pays off. Libra (Sept. 23-0ct. 23). Take a break and enjoy life this afternoon. Give a treasured possession to a friend who really needs it. Confidence is of premium import. Visitors bear gifts. Today's birthdays: Game show host Wink Martlndale is 63. Actor Jeff Bridges is 48. Jazz singer Cassandra Wilson is 42. Actress Marlsa Tomei is 33. Actress-model Tyra Banks Is 24. If today Is your birthday: This Is a year of increased courage and success! For singles, several love possibilities present themselves in January and February. Couples find reunions and trips to visit relatives help their marriage. If you're looking for work, Dec. 15 to Jan. 20 is when you'll find a job and a wonderful career. Legal settlements bring peace of mind, i Aries (March 21-Aprll 19). Your ideal signs are Leo and Aries, although a mysterious Capricorn could also appear. Resist the urge to play matchmaker. Pay tribute to those who truly deserve it. You win the high regard of others. Taurus (April 20-May 20). Money comes in spurts, first from your job and then from luck. Start projects now while you have extra time. The lines of communication are garbled. Double-check a friend's request before knocking yourself out. Gemini (May 21-June 21). Re Complimentary Sheinwold's bridge by FRANK STEWART siMrffiomiftflB North dealer N-S vulnerable NORTH J85 ; PK3 OAQ105 KJ94 WEST AQ2 V 107654 06 410732 EAST 9764 ?Q98 OKJ92 86 When you must decide which of two suits to establish (my topic this week), pick the one where nothing can go wrong. South took the jack of hearts and tried a diamond to dummy's 10. He'd have won 12 tricks on the best of days, but today was the worst. East took the jack and led a heart; and South next led a club to his hand and returned another diamond. When West discarded, South groaned, took the ace and led a spade. West won with the queen and led a third heart. South then cashed his clubs and led another spade; but West produced the ace and won the last two tricks with hearts. Down one. COUNTS TRICKS The contract is easy if South counts his tricks and is blessed with a pessimistic streak. He can't be sure of setting up his ninth trick in diamonds, but can rely on the spades. At Trick Two he must lead a spade. West wins and leads another heart; but South takes the king, forces out the ace of spades, wins the next heart and cashes a spade to assure the contract. DAILY QUESTION YOUHOLD:AQ2V1076 5 4 06 10 7 3 2. Your partner opens one diamond, you respond one heart and he next bids one spade. The opponents pass. What do you say? ANSWER: Your partner did not jump to two spades and hence has fewer than 19 points. Since you lack the high-card values for game and have no good trump suit, pass. One spade may not be your best spot two clubs or two hearts may be better but you can't bid again. RICK KIRKMAN AND JERRY SCOTT WE CAN HELP Your Will Is Vital Do You Have One? Do You Need A Trust? : i -.-) How About A Lifetime Income Program? SOUTH K103 ?AJ2 08743 AQ5 North Eiit South Weil 1 Pass 2 NT Pass 3 NT All Pass Opening lead BABY BLUES $MW! IW I MA00 1 tfMW fce MONSTER, QTUlN&! QUICK I Of- IT MfcHT PAWY... Please send me your FREE, NO OBLIGATION booklet on Wills. I The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 270848, Tampa, Florida 33688-0848 I J mr KSSSt fates Name Address. City, State, Zip Date(s) of Birth .Phone Q I have included The Salvation Army in my Will. CD97 PBP Wl ! mm mm mm mm mm m mm mm mm mm mm mm mm mm mm mm mm mm mm mm J 4

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