Online solicitations, where no response need be made if there is no interest, are equivalent to the latter.Although your tactful wording could serve as a model for rejecting an acquaintance, there is really no charming way, other than silence, to express, “I can’t imagine that it would be worth my while to meet you.” DEAR MISS MANNERS: I can’t wrap my mind around those who find it acceptable to attempt to coerce their friends and family members into footing the bill for some unreasonable and ridiculous event that they have planned for themselves.A couple of months ago, I was sitting at a bar minding my own business when the woman next to me did something strange.
When I read the profile of someone I’d like to meet, I write them a personalized letter pointing out some of our common interests, adding a bit of levity where I can, suggesting we meet for coffee and conversation. Since we are both members of this group seeking the same goal — companionship — doesn’t social etiquette require some acknowledgment of receipt and a response?Jessica and Nick are in the middle of their first date. They’re strolling down the Champs-Elysées in Paris, stopping to appreciate the beautiful architecture and the odd art gallery that piques their interest.The have a spirited debate about the shades of meaning in a rare painting by Claude Monet.There will be more hardships that only you can help alleviate with your financial gifts.He may also send you checks to cash since he’s out of the country and can’t cash them himself, or he may ask you to forward him a package. You were targeted by criminals, probably based on personal information you uploaded on dating or social media sites.