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Wednesday, 05 June 2013 11:06

Ask Todd Parker - June 5, 2013

Dear Todd Parker,

My husband and I recently moved into a new house. The neighborhood is great. It's usually quiet (aside from the usual kids being kids-type stuff) and everyone who lives nearby has been awesome. We say hello when we pass each other on the street and all that. We've been trying our best to be good neighbors and for the most part, I think we've succeeded.

But we have a secret.

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Friday, 26 April 2013 09:49

Ask Todd Parker - Apr. 24, 2013

Dear Todd Parker,

Ever have one of those moments when you learn something about yourself and you wish you hadn't?

There's this guy that I know from back in the day. We aren't all that close anymore, although we still talk every once in a great while. He's always been a pretty good dude, but not the kind of guy you would think would be destined for great things.

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Thursday, 09 August 2012 09:09

Ask Todd Parker - Aug. 8, 2012

Dear Todd Parker,

I've been getting a lot of conflicting advice from my friends and family, so I thought I'd try an objective outsider. Even if I am pretty sure you're just going to make fun of me. 

My girlfriend and I have been dating for almost four years. And I love her more as time goes by, as corny as that sounds. She's never been anything but wonderful and supportive of anything that I choose to do, and I like to think that I've been the same way.

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Thursday, 02 August 2012 00:03

Ask Todd Parker - Aug. 1, 2012

Dear Todd Parker,

I've been dating my girlfriend for almost two years and we've been living together for six months. Up until very recently, everything has been going as smooth as could be. We share a lot of interests and have a lot of mutual friends and have a lot of fun together.

This weekend, we sat down to watch the Olympics (neither one of us is really a sports fan, but we enjoy watching the stories play out). We spent all day lazing on the couch, eating take-out and not really doing much, when all of a sudden she turns to me and says 'Are you happy? Because I don't think I am.'

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Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:33

Ask Todd Parker - July 25, 2012

Dear Todd Parker, 

I'm having a moral crisis in my love life. There's this woman that I am completely into. She is absolutely my ideal woman in every conceivable way. She's beautiful, but we've also been friends for years, so I already know that we have similar interests and plenty to talk about. She's smart and funny and awesome in general.

The problem is that we've been friends for so long for a reason. Up until about six months ago, she was in a serious long-term relationship with a good buddy of mine. They were together for almost four years before they broke up (she found out that he had cheated on her).

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Thursday, 19 July 2012 09:01

Ask Todd Parker - July 18, 2012

Dear Todd Parker,

I was in a long-term relationship with a guy for a number of years. For a long time, I thought he was the one, but I gradually realized that he and I were moving in different directions and we had become incompatible in a lot of ways. So about a year ago, we broke it off amicably. Well, mostly amicably anyway. The goal was to remain friends. It wasn't easy, but I still cared about the guy, so I did my best. We didn't see a lot of each other, but it was always pleasant enough when we did.

Last week, he called me up out of the blue we hadn't spoken in a couple of months and left a message on my voicemail asking if I would like to go out to dinner with himand his new girlfriend. He told me that it was really important to him that I meet her. He also said that meeting her would be good for me and help me 'gain closure' on our relationship. It turns out that in his eyes, our mutual breakup was in fact him breaking up with me and he wanted to help me 'move on.'

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Thursday, 21 June 2012 10:50

Ask Todd Parker - June 20, 2012

Dear Todd Parker,

I'm a party guy like you. I love going out, hitting the bars and drinking some beers. Me and my boys always have a great time. Well, I assume I always have a great time; sometimes the memory gets a little fuzzy. But that's all part of the fun, right?

Things have definitely changed recently. My buddies are all getting into these serious relationships, and they won't go out with me nearly as often as they used to. They're always talking about how they want to stay in and have a quiet night with their ladies instead of going out and tearing it up with me, or if they do come out, it's with their girlfriends, who are always a huge downer. They're all like, 'Rick can only have one beer' or 'We need to be home by nine so we can watch Grey's Anatomy'' or some crap like that.

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Thursday, 31 May 2012 08:18

Ask Todd Parker - May 30, 2012

Dear Todd Parker,

After eight long years in college, I finally graduated this May with my Ph.D. I'm entering a very competitive job market, but I'm not too worried. I was a lot closer to the top of my class than the bottom. That's not what I'm writing about.

My girlfriend and I have been together for over ten years. We started dating in our junior year of high school. For most of undergraduate school, she was our primary support. Since I started grad school, she's basically been our sole support. She worked and I went to school. The plan was for me to get my Ph.D. and graduate, then find a job. After that, she was going to start thinking about grad school herself.

I know this is going to sound awful, but I want to break up with her. I haven't been happy for a really long time and I feel like I need to get out. I know I should have done it earlier, but the time never felt quite right. I don't want to hurt her, but I can't do this anymore.

How do I break it off? And do I owe her any money? What do you think?

Graduate in Old Town

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Thursday, 24 May 2012 00:59

Ask Todd Parker - May 23, 2012

Dear Todd Parker,

I'm fresh out of college and working my first real job. I'm the only one of my friends who managed to find a job in their field. Everybody I graduated with is either sending out a million applications or else working somewhere that they hate. They always talk about how incredibly lucky I am to work where I do.

They're right. I am lucky. This is a great job. I like what I do and it's a perfect springboard for me to work my way up the ladder to the career that I'm looking for. I even like the people I work with; they're almost all really nice.

Almost.

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