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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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Monday, 14 May 2012 14:44

Ask Todd Parker - May 9, 2012

Dear Todd Parker,

I've recently started dating a woman and things are going pretty well. We've gone out a bunch of times and everything seems to be clicking. We like a lot of the same stuff, she enjoys my friends, I enjoy her friends it's all good. I just have one question. It might sound stupid, but I've devoted a lot of time to it. I've lost all objectivity at this point, so I'm asking you.

How long do I have to wait before I fart in front of her?

I kind of can't believe that I'm asking such a ridiculous question, but I'm nervous about it. What if we're sitting on the couch and I accidentally let one rip and she's totally disgusted by it? What if it just grosses her out? It's not like I can just say 'Hey, so what are your feelings about farts?' because that's weird.

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Thursday, 22 March 2012 09:47

Ask Todd Parker - March 21, 2012

Dear Todd Parker,

I'm a guy who just turned 30. I broke up with my girlfriend of five years about a year ago. I decided that if I didn't want to marry her I was just stringing both of us along. My dating life before her was easier since I was still in college, going to parties, and constantly meeting new people. Now I am in the realm of the adult dating world and have been a bit lost but learning quickly.

I met a girl about six months after the breakup and started hanging out semi-regularly; very low-key. I'm not looking for any kind of serious relationship or anything, but I don't know - I've been in a long-term relationship for so much of my dating life that it's all I know.

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Thursday, 15 March 2012 07:07

Ask Todd Parker - March 14, 2012

Dear Todd Parker,

I recently married the love of my life. He is a sweet, caring, generous, wonderful man. We have a great relationship and I couldn't ask for anything more. The only thing is that he really likes to hit the bars with his friends two or three times a week. I'm never asked to go and it's almost as if he doesn't want me along. 

The problem is I know there are other women in the places he goes, and some of them are kind of sketchy and would probably sleep with any man with a pulse who looked their way. They're not the kind of people I would want to be around anyway, but I don't want him around them either.

When he goes with his friends, he sometimes doesn't get home until after midnight. The lateness doesn't really bother me because I really do trust him, and it is a small town so I'll know if something happens. The temptation is there though, and if anything happens, what's done is done. For all I know, he could have already slept his way through every trashy woman in town. His friends, most of whom are single, are no better.

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Thursday, 08 March 2012 14:54

Ask Todd Parker - March 7, 2012

Dear Todd Parker,

My roommate is a great guy, but he's kind of antisocial. On the rare occasion that we can convince him to hang out, it's always a lot of fun, but most of the time, he just sits in his room and messes around online.

So his birthday was the other day. Me and the other guys (there are four of us living there) decided to take him out to the bar. He whined a bunch, but we finally got him to go. After we got there, it was a blast. Folks showed up with cake. The guy didn't pay for a drink all night. He got pretty wasted and wound up hooking up with our friend Jess (not her real name).

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Wednesday, 29 February 2012 13:30

Ask Todd Parker - February 29, 2012

Dear Todd Parker,

My boyfriend's parents hate me.

We've been dating for almost two years now, but ever since day one, they've hated me. Whenever I go along with my boyfriend to visit them, they take every opportunity to dig into me. It's not blatant most of the time, my boyfriend doesn't even notice. But those digs are there.

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Thursday, 23 February 2012 10:23

Ask Todd Parker - February 22, 2012

Dear Todd Parker,

A buddy and I have been debating something for a while now and I thought it was something that you might have an interesting take on.

We have this mutual friend. Call him Jeff. A couple of years ago, Jeff dated this girl for about six months. They broke up, but they still liked each other afterward. No hard feelings or anything. They both moved on from there. A couple of months after they ended things, Jeff met his current girlfriend and they're very happy.

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