- Can't take it in Florida
DEAR CAN'T TAKE IT: If your sister jumped in knowing you were interested in Joey, it was sneaky and wrong. But you have nothing to gain by declaring war over it. Keep your options open and bide your time. With luck, their romance will blow over - and when it does, if you have maintained your position as Joey's "close friend," you can make your move then. It may take nerves of steel, but I have faith in you, and it will be worth it in the long run.
DEAR ABBY: My niece is being married soon on the East Coast. My husband and our two teenaged children have been invited to attend. We cannot afford the multiple airfares and the cost of hotel accommodations that attending this wedding would require.
We don't look poor and we don't act poor, but money is very tight right now because we're paying for the last semester of our third child's college tuition. I had already sent a lovely shower gift to my niece.
How can we gracefully decline the invitation without offending anyone? We also have household repairs that have to be attended to.
- Just don't have it in San Diego
DEAR JUST DON'T HAVE IT: As I see it, you have two choices - respond by saying you have a "conflict" or tell these relatives you would love to be there, but with the cost of a college education these days, you can't swing it. (I vote for the latter.)