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Miss Conduct

Inviting the no-shows

When can we stop asking over people who never turn up? Plus, drinking-straw etiquette.

> How many times do you have to invite your husband’s friends to cookouts and gatherings if they never attend? We have a large group of friends, but one couple never come and don’t have a reason. I feel as if it’s a waste of my time and effort. I am always the one to organize everything, and I find it a lost cause.

Anonymous / Rockford, Illinois

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