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Dear Ms. Demeanor,
My communal roof turns into a beer pong party every Friday and Saturday night when the weather warms up. How can I ask my neighbors to cool it without seeming like an old fogey?
Let's be honest, you probably can't. You will be yuckng their yum or they will be yucking yours. Why not propose alternating Fridays and offer to front them the money for the booze for one night of the summer?
No one's completely happy and every one gets part of what they want!
From one aging fogey to another,
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