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Dear Hoskins Brothers,

Last night, I was at a friendly social event. After a few hours of revelry with compatriots, I went to the refreshments table to receive another beverage. However, upon reaching said table, two gentlemen inquired as to my knowledge of any fellow socialites, refusing to allow me to refill my glass until I answered. When I informed them they were being rather rude, they asked me to leave. I, hoping to avoid confrontation, did so. My dear sir, how should I handle such an encounter in the future?

Gingerly Expecting Nice Time

Dear Gent,

You probably did something to offend them. I would suggest at your next “friendly social event” you have a little less “refreshment.” The two gentlemen in question seemed to be looking for a fight, and you provided them an easy opportunity. You acted correctly in avoiding the fight, but you probably could have stopped the conversation sooner. Either only go to events where you actually know people, or instead inform those hosts that upon entering, you had already paid the proper price of admission.

Always be polite,
Brian Hoskins

Dear Hoskins Brothers,

I’m having trouble getting back into the swing of things now that I’m back at school. I keep getting distracted by the Internet whenever I sit down to work. Do you have any tips on good study habits?

Easily Distracted Dunce

Dear EDD,

Congratulations, you’re lazy. The Internet just offers you an easy way to avoid working. If you find yourself visiting a few sites all the time, there are some easy ways to block those sites. If you use a Mac or Linux, you can easily edit your host file so you cannot connect to those sites. If you use Chrome, there’s a great extension called ChromeNanny that limits your daily access to any websites you choose. There are similar extensions for Firefox. A quick Google search should bring up any number of them.

Try making a schedule, so you know what to do and when to do it. Give yourself some time to play and time to work. If you know what you need to be doing, you won’t have an excuse to procrastinate. You just have to be disciplined.

Buckle down,
Patrick Hoskins