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Write a letter and send it via good old fashioned Snail Mail. I have experienced a similar situation in which my aunt passed and the funeral was in the Midwest and I lived in New England (United States). I wrote a letter (not typed, emailed, etc- but actually hand written with a pen) to each closely-related family. This should be ideal because you ...


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I have a stutter. It's a small one, so people don't really realize I'm stuttering. It comes across more like I'm insecure about what I'm saying. So even though it's a bit awkward, I just tend to announce to people that I stutter, often right after I did. Ah, FYI, I have a slight stutter, don't worry about it ! Anyway, what I was saying is... (It doesn't ...


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I don't see a nice way to preemptively prevent this. The only ways I can imagine would, to me, seem awkward or come off as strange to them. Instead, I'd do as you've done by announcing your name to give them a hint of your gender. And then, if they do assume incorrectly, politely but firmly correct them: OPERATOR: This plan will offer you 154 channels. ...


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My take is that this is just normal mom stuff, taken a bit to extreme. For all of your childhood life, this has been your mother's job. Eat your vegetables, wash behind your ears, look before you cross the road, don't touch the hot stove, don't run with scissors... Now, suddenly, you don't need her for those things any more. I would ask you to think about ...


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One method I've used if I notice the repeated pattern of them interrupting a conversation is to ask them first off what they're up to. If they mention they're waiting in line, going someplace, etc. you can just know and accept that the conversation will be short. If you want a more lengthy, deeper conversation you can try letting them know that you would ...


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First, if you have the possibility, I would strongly encourage you to choose an asynchronous mean of communication (SMS, leaving a voice message, etc...) instead of a synchronous one (a phone call). With synchronous communication, the risk is that the other person isn't in a good mental state to receive a call from you. With asynchronous one, since the ...


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It might be hard but you need to be blunt. And harsh. There are some comics (it's what helped me express myself) on the internet that explain/ridicule "have you tried to not be depressed/eat better/workout/" mentality. Like this helpful-advice or this Why Your Brain SUCKS When You're Trying to Sleep Or this Why meds are not magic solution I see from other ...


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Neeku, I totally understand your feelings. I have been basically in the same position as you (except I only have 1 sibling, an older brother). There seems to be two issues you mention: One is not getting a thank you about the presents you send to your nephew. The only "solution" is to actually be brave and politely ask either your brother or sister-in-law ...


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So, based on general comments, I think you can give him some prompts that you want his attention while you two are talking before you start with whatever conversation you might have. Example: "Do you have the time to talk? You seem to be really busy." If the conversation is going to be something particularly complex or something that he needs to remember, ...


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I want to put in an answer that adds details to the approach described in SZCZERZO KŁY answer Especially, since I take it from the comments, that my own experience with this situation might be helpful given the following comment: @Ælis: I agree with you, breaking a relationship is sometimes necessary, even though sad. I had to give up many friends for ...


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I would email the person. Say that you've been hearing a beeping in some of your calls and not in others, and that you're nearly sure that this person is the common link. Apologize for being unable to concentrate with the beeping and acknowledge that many people can, and that others don't hear it. Ask the person if it's possible there's a nearby smoke ...


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TL;DR: Ask people you've played with at the same time if they know him. If the game has official gaming groups (for example, World of Warcraft's guilds), ask around in his guild. Follow leads they give if they offer leads instead of saying they have the info. If they have his contact info, trust them to know whether it's better for them to give you that ...


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Think twice before sharing any information with anyone (especially over the internet). The disclaimer being said, the answer is: Call them if they gave you their number. Respect their privacy if they have not shared such information with you. When I was young a rule of thumb was that my very best friends would know my family personally and the top ones ...


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When we arrange for phone calls with a 3rd party for a professional purpose, we always give to our intermediary a suggested time and date. It is customary for the third party to confirm, or to suggest a different time and day. Once they give their availability, we ensure to not miss the agreed slot. This comes from experience with calling third parties in ...


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