Rick's List — Rot in Hell edition

The other day in a convenience store, I overheard a pleasant customer, her voice seething with anger, say to the clerk, "I hope you rot in hell!"  At issue was a debit card that malfunctioned or didn't have enough...

At last: A transit plan focusing on biking, walking

Are there any people more coddled than drivers?


Upcoming concerts and shows

Phish — July 9, 10 at Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 25; $78

Bill Maher — May 25 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $50-$70

Karla Bonoff — May 11 at Katharine Hepburn Center; tickets on sale now; $38-$42

Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez — April 19 at Katharine Hepburn Center; tickets on sale now; $33

Bob Weir and Wolf Bros — March 2 at Toyota Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $59.50-$99.50

Momix — Feb. 6 at Jorgensen Center, Storrs; tickets on sale now; $25-$35

Wiz Khalifa — Feb. 27 at Toad's Place, New Haven; tickets on sale now; $50



Wedding planning is driving close mom, daughter apart

DEAR ABBY: My 38-year-old daughter is being married this summer. This is her first marriage, and we are planning the wedding. She has never planned a big event like this before, and every suggestion I make gets us into a fight. I...

Bargain hunter's bragging tries her friend's patience

DEAR ABBY: I have a friend I'll call Rose who likes to brag about how cheap she is. Sometimes when we're talking, she will interrupt me and ask, "How do you like my pants? I got them for a dollar at a yard sale." Or she'll say,...

Wife gets the silent treatment without knowing why

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been married more than 20 years. Once in a while, he'll stop being affectionate and ceases talking to me. Obviously, he is upset. He holds it together for our children, but I get the serious cold...

Parents declare their freedom from ungrateful adult kids

DEAR ABBY: My wife and I raised two children — a son who is a successful doctor and a daughter who is a multipost-grad botanist. We are 72 now, in moderately failing health and very successful ourselves. Our...

Colleague outgrows Friday Hawaiian shirt tradition

DEAR ABBY: I started working in engineering in the late 1980s and thought it was "cute" that we all wore Hawaiian shirts when the guys went out for Friday lunches. Now we're in our 50s, and many of my peers still honor that...

Best friend doesn't share woman's desire for intimacy

DEAR ABBY: I have been best friends with "Mickey" for about five years. We spend every day together and go out to dinner/movies/events, etc. He sleeps over at my house, and I cook for him almost every night. When our...

Introvert experiences slow start fitting in on new job

DEAR ABBY: I started a new job a month ago. It's a well-paying job at a great company. My problem is I'm an insecure introvert. Making friends has always been hard for me. At this new job, my desk is away from everyone else, and...