THE DAILY ASTORIAN • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 2017 FEATURES Cousin is paranoid, angry Dear Annie: My sisters and tle steamboat is always ready to I have this cousin who is always blow. If you all had in fact told confrontational and angry over her about the stain on her blouse, the littlest things, and it has she’d very likely have been upset become very frustrating to us. about that, too. It’s time to bring her into port When we get into conversations and someone makes a statement, with some real talk. Stage an atti- tude intervention with she thinks it is pertaining DEAR the help of your sisters. to her when that is not even Express concern rather the case. When we go out ANNIE than make accusa- to a restaurant or just stop in a store and someone tions. Tell her that you feel her perspective is happens to be laughing or often pretty cynical, happens to look her way, she thinks it’s all about her. and say you’re wonder- ing where that’s com- She gets mad and starts ing from. The worst raging if things don’t go Lane she could do is fume her way. She always quits Annie Creators Syndicate Inc. at you, and from the jobs because of all the con- sound of it, she’ll be frontations she has with people and always says it’s their doing that anyway. Dear Annie: This is in fault. This has become so frus- trating to us, and we don’t know response to “Grossed Out,” who what to do. It’s just like stepping is disgusted with over-the-top dis- on eggshells. Any little thing will plays of affection in public and set her off. One time, we went wanted to know whether she is out to dinner, and afterward, she just too old-school. It can be awkward to know was upset and sent a text saying we could have told her about a how to respond when couples’ stain on her blouse. (None of us PDAs go over the boundaries of had noticed it.) How do we han- propriety, and I struggle with it dle this? She has been like this for myself. I did a bus trip at night years, but it seems to be getting recently, and given the murmur- ings from behind me, I could tell worse. — Frustrated Dear Frustrated: This lit- it was getting hotter and heavier. 5A TOMORROW’S HOROSCOPE By Holiday Mathis, Creators Syndicate Inc. The bus was just about com- pletely dark. I turned my head to see the woman half in the aisle and half all over the man in the seat across the aisle. What burst out of me was, “Ma’am, if you’re going to get sexual, you need take it off the bus!” A friend she was traveling with, sitting on her other side, chimed in, “Come on, knock it off. I don’t want to get put off the bus. I need to get home.” The woman did stop and go back to her seat, to the relief of several of us. I had addressed my remarks to her mostly because it had been clear from their audible comments that she did not know the man at all at the beginning of the trip but had been steadily coming on to him. (Of course, he was complicit, as well.) Was she drunk? Stoned? Mentally ill? I was sad about it, as well as dis- gusted. But perhaps my remarks helped her not go home with someone not only sleazy but dan- gerous. — Glad I Spoke Up Dear Glad: Kudos for speak- ing up even when it was awkward to do so. If you’re a bystander to a similarly dicey situation and you don’t feel safe, get the attention of a security guard (if one is avail- able) or call the police. ARIES (March 21-April 19). Fun? You’re game! The world seems to sense this about you and will offer opportunities to practice the spectrum of mirth — grinning, laughing, hooting, hollering and dancing ... it’s all in the offering. metaphor will apply to some part of your life. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Your work will only be as good as you can make it right now. So don’t worry about how it measures up. That part is out of your hands. Just do your work until you come to the end of your fear and inhibitions. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). If you speak highly of what you do, the next thing that will happen is that people will want you to do it for them. Gauge your speech based on this. If it’s not your desire to service others at this time, hold your tongue. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You’ll attract people who want to help you, align with you or simply keep your company on this part of the journey. You can accomplish the same without these potential partners, but it won’t be nearly as easy or fun. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). If you keep solving a problem in the same way, does that really count as a solution? Maybe there some- thing you could do to handle this once and for all. Ask around. CANCER (June 22-July 22). Though your idea may start the action today, what happens because of this isn’t really about you. There are niches to be filled, and as people fall into position, lives will change. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). For whatever reason, it may be the wrong time to let the others know what you really think — at least not everything. It’s the right time, however, to start moving instinctively and privately toward your ideas. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). There are strong intuitive currents running through you today, and what’s even better is that you’re inclined to believe them. You feel it when you feel it, and when you don’t, there’s nothing anyone else can do about it. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Though you may never have to weather the extreme elements, you want a warm, durable coat that can handle such a remote possibility. This coat-shopping FRANK AND ERNEST BLONDIE THATABABY SALLY FORTH PHOEBE AND HER UNICORN B.C. LOLA DILBERT SIX CHIX BIZARRO MUTTS NON SEQUITUR BABY BLUES WIZARD OF ID ZITS ROSE IS ROSE SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Today, your wit is what a mandolin is to a butter knife: You’re sharper and more precise, and the result is artfully impressive. Take precautions to avoid hurting someone accidentally. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Remember when you fretted for nothing? Let that dis- courage you from today’s worries, or at least consider taking a break for the day — you can always resume worrying in the future. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). If you followed the directions on your shampoo bottle too lit- erally, you would be rinsing and repeating until the bottle ran out. Today, you’ll approach every endeavor with common sense first. You’ll read directions as a last resort. TOMORROW’S BIRTHDAY (March 30). Like a bird pecking its way out of an egg, you’re emerging into a wider world this year. There’s much to learn over the next three months, and a wise guide will show up to help. A financial drain will be sealed and healed in April. In June, you’ll strike emotional gold. August brings a wonderful love story. Leo and Sagittar- ius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 39, 2, 24, 44 and 16.