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Taking back the car
Dear Annie: I am at a loss as to how
to get my car back from my mom’s
house. A little history first: My brother
and his family have lived at my parents’
home on and off since they got married
because of financial hardship. I have
also lived there at times
during my adult life,
but I have some phys-
ical and mental health
issues that preclude my
living by myself. And
when I did live there, I
paid my way. I bought
groceries, paid the
cable bill or paid for
whatever else my folks Annie
asked me to.
Anyway, I have
always had a car. I have made the car
payments and the insurance payments
and had “custody” of my car except
when I have been physically unable
to drive. (I have epilepsy, and the state
won’t let you drive for six months after
A few months ago, I had to move
out of my parents’ house and in with
my sister for my sanity and space. My
brother asked whether he could borrow
my car for a few days until he could get
his fixed. I said yes, but I let him know
that I needed it back after a few days for
my own needs. Then my mom started
to ask for him, and it has evolved into
a situation in which I have had my car
for about nine or 10 days out of the past
30. He was supposed to use his bonus
check to fix his car but didn’t.
Right now, my brother is keeping
my car. He argues that our mom is 80
and his wife is extremely ill and they
need it in case of an emergency. What
am I supposed to do in an emergency?
Am I asking too much to have the car
I am paying for? — Between a Rock
and a Junk Car
Dear Between a Rock and a Junk
Car: You’ve made my job easy. No,
you are not asking too much to have
the car you are paying for. I think that
at this point, you need to stop ask-
ing. Simply tell them. You will be
going there to retrieve your car. End of
Dear Annie: My husband and I
are having a disagreement on the eti-
quette of which family to go to for
Christmas dinner. My sister invited us
a month ago, and we accepted. Then
his family invited us a week ago. I
told my husband you go to the family
that invited you first. What say you?
Dear Overbooked: I second your
motion. You already accepted the invi-
tation from your sister. To renege now
would be rude. It’s as simple as that.
THE DAILY ASTORIAN • MONDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2017
By Holiday Mathis, Creators Syndicate Inc.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). You are
well aware that people have lives
outside of the relationship you share,
and yet today this fact will present
itself in surprising ways within your
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Don’t
know what to do? A little thing like that
shouldn’t stop you. Jump in and start
narrowing the field. Just be sure to get
out quickly once you realize it’s not
for you. Either way, you’ll stumble into
luck with this approach today.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Q: What’s
sweet and best served cold? A: Either
revenge or ice cream. The former
will be on your mind today, not in a
vindictive way, just in the way that
your success will surely annoy your
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Even
though you’d love to do all the things
that matter to your dear ones, some
of those things are hard, inconvenient
or simply not interesting to you. And
when you do them anyway — that’s
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). The gap
between the way you are and the way
you want people to think you are —
well, that’s a discrepancy for the ages.
FRANK AND ERNEST
PHOEBE AND HER UNICORN
WIZARD OF ID
ROSE IS ROSE
Since the same is true for everyone
you know, why not give yourself a
break? You’re human.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Instead of
simply saying “No,” you’ll say it more
nicely — something along the lines
of “Sorry, it’s not going to work” or
“Thanks for asking. Wish I could.” Your
good manners and superior language
will set you apart as a caring person.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). If you can’t
stick with a project, don’t take that as
a sign that you’re personally lacking in
any way. Take it as a sign that the right
solution is still out there. The right
solution is one you can stick with.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Those
who are fantastic at turning a poten-
tially negative thing into an absolutely
positive statement are people who
you need on your side right now. Find
them, and discuss your plans.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21).
To try and make motivation happen
for other people might be pointless.
People generally motivate themselves.
You can, however, inspire — by what
you say, by who you are — and this is
what you’ll do.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Be-
fore you try to love others in your way
you’ll hopefully remember that they
can’t comprehend it in that way. Figure
out what communicates love in their
way, and bring it like that. You’ll be
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You’ll
gain an advantage in a professional
environment. New responsibilities will
come with better pay. Tonight: Some-
one special will seem to favorably alter
the light in the room.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Some
live in unimaginable excess, while the
lot of millions who are lacking in the
basic survival needs is not so difficult
to picture. You’ll try to equalize what-
ever you can about the world today.
Small efforts will count in a big way.
TOMORROW’S BIRTHDAY (Dec.
12). Many crave your attention, not
least of all you. You may not be entire-
ly sure the best way to deliver that, but
this solar return is one of experi-
mentation and learning how to best
support yourself so that you can offer
your unique contribution to the world.
There’s a mystery to solve in
February. A sizable sale happens in
April. Leo and Aries adore you. Your
lucky numbers are: 3, 28, 20, 47 and