Romance According to Kate

Kate Ostler

(Brent Schwert)

Dear Kate,
I started seeing this girl, and now that we’ve been hanging out more, I realize that she’s CRAZY. Really. How do I get myself out of this?
-Freaked Out by a Crazed ConnieDear Freaked,
I think maybe you’ve been a little quick to judge this girl. She’s gotta have some redeeming qualities, despite her newly apparent craziness. After all, don’t we all have a little bit of crazy in us? Don’t even pretend that you haven’t researched your crush on the Lawrence directory, or compulsively checked her away messages, hoping for some sort of cryptic message aimed at you. Perhaps this is just this girl’s way of letting you know that she regards you quite fondly. I think that you should regard this as something flattering, and not as any indication that she is any less sane than you or I. If you’re still not convinced as to how normal this girl probably is, let her down easily — without embarrassing her or making her feel too creepy. You don’t want your plan to backfire and cause her to become even more infatuated than she is already, so don’t make a big deal out of it, and hopefully soon she’ll find someone else to fuss over.

Dear Kate,
Another girl stole my boyfriend, and I want him back, dammit. What can I do?
-Hotter Than She Is Anyway

Dear Hotter,
Recently everyone on campus has been aware of vandalism, but now the thief is stealing boyfriends?! Geez. To be honest, I’m not sure there’s much you can do about this. I don’t think that the problem is the girl who stole your guy, but instead, I think the blame should be placed on your boyfriend — or ex-boyfriend. If this guy was willing to jump ship and hit it with some other chick, then he probably wasn’t someone who was worth your time to begin with. Think of this girl as someone who did you a favor, and then sit back and watch this dude do the same thing to her.