I’m 35 years old, and I still like to skateboard. I enjoy the sport very much, however, when I go to local skate parks, people have been reacting strangely to my age. Is this mere discrimination, or am I out of my league skateboarding with children half my age?

Dear Michael,

The house I moved into last year, which was built in the 1800s, is possibly haunted. Strange things have been happening, like the coffee machine turning on by itself and lights blinking on and off. The strangest thing to happen so far was when the stereo turned on in the middle of the night playing Jimmy Buffett songs. What should I do about this problem?

From, Spooked Sarah Dear Spooky

How exciting for you! What’s the problem?! Share your house with him; he was there first. He obviously feels safe with you, otherwise why wouldn’t he have shown himself to you? The only time I think you’d have a problem is if he tried to play peek-a-boo. Lighten up. We all get visits from the other side; we just don’t know it.

  Dear Michael,

I’m 35 years old, and I still like to skateboard. I enjoy the sport very much, however, when I go to local skate parks, people have been reacting strangely to my age. Is this mere discrimination, or am I out of my league skateboarding with children half my age? I’m not sure if I should just give up the sport and pick a new hobby that’s appropriate. Or do I just continue doing what I love and deal with the strange looks?

From, Senior Skateboarder Dear Skateboarder

How do you feel about golf? That’s more appropriate. You should skateboard to your heart's content. Who’s paying your bills? You? I honestly don’t see why you should care what anyone else thinks. Do you really love skateboarding? Give them something to look at; wear rhinestone earrings while skateboarding. Maybe that only works for me, but I’m sure you can think of something.

Love, Your Diva Michael   Dear Michael,

My son is getting married next year, and I am responsible for paying for the rehearsal dinner. My daughter-in-law-to-be would like the reception to be held at a place that cost more money than the place I would like the dinner to be held. Who gets to make the decision for where the dinner is held, the daughter-in-law-to-be or me, the mother who is paying for the dinner?

From,

A Mother-in-law In Dilemma

Dear Mother,

I’m sure you can work something out. Is the difference of where you want it and where she wants it a difference of money or a difference of location? I don’t see any issue here so far. If it’s money or budget, tell your daughter-in-law she has a budget to work with and to pick the place. If it is a matter of alcohol or location – meaning if your guests will have to drive while under the influence – safety of the guests should be your primary concern. Work it out between you, your son, and your future daughter-in-law. These differences should not matter in the scope of life.

Love, Your Diva Michael   Dear Michael,

My boss has a crush on my divorced brother-in-law. The only problem is that my boss is gay, and my brother-in-law is nowhere near gay. My boss will always flirt and make comments to him when he sees him, and my brother-in-law will joke back in good fun. I’m somewhat in the middle of this because I don’t want to lose my job if my boss is upset that my brother-in-law is not interested. I also don’t want my brother-in-law to be embarrassed. Should I tell my brother-in-law to quit egging him on, or let them continue joking with each other?

From, Concerned Worker Dear Concerned worker,

Girlfriend, do you work for me? It’s none of your business who your brother-in-law flirts with or who your boss flirts with. How do you know it’s not just fun? Besides that, you can’t be sure that your brother-in-law is not gay. You did say “divorced brother-in-law” didn’t you? I think I’d throw flowers into the ring and see if they’d fight over them. Better yet, throw them each flowers from the other one and see if it invites a kiss. Even if it doesn’t, it’s just funny anyways.

Love, Your Diva Michael  

Michael Serode is the owner/operator of Salon Serode in Pembroke, Mass., and your divine advice columnist. Send questions to salonserode@aol.com.