Tag Archives: advice

Ask Alex: How do I tell my favorite cashier that I have a crush on him?

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Potentially Awkward asks: There’s this guy who works at Trader Joe’s, and I see him almost every time I shop there. He always smiles at me, he’s always friendly, he makes small talk, etc. Sometimes the small talk seems sort of flirty. This leads me to two questions for you: How can I tell whether […]

Ask Alex: A primer on physical world introductions for the digital set

It has been a while since I have attacked an Ask Alex, and I am excited to be doing so this dreary Monday morning. Please submit your queries by emailing me at alexsteed [at] gmail [dot] com. In case you are cautiously interested in submitting, I am happy to keep the identities of those in […]

Be dynamic, kids. Words of advice for the digital age.

Photo Credit: I don’t know who took this photo, but it is from when I worked at the USM Free Press in the mid-00s and was skinny enough to wear a tight-fitting polyester shirt without a hint of irony. I had the great pleasure of being invited to talk with the staff at the USM […]

Ask Alex: EDM (Electronic Dance Music Edition)

I have been slacking in the advice doling department. While I have a proper Ask Alex post slated for publication next week, I thought I would flip the paradigm on its head today and ask someone else for advice. I am someone who appreciates EDM (Electronic Dance Music) from afar, but it has been a […]

Ask Alex: How to make friends and… That’s it.

Hi there Alex! What are the best ways for post-college young adults to make friends in a new city? I moved to Portland about 3 years ago for a job. I’ve joined some clubs, tried online dating, taken a few classes, and attended just about any event that has piqued my interest since I moved […]

Ask Alex: Please keep talking about sexting

Hi Alex, I enjoyed your most recent “Ask Alex” column.  I have a couple of follow-up comments/questions. I’m a gay guy, and I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been asked for nude pics by guys I’ve met on dating sites/apps.  I always politely decline because I worry about the possible ramifications, especially since […]

Ask Alex: Dealing with post-disaster anxiety

Alex, The Boston bombing is affecting me deeper way than I expected it would. I was very young during 9/11, and while a number of things have happened in the country that can make a person feel insecure, this incident has been especially touching. What do you do in order to feel better in situations […]