published Friday, May 24th, 2013

The Strip

THINGS I WISH MY KIDS WOULD ASK ME

Editor's Note: Barry Courter has a 24-year-old son who is a college graduate and a 19-year-old daughter who is a freshman in college.

Q: Dad, how do you tell someone you just aren't interested?

A: Firmly. I've seen people try the nice route, hoping to let someone down nicely, and it just makes things worse. And it's very hard to remain just friends when one or the other has publicly announced his or her feelings. Of course, there is always the old Steve Martin method, which involves repeating the phrase "I break with thee" three times and then throwing dog poop on the person's shoes. It's nasty but effective.

about Barry Courter...

Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...

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