Dear Ann Landers, A social craze called Mixed Mates has hit town. The invitation we received yesterday read: "You are cordially invited for cocktails and dinner at Bill and Mary X's home on January 25. But you can't come with your husband. He must escort someone else's wife. You will not know the identity of your escort until he arrives. Your husband will soon receive a phone call assigning a date. But it must be kept a deep, dark secret. Of course you will be taken home by the man who brought you. R.S.V.P." I don't want to be a wet firecracker, but the whole idea offends me. My husband says it's novel and should be fun. What would we tell our teen-age children about such a party? Help, please.--Fraidy Cat
Dear Fraidy, Tell your teen-age children that married peo-ple go to parties together and they come home together, which is why you and their father cannot accept this tasteless in-vitation.
Hi! It's Margo here. I'd love to know what you think of the letters -- and the answers!
Also, any additional thoughts you might have. Thanks!
This is a sick world and getting sicker every day. These people should be disregarded as "friends" and informed of this decision. They should be informed that they will no longer be considered friends and not to contact these people again.
I totally agree with the reader comment above. This is a sick world and getting sicker daily. Do not associate with these idiots any longer and let them know you do not agree with their idea of 'fun' which this apparently is their interpretation of it. I'm sure other invitations will also have the same reaction and those who accept it must have the same low ideals as the ones who sent the invitations out.
This sounds like a put your car keys in a bowl party from the 1960s. Drop these tasteless losers fast!!
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