Do you have a question about relationships and flirting?

You can email me about any of your relationship and flirtation questions, and I'll be happy to address them in my blog. Won't that be fun! Its very Dear Abby, but hey...I'm just as good as she is! Just put "Dear Ottis" in the subject. Make sure your letters are annoymous though, to protect you and me. Send all questions to

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A Worthwhile Idea?

Hello Readers,
  So, I had this idea but I wanted to get a little input.  I've been trying to think of ways to get more Dear Ottis letters going, and helping more people, and having a little more fun.  I think I might have figured out a way to do it: The Daily Universe.  I could become one of their contributing columnists and have a Dear Ottis letter posted Daily or weekly.  And then maybe we'd get some more people writing in.  What do you think?  Does anyone know the procedure that must be followed to become that type of contributing editor?  Does any one have any contacts I could get a hold of?  Does anyone have any suggests? comments? concerns?  Let me know!  I'm really excited!  haha.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

From a friend

So, I have a good friend that is in a Marriage and Family Prep class here at BYU.  While the subject may be interesting and all, it is certainly not one of those classes I ever took.  Anyway.  She got this email from one of the kids in her class.  I've removed the name so as to keep his identity private.  Anyway, I think its hysterically awkward.  Give it a glance...should you so desire!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Dear Ottis-

So, I met this way awesome guy a little while ago and we were able to spend a lot of time together to get to know one another; we really enjoyed being around one another and it was obvious to us and everyone around us. There were some barriers that prevented us from being able to date, but we finally decided to go for it anyway and we had a blast together! We knew we would, and so we were laid back around one another and could be completely ourselves. I went home at the end of the semester to visit family and ended up staying a little longer than originally anticipated. We kind of communicated for a little while when I was home, but then I didn't hear from him until I got back and texted him first, simply asking how everything was going. Long story short, he was worried to disrupt things going on back home with me, but he did say he had been wondering how I was. 

After our last date, he said he'd be seeing me soon since we had so much fun together, but now that I'm back, I haven't seen him, and it's been nearly a month and a half. As I said earlier, I contacted him first and we texted back and forth for a couple of days and I finally asked him when I would get the chance to see him again and his answer was quite vague. He merely said, "soon!" 

Perhaps some may view that as still hopeful, but to me, that's the thing you say to someone you don't really want to see. "We'll have to do that someday." You know how it is, those kinds of responses, those empty promises...So anyway, I let a few days go by and never heard from him again, so I just texted seeing how everything was going and he never responded. People get caught up with work and such and forget to respond, so I decided to give him the benefit of the doubt. I let a few more days pass on and sent another text asking how he was, but he never responded. 

Now, I decided to give up on the man because I felt I had been giving him the benefit of the doubt quite a bit. He's got a phone, he knows I'm back in town, yet, he's done nothing. However, I discovered the other day that my phone has been having problems and I haven't received texts from some people, so I can't help but wonder if he perhaps tried to text and I never got it? I do hate to give up on something that has so much potential. He was different and I wanted to see where it would lead. I don't want to look back on life and regret letting him "be the one that got away," and I'm confused because we had so much fun together. He made it quite clear he was interested from the very beginning and throughout our time together. Things do happen, I know. Perhaps he's no longer interested? I just don't want to miss out on something that could have been so great, but I don't know if I'm just giving him the benefit of the doubt too much? I kind of see it as this: He has a phone. He knows I'm back. If he sent a text and I didn't respond, he could actually dial my number and talk to me. 

He doesn't seem like a phone person, so...? Like I said, this guy is awesome and I really don't want to miss out on something great, but I don't want to come off pathetic and desperate by clinging to something that isn't there, refusing to see the oh, so obvious elephant in the room. Do I need to get over my pride and text once more? Or am I not seeing the facts in front of me and need to move on?

Help me, Ottis Wan-Kenobi. You're my only hope.

--Romantically Retarded

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

As Seen On Facebook pt. 6

We all love a good wedding proposal, don't we?  This is one of the greatest I've seen in some time.  As mormons, we for some reason greatly appreciate creativity in the way we ask people out, be it for dates, marriage, prom, what ever.  Unfortunately, our desire to be creative has been so thoroughly ingrained and so ferociously pushed upon us that we get way out there in our attempts.  It really gets to be ridiculous and not all that fun.  This gentleman however, was uber creative, brilliant and kept the element of fun in it!  I hope you enjoy this marriage proposal as much as I did!

Monday, May 9, 2011

It's Not Goodbye

This song has been in my head lately.  Not totally sure why.  But, hopefully you'll enjoy it.  Lyrics are in the video.

Friday, May 6, 2011

The Hugs

Its been quite some time since I've discussed a flirtation technique on here, but I feel like its about time.  After all, disseminating my immense knowledge of flirtation was part of the purpose of this blog...hahaha.  So, todays topic is one of those interesting ones... the flirtatious hug.  So, I hope that you'll find this info enlightening and useful in your flirtatious endeavors.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


Everyone should tune into BYUtv on Tuesday, May 10th, 2011 at 11AM MST.  There, you will see something you've never seen before. Be excited.  What is this treasure you'll behold?  Its simple.  I'll be conducting the choir that will be opening the meeting!  I'm so excited/nervous! So, everyone watch, and let me know what you think!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Are you a Loser?

High school is one of those awful times in life for many of us.  A time of change, not fitting in, and utter awkwardness.  For others, it was our one and only time of power and glory.  A time when we had popularity, looks, youth, and ambition.  Some of us couldn't get out of high school fast enough, and others still can't seem to get out of it.  What an interesting time indeed.