Chocolate-covered fries help overcome scandals
My husband and I have been together for more than 25 years.
Two years ago my husband got a message on his phone while he was driving. He asked me to look at it. I got on his phone and it was a Facebook message from our son. But I also saw another message exchange between my husband and an exgirlfriend of his from college.
When I read it (with him sitting right next to me), I was shocked and angry. I read the message out loud at his request. He denied that it was him, and of course, was agitated that I had found it.
The woman asks what he was up to, and states she is divorced. Then she suggested they meet up and go to a football game soon to catch up.
She referred to his previous divorce. But my husband made no mention of me or our kids, and replied that he had a business trip coming up in the area she lived in.
Now, he had promised to take me on that trip with him, he ended up making some excuse about why I couldn’t go this time. (I found this Facebook entry after that trip.)
I asked him to tell the truth, and also to unfriend this woman on FB.
He continues to deny that he ever wrote that message and that he ever met up with her.
Since the incident two years ago, I can’t even face sleeping with him without thinking about this.
I have just found yet another old girlfriend he has been saying sweet things to, and I am heartbroken and furious.
He doesn’t know I have found the latest messages yet. I’m not sure if he is just FB flirting or if he is seriously looking for someone else.
I have been putting money away to be prepared for anything that comes next, but I love him. I am also realistic, and understand that he may not love me or care about “us” anymore. Any advice?
We visited relatives out of the country three years ago and ran short of local currency. Many places did not take our credit card.
The relative covered many costs that we should have shared.
When they visited us in the U.S., we took them to dinner.
At dinner I wanted to offer apologies and reimburse them, but my husband was adamantly against it.
Now, three years later there is much animosity toward us, which is understandable.
Is it too late to issue my apology and try to reimburse the relative? How should I proceed?
I was very upset by the letter from “Sick of This,” who reported that she was extremely burdened by clearing out the “clutter” from elderly or deceased family members.
I am old; my place, by Sick’s standards, may be a mess, but it’s my mess and I like it because it took 65 years for my husband and me to create — and it’s what I need.
I need this mess because when I see my late-husband’s pliers on the garage floor, I remember that he left them there when he told me he loved my shirt because it was the same color of lipstick that I wore on our wedding day. They still lay on the garage floor because he was too close to death to remember to put them away.
mcdonald's Japan took a series of hits starting in 2014 that threatened to crack its Golden arches: a supplier was selling expired chicken, a human tooth was found in french fries and a child was injured by a plastic shard inside a sundae.
Sales plummeted to their lowest since the company went public in 2001, and the chain closed hundreds of restaurants. mcdonald's Corp. in the u.S. said it was considering selling its 49.9% stake in the Japanese company as losses piled up.
"I remember thinking at that time: 'mcdonald's is over,"' said Ichiro Fujita, a torrance, California-based consultant who helps bring foreign restaurant brands to Japan. "a lot of people even said they might need to change the name because the image was so bad."
yet Chief executive Sarah Casanova decided to counterpunch. a company lifer who took over mcdonald's Holdings Co. Japan in 2014 with little command of Japanese, Casanova visited all of the country's 47 prefectures to assure diners — especially mothers — that her company was implementing safeguards, and to ask them what they wanted from mcdonald's.
"It made us go out and listen to customers," Casanova, 52, said of the crisis. "We were not doing a great job of giving them what they wanted."
armed with their feedback, Casanova revamped the menu to add local flavours like the pork-and-ginger "yakki burger" and quirky headlinegrabbing items like chocolatecovered fries. She gave many outlets a facelift and forged a partnership featuring pokemon characters.
She cut off the troubled Chinese chicken supplier and introduced measures so parents could trace where their children's meals were coming from. Since then, the shine has returned to the arches. mcdonald's Japan stock closed at an all-time high Sept. 11 as part of a 62% increase this year.