Posted: March 13, 2013 at 3:32 a.m.

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: When I was spending the weekend at my friend “Melissa’s,” we decided to go out to a club. Unfortunately, I’d forgotten to pack the belt I needed for what I wanted to wear. So Melissa dug out an old one from the back of her closet, handed it to me and said she’d sell it to me for $10. I was so surprised she didn’t just offer to lend it to me that I paid her. But now I’m annoyed, and I’m wondering what I should have said when she asked me for the money. — Laura DEAR LAURA: Yo u should have said, “Would you take a buck to rent it to me for the evening?” But who can think that quickly? So chalk this one up to experience. And next time you visit Melissa, pack carefully, very carefully.

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Family, Pages 39 on 03/13/2013