Answer Man: If the handicapped stall is empty, should you go for it?
Editor’s Note: This Classic Answer Man was first published in February 2004.
Answer Man: My wife and her mother insist toilet stalls for handicapped people are for the use of handicapped people only. They say it is the same as handicap parking. I say if the stall is empty, go for it. Who is right? — Dan, Rochester
Dear Dan: There’s no law that says you can’t use the roomier stall, and officials at the Minnesota Council on Disabilities in St. Paul say they think it’s common sense that if there’s only one stall available and it happens to be the handicapped one, go ahead and use it — just don’t spend the afternoon in there.
I wouldn’t recommend the same approach for handicapped parking spots.
Dear Answer Man: I know it’s hard to go wrong with roses, but what if I give the wrong-colored rose to my girlfriend? If I give her a pink rose, does she think I’m only lukewarm about her? —Budding Beau
Dear Bud: I might be wrong about this, but I think a rose is a rose is a rose. I know, the Post Bulletin once ran a graphic that said red roses mean love, pink is friendship, yellow is zeal, a blended red and white means unity, and white means purity. I suppose if you gave overly zealous yellow flowers on a first date, or “friendship” roses to your wife of 50 years, it could be a problem.
The main thing is, don’t just buy one at the gas station on the way home. Plan ahead and buy every color in the rainbow to cover your bets.