Quiz Boyfriend Over Nude Photo of Ex

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DEAR MISS LONELYHEARTS: I was just cuddling with my boyfriend on the bed and we started wrestling and we rolled off the bed onto the soft carpet and something belched out of the space between the bed and the box spring - a naked picture of his ex-girlfriend. He swears it must have been there for years, but the bed is relatively new - maybe six months old. We have been going together eight months. Does he keep the picture there for the reason I think he does? Why her picture, and not mine? I don't have a naked picture of myself, but never mind that. I feel sick. I accused him of cheating on me, and he looked so surprised I believe him. So why would be have her picture there? - Upset GF, Westwood

Dear Upset: He keeps it there because it gets the job done. There's a small chance he's gazing at her face wanting her back, but it's more likely he's gazing south of the neckline. You might be tempted to have a naked photo of yourself done, but that's dangerous these days. Anybody with the right electronics can post nude photos in seconds. You need to have a heart-to-heart talk about this old girlfriend and what she means to him. If you're satisfied he doesn't care about seeing her again, in any way shape or form, he can go back to anonymous visuals at solo playtime, if he must.

Dear Miss Lonelyhearts: I went to a gas station to get a fill and ran into my former employer. She came over to me at the pumps and asked me to go for lunch with her and catch up on mutual job friends and our lives. I thought it a bit strange, but agreed to go and we met a few hours later for lunch nearby. She sat beside me in the booth "so we could both see out." I found that kind of strange and then part way through the conversation she rested her hand on my thigh and then I knew what was up. To be fair, she didn't move it anywhere, but there it was. And all through dessert and coffee, it was still there. We had fun, but I'm not into her. I don't have another girlfriend and this woman's only seven years older, so should I see her again just for fun? It's a sure bet we won't sit through another whole dinner the next time, I'm thinking. - Hit On By My Ex-Boss, St. Boniface

Dear Hit On: Sex is more than just sex, when it's with a person who's been your boss, especially when you got hit on so clearly. She tried to quietly push that situation and you didn't respond. Good for you; keep it that way. You're better off with no one awhile longer, than having an uneasy sexual liaison with your former employer. What if she wants you to become her boyfriend, meet her family and friends? You already know you don't want to do down this path. It's not worth it for a few rounds of sex and an awkward "can't do this anymore" scene with her where you duck your head, mutter and run.

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Using a traditional mattress with a futon frame is a simple process. The main problem with using a regular mattress is that the futon will not be able to fold into sofa size. With a regular twin mattress, the futon must always remain as a bed. The futon may also need some additional support to support the weight of the mattress and box spring, if you use one. After choosing a box spring and mattress, converting the bed will take less than one hour.Inspect the frame of your futon. Check the distance between the slats and the material the futon is made from. Both metal and wood frames will work with regular mattresses, but some futon frames may not have the ability to carry the weight of a full-sized mattress every day. Check this by sitting on the frame alone. If it sags under your weight, the futon will not support the mattress. Expand the futon from a sofa to bed position.Add extra support to the frame if necessary. Remove the old mattress. The slats should be about 6 inches apart from each other to provide the necessary support for a box spring and mattress. If the slats are too far apart, rest wooden planks on the frame between the slats for additional support. Cut the slats so they fit onto the frame without sticking out too much. Don't worry about screwing them to the frame. The weight of the mattress will hold them in place.Check to see if a box spring is necessary for the installation of the mattress. A box spring provides additional support and also helps remove potential bumps from the mattress caused by the frame. It is possible to feel the slats of the futon through the mattress in some cases, which will be eliminated if you use a box spring. Choose a box spring if you prefer firmer support while you sleep.Place the box spring on the bed. Place a dust ruffle over the box spring to hide it and the futon frame from view.Place the mattress over the box spring. Place additional padding over the mattress if desired. Cover the bed with sheets and blankets.
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The New Beds: a Step (or Two) Up
By MERYL GORDONAPRIL 15, 1999THE place of repose has reached new heights.''One woman complained that her dog now has to get a running start from the hallway to be able to leap on the bed,'' said Lee Sinclair, the director of marketing for Kingsdown, a North Carolina mattress manufacturer.The decorator Mario Buatta expects lap dogs to have trouble getting up on beds. But he is appalled to note that his clients are requesting step stools so they can reach them.''These beds are so high they look ridiculous,'' said Mr. Buatta, who believes the extra size throws a room out of proportion.These days a bed can be a yard high, with 20 inches for the plushest mattress, plus the box spring and an 11-inch-high frame. Put that bed in a room with an eight-foot ceiling and, he said, ''the bedrooms look like this vast sea of bed and nothing else.''AdvertisementIt is a problem that is facing shoppers like the actress Swoosie Kurtz, who, after years of sleeping on a fold-out couch, splurged on a fantasy bed last year. She ordered a custom-made king-size mattress and box spring, and hired a woodworker to build an elaborate headboard and frame, along with matching side tables.Advertisement''He asked me, 'How thick will the mattress be?' '' she recalled. ''And I said, 'I don't know, standard size.' ''What Ms. Kurtz did not realize is that deluxe mattresses have been expanding as if on steroids, from 10 inches to as much as 20.''When the bed arrived, the whole thing was waist high,'' she said. ''I felt like I was climbing into a bunk bed.''Not only that, she said, but the new mattress covered up half of her new headboard.How did Ms. Kurtz, now starring on Broadway in ''The Mineola Twins,'' solve the problem? ''We chopped the legs off the frame,'' she said.As today's mattress manufacturers compete to outdo one another in comfort, adding more and more layers of padding, the sky -- or rather, the ceiling -- has become the limit. ''I'm constantly aghast at the size of people's beds,'' said the decorator Jeffrey Bilhuber. ''It's become this looming object in the middle of the room. It's obtrusive.''Two phenomena are pushing beds higher than they've ever been lifted before. First, mass-market furniture makers have been compelled to build taller headboards to accommodate the bigger mattresses. ''We've had to raise the height of headboards by five to seven inches, so the pillows won't fall off,'' explained Korie Trevino, the product development director for the Fashion Bed Group, a Chicago-based manufacturer. Similarly, Crate and Barrel has added a hefty 10 inches to its Mission headboards.Further exacerbating this to-the-moon situation, furniture designers are taking inspiration from the romantic look of historic metal beds, with bedrails as much as 11 inches off the floor, for pragmatic reasons.Advertisement''You wanted the bed high off the ground because of rodents and vermin crawling around, or because there were floods and homes didn't have drainage,'' said Linda Allen, an owner of the Charles P. Rogers Company in Manhattan, founded in 1855, which makes reproduction antique brass and metal beds.''Then there was the chamber pot issue,'' she added. ''You could shove it under the bed.'' Before central heating or air-conditioning, higher beds also offered better air circulation.Even Crate and Barrel and the Pottery Barn have gotten into this pyramid scheme. ''It's old-fashioned and romantic,'' said Celia Tejada, Pottery Barn's vice president for design, describing the company's new four-poster pine beds with rails 10 1/2 inches off the floor. Add a new mattress and a box spring, and the showroom model is a Jack-and-the-beanstalk 30 inches off the ground.So, how are people actually supposed to get into bed? ''We're going to be selling rustic-looking stools made in Indonesia,'' Ms. Tejada said.PERHAPS this is the moment to confess that I'm not just an armchair observer of the bedtime scene. My husband and I did not take a tape measure with us when we recently upgraded from a queen- to a king-size bed, and no salesman at any of the Manhattan stores we visited ever mentioned the issue of height. So, we were caught short the day our new top-of-the-line Aireloom mattress and box spring and our Charles P. Rogers reproduction brass bed arrived.This movin'-on-up combination of bed and frame made us both feel positively Lilliputian. I now have to hop to make it onto my own bed. Our standard-size side tables are ridiculously low; our pole reading lamps cast a glow, not on our books, but on our stomachs.That's why it was a relief to discover, in conversations with friends and then in interviews with bed experts, that we weren't the only idiots around. ''It never occurred to me that my new bed would be higher,'' said Susan Birkenhead, a Broadway lyricist. ''I just thought it would be more comfortable.'' She and her husband, Jere Couture, an entertainment lawyer, bought a Stearns & Foster pillow-top mattress from Bloomingdale's in January and were in shock when it arrived. ''I love my bed, but you can't just sit on it,'' she said. ''I'm 5 foot 9 inches, and I have to jump up on it.''What many new bed owners find particularly annoying is that their old sheets no longer fit -- the equivalent of trying to squeeze a size 12 body into size 6 slacks. ''My sheets only go half-way down the mattress,'' said Nancy Porter, a documentary filmmaker based in Boston. ''The bed looks undressed.''AdvertisementMattress makers hear complaints all the time. Robert Malin, Serta's vice president for marketing, said: ''One of our biggest reasons for returns is that the bed's too high. People call and say, 'I'm really disappointed; this is much higher than I want it to be.' ''If a customer belatedly discovers that the mattress is too high, the odds are good that he or she paid top dollar for it. Serta's lowest-priced line, mattresses that sell for $799 or less, are from 9 to 13 inches thick. Up-market models, costing as much as $4,300, are as thick as 18 inches -- thanks to additional foam padding and upholstery.''In the past two years, the luxury sector has become a huge part of the market,'' Mr. Malin said, crediting the baby-boomer yen for comfort as its members approach middle age. His solution to the height problem: ''We suggest that people buy a low-profile foundation or frame.''In contrast, Sealy, the nation's largest maker of mattresses, has its own downsizing program to offset the thickness of its top-of-the-line mattresses. This fall, it will introduce a new box spring that is only four inches high, instead of the standard seven. ''The feedback we were getting is that people like to sit on the bed and talk on the phone,'' said David McIlquham, Sealy's vice president for sales and marketing. ''This will drop the height.''The Better Sleep Council, an industry trade group, recently conducted exhaustive interviews with women who had purchased new, thicker mattresses. ''They loved them,'' said Andrea Herman, the council's director. ''They said the beds made them feel like princesses. There was a feeling of nostalgia -- they felt like a child, safe and secure in a big bed.''Although men were not surveyed by the Better Sleep Council, my own random queries produced a decidedly less enthusiastic response about this race to the top. Perhaps the gender difference arises because men tend to like to dominate their surroundings, which is hard to do with one of these titanic beds.Mark Horowitz, an editor at New York magazine, said: ''What's ironic is that the baby boom generation started with our beds and mattresses on the floor. My wife bought this new bed, and now we're so high we can't see the TV. What's next, mounting the TV on the ceiling, just like a hospital room, preparing us for old age?''In fact, old age may well be the cure for the desire for towering bedsteads. Richard Ralston is the senior vice president for sales at the steel products division of Leggett & Platt in Carthage, Mo., which makes bed frames and rails ranging from 5.5 inches to 18 inches high. ''We're now selling lower frames to elderly people, who can't get into these high beds,'' he said. ''So as the baby boomers age, I think we're going to see a swing back to lower beds.''Before you take to the mattresses, remember the age-old wisdom: what goes up must come down.We are continually improving the quality of our text archives. Please send feedback, error reports, and suggestions to .A version of this article appears in print on April 15, 1999, on Page F00001 of the National edition with the headline: The New Beds: A Step (or Two) Up. Order Reprints| Today's Paper|Subscribe
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