DEAR ABBY: I have set the guest list for my Fourth of July party. A few people I entertained last year will not be invited back this summer. Perhaps they'll recognize themselves when they read the following list:
(1) You arrived empty-handed.
(2) You arrived early and stayed late.
(3) You never reciprocated. It's OK if you don't entertain in your home, but how about a restaurant, bar or cafe?
(4) You complained about what I served.
(5) You solicited free advice from other guests who are legal or medical professionals. No guest in my home should have to work. (If you need a doctor or a lawyer, call their office during the week to make an appointment!)
(6) You raided our liquor cabinet without permission.
(7) You complained about how bad the traffic was getting here.
Abby, thanks for the forum. -- SAN FRANCISCO HOSTESS
DEAR HOSTESS: Hmmm. So you have been entertaining a collection of complaining moochers. I don't blame you for paring down your guest list. I'm sure it will make your Fourth of July parties more enjoyable and less stressful in the future.