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WEDNESDAY

You’re getting some under-the-blouse, over-the-bra action, and things are steaming up. Is it couth at this point to bring up the lack of rubbers? You betcha, and manners expert Letitia Baldrige can tell you how. “Since you’re not prepared,” she suggests saying to the hapless suitor, “I think you’d better become prepared. There’s an all-night drugstore a short distance away.” Baldrige’s books are readable because her advice is peppered with foibles from a storied career in diplomacy and business. When she accidentally introduced the ambassador from Pakistan as being from India, he ignored repeated apologies until she sent one accompanied by a dozen red roses. Baldrige’s advice runs the gamut from how to make a toast as a recovering alcoholic to the application of that raincoat. “Make him wear a proper-fitting, tear-free, less than three-year-old…condom,” she insists. And when applying, please remember to extend the pinkie. Get proper when Baldrige speaks at 6 p.m. at the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s Frances and Armand Hammer Auditorium, 500 17th St. NW. $15. (202) 639-1700. (Janet Hopf)