Saturday, July 5, 2008

No way, Jose

If there is no way that you’d ever want to see this person again, don’t be tempted to give your number. Doing so may be easy for the short term, but it actually makes the situation more uncomfortable because you’ll end up causing yourself and the other person heartache not very far down the line. Even though it’s difficult, it’s better not to mislead them or give false hope. If you’re not interested, be (gently) upfront about it and say, “Listen, I’m going to be very busy,” or “You’re very nice, but I’m going through a tough time right now,” or “I’m about to move,” or “I’m joining the French foreign legion.”
The main point is don’t give someone your number if you don’t want the person
to call you.
Don’t you dare give a wrong number (and yes, deliberately mixing up any two numbers in the sequence counts as a wrong number) or your mom’s — or your best friend’s or an old boyfriend’s — number. Come on, this is dating, not terrorism.

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