The rules for the mutually miserable
- If your girlfriend wants to see other people,
ask out her best girlfriend and see what happens.
In the worst case, you could end up dating two
high maintenance women, and in the best case,
you could be free.
- Bring cards, flowers & say "I love you" at
least as often as you make love. Consider this
preventive maintenance, and keep in mind that
women are more fragile than your pickup truck,
and need maintenance more frequently than every
- If she expects you to call her, tell her a
time you'll call, and call her at that time.
Otherwise she'll either sit by the phone waiting
and whenever you call will be "too late" and
she'll have given up
and gone out, in which case remember rule
- Don't put up with bullshit. Once you start,
you'll be neck deep in it. Then again, there
is actually probably no way known to man that
you can be in a relationship and not end up
putting up with some amount of bullshit.
Establish appropriate bullshit management
techniques. Take care in attempting to use
reason and logic, as these operate in different
ways for different genders. Also take care
in attempting to use anti-reason and anti-logic,
as these generally fail to produce consistent,
repeatable results which establish trust and
respect. Whatever approach you take, use it
consistently at all times, unless inconsistency
is called for (see rule
- Pride, Respect and Trust are cornerstones
of your being, and her's too. Don't violate
them, or allow them to be violated. If you do,
you are done for, even if the appearance of
passionate love remains. Love is not strong
enough to overcome lack of pride, lack of
respect or lack of trust; these are the
foundations on which stable love rests.
- You've got to stand for something or
you'll fall for anything.