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Monday, September 25, 2006

The Cowboy Code: Chapter Six (You break it, you bought it)

Bite your tongue!

is what I should have said to my guy the other day, when he temporarly lost his mind, called his very attentive, very caring ex and essentially told her he wanted to spend the rest of his life w/her and have babies, etc.

The "problem" is after making that call he began second-guessing himself and questioned whether or not he was quite ready to live in the world that he'd basically promised her.

Now, she may have her hopes up. And he is in a pickle. Give her the full-time, exclusive relationship she's always wanted, or tell her he made a mistake and isn't quite ready for that couples life?

Abide by the Cowboy Code, fellas: If you don't mean it or you aren't prepared to enact it immediately, then don't promise it. Don't even say it. Don't even think about it, 'cause the piper, AKA the woman you sold your soul to, will call on you to pay up.


  • Steel trap is what comes to mind. After uttering those words, it may be weeks, months or even years when your girlfriend turns into the bad guy on Terminator and not only repeats what you say verbatim, but she even looks and sounds like you when you said it.

    By Anonymous tony, at 8:29 AM  

  • Or this guy could do like what every other guy down here does which is say those exact words and don't do any of it. Then go out and chase other women and do exactly as he did were before. If this woman knows him (which she better if she's contemplating a LTR with him), then she will know that he is utterly incabable of performing even 1/10 of what he promised. If she bites and swallows his line, then shame on her. She was his ex for several reasons, but his penchant for truth telling the was not one of them.

    Ladies--here's a hint--if your man lies to you now, he will do it forever. It doesn't mean he doesn't love you--he is just afraid that if he ever told you what he was really thinking when you ask, you would cut him off sexually, shame him in public, or try to kill or maim him (which are the same reasons a woman lies). So you've got to decide how important which truths are. Where were you last night? should rank a 2 on the truthability meter (2 out of ten times you will get the whole truth); who was that on the phone ranks? 3; How was your day? ranks about 4 and did you get the car fixed? ranks 8.

    By Anonymous Big Daddy, at 2:29 PM  

  • Bite your tongue indeed! Moreover, don't ever say anything you can't immediately back up. Actions speak louder than words!

    By Blogger Manola Blablablanik, at 5:39 PM  

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