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 tampasmiles
Joined: 11/12/2010
Msg: 58
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Its seems maybe you are only hearing one side of the story and that is where you come in..you are the attentive listener. He can't bad mouth her to his guy friends because they don't want to hear it.

I'm sure he is hurt because she said she wanted to see others guys...and maybe the "others" didn't work out for her. Like you said..she probably didn't even know you were hanging out with him so her being with him is just their way of working through their issues.

If he is still doing the "manly" things for her especially even paying her bills...she is not an ex. They might be getting into a lot of arguments..and you being on the back burner certainly isn't going to help the situation.

They are still a couple. Maybe on shaky grounds but you are the third wheel and since you haven't slept with him...I don't see where there was any cheating on anyone's part.

Him trying not to hurt your feelings by telling you what he thought you wanted to hear and you sneaking around and checking him out with his gf...doesn't make either of those things right...but they happen.
 angellight2091
Joined: 7/21/2009
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Posted: 2/18/2013 12:48:07 PM
You are not sleeping with him so therefore he cant be cheating on you.. You are his friend, the girl he can talk with and open up to.. Even if you were sleeping with him sex does not equal commitment.. Yes he is leading you on in the sense that he is telling you things are over with her, he doesnt want you to see other people and not to worry about her calling and texting... He has things he wants to finish with her.. Yeah like bedding her.. You are clearly more invested in this "relationship" then he is... He is out with this girl going to dinner and a hotel for the evening then ooops realizes you may see her car (or saw you checking up on him) so he better give you a quick call (while she is in the bathroom) and let you know she borrowed his car and he is going out with his cousin "Kay bye hun talk to ya tomorro.." He is being shady and thats not cool..
You stalked him for the evening found out what you needed to kno and now you have passed the point of no return... I see no problem with him seeing more than one person and you also so long as you both are honest with one another.. Its the fact that he was sketchy that I have a problem with..
 All2rosie
Joined: 2/3/2013
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Posted: 2/23/2013 9:14:00 AM
Sounds to me like no one wants to make a choice.....

The questions does not appear to be whether or not HE wants to be with you, the question is this the guy YOU want to further develope a relationship with knowing what you know?

Question: How does he know what he really feels for you when his emotions are clouded with the remnants of the other person/relationship (if what is telling you is true/real)? How do you know what you feel for him if he is not able to really be emotionally available to you or emotionally honesty or emotionally commit to you?

You are so right that S*** happens and life CAN be complicated...but it doesn't have to be. Maybe you have to walk away and allow time and space between you.

["Having a tough time right now with everything. I will call you in a half hour. My minds a mess. You , my brother, my parents, the wife, Theresa, my kids and me. christ, I just don't know anymore" ]

####Sorry did I miss something - what wife/whose wife?
 roadrunner2525
Joined: 2/12/2013
Msg: 61
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Posted: 2/23/2013 9:45:59 AM
I read your first 2 or 3 threads where you answered other people but I don't even want to read the rest of them so excuse me if I missed part of the conversation. The point I want to make is that I think women are vindictive, they are more interested in men that are already with a woman. In her case she already knew the guy which makes it even worse because she don't want him and she doesn't want him to be with someone else. You need to leave these thoughts of love alone and consider if you want to have sex with this guy because it doesn't sound like this other woman is going to disappear and the odds of you taking him from her is slim. Especially when you say that there is no sex involved. If you want to completely avoid multiple relationships than avoid people whom have recent bagage to deal with. Going to see your favorite comedian,lol that is funny. You need to go do that with some of your friends you can count on. This man can tell you stories tomorro about how his other relationship has ended. What is really going to hurt is if you continue and then find out later that he is lying. Either go in for the sex or get out with your sanity.
 jan1025
Joined: 3/23/2009
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Posted: 2/23/2013 9:50:55 AM
I'm with strangedream on this one, totally.
Jan
 Proteaus
Joined: 6/9/2009
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Posted: 2/23/2013 9:54:39 AM
Sounds like opp is more worried about if she is going to get to see the comedy show than her relationship .That right there shows you its over . Pretty simple .
 melissa0607
Joined: 2/12/2009
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Posted: 2/25/2013 2:24:31 PM
For anyone who may be interested, here's a little update. I went to the show with my cousin and had a great time. The Friday after Valentine's Day, I wrote him a long letter so I could get out all of the things that I needed to say without any BS. I ended up seeing him out that night at karaoke and gave it to him at the end of the night. We actually had a great time hanging out that night and 3 different people came up to him and made comments about me and how happy he looked. I find that very interesting. The mutual friend who I feel has been trying to get in the way of him and I being together, was pissed at the end of the night that he and I had been talking and gotten along, she hasn't talked to me since.

He came over Saturday afternoon and sat and had a long talk with me. He said he had strong feelings for me too but that it was too much with everything going on and that he had to figure out his stuff with her first, that it wasn't fair to keep me hanging in there until he did and didn't feel that he had any right to ask me to wait. He knows he is happy with me, that everyone sees it, but he was just not ready and to please give him some space. I saw him the Monday and Tuesday after that when I was driving home, Monday I stopped and talked to him for a few, Tuesday I stopped and asked him to give me a few things he had of mine. He had a crappy attitude with me those 2 days but then came looking for me Wednesday night at trivia and apologized to me for the way he'd been acting.

We ended up getting together Saturday night for a couple hours, just chatting and spent the day together Sunday and had an amazing time. I am back to be being guarded regarding him but will see what happens. We stopped into the local place where we hang out last night for a drink and the mutual friend was there. She absolutely freaked out when she saw us together and told him to go "F" himself. They ended up getting into quite the argument and he told her that it is his life and he is going to live it how he wants and do what makes him happy. I was glad to see him finally stand up for himself and for me. I have a feeling she had a lot to do with him being like he was with me, feeding him a lot of BS about me and putting things in his head. So for now, we are back to being friends and we will see what happens from here. I am not jumping back into anything and intend to stay guarded for quite some time but am curious to see how things go. At the very least, we have our friendship back and things will not be awkward on Wednesday nights when I go to play trivia.
 LiliMarleen
Joined: 5/24/2009
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Posted: 2/25/2013 2:36:45 PM
So, you only saw him Friday, Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Yeah, that's space alright.

The games people play!
 HelenBackAgain
Joined: 1/7/2013
Msg: 66
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Posted: 2/25/2013 2:43:08 PM
Diagnosis: Drama Addict, confirmed.
 melissa0607
Joined: 2/12/2009
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Posted: 2/25/2013 2:49:10 PM
I am going to see him out and about as we both go to trivia on Wednesdays and to either karaoke on Fridays or Sunday nights to the same place. Wednesday night at trivia, we only talked for a few minutes, he apologized and we played on separate teams . The other 2 days, Monday and Tuesday, I was driving right by him, which is also going to happen a lot in a small town center and since we live a mile apart and it was only for 5 minute either time. I am not going to completely change my life or stop doing what I do or going where I go to try to avoid him. If he wants more space, he can avoid me and change where he goes. Not my responsibility. He has to figure this out for himself. If he decides this is what he wants then I will worry about it and make my own decisions later, I don't have to figure anything out right now, just keep living my life and keep myself aware of things, my eyes open and my heart guarded and not make stupid mistakes.
 sigungq
Joined: 1/4/2013
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Posted: 2/25/2013 4:21:55 PM

OK, so here's a little background; I apologize because it's a little long. I met a guy locally through a friend. The first couple of months that I knew him I did not care for him at all and avoided him when I could. Then a few weeks ago we were all out on a Sunday night and he and I got a chance to talk more. We actually got along pretty well and he asked me out. I knew that he had been dating someone but was having problems with her and was not happy with the way she treated him and also did not trust her. I ended up driving him home that night and we talked for about an hour in the car. We started to text and talk and I would drive him home a couple nights a week and we would talk more. (for those of you who are going to ask, his transmission blew and truck was being repaired)

That girl and he broke up 2 and a half weeks ago for good. Over the last 2 weeks we have spent a lot of time together. He has brought me flowers, wine, we have cooked, gone out to play pool and trivia and talked more hours than I can count. It has been a lot of fun. The chemistry between us is amazing and we connect really well, which we have talked about. He has told me a lot of personal things and said that I am very easy to talk to and that he has never opened up to anyone the way he has with me, not even his family or ex-wife. He spent 5 out of the last 7 nights at my house, we had a blizzard here in MA and he spent most of it with me. We also have tickets to a show for Valentine's Day.

The problem here is that the girl he was dating keeps texting and calling him, sending him pics of her with another guy, pics pf her dressed up for Halloween and other nonsense. He keeps reassuring me that it is over but he wants answers to some things and closure. Tells me I have nothing to worry about and that he wouldn't hurt me. That I have affected him more than I can possibly know in the past few weeks. Well, yesterday I never hear from him and I got that feeling in my gut, you know the one. He lives a mile from me and I drive by his house all the time, that's how I go to and from my house. So yesterday, her car is parked there and I didn't hear from him at all which is unusual. He finally calls me at 6:45 last night and tells me that she asked to borrow his truck for something, that's why her car is there, that he is not with her, they just swapped. Again, tells me not to worry. He rushed me off the phone saying that his cousin was there to pick him up to go do something and that we would talk tomorrow (meaning today)

In my gut, I know he is lying. I looked a little around town and sure enough his truck was parked at a restaurant/bar down the street. Now I know they are out together. Later on, still not home, her car still there and I guessed that they would probably have gone to a hotel (he lives with his brother and would not bring her back there to spend the night) Sure enough, his truck is at a hotel down the street. So now obviously I am pretty upset. You can call me crazy for doing this but I had to know if I was right. I did not confront them or cause any kind of scene, but I do have this info. It will be interesting to see what kind of story he comes up with.

I haven't talked to him yet and am not sure how to handle this. She is the first relationship he has had since his divorce. If he wants to go back with her, why keep it going with me? Why wouldn't he just tell me the truth? Is he trying to feel both situations out and see what he wants? Do I wait to see of he tells me the truth? I am at a loss. I have developed pretty strong feelings for him over the last month and he has told me the same. Obviously I cannot take him at his word right now.

Last night he told me we would talk today. We are also supposed to go play trivia tonight and I really want to go to this show tomorrow, it is to go see my favorite comedian. What to do?


^^^^ ****SIGH**** ^^^^
 mizzouchick38
Joined: 4/10/2009
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Posted: 2/25/2013 5:35:56 PM
Driving by is one thing. Stopping to just "talk" for 5 minutes is another thing. And the whole mutual friend thing is nothing but drama. You aren't trying to give him space, the exact opposite.

Keeping yourself aware of things is probably the stalking in the hotel parking lot thing over and over again. Good luck. You can tell yourself your heart is guarded but from the outside looking in....nope. You are setting yourself up for hurt!
 Freak-Magnet
Joined: 2/9/2013
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Posted: 3/2/2013 3:56:19 AM
You teach people how to treat you.

You sound like a lovely person who really hopes this guy is genuine. I hope he is too.

What would say it if was your best friend in this dilemma?
 ladywyatt
Joined: 6/28/2007
Msg: 71
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Posted: 3/2/2013 5:04:44 AM
OP....That's sooo nice of him to want you to date only him while he continues to bang another. You were a rebound, someone to keep him entertained while he either got over her or took her back,

It's time to no longer allow newly met men to manipulate you into just waiting around on them while they have others in their pockets.

The only way any woman should agree to being exclusive is if HE agrees to being exclusive also AND this exclusivity should only be done AFTER dating for more than 4-5 dates AND you are both sure this is going somewhere.

I have had this trick pulled on me a couple of times....men that didn't want me dating others but they continued to see others.....Of course when I figured it all out and started dating others also, you can imagine their reactions....of course I was the wrong one in their eyes...LOL...double standards.....BLEAH

EDIT: Wasted my time posting this I see....give him space?? Stopping by his house?? You are just as guilty of stalking him as she is....hope the "prize" is worth it...bet he banged that "mutual friend" too...she probably knows even more about him than you or his ex does....he sounds like he has a good game going
 TantricJedi
Joined: 2/22/2012
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Posted: 3/2/2013 5:53:38 AM
You are suffering from oxytocin withdrawal. Your female brain is searching for any answer on these forums to rationalize his behavior. I implore you to immediately stop this destructive behavior and enroll in confidence building course to boost your self esteem. Also, please choose men who don't need you to shuttle them around whole their transmission is being repaired.
 tws92
Joined: 7/26/2010
Msg: 73
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Posted: 3/2/2013 6:36:45 AM
I had a similar experience, run for the hills. I met this women who had recently come out of a ltr and reassured me that it was over when I voiced my concerns about being a rebound. Things were great for the first month but once the guy learned she was dating someone else he would do similar things to what you mention. As it turns out he was a Dr so each time she had a question or needed an Rx she would reachout to him. Over time she became manipulative and would turn things around on me when she felt guilty. Things became really bad and eventually I walked and never looked back. I lost who I was became anxious and always felt she was secretly seeing and talking to him. I learned a lot from the experience once my head cleared. Always set your boundries, stick to them and be prepared to walk the red flags appear. Stick with your gut and don't compromise. We were together for 9 months but looking back I should have left after the first month. I wasted my time energy and values which is not a good thing.
 vasculartech
Joined: 2/2/2013
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Posted: 3/2/2013 1:13:40 PM

"Having a tough time right now with everything. I will call you in a half hour. My minds a mess. You , my brother, my parents, the wife, Theresa, my kids and me. christ, I just don't know anymore"



This is usually coming from a man who is about to manipulate you into bed. If he is a mess, he is a mess. I am not sure what you think he is going to have left to invest in a relationship. Let the other woman deal with his mess. She won't end up with him either.
 billnde
Joined: 2/18/2013
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Posted: 3/2/2013 3:07:37 PM
He lied pure and simple you have 2 choices accept that behavior and get more of it or reject it and send his ass packing Anything else and you become an enabler
 Proteaus
Joined: 6/9/2009
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Posted: 3/2/2013 5:37:10 PM
This reminds me of the soap operas I would catch glimpses of when I was a kid . But to be honest if I had been on a few dates with a woman regardless of how attractive she was and found out she going to meet another guy , I would cut all communication in a heartbeat ,just as a matter of general principles .Serial daters get what they deserve in the end , being alone .
 melissa0607
Joined: 2/12/2009
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Posted: 3/4/2013 2:58:26 PM
First of all lets get something straight, I am not constantly stalking him.The hotel thing, I went to make sure I was right and that he was lying so that he could not pull the wool over my eyes. Right-wrong... whatever, it is what it is and I do not regret it. Shoot, he understood why I did it better than some of you do which is laughable.The other two times I saw him and stopped were in the center of town, not his house, and he had a few things of mine that I asked him to return. I refuse to be made out to be the bad guy here, I have every right to protect myself from being lied to. I will admit I made some bad choices because of my emotions but that's it. I am sure the people saying these things are in the perfect relationships and make perfect decisions every minute of every day. The rest of us should be envious of your perfection, how easy it must be to be you. I am a sensitive caring passionate person and make no apologies for being me. period.

The last 5 or 6 posts....For those of you that have been understanding, and have been in similar real life situations, thank you. Much of what you said has affected me. I have decided that I am not going to speak to him at all for a while, it's just too hard for me. When I see him at the local place and on trivia night, I will smile, say hello and be polite but short. He will surely realize one day what he lost out on while he was busy being manipulated and fearing rejection and it will more than likely be too late.
 Fleuron
Joined: 8/18/2010
Msg: 78
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Posted: 3/5/2013 3:35:36 AM
Hey, sigungq, thanks for posting that recap for lazies like me. :) I noticed something I didn’t notice before:


I met a guy locally through a friend. The first couple of months that I knew him I did not care for him at all and avoided him when I could. Then a few weeks ago we were all out on a Sunday night and he and I got a chance to talk more. We actually got along pretty well and he asked me out. I knew that he had been dating someone but was having problems with her and was not happy with the way she treated him and also did not trust her. I ended up driving him home that night and we talked for about an hour in the car. We started to text and talk and I would drive him home a couple nights a week and we would talk more.

That girl and he broke up 2 and a half weeks ago for good.


OP, hello? You’re the other woman, NOT the rebound. How would you like it if your boyfriend chatted up another woman and told her he didn’t trust you, as he accepts a ride home from her, texts her, buys her wine and eats her pasta? She broke up with him because of YOU.

He lied (supposedly) to HER; not you. He betrayed HER; not you. He belongs to HER; not you.


The hotel thing, I went to make sure I was right and that he was lying so that he could not pull the wool over my eyes…….. He will surely realize one day what he lost out on while he was busy being manipulated and fearing rejection and it will more than likely be too late.


Um………so………..? It’s okay that he (supposedly) lied to you because you caught him?

She has every right to go to a hotel – or anywhere else - with HER boyfriend.


I am going to see him out and about as we both go to trivia on Wednesdays and to either karaoke on Fridays or Sunday nights to the same place. Wednesday night at trivia, we only talked for a few minutes, he apologized and we played on separate teams . The other 2 days, Monday and Tuesday, I was driving right by him, which is also going to happen a lot in a small town


Let me guess….if he’s not at karaoke Friday night, you go Sunday night, too.

OP, I live in a really small town and I know how to avoid people I don’t want to see. For one thing, I wouldn’t memorize events he participates in and insinuate myself continually into his life. Good gawd….where’s your dignity? In the hotel parking lot?

Omg…..you stalked him Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday! Wtf??
For your own sake, get off this crazy train, before you’re served a TRO.

Zombie8mibrain:
I can't speak for anyone else but if I was his ex who was trying to get him back and found out he was cuddled up to you, shit, I would mollywop both of your asses just for disrespecting me.


I SO agree! If I was her I’d tie him up with a big bow and let OP have him….after the ass mollywopping, of course. :D
 offroader831
Joined: 2/15/2013
Msg: 79
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Posted: 3/5/2013 11:10:47 AM
Walk away from the BS pretty lady....you did the right thing.

it's not creepy to stand up for yourself.

Good for you!!!
 melissa0607
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Posted: 3/5/2013 1:04:26 PM
Fleuron... Have you completely lost your mind? Did you even read what has actually happened? They DID break up, that is not in question. he is not her boyfriend. The nights I drove him home for those 2 weeks when his truck was in the shop, I just drive him home and we talked, nothing happened until they broke up. There was nothing wrong with that. I drive right by his house to get to mine from the pub.

I have known him for months and 4 or 5 of their mutual friends all hang out at this place, including one of her best friends, all who have seen us together. I don't go there to stalk him, I go there for Karaoke and trivia and in the fall football games on Sunday nights sometimes. I also do not go there because of him, I was going to these things before we started talking. I will still go there and do the things I enjoy with all the other people I know there. I will not live my life around him. That's stupid.

You know how people don't necessarily want you but don't want you with anyone else either because they cannot take the feeling of rejection it gives them, or they are test driving others while keeping you on a string, one or both of those is what's going on. Both times he and I started this, she found out and came back. The first time I think she used him to get her car fixed, the second I think just because she found out about us again from one of her friends that saw us together. It's human nature for some people to do that, some let go easy, others not so much.

Get the facts straight before you rip into me. You appear to be a very negative and bitter woman.... wow
 melissa0607
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Posted: 3/5/2013 2:02:32 PM
First of all, I am not defending him, if anything I am defending myself. I am trying to give you as many facts as possible and explain the situation. How do I know it wasn't him trying to get her back the first time? Because I saw the texts she was sending him with my own eyes. I did not "pounce" on him at all, he pursued me. I wasn't even sure I wanted to date him at first. It wasn't until after spending some time and talking quite a bit and seeing how well we got along and how much we had in common. And you are right, I should have left it alone after the hotel night but I was emotionally involved at that point. The night he came looking for me to apologize, I should have just left it at an apology and not started talking with him again a week later. That was my mistake. I get along better with him than I have with anyone in many years and I missed that. As for the second time, I can't say for sure but my guess is that when people told her we were together last week, she again came looking for him because she came here, to the local bar where she knew he would be watching the Bruins game, and she lives twenty min./half hour away. It was the night after we were out and people saw us. You think it's a coincidence? You think he would tell her to come there knowing I could walk in at any minute? Who knows? We will never know for sure.

It's human nature to want what you can't have or not want someone you've been with to be with someone else. You've never done that? ever? Maybe she is crazy. Maybe it's both of them. Neither you or I will ever know that for sure, will we? We are all making guesses at some of this, including me. The only difference is that I know the people involved and you are only reading it on a computer screen.


Again, this is real life. People make mistakes, people do things based on emotions sometimes, do things they regret, etc. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn't. I know a couple who divorced because of cheating, stayed that way for four years and are now happily remarried for may years. Another friend of mine met someone just after he got separated and ended up marrying her. We cannot always control when we meet someone we are possibly supposed to be with, maybe it's the right time, maybe it's the wrong time but without risk there is no reward. If you want to say I am wrong for thinking like this, feel free. Everything in life is not so black and white and easy, there will always be tough decisions to be made. I don't have regrets for getting involved with him, I regret that it didn't turn out better or wasn't at a better time in his life.
 barnabyjames1
Joined: 1/11/2013
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Posted: 3/5/2013 10:09:59 PM
Lol Melissa, nice to see a woman say Fleuron is delusional too, as she clearly is. Of course it's no surprise to anyone she'd answer the way she did, she doesn't approach a man, so how can she comment on something she really doesn't have any experience with? Lets not let a little thing like common sense or reality get in the way though.
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