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Just Because I Don’t Want It Doesn’t Mean You Can Have It

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Let’s say, hypothetically, that you have been interested in someone – kind of “courting” this someone, so to speak. Let’s say, then, that you learn a little bit more about this someone, and realize that they aren’t really as great as you thought.  You kind of lose interest.

Then, maybe your best friend suddenly displays some interest in the someone you willingly walked away from.

That’s somewhat bothersome. You might feel a little betrayed.

Did I mention you are married?

Oh, and that your best friend is your husband?

Kind of complicates things.

Just hypothetical, though, remember?  No worries.

O.K.  Here’s the situation. I wanted the new iPhone for my birthday. When I found out more about it, I decided I didn’t want it.

Now, Cap’n Firepants suddenly wants it. He already has a phone that’s one generation newer than mine.

I feel betrayed.

I know that’s irrational.  Cap’n Firepants was more than willing to let me have the one upgrade we have available on our account right now.  He’s asked me several times if I’m sure that I don’t want the iPhone 4S.  And I don’t.  Despite the fact that my current iPhone 3G could’t hold a charge long enough to complete a conversation with the fastest talking auctioneer in the world, or that its case looks like it’s gone through a war in which people fling their cell phone cases onto the ground to test for land mines, I am holding out for the next generation.


Now that he wants it, I am having second thoughts.  Just like the boyfriend I ditched in college who suddenly seemed much more attractive when my best friend started dating him.

O.K., that never happened.  But I’ve seen it happen in lots of movies.  And it seems like it would be painful.

I don’t see why a pirate needs a cell phone anyway.  Can’t he just use his cutlass to get his messages across to people?  Or, what about the stupid parrot?

In an ideal world, I would date the boyfriend until he’s all used up, and then pass him on to my best friend when a better model presents him(it)self.

Somehow, I don’t think Cap’n Firepants would agree to this plan.

He’s so unreasonable.

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