By Patty Lamberti
It's one thing to get a woman to like you. It's another to convince her friends that you're a good guy too. A woman's friends are much more skeptical that you are the ONE than your woman is. Plus, they already hate you for taking her away from them.
Your lover's friends never invite you to their gatherings: This ruse begins innocently enough with the typical ‘girl's night out' events after work, but soon they'll progress to weekend nights that involve carousing until the wee small hours. If your lover's friends have it their way, your girlfriend will be taking trips to the south of France while you stay home stroking the cat.
Mutual presents have only her in mind: Whereas before, for such events as an anniversary, you would receive something both you and your lover could enjoy, like a DVD player or a portable bar kit, now her girlfriends only give gifts like certificates to spa treatments and subscriptions to women's magazines.
There is stilted silence whenever you enter the room: It used to be all, "Hello, John. How is everything?" Now whenever your lover is with her friends and you walk into the room, you can hear crickets. We guarantee that behind your back, the girls are rolling their eyes, and making the "off with his head" sign.
Your girlfriend gets a new email account: Somehow, over time, you found out your girlfriend's email account password. Not that you'd spy on her, but she's worried you might and get hurt feelings by the emails her friends send. So she gets another account. Be extra concerned if you start getting pop up windows from match.com.
Somebody on the other end of the phone line keeps hanging up whenever you answer the phone: But your girlfriend never seems to have this problem! One of two things is happening: either your lover's friends hate the sound of your voice enough to hang up before they even have time to ask for their friend, or your girlfriend has decided to pursue a fellow match.com client with the provision that he hang up if you answer the phone. In any case, beware!