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Monday, November 23, 2009

Just When to Take “No” for an Answer

“Stop phoning me!” she yelled, and hung up on him.

Like too many men, Richard took this clear rejection as a sign that Lola genuinely loved him. He immediately called her back.

Lola picked up the phone and exasperatedly explained to Richard that if he called her once more tonight, she would be very pleased to provide a demonstration of her sharp-shooting skills, a demonstration, she emphasized, that Richard would not soon forget, and one that might alter his future love life.

Perhaps he was a little slow reading social cues, but even Richard knew when to take “No” for an answer. But not before he quickly inquired, “OK Sweetheart, but do you think it would be alright if I called you tomorrow?

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