04.21.2013 08:30 AM

Relationship Spring cleaning

Apropos of the season, I’ve been tossing out a few “friends.” I do this periodically. Out they go to the blue bin, like old magazines. Bye-bye.

A couple full-on lied to my face, which never makes me feel terribly enthusiastic about the durability of the relationship. One I have made repeated attempts to reach, to no avail; he’s one of those friends who disappears when the going gets tough. He’s accordingly disappeared for good.

Some will say that life’s too short to dispense with certain “friends.”

I say: it’s because it is that you do.


  1. Monica says:

    Friends, relatives

  2. james curran says:

    I swear I didn’t even hear the phone ring!!!!!!!!

  3. dave says:

    Mmmmh! I’m at least 2 decades older than you. I’ve had a couple of experiences where old pals have stopped communicating and I went looking for them. One search turned out sadly. Better to check how they’re doing, before cutting any chance for connecting!
    (It goes with the time of life.)

  4. Sue lokimoti says:

    Night of the Long Knives – good times.

  5. Lord Kitchener says:

    Does this mean you are accepting applications for new friends?

  6. Lance says:

    The hardest are the situations where this happens after speaking one’s mind and it is taken as something unwelcome. There is a reason I won’t discuss politics with some friends, family members, or work mates.

  7. Pipes says:

    Ya man. When I retired you would not believe the number of ‘friends’ I lost! They buried me. So I had to start all over.

  8. Patrick says:

    It’s a sad commentary on modern society that many , myself included, will wonder whether you meant real friends of merey some frivolous facebookery.

  9. Chris P says:

    Warren I feel your pain – I have a ‘friend’ who still owes me $500. A year later my emails, texts, phone calls go unanswered. Why do I have to beg for my money? Looks like I’m out $500 🙁

  10. Obsidian says:

    Sun-tzu:– “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.”

    Shakespeare:– “Harken thou to enemy insults not praise of friends for thy stead.”

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