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3-20-2012 @ 5:19PM
Allow me to be the voice of reason -- its so easy to tell yourself "But this is different than.." It's not.Until he actually leaves his gf/fiance/wife/whatever .. they are together. You don't know what the degree of their together is.. you only have his version of reality.The married guy I was seeing who was (supposedly) only living with his woman till they could sort out stuff with kids and home would bitch his wife did nothing but lie on the couch. What he didn't mention was his wife had had huge major surgery the week before! Put your foot down. I care about you and because of that, I clear the field until you get your current situation sorted out. Go play on another server for a while, or switch sides, or just remove him from RealID and play alts. He'll probably be all beggy/want you back for a couple of weeks and then disappear.Sad to say.
3-20-2012 @ 7:37PM
I'll add a couple of more perspectives on this.Some people will get a new gf or bf before breaking up with their current one, because maybe they really are done with their current gf/bf, but they prefer to set up a new relationship before leaving the old one.I've never done this, but I've had the women in my life do this to me, from both angles.Now the thing is, it's not necessarily a terrible thing from your perspective. Is it amoral to pull a Scott Pilgrim and start dating Ramona before breaking it off with Knives? That's for each person to decide, but it's a grey area, if you've ever watched Scott Pilgirm Versus The World. And if you haven't, you should, it's a freaking awesome movie with a ton of video game references.HOWEVER, the one thing that happens in all of those situations, is that the other person does not know about the past relationship. Ramona doesn't know that Knives is with Scott when they meet. The girl I was dating, I didn't know that she was still living with her bf when I started dating her. And the girl I was in love with that met another guy, she didn't tell him about me, either. This is a normal protective mechanism for this type of dating style.Regarding the situation as described above, I think the real red flag is that the boy in this case has told you he's engaged, and talks about his ex with you. Anyone I've ever known that was truly unhappy and "done" with a relationship, they really don't like talking about their ex (or soon to be ex). They're over it. And the fact that he's talking about making it work with her?I know it might sound odd, but it's actually better if someone starts dating you, and has a significant other, if they hide that from you. I've actually seen quite a few relationships start in the Scott Pilgrim type way, and have them work out to be really great. The thing is, they do what Scott did - they dumped the ex and walked off into the moonlight with their new love, feeling sympathy for their ex but no real emotions for them. The fact that this guy hasn't already wiped the encounter with his current ex to re-start the encounter with the letter-writer is a very, very bad sign, and I would run, not walk, the hell away from him.
3-20-2012 @ 8:02PM
@Pyro:1) The dude's fiancee is still his fiancee. She's not an ex in any sense of the word. 2) Call me old-fashioned, but if I'm dating someone who's living with their ex, that's a HUGE red flag for me. Finding out later that they were living with their ex and not telling me about it is an even bigger red flag. Otherwise, I'm in agreement with you. She needs to get as far from this dude as possible ASAP.
3-20-2012 @ 8:13PM
Shatner, you actually are agreeing with me. My loquaciousness seems to be getting the better part of me these days. My point is the fact that the dude is still with his fiancee and talking about staying with her means that the letter-writer has absolutely no chance at any kind of decent relationship with him.
3-20-2012 @ 9:04PM
@ PyroNo, I don't think he was agreeing with you nor was your multiloquence the problem. Despite your following Scott Pilgrim reference, it actually is terrible to still be in a relationship while seeking a new partner and there are no special circumstances (i.e. "really being done with it") which could alter that to make it OK.If you are done with a relationship, you are done, and staying in the old one while trying to get a new one going is selfish.
3-21-2012 @ 12:53AM
@Pyro I sort of feel like you're missing the point about the whole Scott/Knifes/Ramona thing. What he did to the girls was -wrong- and he knew it. Starting to date one person while still dating another is going to end up hurting someone's feelings. It was not flattering at all to Scott to show him in that light and even though he tried to atone for his mistakes, you never get the idea that what he did was something that decent people do.
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