Ted called me at work. "A bunch of us are going out to dinner. One of the women who is going is the older one with the crush on me."
"She has good taste," I said.
"I've tried to get across the idea that I'm not interested in her, but she's unconvinced."
"What does this have to do with me?" I asked.
"Maybe if you're there, she'll give up."
I laughed. "Sorry. I have other plans for tonight. You're on your own."
Later, I left him a message. "I've thought about it. Having me there would make her even more determined. Some women are into competition. It's not enough to win the guy -- you have to take him from someone else."
When I got home, I found a message from him. "I disagree. If she could see how very attracted we are to each other -- how hot we make each other -- she would realize that her efforts are futile."
But remember - he told me we could not have a dating relationship.