The Home Invasion

Picture this, your leasing agent hands you a set of shiny silver or gold keys to your very first house or apartment that you don’t have to share with your parents or a roommate? The feeling of euphoria that you are experiencing right now as you walk around the house testing out all of the new gadgets and walking in and out of YOUR VERY OWN walk-in closet that’s fully equipped with a closet organizer, is overwhelming. After taking another personal tour of your home, you lay on the couch with your hands clasped behind your head, your eyes closed and take in all of the foreign noises that you weren’t accustomed to hearing yet in this new place. Suddenly you realize just how loud the crickets are in this neighborhood. Laying there, you have two thoughts going through your mind, “Who’s going to help me unpack these boxes?” and “Where is the nearest pizza delivery place?” Days go by with friends and family coming by to help you unpack and decorate. Your boyfriend comes over almost daily to make sure that you are safe and to see if you needed anything, because after all, this is a NEW PLACE and void of other people besides you and the crickets.

After several weeks of getting things situated in your house JUST the way you want them and enjoying being able to run around the house doing naked dances in the mirror (what, we’ve all done it), you go into the bathroom to take a hot shower and notice the extra toothbrush in your toothbrush holder. You don’t think anything of it because your boyfriend has been staying over pretty frequently. After you take your shower, you go into that wonderful walk-in closet and notice two pair of oversized Gap jeans on hangers next to your clothes and a pair of blue Nike running shoes in the corner. Hold on, these aren’t yours, but your boyfriend must have left them there by accident. You grab your clothes, start to iron and then realize that you needed your cellphone car charger before running out of the door so you start to walk towards your nightstand and trip over a pair of shower shoes that are a man-sized 9. Finally, reaching for the drawer of your night stand on the side that HE usually sleeps on, you pull it out and notice that there are several pairs of boxer shorts in the drawer. OH NO! You begin to panic, start to sweat and realize, you’ve just been a victim of a HOME INVASION!

What is a home invasion?

A “Home Invasion” is when single people who live alone end up “accidentally” living with their significant other. The significant other slowly starts to move things in and getting you used to seeing their personal items. You don’t think anything of the first few items because they are common items such as a toothbrush, a change of clothes or some underwear; you know, things they can easily take home. The next thing you know, they have their ENTIRE wardrobe in your closet, cd’s, a laptop and special dishes in the sink in YOUR place where THEY aren’t paying ANY rent! Home invasions are ALL too common with single ladies with their own apartment or house that is dating a guy who lives with a roommate or is in a break-up situation with another “live-in” ex. You spend so much time with your boyfriend, going out, cooking him dinner at home in YOUR new digs and hosting sports parties together that you haven’t realized that he hasn’t been to HIS house in MONTHS. You probably hate to visit his house because he has a roommate, which is why he spends so much time at your place. The other thing is that frankly, MEN don’t live like women. Women are usually more conscious of how things are decorated, cleaned and the amount of privacy they are getting. Men usually have a MAN PAD that smells like the gym, with dirty dishes in the sink, unmatched furniture, a pool table in the dining room and constant drop-in company. Another SURE way of getting home invaded, is GIVING HIM A KEY. You may do this unconsciously because you need him to run over and feed the dog, water your plants or because you needed someone to meet the cable guy and he just happened to be off that day. The next thing you know, he’s coming in your apartment ALL OF THE TIME for ANY reason with that same key.

Men usually don’t fall victim to the home invasion very easily because they are LESS likely to ALLOW you to leave ANYTHING at their house. Try leaving some Dove body wash in his shower. I bet the next time you are over there, it is hidden away underneath the cabinet behind the cleaning products and you have to ASK for it the next time you want to use it because you can’t find it. God forbid you try leaving something that he can’t easily hide, like a pair of shoes. I guarantee you that before you get the keys in the ignition to your car, he is tapping on your driver’s side window, out of breath from running and saying, “Baby, you left these, I thought you might need them.” The guy that is a PRIME target for a home invasion by a woman is the guy that lives alone in a “comfortable” bachelor pad. His house or apartment will have all of the creature comforts of home. When you walk in, it smells like scented candles, there is beautiful plush furniture and carpet, lavish artwork on the walls, matching dishes in the cabinet and a flat screen tv with surround sound above the fireplace. Yes all of this sounds great if you are a bachelor BUT it also invites women to take up residence in YOUR place because it feels like home. I’m not saying DON’T live like this, but be prepared NOT to live ALONE like this for long because as soon as she takes her shoes off that first night and steps on that plush carpet, her clothes will be moving in next!

How to Avoid the Home Invasion?

If you aren’t ready to “accidentally” live with someone then there are a few things that you need to AVOID doing.

  1. Don’t allow your significant other to spend EVERY DAY at YOUR place. You need to alternate houses even if you don’t like their roommate. If the place that they live in is too unbearable to spend the night in, just part ways at the end of some of your dates and get used to sleeping alone in YOUR bed once in a while.
  2. Don’t allow them to leave things at your place that will collect over time and become ALL of their worldly possessions. If they leave a toothbrush that’s okay but if they start bringing their laundry over to do at your place and NEVER take it home, BEWARE, they’re trying to move in.
  3. Don’t give them a key to your place because that is an OPEN invitation to let them come and go as they please (and to move stuff in while you’re at work). If you have to give them a key for a specific reason, MAKE UP A STORY to get it back IMMEDIATELY. Tell them that your mother is coming over and you need to give it to her to get in.
  4. Don’t come immediately to the rescue by offering your apartment for a short time if they have a fight with their roommate that ends up with them having to “move out”. Run to the grocery store and grab all of the “Apartment Guides” off of the shelves and bookmark EVERY apartment finder website there is, because your way of showing support is to FIND THEM A NEW APARTMENT IMMEDIATELY!
  5. Be on the look out for that person with the pattern of living with people. If they are going from one relationship to the next and they are ALWAYS living with the person, they are basically a user who is looking to get a free ride with YOU until they can take up residence with the next sucker who will pay their way!

Basically ladies and gentleman, don’t be afraid to look them straight in the eye and say, “I LOVE YOU, YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO HOME, BUT YOU HAVE TO GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE! Then follow that up with a kiss and send them on their way!

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Why Nice Guys Should Finish First

Imagine walking into a room and there are balloons, a cake, a card and a bottle of wine waiting for you all by candlelight. No, it’s not your birthday or even a holiday, instead it’s A FIRST DATE! Sounds great right? Well that depends on how old or mature you are.  In most cases with women under 30 what has just happened is you’ve just mentally labeled this guy as MR. NICE GUY and he won’t last long or will last just long enough for you to use him up for his potential gift offerings or incessant errands that he’ll run for you. Unfortunately most women don’t appreciate the nice guys.

As women, there are many reasons we tend to shy away from those guys that are deemed too nice.  What is defined as too nice you ask? He listens intently and hangs on your every word and buys you things JUST BECAUSE.  He’ll call when he says he’s going to call or running late and will almost ALWAYS be on time for dates.  He will plan most of the dates, do most of the paying if not ALL of it and open your car door every time you get in or out of it.  He’ll drive your grandmother to the grocery store and might even pick up tampons for you while their at the store.  Essentially your wish is his command.  What’s wrong with this guy you ask?  Well I’ll tell you, NOTHING…IT’S YOU AND YOU’RE NOT USED TO BEING TREATED THIS WAY and you don’t think you deserve it.  These men come in all ages, races and geographical locations but you won’t give them a chance and we need to explore why because a Mr. Nice Guy has been after you for YEARS and you’ve been ignoring him.

A women’s first love is most likely her father and depending on how she was raised by him or how she saw him treat the women in his life depends on what she will tolerate from a romantic relationship.  If he wasn’t in her life then she won’t really have a reference point and will take her dating cues from her mother.  While growing up, my father doted over me and acted like I was the love of his life and he would buy me just about anything I wanted to appease me but that was about it.  As much as I adored him, he was often unreliable and I had to guess when he would come home or if he would keep his promises.  He wasn’t chivalrous towards my mother at all, I didn’t see him treat my mother particularly wonderful either but she loved him.  He went to work, paid the bills and did whatever he wanted, while my mom did all of the cooking, planning, surprising etc.  When I began to date, I would always get hooked on the guy with the personality like my father.  He would be an attractive, smooth talking, ladies man who I had to run behind to figure out where he was and what he was doing because he was seemingly “mysterious” and I convinced myself that I loved the “challenge”.  When I met a nice guy who would basically cater to me, I would think that he was “soft” and especially because I have such a domineering personality and catering was foreign to me.

It is my experience that young women (those under 30 or close-minded older women) are generally accustomed to the fast paced experience of a relationship where they have to run behind the guy playing detective and dealing with a lot of drama.  This type of dating seems to be exciting to them.  The more the drama, the more attractive the guy seems to be.  I’ve seen women slashing tires, staking out houses, breaking into email, voicemail and cellphones just to get a handle on what their guy was up to.  They become extremely pressed over a guy who never calls them when he’s late, he misses dates, he gives lame alibis for his whereabouts and he sometimes convinces them to pay his bills or give him money.  These women will believe anything he says and make up excuses for him in her mind because he’s probably very attractive, dresses in designer labels and is good in bed.  He gives her a euphoria of sorts.  Perhaps these women are LITERALLY subscribing to the notion that “anything worth having is worth working for” no matter the cost or outcome.  They’ve probably met nice guys that didn’t offer this type of drama but he appeared “corny” to them.

After a while it gets exhausting to date at such a fast pace and you just want to slow it down.  By the time women reach 30 or their SANITY, they’ve had enough of that drama and are burnt out and would much rather have “Mr. Nice Guy” but are very apprehensive about dating him because they don’t know how. I’ll tell you how…TRY IT!  Be receptive to him and when he wants to pull out your chair and hold your hand, LET HIM! When he wants to take a romantic walk on the beach or sit on the phone for hours, DO IT!  When he calls you at work just to say hello and to give you his itinerary for the week, LISTEN! If he buys you balloons, a card and cake on the first date, TAKE IT! YOU DESERVE ALL OF THIS and NOT what you’ve experienced previously when you were crazy enough to pretend that it was acceptable.

Ladies, we need to start raising sons to be GOOD MEN and daughters to SEEK good men.  We should stop settling for “Pretty Ricky” who is a bum but makes us feel good with his smooth talking rhetoric or his good bedroom skills and look for “Responsible Raymond” who will make us feel good because he truly cares about us and puts us first.  Don’t get me wrong, Responsible Raymond can be good in bed and attractive too but he also has a nurturing spirit and that is what you want in a man, not some selfish, self-centered drama king! This is why nice guys should always finish first!

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Congratulations – I Thought It Would’ve Been Me

While riding down the street listening to XM Radio, I heard one of my favorite “old school” love songs, entitled “Congratulations” by Vesta Williams.  It came out in 1989 but the song’s lyrics caused me to think about one very relevant question that I get pretty often from women today, “Why didn’t he marry me?”  Below are just a few of the lyrics to the song:

“Saw an old friend on the street
She said today’s your wedding
My heart stopped
The tears dropped

Congratulations
I thought it would have been me
Standin’ here with you
Congratulations
I hope you’re happy”

Have you ever dated a guy and it was a very serious relationship (at least in your eyes) and you just knew that the intended outcome was marriage? You spent so much time and energy loving him, shaping the relationship into what you thought it should be and suddenly you break up with little to no explanation for what really went wrong.  You were probably pretty certain that you’d get back together because you talked pretty often, occasionally saw each other but just gave it a little time to recover from whatever happened.  One day you were going about your business, maybe even having lunch with a guy that you were using as a placeholder until your eventual husband could get it together and THEN IT HAPPENS; you get a phone call or a text message from a friend saying, “You know so and so is getting married.”  Your heart drops and maybe even the phone and you immediately go through a range of emotions and asking yourself a series of unanswered questions such as: “Why didn’t he tell me?” “Why wasn’t I good enough?” “Why her?” “How could he do this to me?”

This scenario has played out all too often with women.  As women we tend to get really invested emotionally in relationships and sometimes that is to our detriment.  We get caught up in the amount of “time” put into the relationship but not really the “quality” of the relationship.  You can spend years with a guy but it is a very surface relationship and never really got deep enough to be substantive.  What I mean by that is perhaps all you did was spend a lot of time together doing fun stuff, having sex and the occasional argument but you never really took the time to get to know each other on a deeper more intimate level.  On the flip side, you may have spent years arguing with a guy throughout the relationship and felt so emotionally invested and drained that you thought, “he better marry me after all that I put up with!”  In an attempt to answer some of those unanswered questions that you have been left with during that “he’s getting married” phone call, I’ve talked to a few men to get some of these answers.

Why Didn’t He Tell Me?
Many men move on without telling you because unfortunately, they know that they can string women along because of how emotionally connected we get.  They feel that they can always back track and keep having sex with you if you let them and they can tell you a few things that they know you want to hear to make you feel special meanwhile fostering an entirely new relationship with someone else that they feel that they are actually more “future oriented” with.  They will keep up this charade until they are CERTAIN that this new relationship is something that they actually want and then it’s time to cut you off completely.  Eventually you start to see their contact with you diminish and then dissipate all together. You’ll stop hearing from them completely and when you call them, they will be extremely short with you.  In an effort NOT to hurt your feelings and to AVOID potential drama they won’t tell you that they are planning to marry someone else, so you’ll have to hear it second-hand.

Why Wasn’t I Good Enough?
This is a tricky question because you were good enough to date, but just not to marry.  When you met him, you hit it off and became inseparable and what you did was fill a void that he had at the time.  Perhaps you met in college or right out of college and were very young.  They may have been attracted to you because of your looks, body type and the fact that they knew that other men were after you and they got you first but eventually this wears off and they don’t know how to get out.  Men don’t generally look for permanence in relationships until they are approaching 30.  They may love you while you’re dating at 25 but they haven’t quite figured out what they want in a wife and when they finally do discover it, you’re just not “it”.  Don’t take offense to that ladies because if we put the “time” you put into the relationship to the side, you’ll find that he probably wasn’t “it” for your either.  The time factor means a lot to women.  Face it, those are years that you spent on someone that you CAN NEVER get back and probably wish you could erase from your life.  If you’re like me, you’ll just pretend they never existed.  Family  is also a factor in choosing a mate as well.  If you find that you had a love hate relationship with his mother, sister or grandmother, you can rest assured that they’re telling him that you’re not good enough for him and advising him to seek another relationship outside of yours. Many men will tell you that they are free to make their own dating decisions but if they are they type to go to the women in their family on dating advice when it concerns your relationship, they are getting advised to leave.

Why Her?
The answers to this question are simple and something that you may not want to hear.  She is easier to deal with PERIOD.  There are few types of women who are SURE to be put aside for the next one:

  • The Nagger – always asking him questions and getting on his nerves about any and EVERYTHING
  • The Insecure – always accusing him of cheating no matter what he’s doing
  • The Sexual Stiff – has no excitement or adventure in bed and is unwilling to explore
  • The Non Domestic – can’t cook, clean or take care of the house
  • The Domineering – won’t let him be a man and trying to wear the pants in the relationship
  • Extra Ghetto – not lady-like, cursing and fighting constantly.
  • The Unkept – never fixes herself up or tries to look presentable in public

It is important to note that when a man is seeking a wife, he is looking for a women who he feels will be able to handle pressure, take care of the family household and be supportive of his career.  If you are the type of woman who  is self-absorbed, doesn’t compliment him as a mate, encourage him, trust him or motivate him, then you are NOT FOR HIM!  Men like to have their egos stroked from time to time and be made to feel special.  Women want the same things but we are less likely to leave a relationship when we do get it.  We’ve all seen movies and tv shows where a man cheats with a women who is telling him how wonderful he is, how supportive she would be if she were his wife etc.  Well art imitates life in this case.

Signs To Look Out For
Ladies there are a few signs to look for that you might not be the “one” if you are currently dating a man who you HOPE asks for YOUR hand in marriage:

  1. You never meet his family or have limited contact – If you’ve been dating a guy for more than a year and he never takes you to meet his family or he rarely takes you to family gatherings, he’s not intending on being serious with you beyond just dating.
  2. You never have future oriented conversations – Every time you bring up marriage, children or the future and he changes the subject or doesn’t engage in the conversation and possible gets mad, he’s probably not interested in a future with you.  Men who are willing to explore those topics gives SOME indication that he could be thinking about it but it doesn’t mean that it will happen. WARNING: Don’t go overboard bringing up marriage and kids CONSTANTLY because men get turned off to that as well and may shut down to it because it’s seen as nagging them about it.
  3. An ex-girlfriend or a prior love interest won’t go away – Many times WE are unknowingly the placeholders for a relationship a man WISHES he still had with an ex or longed to have with another woman out of his reach.  Listen for constant references or comparisons to an ex or another woman.  He may be in contact with her throughout your relationship and giving her an indication that his relationship with YOU is not that serious, which is why she’s sticking around waiting her turn.  I’ve seen many cases where someone’s boyfriend will marry their ex or a woman from his past. Keep your eye on that situation.

If you find yourself on the other end of a phone call, text message or email that says that your “future husband” is about to become some elses “actual husband”, let the tears fall and reflect for a minute on why this is happening but MOVE ON.  The worst thing that you want to do is let that situation steal your joy and future happiness.  While you may not have become HIS WIFE, you can go on to become someone else’s eventually if you cleanse yourself of all the heartache cause by him and go into the next relationship with a pure heart and open mind while remaining watchful of the signs.

Congratulations by Vesta Williams
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