Hello Internet and Gallery viewers!

Children, this week’s update deals a lot with the concept of subtlety.

A lot of the time, people are indirect with their advances on another. I would know this. I help friends with dating advice all the time, and often times, the issue is “I don’t know if he/she likes me,” or “I don’t know how to talk to him/her.” Will has fallen victim to this. Sasha was being a bit too subtle in the last page.

I think being subtle about your feeling is a load of crap.

Speaking from the perspective of a stereotypical man (not a pig, just stupid), we don’t pick up on things. In sitcoms, the husband is an idiot—it’s an exaggeration, but it’s fairly accurate. We don’t pick up on subtlety. Women often try to be coy, they flirt, and they try to make advances, but often (from my experience) we don’t pick up on it.

I have the anecdotes to prove it.

I have a friend who we all swear is a perfect 10. He’s handsome, has long hair that flows in the wind—picture Fabio with a thespian personality. Well, this buddy of mine, despite the universe giving him a royal flush, seems to always strike out. I once watched a woman walk across the dining hall at my college to simply say hi. She touched his shoulder when approaching him. He said hello. This woman was obviously flirting with him, and he never knew until I pointed it out to him. She transferred schools within the last year.

He’s still single, ladies~!

Meanwhile, I’ve been victim to subtlety as well. In High School, I had a friend who liked me a lot, and I was unaware of it. Eventually, I figured it out, let her down easily, and tried to pick up the friendship from there. It went fine for a while (she was a ton of crazy, but that’s another story), and eventually, we went to see the movie Corpse Bride on opening night.

I didn’t know this was a date scenario. I thought I was just seeing a movie with a friend. She, on the other hand, thought she had turned a “no” into a “yes.” I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I’ve been on a date and not known it. I’m even more embarrassed to admit that this was technically my first date.

Every time a friend comes to me asking for advice, male or female, my advice is always to be up front about things. I was up front Erin when she and I started dating, and we’ve been together for almost 3 and a half years. Sure, being up-front won’t give you a better-lasting relationship, but at least we weren’t a victim of subtlety.

Have a good rest of the week, chi’dren!