What can YOU say in six sentences?
"She has the personality of a shit house rat: sorry for itself because of its surroundings (but it doesn't leave), then vicious and biting towards whoever gets close." Marti looks at me over her iced Chai, and I can tell she's very proud of her metaphor.
"So what does that make you, if you continue to hang with her," I ask, "if not her codependent shit house mouse?"
"Oh, I can end it, and in fact I AM ending it," she says, whipping out her 4G iPhone II and deleting a name from her speed dial. "She's dead to me!"
I sip, waiting, and then, when she puts the phone down, I point out, "She's not dead to you when you merely delete her from speed dial, Champ. For real dead means you wipe her completely from your phone book AND delete all saved messages AND block her calls and axe her from Facebook, Linked-In, Twitter, G-mail chat, Yahoochat, Chatterbox and Skype."