first of all, this isn't a relationship thread, i just couldn't think of any other way to describe the situation. second of all, when i say friend, i mean just a regular friend. anyway, to the main point of this thread: like the title says, have you ever "broken up" with a friend (or taken a "break")? basically, have you ever just decided that things weren't working out or you just didn't care anymore and wanted out of a friendship (or at least some distance)? for me, i've been friends with this guy for years, and we were pretty close. we'd hang out all the time and everything. however, he's always had some traits i've never really liked, but they were relatively minor and i'd always overlooked them b/c hey, he was a friend, you accept them for who they are. anyway, awhile back, something just clicked in my head or something, and i started noticing those "bad" character traits more and more whenever i was around him. we still hung out, but it started to become more and more like a chore than fun. i've tried bringing it up, but he either shrugs it off or gets defensive about it. anyway, he still calls me up regularly to hang out, but the last couple times i've given him excuses to get out of it (some legitimate, some not). we travel in some of the same circles so i can't avoid him forever. i don't necessarily want to stop being friends w/ him, but i don't want to hang out with him that often either. is there anyway to sort this out?