This may be my thinking out loud more than anything, but I'd like other peoples opinion on this whole thing: I met this girl (Leah) this past New Years. We talked and generally had a good time, nothing happened really, but it was a great first time meeting her. Well, soon after, she moved in with 3 friends of mine in a house (Will, Will and Doug). I know these people really well, so I was pretty excited she was going to be around. Unfortunately, I had to go on a business trip and wasn't able to hang out with them for almost a month. I head to my friends place and find out Leah was in the hospital, she tells me "If I had your number I would have called you". We exchange numbers. We where joking around and she was joking how she should be upset because nobody sent her flowers or anything (it was just kidney stones). "If I would have had your number you could have run down here and picked up some flowers on the side of the road" "Yeah, dandelions...and they would have been in a Dixie cup" We both had a good laugh. The next weekend I find out that another friend of mine (Chris) is dating this girl now...crap. So, middle of February, I go to this party they have and start talking to her again. Chris isn't paying any attention to her, I'm talking, dancing and whatnot, again, pretty good....but I don't screw around with my friends chicks....thats not cool. So, I decide just to back off, not really do anything. Their relationship only lasts about 6 weeks or so. That takes us to middle of March. I had another business trip and a few track days to go to, so I figure it would be a good excuse to give her some time...I don't want to be the shoulder to cry on. In April we start talking more, calling her, she calls me, etc etc. Take her out to dinner Thursday night and then Friday night I head down to Road Atlanta for The Mitty. On the way down, I'm thinking "I should call Le..." and my phone rings....and its Leah. I'm feeling awesome at this point. I think things are going awesome. I take her out a few more times, things are going pretty well. Well, middle of May I head down to Key West to setup some games (I work on arcade and gambling games for a living). I get back and my friends are getting ready to movie into a new house (Will, Will, Doug and Leah). Now, that weekend was her birthday. Since they where moving, we decided to have her party the next weekend (which is this past weekend). Saturday I head over there, and give her a Dixie cup with dandelions in it...as we have continued the joke since she was in the hospital. "This is the most amazing present anyone has given me" So, now we're up to last weekend. Now, all of these guys that she's living with like Busch Light...pretty much because its cheap. Now, if they have any decent beer besides the light crap beers, they'll definetly drink it...but for parties and beer pong, Busch Light is the choice. Now, Leah had mentioned a few months back how she hates the light beers and that her favorite is Newcastle. Saturday night is the night of her party, and after she gets off work she comes home and I surprise her with some Newcastle. She looks at me with the "Oh my god you remembered?" look. So, I decide that night I was to make a move. Let me explain, things had only started getting serious (in my head) 2 weeks ago. Also, we had been exchanging glances the past few weeks...she'd smile and everything...I thought they where good signs. After dancing, some beer pong and whatnot, we are alone outside. I'm trying to get things moving, and we get interrupted. Things aren't going quite as I planned. So, later that night, I take her aside in her room and tell her whats up "Look, Leah, I've been thinking about this the last couple of weeks, and I really like you" Her response was "Really? I had no idea" .....oh crap "I don't want talk really talk about it right now, I just needed to tell you. Its your birthday party, go and have fun, we'll discuss it later" "So, you like me?" "Yes" "Well, I'm going to need some time to think about this" ...... "Your sure?" (Nod) Now we're walking back to the big room and she turns back to me and says "Seriously?" "Yes" Well, thats where we left it. That was Saturday night. Sunday she had to work. Now, later Saturday night we where sitting on the couch and she turned to me and said "You know, getting me Newcastle was really sweet Mike, thank you" Okay, personally, I'm thinking this is "friend zone" territory. What do you guys think? Oh yeah, pics. I should mention, she's not an Off-topic stick. But I don't care about that really, I like this girl.