Art by Dave Sim & GerhardDAVE SIM:
(from Aardvark Comment, Cerebus #181, April 1994)
New rule the chicks instituted a few years ago without telling anyone, guys. If they say 'yes' and then don't show up (get this) they didn't want to hurt your feelings. No shit. And these people are still allowed to vote. The idea is that if they say 'yes' in person or over the phone, then they don't have to see the look on your face when they say 'no'. When they don't show up or are unavailable for a return call, then you are supposed to get the message. Always (ALWAYS) have something else planned for the night of a date: a movie you want to see, a hockey game on TV, something. Take along a newspaper to wherever you arranged to meet them. Give them fifteen minutes. If they don't show, split and enjoy your plan B. Do not phone them. Do not seek them out. The next time you see them, do not look at them as if they just shot your dog. If they ask you where you were, tell them you forgot (casually, not with an air of astonishment as if aliens just landed in front of you). Do not ask them out somewhere else. They were late. They were wrong. If they ask about the two of you doing something else, ask what they have in mind. If it is the two of you, go along with it. Great -- I'll see you there at... whatever time. If they mention a bunch of their friends are going too... then ditch. They want you in their fan club. Move on to the next chick and forget that one... completely.
Every guy makes up his own mind about the time you spend waiting to see if she shows. Fifteen minutes is my maximum. Anything past thirty minutes and you are a putz, pure and simple.