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okay. so.

dear husband-to-be,

i've been thinking a lot about deal-breakers lately.

i mean what is a deal-breaker?

what is that thing that will make you say to someone else, that's it, my love for you will never overcome this. because isn't love supposed to trump everything?

does love change the rules? and therefore change our set of deal-breakers?

so, do deal-breakers even really exist?

and then i sat next to a man on the train yesterday, and had my clearest thought in weeks: axe as deodorant? deal-breaker.

the woman who is so glad you smell just the way you do. and would've kept walking had you been wearing said deodorant. don't believe me? just try.


Kora Bruce [Dixie Lust] said...

OH my gosh.

This made me laugh out loud this morning.

The smell of axe makes my tummy churn - definite dealbreaker!

Sara said...

I used to think my only real deal-breakers were things like animal abuse or using racial slurs.

Turns out, I have a lot more.

RPG? Dealbreaker.
General unmanliness? Dealbreaker.
Preference for Rush Limbaugh? Dealbreaker.

Camilla Leila said...

i love this!!

"just try"
you're brilliant!

Meg Fee said...

oh general unmanliness is a definite deal-breaker!!!

Randi Lee said...

ah, yes. I definitely have a few deal-breakers myself.

Guy-liner is one of them... Axe for deod. is pretty disturbing as well, walk on!

faryle said...

So true!

Deal breaker for me... socks with sandals. No way, dude.

Toni said...

Ah, I remember the days when I though true love conquered all. Lol ...ok, so it hasn't been that long. Axe deoderant doesn't bother me ...although any pleasant smell that is too strong is a def deal breaker!

kathleen said...

My boyfriend is a, ... wait for it..., Republican. I thought that was the biggest deal breaker of all. Until I met him and all bets were off. (Not to mention that he lived in VEGAS.)

communikate. said...


when i was younger, it was always boys in basketball shoes {therefore stating that they had ZERO style at all.}

axe is nasty.

Anonymous said...

agreed! axe is horrible. definite deal breaker!

S. said...

SO true. loved this. thanks for entertaining me during my 3 hour night class :) love!

Fairfield said...

white sneakers.
my deal breaker.

Fairfield said...

white sneakers.
my deal breaker.

laura marie said...

hahahaha this is PERFECT!

Anonymous said...

hilarious. i too, don't mind the axe smell... but gold chains, hair gel, affliction shirts are my deal breakers.

you are funny. thanks for making me smile so early in the morning.

Anonymous said...

hilarious. i too, don't mind the axe smell... but gold chains, hair gel, affliction shirts are my deal breakers.

you are funny. thanks for making me smile so early in the morning.

Brittan said...

ugh. my 12 year old brother discovered axe. barf.

Lisa Piorczynski said...

Hilarious. And accurate.

CAPow! said...

i. love. this!
axe is NASTY!

kailee said...

girl you need to read "Marry Him..the Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough". it talks about just this thing. it's a really good book and i'm about half way thru it. i totally would have jumped on the axe the guy who wears axe bandwagon until i read this book. :)

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Ariel said...

oh man i would have said the same thing back in jr high when boys BATHED in that horrible deodorant. but my bf wears it here and there and i don't mind it so much anymore. he wears barely any and usually smells more of fresh laundry detergent.

oof. overshare? haha. i say cargo pants are a dealbreaker.

Atticus and Juliet said...

hahaha -- you know, there's something mildly endearing about a young teenage boy using axe (probably his first deodorant ever)... but it's NEVER okay for a grown man to use the stuff.

i totally agree. deal-breaker!

Jennifer M. said...

Oh man... that is so true. Certain smells are dealbreakers... and contrary-wise can also be amazing memory-revivors. The man I fell in love with (who didn't fall in love with me) smelled amazing. I once smelled his cologne in passing while in a crowded place and I was instantly taken back to all those years previous. I miss him.