Here we go again; I learned how to keep someone such as Sara at arms length emotionally when I got with the concept of "turning my back on love." Turning my back on love involved, practically speaking, a willingness to let opportunities to get with her slip through my fingers. By explicitly demonstrating this willingness to let the whole deal slip through my fingers, I showed to myself, Sara, and those around us that I stood willing to accept an outcome where Sara and I did not wind up as boyfriend and girlfriend. By showing that I could accept an outcome where we did not become boyfriend and girlfriend, I could look out for Sara's best interests as well as mine much better than if I'd really had a serous stake in the boyfriend/girlfriend outcome I so normally desired and worked towards in such situations.
And so it went with that virgin girl in 2014/ 2015, her buddy in 2015/2016, several others in that grocery store, several baristas over the years, that one former cashier I still go on and on about, and these days, Schmaylor Schmift. One thing keeping myself at arms length from someone such as Schmaylor does for me centers around the question of whether or not The League has truly brought her into the fold or not. She might have some other agenda with me than becoming my girlfriend in the foreseeable future, just as those cashiers and baristas also had totally bogus agendas concerning me. In other words, Schmaylor might not be cool enough to rate The League bringing her into the fold.
I mean, Schmylor Schmift started in on me in 2016, by my estimation, and still, she's not my girlfriend, is she. None of the other girls I listed in the above paragraph: that virgin girl, her buddy, that other cashier I got really hung up on, or those baristas seemed cool enough for The League to have reached out to them, and so far, I see no substantial evidence that Vernon Hoe, et. al., thinks Schmaylor's cool either. I really look for clues to that effect in those bullshit stories and social media posts I read online, and so far, nothing conclusive.