I've been away from this thread for a while. I needed a break from the whole dating game and just take my life at my own pace... as little sense as that may seem to make. However, I come back with good news (for me anyway. ). Finally found someone that I think is a reasonable human being, and I think things will be good. We've known each other for about 2 and a half years, and we were always good buddies from day one. We went on a trip together last October, and that's when I got to really know her well. It wasn't until about 4-5 months ago that we began getting a lot closer. The last two months or so we've pretty much texted continuously every day, and the last 3 weeks we've seen each other practically every day. We're super comfortable around each other and it's easy for us to be ourselves in each other's presence. Finally decided to just ask her out last week, which honestly felt like a mere formality on some level. We've only been dating for a little bit, but honestly the only thing that's really changed is the physical contact. It seems like it's still early to tell, but I think this could be good.