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We are both obsessed with the show Girlfriends from the early s and can quote it endlessly. You may be the best of friends, but you're not lovers or even friends with benefits, so you may not feel comfortable with certain things. It keeps me honest but also allows me to open up more and build on that preexisting foundation.