My best friend has become the remarkable people I’ve ever met. She’s smart, however, not a know-it-all, making her wide-eyed and curious. She’s funny, but she applies to the cheap laugh never, making her surprising. She’s a knockout, but she doesn’t know it, so, yeah, she’s humble. She’ll provide you with the shirt off her back, but, boy, will she make you work for it (I owe her 60 bucks at the time of writing). She’s tough as nails, but if she breaks her own? Forget about it. She’s responsible, works harder than anyone I’ve ever met, takes nothing for granted, believes in me and doesn’t scare easy. She is, perhaps, the perfect girl.
Oh, yeah, she’s also my ex We ended our traditional boy-meets-girl relationship over five years ago and have since embarked on something a touch more unconventional. Some exes continue their sexual dalliances long after they’ve split. Just because I hate the way you breathe heavily when you watch TV and you hate the way I peel an avocado doesn’t mean we can’t keep going down on each other, right? But because a total lack of sex was the reason we decided to end our relationship in the first place (more on that later), we’ve worked on – and mastered – a different kind of post-breakup arrangement: We do everything together except bone. We’re everything but fck buddies. Friends with different kinds of benefits. It’s our non-relationship relationship.
But before I explain exactly how this works, and how it’s changed our lives, here’s a brief history of how we got here.
We dated for almost a year, but it went by in a week. The honeymoon phase – which, for all you relationship neophytes, is the period when things still feel fresh and exhilarating (that’s, the sex continues to be good) – was cut short when I moved to NY for employment opportunity.

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