Flirting With Disaster

Test Your Love I.Q.

If you can answer "yes" to more than one of these questions, you should consider shutting down that computer and making dinner reservations immediately.

  • When your partner wants to hold hands during a romantic walk, do you switch sides so you have one hand free for your pager?
  • Is sex a fond memory rather than a future possibility?
  • Was the last gift you gave your partner a business-related item, like a Palm Pilot or a spreadsheet program, that you later "appropriated"?
  • When your partner wistfully suggests having a nice dinner together, do you instantly think of which restaurant can deliver takeout the fastest?
  • Do you know the dates for your next six months of business appointments but only the season in which your partner's birthday falls?
  • When your partner asks you to go to a party, do you call the hosts ahead of time to make sure they have a modem hookup?
  • In serious relationship talks with your partner, do you find yourself using terms like "downsizing" and "bottom line" to describe your feelings?

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This article was originally published in the August 1999 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Flirting With Disaster.

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