"Marge could say, in response to an invitation for appletinis from Cynthia, “Were you thinking of this as soul-bearing lady-friendship time, or shall I invite Floyd?” She should then be ready for an honest answer. By which I mean that she should not be annoyed if Cynthia says, “How sweet of you to ask; I was in fact hoping to discuss my use of the DivaCup with you and would love to do it privately, fond as I am of Floyd.” Nor should she have forwarded Cynthia’s email to Floyd immediately upon receipt, with the subject line “Save the date: awesome appletinis with Cynthia on Thursday!!!” Likewise, if Cynthia is dying for a chat about DivaCups, she should make this clear! But Cynthia should keep in mind that the has to be more flexi about time if she’s asking for a friend date: “I’d love to have a private drink with you—it’s been a long time since we had Classic Cynthia-Marge Appletini Times! Would you be up for that, or maybe for brunch sometime [Note: brunch is good for this purpose, although drinking appletinis at brunch, or at any other time, is obviously disgusting]?"