How to dump him -- gently

We all know that breaking it off with someone is never easy. It sucks, to be more precise, and even less fun than getting rejected is actually having to do the rejecting. Okay, maybe doing the rejecting is a little better. Anyway, if you're thinking about blowing a guy off, here are some ideas on how to give him the brush off that won't break his heart too badly -- or destroy his ego.

Rejection after Date One or Two
You gave it a try. You're not interested. He calls. Ideally, he gets your answering machine and leaves a message. What should you do? Do not return that call. Guys would rather think of the various possibilities for not getting a call back -- you got hit by a bus, moved to Africa, died of a brain aneurysm -- than contemplate rejection.

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