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I’ve been dating a lot recently, definitely more than normal. I made a comment to a buddy about how I’ve got the Kavorka, the lure of the animal. I postulated that it’s because I recently had a birthday and so people think I’m more dateable. I’m not, let’s make that clear, but I’m okay letting women think it.
However, I was quickly dismissed. My buddy told me it was one hundo p the result of “cuffing season.” I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. Cuffing season in January? What’re you huffing glue? Smoking toad venom? Grow up Peter Pan Count Chocula. Who wants to start cuffing in the dead of winter? Preposterous.
I’ve been on the record before that cuffing season is in the fall, and I even begged you before that just because it’s fall doesn’t mean you should jump to cuff.
To me this made the most sense. You’ve got a bit of a roster going during the summer, and when the leaves change and you want to get some fire ‘grams off of you in your Han Solo ‘fit crushing the pumpkin patch, you lock down the organization’s top prospect. Fall is a great season for a budding romance; you’re still a normal functioning human before you begin your winter hibernation.
My buddy did, however, make some strong arguments for cuffing season being more of a winter phenomenon. If the motivator for cuffing season is to have someone to share the couch with in your fuzzy blankets and True Grit quarter zips (available on Man Outfitters!), winter would seem the most appropriate season. Personally, I’d rather show my new girl that I can throw together some fire fall ‘fits and actually be a functioning member of society during our honeymoon period, instead of having that be in the winter, but I’m an equal opportunity cuffer. He also said that cuffing is more of a college thing, and it makes sense to lock someone down after you come back from winter break.
Now, I don’t really think anyone should be getting into relationships in college, especially at the beginning of spring semester, but if you’re trying to lock down a significant other in college, beginning of second semester might seem like the perfect time. You don’t want to trek to off-campus parties in sweaty frat basements full of asbestos when it’s 10 degrees out. You don’t want to have to schlep to the library to schmooze with other singles on Wednesdays after class. And locking down a steady in the fall? That’s bananaland for any right minded college kid. Winter break is for singles. You go back home and try to smash your old high school classmates. Can’t do that when you’re not single (*wink*).
I guess it really all comes down to the audience. But, personally, I think cuffing is much more a post grad phenomenon, and thus it should be more closely associated with fall. Cycling relationships based on the seasons, while it knows no age bounds, is just way more pervasive among the young twenty somethings of the post college world. If you’re still in school and you’re trying to cuff? Fine. More strange tail for your classmates. I’d caution that you’re being an idiot for having a relationship in college, but that’s just the retrospective grumblings of a guy who was always in a relationship in college.
I’ll leave the debate to all of you. Is cuffing more of a post grad thing or an undergrad thing? Is it more of a fall thing or a winter thing? Let me know, let’s end the debate. .