There comes a time in every interaction between man and woman when the girlfriend/wife bomb* should be dropped. Opinions on the perfect time vary.
The tattoo artists up the street have turned into regulars at Tattoo Queen's shop. One of the guys invited her to stop by the shop after work.
She went and since he didn't have a customer, they started a conversation. In the middle of it, he dropped the bomb.
Tangent: I groaned when she told me this. I would love to see her with a tattoo artist because I would love to be with a tattoo artist and would love to see her dump the guy she's with. On the other hand, dating an inker would probably not be a good idea. I'd talk him into giving me sleeves and that's not a good look for a teacher. In my school at least.
She thought his droppage was completely on time and respectful. He felt their chemistry and decided to fence it in.
I disagree a bit, but I'm all for the drop to occur as soon as possible. It's not hard to work the significant other into conversation: "I should bring my wife down for a sandwich." "My wife loves grinders." "My wife picked out this underwear for me, whaddaya think?"
I don't even mind preemptive bomb drops. I've been in decidedly platonic conversations and had the guy mention the girlfriend. Although I always think, "How cute...You thought I was hitting on you and really no chance in hell," I appreciate the gesture.
The worst is when so much time and conversation has passed, and then the guy decides things are getting a little too serious despite the ego wankage. Sooner is always better than later. I don't want to waste time.
*I realize there's a boyfriend/husband bomb, but I'd rather talk about the guys.