I used to use one of those old-fashioned tea kettles, the kind that whistle when the water boils. Loved that thing. There was no ambiguity about it: When the water was ready, the kettle announced so with unmistakable clarity, like a train coming into the station.
If only guys were like that, right? Instead, as you turn up the heat of romance, we sometimes bounce between simmering and lukewarm with no apparent logic. Some days we seem on the verge of boiling, the next, we’re room temperature. What gives, right?
Truth is, when it comes to the early stages of love, the signals are rarely clear. At some point, you just know, but there exists a period—weeks? Months? YEARS?—when it's hard to tell whether your guy is going cold or about to boil. To help clear up the confusion, I offer this cheat sheet. No one signal tells you everything you need to know, but taken together, they form a pretty loud shriek.