So my question to you in the blogosphere is this:
Is it possible to move from the friend zone to the dating zone?
A few years ago, I tried to subtly take the first option from the comic strip by asking out a girl that I'd been friends with for a long time. She accepted the date but then DTR'ed me even before we went out, letting me know she couldn't ever see us being more than the friends we were/are.
Things were awkward for a while, but we're still friends. However, I kind of decided at that point that I was done attempting to escape the friend zone going forward. Pain and rejection can be harsh teachers.
Any of you have stories to the contrary? Or is it just romantic comedy movies that this works in?