Leslie Mann

Is friends-first approach key to lasting relationship?

Is friends-first approach key to lasting relationship?

Who is more likely to remain together — the couple who were friends before they became romantic or the couple who sizzled from Day One?

Janet Nast, 58, and Tom Carter, 66, of Bremerton, Wash., vote "friends first." Well before they married in 2003, they were strictly friends — as in separate booths at their favorite fast-food restaurant.

When Nast told Carter she was always there at 1 p.m., you could set your clock by his arrival, she said. "Not with tires squealing or dust-a-flying," she said, but "cool and calm as a cowboy." Every weekday for two years, she with a chicken sandwich, he with an iced tea, they chatted about everything...

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