My first and last posts have proved to be my most discussed, both on the internet and off. I'm going to say one final word on the topic of "Can boys and girls just be friends?"
And my final comments (until somebody else asks me about it, of course!) consist of the following two sentences:
1) Yes, but it's not always worth it.
2) It's always best to be honest and open with people about your "quirks" or "faults" if you want them to be your friend. Otherwise, all types of confusion can - and probably will - ensue.