First off, this has nothing to do with sex or any kind of intimacy; it's strictly a friendship, but it -is- a relationship because of that, and I needed a little help with it. I've been friends with this girl I know for a while now, and we used to get along really well, but then we sort of dropped off, nothing bad, she was just always busy, and when we started talking again, I was with my GF and it just so happened that she absolutely despises my GF. I don't know if that's a jealousy thing, or whatnot, but I don't think it's really important, either. What the problem is, a person I was once able to carry out a conversation with, is now so incredibly long-winded that I can do -nothing- when we talk except go "Yeah", "Uh-huh" or, "Wha?" to whatever she's saying. If I try to rebut anything she says with a couple sentences, I get a couple -pages- back explaining every facet of why she's right about whatever we're talking about, and blah, blah, blah. I find myself thinking "Oh, right. This is why I don't talk to her anymore." whenever I -do- talk to her, but I feel bad if I don't because she was, at one point, a very valued friend. And it's not that she isn't anymore, she just...talks "too" much, and she talks like she's smarter than I know she is (not that she's dumb, but we don't talk -casually- anymore, it's like she's writing an essay to me every time) and it really bothers me. So, I'm kinda wondering what to do. Should I ask her upfront what happened between us? Or should I just try to find out and fix it? I don't really want to lose her as a friend, but she's really making it hard for it not to be a viable option.