I really can't believe that no one has yet pointed out that the girl is actually MISquoting Firefly!
It's "MY food is problematic."
Randall loses 50 geek points for that.
Um...you're allowed to change pronouns if you're making a reference. In fact you're allowed to paraphrase liberally, and a clever effort in doing so is always funnier than mindlessly parroting some movie or TV quote.
Roland Lockheart wrote:I tend to just talk alot without thinking in situations like this, so I would probably end up saying something stupid like, "Hey there's a window here, want to jump out of it with me?" Come to think of it, would you really be interested in someone who answered that question "no"?
I would, and the only reason I say that is because you just triggered a fond memory of an ex-girlfriend. We had the dynamic (in fact I have this dynamic with lots of girls) where I was outlandish, crazy, awkward, or just plain hardcore like that, and she responded in an adorable little tone that implied something like, "you amuse me but please settle down before you get us both killed".
By the way, planning is not bad. Insufficient planning is worse than improvisation because you feel locked in. But a comprehensive, loose plan with lots of if statements and flexibility can be good. It's like jazz. You have a way of starting into it, and some riffs you can use, but you improvise a lot of it. This works for doing things just as well as admiyo says it works for flirting.
admiyo wrote:Have a bunch of ready made quips: If yawns, catch her in the middle and say, "Only say that if you reallyt mean it." Make em laugh. But be prepared. Think Bebop (for the musicians out there) you need to have a supply of riffs to play, and improvise based on the how things actually go. Be social, flirting is a trained skill. Seriously. Don't try to play the game without going to the practices.
A good supply of verbal quips is to use formulas and tendencies instead of just plain quotes.
Formulas are things where you can plug in some variable and say something clever. The thing about formulas is, don't be obsessive about a single formula (that's how you become formulaic). In fact, don't use the same one over and over again, unless using it over and over again is
the joke (if you have a hard time telling the difference don't make it the joke). An example I use: "[adjective] like [proper name]". When that Gnarls Barkley song "Crazy" came out, "crazy like Gnarls Barkley" was a line I used a couple of times. Another variation is when the adjective is the same as someone's last name, or first name. For instance, often for a light exercise I find myself walk'n' like Christopher.
Tendencies are just general themes. For instance, one of my friends is very observant of certain patterns of behavior, and comments on it when other people wouldn't. When I'm in a sociable and outgoing mood, I go for excessive honesty. Being nerdy helps with some of these things because you can recognize patterns and stay on that mental level.
admiyo wrote:Girls spend a lot of time on their appearance. Take notice. They are doing it for you. If you ever find yourself at a loss of what to say, complement her. Pick out some detail and say, hey, that is really cool. It will give her an opening to talk, and something positive to talk about.
Don't overdo it. It's fucking annoying to be fawned over, triggers insecurities if you compliment them on something they don't
like about themselves, and makes you look like you're trying too hard.
Quality over quantity on this one. Small details are good. If you notice small details, people assume you're observant. (This is a paraphrase of something an English teacher told me: if you carry books, people assume you can read.)
admiyo wrote:Ask the quiet girl in the back of your class for help on homework. This works really well if you have a reputation for being smart (as many in the forum most likely do.)
If you have a reputation for being smart, she
will ask you
. Warning: some girls may have ulterior motives. Severe Warning: Many girls won't have ulterior motives.
Helping a girl on her homework is a decent way of letting things happen. Not making them happen. You're right about the wide net no agenda thing, although if you start naturally developing a fondness towards certain girls you should make moves.
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