The Herald. Line: In dating, flattery actually gets you nowhere

11
Feb

The Herald. Line: In dating, flattery actually gets you nowhere

By SCOTT SAALMAN

Six years back we logged much more years divorced than hitched. Somehow, the teeter-totter of the time tipped like that.

How do this be? Sixteen years because the Big D? — the withdrawal for the strap? Sixteen years, never remarried? — nowhere near. Jaded, maybe, about matrimony. We hesitate purchasing wedding gift suggestions for newlyweds. I’m a believer in breakup presents; that’s whenever one of many two events will need the toaster really.

I’ve dated — but I’ve not dated significantly more than I have actually dated. Second times are difficult to come by — my true genius apparently goes underneath the radar with anyone who has provided a restaurant beside me (we blame it in the awesome appetizers).

Never ever mind the second date. It’s the first date that’s the toughest to nail straight down, this despite having individually “flattered” many females in past times 16 years. Flattered. There’s nothing I hate a lot more than hearing that word result from feminine lips or seeing it typed by feminine flailing fiery hands.

Example. The scenario that is oft-repeated

Me personally: therefore, could I just take you down for lunch?

Female: Scott, i will be flattered me out that you have asked —

Me personally (instinctively butting in to get a foothold): Great! I’ll pick you up at 6. Oh — and do you have got a passport.

Seems promising, right? Au contraire mon ami (French concerning . well . one thing French), because of this girl has more to state about them.

Female: Scott, i will be flattered me out, but that you have asked .

Henceforth comes the dreaded big but. But? Exactly what? It does not matter. None for the addendums are to my benefit.

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Precisely 100 % (but who’s counting?) for the women that stated they certainly were “flattered” upon being asked down by me never finished up venturing out beside me.

“Flattered” is the kiss of dating death. Females reading my terms at this time are knowingly nodding like bobble-heads on rate and most likely reasoning, “My Jesus, Scott cracked the rule. He’s on to us. We are in need of a brand new term. Must send memo.”

My replacement that is suggested for: sickened. “Scott, i’m sickened which you have actually expected me out.” Perfect. Why overcome across the bush before beating the person down?

We suspect women use “flattered” as a good solution to set the phase for rejection, a humane solution to harm (in essence, making the woman feel much better concerning the turndown, maybe maybe maybe perhaps not the man), a softening of this beaches ahead of the big blow to male ego, making a man feeling just like a turd in a tin glass.

An on-line dating girl we came across did consent to satisfy for a glass or two. At our rendezvous, she informed me personally that she had invested the majority of that trip to the funeral home where her mom had been being shown — visiting hours weren’t also over yet — with all the burial slated for the after day. Deal breaker! Hey, I’m a guy that is sensitive however, if there’s something we can’t stay, it is a Debbie Downer type. With no, i did son’t ask if she required a night out together for the funeral (despite the fact that perhaps she did). I’m perhaps not that hopeless ( perhaps perhaps perhaps perhaps not so it’s beneath me personally to scan the obituaries for Fresh Widow Meat, which as my hero Dave Barry might mention, is an excellent title for the rock-band).

I’ve learned a couple of other stuff about dating within the dark ages.

Don’t purchase your gf Mace. I did so this when, concerned about her safety whenever alone. Then, during a stroll, we recommended we split up. Away came the Mace. The Mace hit my face. She demonstrably didn’t make the news headlines along with I’d hoped. It absolutely wasn’t the optical eye burn that astonished me, it absolutely was the neck burn. The gagging. Most sensible thing though ended up being she sprayed up against the wind, which implied most of the spray went back in her eyes and neck. Therefore, together we cried and gagged, and someplace into the insanity that lovers share, we thought: she Maced me personally, she must love me personally. In hindsight, I’m pleased I didn’t purchase her a handgun.

In the event the date is excited to visit Barnes and Noble never to glance at publications but to drive the escalator, this woman is 1) far too young she was 15 years younger… but legal), or 2) she really needs to get out of Dubois County more for you. We lasted one day at Barnes and Noble (or 20 trips in the escalator).

Cross country dating works until it does not. On a few occasions, due to the joys of internet dating (which in Jasper means driving 2 to 3 hours for a night out together), We have driven really far for very very very first times to simply hear my date let me know during the restaurant dining dining dining table after she finishes her steak, lobster and million dollar martinis) that she really isn’t interested in pursuing a long-distance relationship (but not until.

attempting to make away for a very first date at a Weird Al concert is wrong on a lot of amounts. Guilty. No 2nd date.

Adequate on my help guide to dating when you look at the dark ages. I’m certain there’ll be much more to report through the trenches. I’m a hopeless intimate by having a punching case heart. Now then, I ask them out if I can only figure out how not to flatter someone when.