So if you go out to dinner with me, don't be surprised if my eyes wander around the room to...myself. I just can't help it.
I'm going to let the hapless male 'players' in on a little secret. The art of seducing a woman has everything to do with your choice of words and your execution. Becoming single again, and having a very low tolerance for wasted conversation (or general b.s. at all), I am incredibly attuned to the power of a strong pick-up line. Although a line is just a provisional means to an end, it can make or break an opportunity.
For example, let's take the following real-life introduction attempts from three different (but equally handsome) men and I'll explain who actually kept my attention in each scenario.
The status question
So the little black book is being reopened. It had quite a lot of dust on it, and the business model will be changing slightly, but in a month it will be fully operational again. In the meantime, as I restock the inventory of eligible bachelors, I have this gift certificate I won for a free dinner that I can either use for a night out with Lil Sis, or as second prize in a contest I have devised to promote Cookie's black book grand opening (the first prize, of course, being the pleasure of my company).
Have you ever lurked, trolled, or wandered through my blog archives and been intrigued enough to daydream about what it might be like to spend a few hours in Cookie's world? Or have you thought "Wow, this chick is the kindred spirit of my drop-dead gorgeous, single brother..." Well, here is your (or your acquaintance's) no-holds-barred opportunity to wow the judges and win a free dinner with an easy-going sweetheart.
The Requirements: To participate you must be an educated, handsome, currently unattached male who is (for a change) emotionally available (Do you have a heartbeat? You're perfect). You must also be able to find your way to DC for an evening. Although sense of humour, style, disgust for cigarettes but love of fine wine, solid rhythm, height, stability, kindness, confidence, artistic appreciation, gift of conversation, chivalry, good grammar and a sense of adventure for travel beyond the coast of Delaware are all qualities that will assist you in a win, they're not pre-requisites, only suggestions.
The Contest: It's simple. Answer the 7 questions listed below as honestly and creatively as possible. Send your responses to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with 3 photos of yourself. The decision will be made on June 14th (the anniversary of DC Cookie's first blog post).
Lil Sis stands to lose a free dinner here**. She knows what I like and what I need. She will be merciless. Remember, I'm witty, but she's wittier. If you don't step up your game, she will annihilate you. Answer inventively and thoughtfully to win Lil Sis' vote.
Kathryn will see through your b.s. immediately. If your answers are canned, she'll call you on it. Answer sincerely, with correct spelling, to win Kathryn's vote.
**Lil Sis and I have a little side bet on the over/under number of responses here. Not saying who picked the over and who picked the under, but the stakes are actually a bit higher than originally noted.