Finding inspiration in an unexpected place

Yesterday during my run I ran though the cemetery. I love cemeteries. Looking at the headstones, reading the names and dates. My favorite headstones are the ones with two names chiseled on them, a husband and wife. He's dead but she's still living. Her date of birth is the only date under her name. Sometimes she's outlived him by twenty or thirty years already. Kinda sad, but kinda beautiful too. You're probably wondering what all this has to do with meeting women. Well, it has a lot to do with meeting women, or men or whomever you want to meet.

Let's face it, internet-dating is competitive, and full of unattractive and sketchy people. You could meet someone at work, but unless you tend bar, that number is limited. To meet someone, I recommend just walking up and speaking to attractive strangers. And that, my friends, takes guts. The guts to face possible rejection and humiliating experiences.

And that is where the dead come in. The dead have one single message for you. I hear them say it to me every time I run through a cemetery. They whisper, "See you soon."

The dead know that you and I will one day be history. Our time is limited. The stasis of our life is illusionary. You must take advantage of your opportunities while they exist. You have an opportunity now. Too many people spend their lives wishing to find someone amazing or wondering when they will become an outgoing person who has 'opportunities'.

Maybe they're waiting for the perfect moment to approach that hottie at the coffee shop. Well, cemeteries are full of people who waited their entire lives for 'that moment'. Most people never go for what they want. I walk thought the sea of headstones. Here's a guy, Jacob Ralston 1889 -1929. I wonder what his life was like. Did he love? Did he yearn for more? Or did he spend his life in quiet desperation? We were the same age. Except I'm still alive and he's gone to dust. What will I do with my life? Will I take on challenges? Will I risk rejection for a chance to win the prize? Will I push myself to meet the people I find attractive? Or will I sit back, wait and one day pass from this world with regret? For that matter, what will you do?

I'm certain if the dead could vote they would tell us to go for it. We all end up dust anyway. I love the dead. They inspire. They lead. They remind me to live every day to the best of my ability. Because one day I will join their ranks in eternal sleep.

People must think I'm strange when they spot the smile on my face as I run out from between the gates of cemeteries.

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All the best, Wayne Elise

How to meet one of those cool girls with a Mac laptop

It is my presumption that people who use Macs as opposed to PCs are more interesting. I'm biased for sure, but when I see a girl with a sexy PowerBook on her lap I know she's my type of woman. So in this scenario I'm presuming you feel the same way. Pay attention to her nonverbal feedback during your statements which can make you pursue the topic further or go in a different direction. There she is. Red hair and running shoes. She is sitting at the coffee shop behind a 17 inch aluminum Apple piece of modern art. She taps at the keys with two fingers, periodically wrinkling her forehead and frowning.

You walk past her but stop at the last instant.

You: "Hey nice computer. I couldn't help noticing that you have a Mac. I'm curious what you think."

Her: "Oh, I like it. Much better than my old computer."

You: "Yeah, no kidding. Mac's rule. They just work. No fuss, no muss. I have to confess though, and I don't know if you feel this way, but I feel a little superior to all those people with other types of computers. Like that guy over there. Poor guy has some sort of Dell."

Her: "Ha ha, yeah I kind of feel that way."

You: "Good I like that about you. Well, I should let you get back to your work. I imagine that it's pretty important and all..."

She shakes her head. Her: "It's okay, I'm not really being that productive."

You: "Well, in that case, I might as well complete the distraction. So what're you working on, if I may be so nosey as to ask?"

Her: "Oh, I have this report for work. It's about inventory control and what we should do to make it better."

You: "Fascinating."

Her: "Really?"

You: "No, not really. Okay, maybe. Depends on what the inventory is I suppose. If its lollipops it could be interesting. How many ten year olds does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Tootsie Pop? Okay, I see I've lost you there. Let's just move on. So what are you inventory controlling?"

Her: "We sell fabric. I've got lots of fabric. Different colors and patterns. We have to keep track of all that and right now we do that with tags and sometimes they fall off."

You: "I see. So I'm guessing you went to art school and you have a design background."

She nods.

You: (continuing) "I like that. I have often been told I was artistic. Oh no wait, they said I was autistic. My bad."

She laughs.

You: "I like your laugh. What's your name?"

Her: "Sharon, but my friends call me T-bone."

You: "Nice to meet you Sharon. I like the nickname. I need a nickname. You're T-bone. I'll be big bone."

She gives a funny look.

You: "Oh, I didn't mean it like that. But yeah, I do have a bone for Mac girls."

Her: "Ha, so what are you doing tonight?"

You: "That my new-found, sexy-friend, T-bone incorporated, is a good question. I'm going to sit down next to you before I answer that, if that is quite all right with you."

Her: "Sure."

You: "So, I'm contemplating my place in the universe."

Her: "That's a big question."

You: "You sound as if you have given it some thought yourself."

Her: "I have. I think that a person can never truly know because only a god could contemplate the whole of the universe. We as people with small brains can never figure it all out. So I have stopped trying to figure it out and just try to feel my way."

You: "I like that. Makes sense on a lot of levels. I don't know what your relationship situation is but I'd like to get your number and have sushi with you tomorrow...."

She smiles.

You: (emboldened) "I know how to pour some mean saki. You see it's all in the wrist. You can't pour your own. That's bad luck."

Her: "You know, let's do that. I think it would be fun."

You: "I think so but if not then you can tell your friends I was a toothless loser who sucked his miso soup through his nose. Okay, if I can see your cell phone I'll just input my number under my new nickname, Big Bone."

If you have trouble rolling conversation like this consider coming to one of my Conversation Camps. I teach the techniques to build light, fun conversation that also moves the interaction along in positive directions.

Until next time, keep the faith all you CA social Kung Fu men of glory.

How to open an attractive stranger in the Xmas gift return line.

You: Excuse me, I can't help but notice that you are unsatisfied with your fruitcake-pattern hoodie. I have to say that I'm surprised but happy for you. Her: "Ha, hah ha."

You: "I'll trade you my Lance Armstrong tire repair kit. Or better yet, I got some Grandma cookies here somewhere."

Her: "Oh, I had too many of those lately."

You: "Yeah, I can relate. I like that about you. You and I are the same. Who would have known. So I'm thinking of a New Year's resolution. What's yours going to be?"

Her: "To finish law school."

You: "Oh that's a good one. I can hire you to sue grandma for the bad cookies. Seriously though, that's cool. I think I would like being a lawyer. I'd feel kinda powerful. Like yeah, give me a speeding ticket, see what happens."

Her: "Haha, yeah it is good to know law for practical reasons. For instance, my professor says..."

You: "Hey, I like you. What are you doing after this?"

Her: "I'm meeting a friend for lunch."

You: "Oh too bad, I thought it might be fun to sit down at the Starbucks over there and chat a bit more for five minutes. I like talking with you."

Her: "Are you hitting on me?"

You: "Maybe I am and maybe I'm not. It all depends on if you like it or not. And judging by your smile now I would say, yes I AM hitting on you. Sure that's the ticket."

Her: "Well, just to warn you I have a black belt in flirting defense. But yeah, let's sit down for five minutes."

You: "Excellent. What's your name by the way?"

Her: "My name is Persimonia"

You: "Nice name. I'm impressed. My name is your name here. In the language of the old country it means, he who drinks hot chocolate through a straw."