DO SOME MEN MAKE TELEPHONE BLUNDERS?
Women Don't Lie - Men Don't Listen
Success Coach - Doc Love
I just ordered The System and am awaiting its delivery, although Im in a
bit of a bind and wished Id used overnight express.
I recently met Cindy on an Internet dating site. She e-mailed me first, asking me to call
her since she wasnt much of a net chatter. Fine with me. She is a single
mother with a three-month-old (babies do not scare me), has a steady job and lives on her
own, about 45 miles away, so Im not able to take her out at the drop of a hat.
Anyway, she said later that she wanted to make me call her first, but then she turned
around and called me first.
We really hit it off by phone. After reading your principles, I discovered that Ive
been talking to Cindy entirely too much on the phone. Our conversations usually last two
or three hours. She said that she wanted to get to know me by phone before meeting me, and
I didnt make a fuss over it. Finally, she hinted that she was open on Saturday for a
dinner date, and I caught on and asked her out. I know now that I shouldnt have
Heres the problem: we met for dinner and had nothing to say to each other. (She did
have her child with her; I knew she would ahead of time.) Most of the time Cindy
wouldnt even make eye contact with me. I was stunned by how pretty she was. (My
experience with Internet girls is that they are generally unattractive.) We
both struggled to make conversation, but to no avail, and even after squirting herself in
the eye with a lemon, conversation was still sparse. I got a bit frustrated, since our
phone talks went so well.
I decided that I would give Cindy a chance to bail out if she wasnt interested, and
asked her if she wanted to get dessert. To my surprise, she accepted and we went to the
local ice cream shop. There we had a little more conversation, though nothing like on the
phone. I concluded the date at 10:30, citing my long drive back home. In the parking lot,
I asked her why she never made eye contact; she said that she is a very shy person and
apologized. She asked me to call her after I got out of church the following day. We shook
hands and said our goodbyes.
On Sunday she called me first, but I was busy and had to cut the conversation short. I
phoned her later and yet again we had another great talk.
It would seem that Cindy is very interested. What should I do at this point to repair the
mistakes Ive committed (long phone conversations, weekend date, asking her out too
soon) and how can I make sure she is truly interested in me and not just in getting a
daddy for her child?
I havent known Cindy long, granted, but she seems like a very stable, confident and
genuine person, the sort of person I ought to be spending time with. Any help would be
Damon who wishes she would talk face to face
Cindys not much of a net chatter? Why do you guys buy right into everything a woman
says? If she tells you that 2 plus 2 equals 5, do you have to automatically go along with
her? Guy, the reason she wanted to talk to you on the phone is because she had high
Interest Level initially, at least. Otherwise, shes a net chatter. How do you
think you two met?
What I dont dig about this situation is that Cindy has a 90-day-young child. Wow
only three months old and Mommys already dating? Wasnt she just
discharged from the hospital day before yesterday? If this chick moved any faster,
shed be running with the thoroughbreds at Hialeah Park! Uh, by the way
wheres the daddy in this picture? As my cousin Fast Eddie Love would
say, Hey -- was this kid even planned?
When Cindy changed her mind and called you first, she was saying, as Sal The
Fish Love puts it, Im a whack-job! She wanted to rap with you
before meeting you? Damon, you could have disagreed -- without making a fuss over it. (If
you make a fuss, youre a Macho Boy. If you go along with everything she proposes,
youre a wimp. Isnt this complex?) What you should have said was, Cindy,
why dont you call a few other guys, and when you get tired of talking to them,
e-mail me and well meet at Starbucks and have coffee. And that would have been
the end of all this smoke-blowing! In other words, you call the shots! Stand up for
yourself! Show her youre a tough guy if you can. Because as you can see, all
your telephone yakking is doing you no good whatsoever.
Damon, you caught on to Cindys hint all right but you caught on and gave her
the wrong response. When you tell me you had nothing to say to each other over dinner,
youre really saying that she gave you the cold, silent treatment. And you sprang for
the food! How smart is that? Now let me ask you a question. I want you to clear your head
here -- and that shouldnt take too long. Do women with high Interest Level really
act that way on a date? At first, she seemed to have high Interest Level, but the clock is
always ticking and things change. The odds are you didnt pass the Physical
Attraction Test when you finally came face to face, but Cindy was still hungry and she
figured, hey, why not have dinner on this chumps tab anyway?
Have you ever noticed that when women are interested in you, you dont have to ask
them if theyre interested or not? Why were you surprised she accepted the invitation
to dessert? Because your gut was telling you that you had her mixed up with someone who
cared? Or because you suspected at that point that somebody was out for a free hot fudge
sundae with wet maple walnuts and whipped cream?
Let me tell you something, pal when a girl says shes shy,
its Womanese for My Interest Level in you is running at about 5%! Jeez,
you shook hands? What are you a politician on the stump? Are you trying to win
votes or make time? You should be puckering up and kissing this girl on those big, fat,
Angelina-Jolie-like bee-stung lips! Wake up, dude!
When Cindy phoned you on Sunday, again you didnt ask her out. Because you, like most
men, dont know how to close. Then you tell me Cindys very
interested. Let me ask you another question: arent drugs illegal in your
state? What shes interested in, Damon, is a meal ticket.
A final thought: woman goes on date, woman refuses to speak to you -- and you call her
genuine? As my Uncle Jethro Love would say, I think we oughta have a lil talk
bout the way yo mommy raised you, boy! She obviously didnt teach
you how to tell the real from the foolery.
Know what, Damon? You should have a special tee shirt made with the words FREE
BABYSITTER in big block letters emblazoned across the front. Thats where
youre headed with this one.
Remember, guys: If Alexander Graham Bell knew what chaos the telephone would cause, he
would never have invented it.
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