A friend of mine, a dashing young lady who lives and works in
, was heading to work on the Green Line this morning when a lad decided to chat her up. She decided to turn his efforts into a teaching moment. Here’s what happened, in her own words: Boston
Comely Friend of Under The Sink: I was on the T and a young dude in a suit was like, "What do your tattoos mean?"
So I explained: Mother and father, and he asked, “Why in Arabic?” So I told him I was part Lebanese and he made some comment of how he cannot tan and he is not as golden as me, even in summer.
So I laughed, and he was like, “Where do you work?” I told him, and he just went “Ah, [place where she works],” and asked if I did SQL work at all
So I said yes, and he asked where I was from. And I said "I have a boyfriend, you know," and he was like, “Where's your ring?!”
Under The Sink: He asked if you did SQL work???
Is he a stalker or did you have a SQL book out or something?
Comely Friend of Under The Sink: …and I laughed and said, “No ring!” And he laughed and said, "I wouldn't have started talking to you if you had one!" LOL
[About the SQL stuff] No, he asked more about the database work I do.
So he asked, “How'd you meet your bf, and I explained and mentioned [Boyfriend of Comely Friend of Under The Sink] was younger because we were talking about school, and he's like, “Whoa! I thought you were 25,” and then he said, “Wait how did your bf score a girl like you!?” And I said, "See what you're doing there, any girl would like to hear a compliment like that! That's nice."
"You make good conversation. Focus on that, but don't come on too strong."
Under The Sink: LOLOL
Comely Friend of Under The Sink: And I mentioned, "It's nice that you asked about work and stuff instead of just making fluffy convo!"
And I said, "And you gotta ask right away if a girl has a boyfriend. Don't set yourself up for false advertising."
Then he was like, "Do you have any single friends like you!?!??"
and I said no, sorry, but keep talking to girls on the T!
It was a nice conversation!
So there you have it, a good-looking woman tells you what to do when flirting on the T:
- You have a small window of time when flirting on the T. Make the time count!
- Pay the lady a compliment!
- Avoid fluffy conversation that doesn’t mean anything to anyone.
- Ask her about work!
- Ask if she has a boyfriend!
- Don’t come on too strong!
Who knew there were this many rules?
The whole thing was eerily like making a cold call in sales. Our Comely Friend is like Giovanni Ribisi in Boiler Room: