Proper Facebook Etiquette

#581 The first flurry of attraction

Wednesday 28th October, 2009

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Dear Mariann,
I am in lust, or at least the first flurry of attraction. I have made the first move on her with the offer of such temptations as a ‘nice’ drink in a ‘good bar’. Our arranged meeting is but one week off. And I am at a loss as to how to spend the time. What is the correct etiquette for our anticipated meeting? A Facebook poke seems hardly appropriate.

Also, do you have any suggestions as to how I can gauge attraction – face-to-face is always my preference – but thus far correspondence has been through the wire.
From ‘Sherlock’ looking for the Lady in White

If you are going to meet up, do it in style. Keep up the anticipatory expectancy. During the week period, both you and the Lady in White will no doubt continue with various ambiance of contact and accompanying Google’d checks for various ‘talent’.

Obviously, just as you will take the time for digital monitoring so shall she.

The usual form for such face-to-face meetings is to turn up with wit (and in my preference, tweed) for maximum charisma and character points. At the end of your meeting, then you can assess the potential mutual attraction content.

In certain circumstances, it is nice to lean in for a kiss. In others running off into the night is also beneficial. You may want to avoid getting ‘a bit squiffy’, for fear of dossing down on some old sofas, waking up and not remembering where or who you are. And never seeing the Lady in White again.

9 Responses to “#581 The first flurry of attraction”

  1. Anonymous says:

    The FB dating group is a bit smutty – OK like snaps of barely dressed babes but not much there for women. FB may be less safe than some other online sites – always press reports of attacks on women by men they met there.

  2. Dr Mariann Hardey says:

    @rob like all good mysteries perhaps the lady in white has the answer. Or at least the female supersluth holds all the cards.

  3. Rob says:

    Ouch. So it's not about the validity of the advice… just the subjective view of whether it's sufficiently impenetrable?

    Now I see where I've been going wrong.

  4. Dr Mariann Hardey says:

    I am sure the Lady in White is wise enough to get in some rugby training learning good form for a tight neck based grip. Or surreptitious jab with the elbow.

    No doubt the former shall enatil some reaching and possible lunging. Hardly lady (in white) like. The latter leaves neither party in doubt of the effective compunction of both delivery and a clear runaway(!) for escape.

    ps one can only charge if one's advice is deemed professionally highbrow.

  5. Rob says:

    I guess that depends on whether the product she's intending to use is biodegradable and / or tested on animals. We can't have anything that might affect the environment. But on the whole, this Sherlock character sounds like a reasonably safe bet. I'd recommend nothing more than the customary aerosol of Mace and perhaps a set of knuckledusters.

    Wait a second… you shouldn't be asking for advice. Or I should be charging a consultation fee…

  6. Dr Mariann Hardey says:

    @Rob, should I advise the Lady in White to come suitably armed?… or will weedclear be enough?

  7. Rob says:

    Shears would seem a little aggressive, particularly on a first date.

    Nail scissors, surely, at the absolute worst.

  8. Dr Mariann Hardey says:

    @Rob, cluctching at the nettle is indeed a challenge. I would recommend gloves. Or some other such protection. Lets hope shears won't be in use.

  9. Rob says:

    Good Lord… what a dilemma.

    Dr Hardey, as always I'm in awe at your perspicacity. You do have a knack for getting to the heart of the issue.

    This poor lost soul has, no doubt, taken considerable solace from your wise words. May I take this opportunity to wish him the best of luck in his endeavours. It takes a brave man to grasp the nettle.

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