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Joe and Anita met at a poetry
reading at a local book store in Louisville, Kentucky. Joe, a poet,
kept smiling at her while some second-rate poet butchered some
of the most awful poetry imaginable for over an hour.
"I kept looking over at Joe and he was making all sorts
of gestures like he was going to commit hari-kari (Japanese
ritualistic suicide)," she laughed. "Then later, he
pretended like was dousing himself with gasoline and was going
to light himself on fire."
What really lit her on fire was when she read some of his steamy
erotic poetry after the poetry reading.
"What can I say," he said, with a grin. "I had
to set up my stuff as being better than the guy's that was being
read. After all, I had made fun of it for an hour. Turns out
she did like my stuff better, even my poetry," he said
with a wink.
Joe took advantage of a boring situation and used it as an
opportunity to flirt. Anita was open to the possibilities once
again proving flirting is like a dance, it takes two to tango!
Ken met Sharon at a bookstore while he was looking
for a good thriller to take home and she was looking for a
man to do the same with. He was nervous about returning
her gaze, because she was "so damn pretty."
"I'll be honest, I thought she was too hot for me,"
he said. "But, she seemed to peek a glance at me
every time I looked her way. I figured this wouldn't
be the first time I struck out before, so I approached her....
Man, was I glad I did."
Way to go Ken. You can't be afraid to fail when it comes
to flirting. Like any skill, flirting is the result
of practice and sometimes putting your fears on hold.
Now when he reads at night he is turning the pages right next
to Sharon. They are living proof that flirting can be
Tory and Ken from Malibu Beach
met at an evening beach party that Ken was hosting for a bunch
of his friends. Tory attended the party with a girlfriend who
was a "friend of a friend" of Ken's.
"Ken is bold flirt," Tory said, laughingly. "That
really impressed me. I like a man with confidence. For him to
jokingly look up my skirt for a pack of lost matches when he
didn't even know who I am, really had me going - and a little
Note to dudes: It might not be wise to look up skirts for things
you cannot always find, but Ken is obviously an expert at reading
body language. He probably intuitively knows what he can get
away with and with whom. You should know if you could playfully
reach for the hem of her skirt without getting a backhand across
"She seemed naturally playful," Ken shared with us.
"I could tell by the way she was smiling at me the whole
Rick and Kathleen met last year at a bakery. Kathleen
was buying cupcakes and Rick was picking up a cake for his
nephew who was celebrating his third birthday.
"I thought he was buying a cake for his own son and
was naturally disappointed," she said. "I thought
he was married... However, I noticed he smiled at me
and so I asked him if the cake was for his son's birthday.
He said it was for his nephew. Next thing I know, we
are talking about how much we both love kids."
Today Rick and Kathleen can look forward to a birthday cake
for their own little bambino. The point here is that
first impressions are often misleading and don't just assume
you know someone's situation, flirt anyway. You just
might be surprised.
Keith and Mickey from Portland,
Oregon, share a warm embrace, the culmination of years of acknowledging
their flirting as volunteer community activists.
"I know Keith was interested in me because he somehow
always wound up on the same steering committee with me,"
she said, smiling. "I mean after five years, is that a
Keith laughs it off. "I guess I didn't even know I could
be a good flirt," he said, red-faced.
Keith liked her personality and simply wanted to get closer.
After his first wife passed away, he longed for companionship
and Mickey, who had never been married, was "a breath of
Perhaps flirting is like riding a bike, once you know how,
you never forgot. So even if it's been a while since you seriously
flirted, you might just be surprised at how much you remember.
Mike and Amanda, pre-med juniors, met at a Clemson University
medical library in South Carolina.
"I could tell Mike was flirting with me big time, because
every time he walked by my table, he made eye contact with
me," she said. "Then, when I met his eyes he quickly
would look away. That told me he was interested in me."
"I guess I couldn't help flirting with her because I
found her very attractive. My eyes did the flirting for me
because I am naturally shy," he said. "Then, when
I was pulling a book from the center aisle and she was staring
through the empty space from the other side of the book case,
we both broke out laughing and we have been together ever
What worked for them was the acknowledgement that eye contact
is key. When you are shaking hands with your eyes, you are
shaking hands with possibilities.
Casey and Joan met at a Starbucks
coffee in Seattle (coffee shop, Seattle - go figure!).
They saw each other there regularly and Casey had a sense Joan
was interested in meeting him. He asked her if the empty
seat at her table was taken. She offered it to him and
then they had a conversation about everything from basketball
"I don't even know what we talked about for over an hour,"
she said. "It was not important.... I had already
formed a favorable impression of his looks... How he talked
was more interesting to me then what we talked about.
He seemed well bred and intelligent...just the kind of man I
was looking to meet."
Joan underscores an important point about flirting communication.
In the initial stages, rarely is it what is said that
is important, rather it is how it is said that trumps
Tammy and Colin are mutual clowns and met auditioning for an
improv show in Toronto. She didn't get the part and either did
he, at least when it came to the show. However, waiting
in line to get on stage to deliver lines, they practiced their
acts on each other--flirting acts that is!
"We interacted like we were pieces of the same puzzle,"
she said. "I laughed at him and he laughed at me....
We decided to make each other a habit after that."
Too bad the casting director didn't think they were any good.
In our book, they were excellent at improvisational flirting.
As any good improv knows, you play off one another. The
same could be said of flirting.
Tim and Beth enjoy a fruity
cocktail together at their favorite bar in Louisville. They
met on a Wednesday "ladies night."
"It was ironic because I didn't want to even go out that
night," blushed Tim. "I went to the bar with some
friends to cheer up a buddy whose girlfriend just dumped him...
Well he turned out to be a real wet towel and left early. That's
when I noticed Beth."
Beth flirted with him by constantly gazing his way and playing
with her hair, signs that this woman was serious. Now, they
are two straws of the same drink. It is popular to say otherwise,
but bars still are good places to meet singles.
Retired, widowed and both grandparents, Mark and Veronica
from Terre Haute, IN, found they enjoyed a mutual passion
for bird watching at the local park.
"I knew he was flirting with me when he simply sat down
next to me on the same swing bench I would also sit at,"
Veronica said. "He then would regale me with clearly
exaggerated stories about how he once rescued a whole battalion
of soldiers in the Napoleonic wars. He was corny and I liked
"I know I had her when I told her I had stiff neck because
a Viagra got stuck in my throat this morning and she lost
it," he said. "Now, we watch birds together."
What worked for Mark was his humor. It can work for you,
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