Let's Get Flirting



There I was lackadaisically (lackadaisical is my default setting these days) surfing the net when I came across one of those lists that proliferate. You know, the 100 Ways To Lance A Boil type of thing.

This one was 10 Flirting Tips. I don’t know why I started reading it. I'm over 60 and have been in a happy relationship for 35 years. If I flutter my eyelashes, men don't rush towards me with lustful intent but with handkerchiefs thinking I've picked up some dust in my eye while bending down to tie the laces of my sensible shoes.

This one began, "If you've ever been the subject of an accomplished flirt, you'll know how flattering it can be." I racked my brains and could just about remember a man telling me I was beautiful in 1984. I told the better half and he threatened to confiscate the man's white stick and send his dog to kennels. Oh, har-de-har.

This list promised to have me "flirting like a professional in no time". Are there professional flirters? It was never mentioned as an option by my careers adviser when I was at school. No, all the girls were advised to be nurses, teachers or secretaries. Hopefully, women's horizons have broadened somewhat since those unenlightened days back in the year dot.

Anyway, top of the list was "start a conversation". Hmm, I've got that one down. I can witter on about nothing with the best of them. So what words of wisdom do I need to impart?

"The best opening line is to say hello." 

Wow! Who'd a thought... But thank God for that. I thought I was going to have to read up on Einstein's theory of relativity or compare and contrast the Scottish law system of the 18th and 21st centuries.

Then there was, "Be enthusiastic." I've tried that but it's difficult to look fascinated when a man is telling you in great detail about his collection of 1930s back scratchers or droning on about his journey around the M25. My eyes tend to glaze over and a smile like a death mask fixes itself to my face.

"Be playful," was number three. I don’t really know what that means. But I'm going to invite the next man I have my eye on to a game of darts or Monopoly. That should do it.

There was "go it alone". Sensible advice. I've known many a man run for the hills as my girlfriends and I, a little tipsy after drinking too much red wine, have approached like a pack of hyenas after a wildebeest. Others included things like "make eye contact but don't stare" although they didn't specify at what point a flirtatious look turns into a "help, is this woman a serial killer?" stare.

I must also "compliment him". That's difficult with men who are my age. What do  you say? "I notice those false teeth of yours fit very snugly" or, "The light is glinting quite fetchingly off the top of your bald head."

"Use props". What, like this?
But the one that got me flummoxed was "use props". I'm not sure what that entails. I suppose I could go to a party carrying the head of Bottom the ass from A Midsummer Night's Dream, but is that flirting or more "steer clear of this lunatic"? I suspect the latter. Reading on, I discovered it meant wearing a distinctive piece of jewellery or carrying a foreign newspaper to get the conversation rolling. 

That's kind of a relief, although I have a  feeling that if I walk into a party wearing my best party frock carrying a newspaper under my arm I might as well be wearing a placard that says, "Do not approach!"

Then it occurred to me that I already do a lot of those tips so I can't understand why I don't have men falling at my feet. Well, I could have men falling at my feet, but only when they trip over my Bottom's head.


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16 comments:

  1. I love those 10 way things, like the writer is an expert. Pretty sure some editor calls in a 20 something new hire and s says, "I need an article on how to flirt to fill some space.

    They left out "be yourself and be genuine."

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    1. I know! It's so annoying - at least, I find it annoying!

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  2. I love your sense of humor. Something tells me back in your day you held your own in the frirting department.

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  3. Once upon a time I was a great flirt, actually, I still am, although now the flirting is muted and not expecting a return. But I haven’t ever used any techniques such as the ones you found in the 100 ways. I can’t remember ever using any techniques, it just came naturally.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

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    1. Some charismatic people do it without even trying! I think if you're trying too hard, it comes across as false and contrived.

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  4. I'm with Friko. Good times. Meanwhile, a 44 year old twice divorced male friend has been sharing his dating woes. Thank heaven for long, successful marriages! Eh? Be well, my dear.

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    1. Nothing better than being in a happy relationship, makes most of life's woes pale into insignificance. So lucky.

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  5. That was a funny post. I use to be and still am a flirt. Just a few weeks ago I flirted with a guy at a restaurant and when I left I found out he had paid for both my lunch and my female friends. Age has doesn't spoil the effect of a good listener.

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  6. I got so excited...you used one of my favorite words. (FLUMMOXED) Flirting is an art and as we, the flirts of the world grow older that art gets fine tuned. When my daughter and I go out anywhere together, it's me who attracts the flirts and that makes her day. Me? I'm used to being a freak magnet and that's why I stay home most of the time.

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    1. I love that, "freak magnet"! I suppose they are sometimes interesting, as long as they're not too scary.

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  7. Oh, how funny! It would be hard to flirt after being married so long, i'm glad i don't have that problem.

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  8. I think it's unfair that flirting comes so naturally to some, while others need to study up on it as if trying to pass an exam. These days I'm over 60 too and couldn't care less about flirting.

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