Monday, December 10, 2012

Hey Baby!

Have you ever been on the receiving end of a really bad pick up line?

I understand it takes a lot of courage for a man to cross a room and pay a woman a compliment. We women are generally the hunted. Sure, if we’re single we might send out the vibes, but very often our initial role is passive. A man has to not only traverse a room, but if he wants to snag a fish, he also must come up with a clever hook. (Something we know a little bit about as writers!)

Somehow the whole idea of a pick up line is hilarious to me. You hate to laugh at a guy for trying, but still, it’s funny. Whether you are available and on the prowl for a man, or happily married for thirty years, I challenge any woman to honestly say they don’t appreciate a little compliment, even from a complete stranger. Let’s face it, it’s nice to be noticed.

Last night I had a long overdue girls’ night with one of my closest friends. We went to the grand re-opening of our beautifully restored historic city library, and we had dinner at a quaint café downtown. The café is intertwined with campus life of the local university, so it was bustling with laptops and study groups—kids, as I now call them. Though I am not that far off in age, with two kids and a mortgage I felt like the oldest 27-year-old in the bi-state area.

So we are enjoying our dinner and conversation when a guy walks by. He makes a remark about my hair and goes outside to have a smoke. When he comes back in my friend is in the bathroom and he takes it as his moment to cast his lure.

I had to give him points for, umm . . . originality. Here’s how it played out.

Guy: “How’d you get that?”

Me with furrowed brow: “Um, pardon?”

Guy: “How’d you get that?”

Me: “My hair?” A tangly mess of wild waves. “It came this way.”

Guy: “No that.” Points at me.

Me: “I’m sorry. I don’t understand.”

Guy: “That face. So much beauty!”

Me: “Ha! Wow!”

Guy: “No really. You encapsulate me as a man, you’re so beautiful!”

Okay, now I am nearly crying! What on earth? Word confusion?

Encapsulate: Verb
1. Enclose (something) in or as if in a capsule.
2. Express the essential features of (someone or something) succinctly.

What does that even mean? Did I help solidify his sexual orientation? What a strange and hysterical curve ball.

Me mid laugh: “Not entirely sure what you mean, but I’m sure I’m flattered. Thank you!”

When my friend and I left we had a good laugh in the car about some of the funnier lines we've heard or been the victim of.

One of my favorites was this one…

“Is that a rhinestone jacket, or do you just sparkle?”

So, it’s Monday…. It’s a good a day as any for a hearty laugh.

What is your worst pick up line? And how did you respond?


  1. That's awesome.

    And you are very beautiful, and have great hair, by the way. ;)

    Um, my personal favorite:

    "Did it hurt?"
    "When you fell from heaven. Did it hurt?"

    1. Haha!! Very closely related to checking a woman's tag and saying "Just what I thought, made in heaven!"

      Thanks Linds! You are quite stunning yourself! :)

  2. hahahaha AWWW I used to take class there since Webster U uses it as a campus! But how funny the wrong pick up like for a word-smith like you!!

  3. Sad to say I can't remember any pick up lines. I did however totally enjoy your blog, and could picture your facial expressions vividly. Too funny:)

    1. I remember you getting the... "And who is this, your older sister?" Haha! We do kinda look alike so they must have good taste, huh? ;) Thanks for reading!

  4. I loved his line about you encapsulating him. Too funny!

  5. Some guy comes up to me at a restaurant, "you look just like Jamie Lee Curtis." Now, J.L.C. may have looked good in her younger years, but I'm picturing silver haired, pixie, Activia commercial lady. My reply was a grimace and "thanks...?"

    It's fun when they think they've knocked your socks off with their originality! Lol
    Fun blog post, Amy.

    1. Haha!! Perhaps we should have asked them to clarify... but then again, it might be best not knowing :)

      I used to waitress in college and I would get the comparison thng alot. "You know who you look like... Kelly Ripa, Ashley Olsen, Gwenyth Paltrow, Insert celebrity blonde here..." I get it, I'm blonde but for Pete's sake, we don't all look alike!

      Glad you stopped by, Bethany! PS. you're way hotter than JLC on her finest day. :)

  6. Oh. My. Word.
    As in the wrong word ...
    And I'm still trying to figure out what the guy meant ...
    You emasculated him?
    No, that would be way-wrong.
    You enraptured him?
    You ... whatever you did, you wrecked his ability to speak.

    I wonder how long he stayed in the men's room practicing that line.

    1. Haha! Poor guy, I could barely speak I was laughing so hard! It was a valiant effort ;)

    2. Yes, Beth, my thinking exactly; emasculate / enraptured.
      When I worked as an optician folks were constantly mistaking my profession for obstetrician.

    3. LOL! Cherry, those professions are vastly different, aren't they. Not sure what the guy meant, but it might be a blessing to never know. ;) Thanks for stopping by!

  7. I'm a man and happily married, so a pick-up line for me is where all the Fords and Chevy's are parked at the ball field. Repeating the worst pick-up line I've heard could get me in trouble with my congregation. The best line is, "Hi, do you like Chris Tomlin's music?" (You figure out why.)

    1. :) Alright PJ, now you need to come up with a really good one to charm your wife. If she's not flattered I'm sure you'll earn a great laugh! So glad to have a male perspective here! Thanks for stopping by. I'm gonna share that Chris Tomlin line with my brother ;) Might help him narrow things down.

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