GSB Sarcastic Socialization Tips(tm)
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- Subject: GSB Sarcastic Socialization Tips(tm)
- From: "Michael McGeachie" <mmcgeach@>
- Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2003 14:51:46 -0500
We at GSB have noticed that there might be need for some dating tips or
social polishing hints among our patrons. In case you can't wait for
IAP's Charm School, we bring you these important social maneuvers.
GSB Sarcastic Socialization Tips(tm)
1. The Tag-Along
Everyone knows that one-on-one dates are stressful, awkward, and
socially difficult situations. Don't let your friends fall prey to
these maladies! Save them the embarrassment! Sometimes, your friend
won't realize that he or she is in for trouble, so you'll have to slyly
You: "I got nothing. What are you doing tonight?"
Friend: "I'm going out with Mr./Miss X."
You: "Really?! You two were getting along well at the party last week.
Where are you going?"
Friend: "Oleana. For dinner."
You: "Really? That's such a coincidence! I've always wanted to try
that place. I'll meet you there."
2. Polite Queuing
If you're arriving late on the scene, chances are your brethren-in-arms
have already figured out who are the nicest people to talk to. So
they'll probably all be forming a half circle around him or her. But
one person can only reasonably entertain four or five people at a time,
so what are you, the sixth or seventh suitor, supposed to do? Luckily,
it's ok to wait in line in these situations, and you'll get your turn
You: "Pardon me, are you in line?"
Speaker #6: "Yeah, I might be next, someone just excused himself/herself
to get another drink."
You: "Excellent! Fast turn-over tonight. I think I'll mentally prepare
a Fictitious Ex story for when my turn arrives!"
3. Fictitious Ex
If you find yourself talking with someone who doesn't seem very
interested, it's probably because they're misvaluing you along the
conventional lines of money/status/looks/wit. A clever way to hint at
your relationship potential is to mention your Ex, and how much
cooler/richer/smarter/hotter they are than normal people. This implies
that if someone as elegant/studly/dangerous/brilliant as your Ex dated
you, the person you're talking with now should be thankful you deign to
give them the time of day.
Speaker #1: "Yeah. I need to get up early. I have to go."
You: "You know, that's really funny cause my Ex the [Calvin Klein
underwear model / heroic fireman / Harvard neuroscience post-doc] was
also an early riser."
Speaker #1: "Oh really? Tell me more!"
This kind of lie is much easier to get away with than lies about your
4. Overhear Maneuver
Any conversation can be about you, even if you're not taking part until
the end. Suppose you walk past people talking, and you hear this:
Speaker #1, to Speaker #2: "My sister is ill. The doctors say they
don't know what she has. My family is distraught."
You: "Did I just hear you say 'My Sister'? Cause, that's such a
coincidence! I think chicks are _hot_!"
Make sure to allude to "hot chicks" rather than the more subtle
"attractive women" here. Remember: Subtlety is for the French; Audacity
is for the American!
5. The Dumb-Down
This trick can be used when the conversation turns toward something you
don't understand. Use the Dumb-Down to bring it back to where everyone
can participate. Nobody likes exclusive conversations, and recognizing
this will demonstrate that you have _everyone's_ interest in mind.
Speaker #1: "The whole Derridean enterprise is esoteric rhetoric for the
You: "Enterprise? What does that mean? Is that even a word? Oh, wait,
are you talking about Star Trek? Cause that show was neat! Now I
remember, the Enterprise was the ship. Were the Derrideans the
Combine this tactic with the Overhear Maneuver for extra style points at
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