Wednesday, November the 30th, 2005

Along the lines of parts one and two of this series.

I was at dinner with this woman, and during the entire time, all I was fixated on was how fabulous she smelt. I wasn’t really seeing her or listening to what she was saying, or even aware of my food. Now I am a sane person, and know it wasn’t her her but rather something she was wearing that I was obsessing over, but that’s about all my brain could process.

I almost—but stopped short—of blurting out the obvious “You smell most excellent,” you know, for fear of sounding too creepy. Because, let’s just say, I am not too keen on anything said being misconstrued as a come-on.

So my question to you is this, how does one get by in such situations? How can you compliment, without appearing creepy and probably get a tip or two in the parfum department instead of a glass of water on your face?

Is this another one of those situations you best avoid because you just can’t win?

On a related note, I think my sense of smell is slowly becoming hypersensitive. Sadly, this seems to be at the expense of my other faculties.

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7 Responses to “Questions we all have – 3”

  1. J says:

    Ok… I’ve got another chance to prove my superiority here… well, at least that’s what I think, and when have I ever been wrong? Hmmm… so me thinks, giving a girl a compliment is something she’ll appreciate. Actually most girls do like it. But then you never know what’s running in a woman’s mind right? There could be mixed reactions: 1. She might be embarassed 2. She might think you’ve fallen for her 3. She might think (try and think) too much and read between the lines, inspite of you giving her a one line compliment 4. She might think you are plain desperate 5. There are more… but I don’t think I should be giving away all my expertise out here :-p

  2. pUl| says:

    Look at the bright side. At least you don’t blurt out things like Jeff Murdock does :D

  3. anita says:

    it’s tricky because, if you tell a woman she smells good, it usually comes across as being flirty. how about asking what perfume she’s wearing, and then say it smells good (IT, not she). and if necessary, you can add that you might want to buy it as a present for someone else…

  4. wahgnube says:

    J: Us sane folk don’t question the superiority of women. We don’t need proof.

    And, it may surprise you, but sometimes guys think too, as in our minds aren’t a total blank. Sure, she might have enjoyed a compliment, but thoughts (and fears) of things like 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 happening caused me to shut up. As in, it did dawn on me that something could go wrong.

    But what I’m sure guys don’t (OK, I don’t) or won’t ever grasp is the sheer magnitude of thoughts racing through a woman’s mind.

    Free expertise and insight on the issue is readily gobbled up.

    Update: Forgive me longtime readers, I couldn’t help but bringing this up again!

  5. wahgnube says:

    pUl|: But imagine how colourful life would be if I (or you or anyone) could blurt out the first (stupid) thing that pops into my head? And get away?

    He is probably the most random and amusing character in a show, ever, and will forever be worshipped. I saw a bunch of documentaries on the show, and the guy who played Jeff seemed so embarrassed to say the stupid things the writers made him say.

    “I need breasts with brains. I don’t mean individual brains, obviously… I mean, not a brain each. You know, I like intelligent women, but you’ve got to draw the line somewhere… I think breast brains would be over-egging the woman pudding.”


  6. wahgnube says:

    anita: Sweet! I am fairly certain that will work. Obviously, women are so much better at this than we are. We meaning me.

    it.. not she.. it.. not she.. it.. not she.. it.. not she..

  7. J says:

    >>But imagine how colourful life would be if I (or you or anyone) could blurt out the first (stupid) thing that pops into my head? And get away?

    Hmmmm… that sounds awesome!

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