Dumb Things I Have Done Lately

Thursday, August 17, 2006

I Should Just Give Up and Take Up Stalking

I really should just give up and pursue stalking as a dating strategy. Not the "if I can't have you, no one can" violent stalking. Or the "she's sending me secret coded love messages through the TV" delusional stalking. Just the good-old fashioned, "admiration from afar... gone too far" stalking.

It's nonconfrontational -- at least, if you're any good at it -- so it's perfect for me, as I was just reminded recently that I am just a big ole chickenshit.

I think... no, I know that I'd be pretty good at it.

I have binoculars. I'm unobtrusive. I can employ a laserlike focus when I need to.

Most importantly, I'm really good at remembering useless bits of personal trivia gleaned from small talk and everyday conversations (both direct and overheard); combined with an above-average ability to do Web searches, this means I can track you down, figure out your schedule -- all those good core stalking competencies.

Not remembering a name even after I've met someone (non-stalking material) three times? Still working on that part. But tell me your first name, you're a runner, went to Georgetown and live in Arlington, and I can track down your phone number.

Boy, that didn't go over so well.

Anyway, there's no fear of rejection, even if people do happen to stumble upon your incredibly obliquely-worded blog entries (or even entire Web site), so there's no pressure. Very low stress. Relaxing, even.


  • Wait, wait, wait! You actually did that?!? I think you've bumped your head or something. Dude, if she didn't give you her number, there's probably a reason for it. Tracking her that way is a bit creepy. For your sake, I hope she doesn't have a burly boyfriend capable of tracking you down...

    By Blogger Steve, At 8/17/2006 9:44 PM  

  • See, here I thought I was being resourceful. -- Joe

    By Blogger joelogon, At 8/17/2006 9:47 PM  

  • You and I have something in common. I also have a freaky ability to remember tiny bits of information about people.

    Plus, I'm a librarian and an expert searcher. We could team up and stalk the world.

    By Blogger Liz, At 8/17/2006 10:14 PM  

  • I don't know; I've heard about you librarian types. -- Joe

    By Blogger joelogon, At 8/17/2006 10:21 PM  

  • I am absolutely abysmal with names too. Over the years I have adapted to this by having a friend remember the names for me. It's a lot easier. Also if you have forgotten a name and have a clued in friend, they should introduce themselves and find out the name again for you!

    By Blogger ShanePBK, At 8/19/2006 11:31 AM  

  • Take a few good snapshots of yourself and definitely change the blogger profile pic and I can guarantee you that the girls will hunt you down. ^_^

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 8/20/2006 12:12 AM  

  • Hey, what's the matter with the blogger profile pic? I like the blogger profile pic. -- Joe

    By Blogger joelogon, At 8/20/2006 1:15 PM  

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