When one sees a fellow one fancies, one should gradually up the intensity of conversation. Very gradually, of course, as one would not wish to scare the potental fellow off.

A practical example, as demonstrated by Chloe (my visiting cousin, age 14) on Friday evening outside Club Passim.

1. “Will you have your picture taken with me?”
2. “If I add you as a MySpace friend, will you write me?”
3. “May I have a hug?”
4. “Will you marry me?”

Total time: five minutes.

Why didn’t I think of that????