Book of rules for dating
This was right after the 1995 publication of The Rules: Time-Tested Secrets for Capturing the Heart of Mr. The Rules was a dating guide, a set of instructions on what to do and not do to catch a man. 2: "Don't Talk to a Man First") undemanding (Rule No.17: "Let Him Take the Lead"), and above all happy and busy, breezy and lighthearted.He frowned — his previously attractive face now rather ferret-like.
" he said, and raised his hands, still filthy from the sledgehammer.
Four hundred years ago we might have paid a witch for a love potion; in the 1990s we paid Fein and Schneider for what amounted to a personal marketing plan. I asked about his work, even though he didn't ask about mine. "So —" I said, valiantly hanging on to sweet and light. 15: "Don't Rush Into Sex" and "No More Than Casual Kissing on the First and Second Dates"), he took me to a house he was renovating in Red Hook, a waterfront neighborhood in Brooklyn.
So I decided to try The Rules on Brian, the vintage-store guy, in the hopes that my three-dates-then-crickets streak could be broken. He wanted to tear out the concrete backyard, so he directed me to stay inside the abandoned house, alone, with his dog.
"One minute," the dispatcher barked, and I grabbed my coat. "Look, if you leave now," he said, grabbing my arm again, "it's over." He pushed his face into mine as we stepped sideways into the elevator.
"So," I lied cheerily, "let's talk next week —" He followed me down the hall and grabbed my arm as I pressed the button for the elevator. "That's fine," I said, abandoning the lighthearted voice and shaking him off again.
In the intervening years between then and when I my met my (non-loser) husband, I unfortunately had to learn this lesson over and over again: You Are Better Than a Lot of the Men Who Ask You Out.