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Wow, I love karaoke night. It fires me up ten fold. There’s something about the atmosphere at karaoke night that is more friendly and social than other nights. Perhaps karaoke is just a great excuse to talk to random strangers. Whatever it is, I know I always have an easier time approaching on a karaoke night.
We enter the bar on this particular Saturday night. I roll up to the bartender and order drinks. Then, out of the corner of my eye, I see Alanis Morissette Girl (HBAlanis) from a few weeks ago. I make eye contact with her. She waves a friendly hello. I wave back and say, “hey how’s it going?” in a way that wouldn’t be awkward. She says something back but I can’t hear her. I notice that there is a guy with her and they are all over each other. I figure it’s best to just ignore them and focus on cold approaching. My time with Alanis Morissette Girl was pretty much a learning experience and has little possibility to advance.
Approach 68: As I walk back towards my friends I notice a cute woman standing nearby. I approach her and say, “so what are you singing tonight?” She says some Sarah McLachlan song. She asks me the same question and I reply, “It’s raining men.” She almost spits her beer out in laughter when I mention this. We engage in some light banter about the terrible singers. She eventually leaves to sing her song.
Approach 69: Later, I’m walking towards the bathroom. I see a cute girl waiting in line for the women’s room. She is looking at me. 1, 2, 3, go. I walk straight up to her and say, “Hey, how’s it going?” I act like I’ve known her forever.
Her: Oh hi! Good, how are you?
Me: Great, just thought I’d hit up Karaoke night and rock out to all these great singers
Her: Haha, oh my god they are terrible!
Me: Yea, but you haven’t heard me sing yet
Her: Oh what are you singing?
Me: It’s Raining Men by the Weather Girls
Her: Haha, wow really? That’s funny, I can’t wait.
At this point a woman comes out of the ladies room and the girl I’m talking to excuses herself to the restroom.
Approach 70: As we’re listening to the singers I see a two set of attractive women standing in front of us. I notice one of them keeps looking back at me. I decide to go in. I approach the two girls with my usual opener, “What are you two singing tonight?” They respond that they’re not singing anything. I tease them for being so boring (this is a bit hypocritical considering I never got up to sing either).
The girl that had been looking at me actually knew who I was. Apparently, some of the local sorority girls have been gossiping about me. Hmmm, sounds like I’ve been getting socially proofed without even knowing it.
We talk some more about our mutual friends. For some reason the conversation starts to take a nose dive into “boring” territory. I fail to spice things up with my high octane energy and the two girls eventually wander off.
Approach 71: Towards the end of the night I notice this little cutie with a white beret (We’ll call her Beret Girl). She walks by me while giving me solid eye contact. Just as she passes, she lightly punches my arm. Ah, playground tactics. Two can play at this game.
As she sits down at a nearby table, she looks back over. I get eye contact and stick out my tongue. She giggles and sticks her tongue out at me. I then give her the “come hither” motion with my forefinger. She shakes her head “no” and pats her hand on the bench next to her, motioning for me to sit with her.
I walk confidently over to her and sit down right next to her. I say hi and then, she punches me in the shoulder again!
Me: Wow, that hurts, you’re sooo mean!
Beret Girl: That’s cause I don’t like you
Me: Oh really, that’s too bad, I guess I’ll leave now, bye.
Beret: No, no, no, don’t leave, I’m just kidding
Me: Haha, I know, how could you resist such a cutie like myself
Things start to get a bit weird here, almost like she is using push/pull tactics on me. Then her friend decides to chime in.
Friend: I hope your not hitting on my friend because we’re lesbians
Me: Oh that’s great, you guys make a really cute couple (I had no idea what to say here)
Friend: Yea we do!
The friend is a bit hostile for some reason. I’m pretty sure they weren’t lesbians. It’s possible the friend was just trying to get rid of me. I turn my attention back to Beret Girl.
I try having a flirty conversation with Beret Girl but she is playing games with me. I get hit in the shoulder a few more times. I realize the shoulder hitting thing is her way of flirting but after 5 or 6 times it starts to get really annoying. I finally decide to eject because I can’t deal with her childish refusal to have a real conversation.
Only four approaches this night, but they were solid with little anxiety. Like I said, Karaoke night is awesome.