“The Rules,” or “how to play mind games so that some man will give you a giant diamond ring and profess his everlasting devotion,” was in its heyday during my teenage years. Admittedly the only reason I never tried the method was because it encouraged “not talking,” “not talking much” and “not talking first” – more than discipline, this would have required some form of laryngectomy (and even then I’m pretty sure I could do well on hand gestures alone.)
Nowadays I am out of touch and out of practice with the dating schtick. But if general media is anything to go by, quirky girls have shifted from sidekick status to main characters, meaning there are a lot of women today trying to cultivate thick bangs and endearing faults. As repulsed as I am by the idea of calculated manipulation I do realise that my own method of getting a man (make it blatantly obvious you want him bad and pounce at the first opportunity) is deeply flawed and guaranteed to end a relationship *prematurely* at least oh, most of the time.
Therefore I submit The Rules, Revisited: how to get indie songs written about you by being a MPDG, that kooky entity of every modern man’s dreams.
1. The old Rule: Be a “Creature Unlike Any Other”
So far, so good…
2. The old Rule: Don’t Talk to a Man First (and Don’t Ask Him to Dance)
The new Rule: Dance by yourself, drop your drink on the floor, slip and fall on your ass revealing your superman panties, then curtsey and say, “Thank you, kind sir” to the guy who helps you up.
3. Don’t Stare at Men or Talk Too Much
Stare at a spider on the wall and have a conversation with it it about peak oil.
4. Don’t Meet Him Halfway or Go Dutch on a Date
Offer to pay the bill in tea cozies, WoW characters or bicycle-themed cupcakes that you make in your spare time.
5. Don’t Call Him and Rarely Return His Calls
Upload pictures of can openers onto Facebook and tag him in them
6. Always End Phone Calls First
Set up timed sms’s so that he gets one word every hour of the sentence “Hello how are you I am sending you some messages!”
7. Don’t Accept a Saturday Night Date after Wednesday
Accept any date whenever but randomly change your mind about the location based on its Chi.
8. Fill Up Your Time before the Date
Say, “I have a body to dispose of, I may be late.”
9. How to Act on Dates 1, 2, and 3
If you do have sex, bump your head on a wall and end up sitting in his kitchen with a bag of peas on your face. If you don’t have sex, bump your head on a wall and end up sitting in his kitchen with a bag of peas on your face.
10. How to Act on Dates 4 through Commitment Time
Send his mother a venus flytrap potplant along with a little cage of flies and ask his friends things like, “Why is your beard so weird? Hey that rhymes! Weirdbeard…”
The above is only the first ten out of thirty-five(!) steps. Buy my ebook for more! HA. Not really.