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Flirting for the fellas

I promise this isn't a pick-up line...
I promise this isn't a pick-up line...

Yesterday I had a friend from high school tell me that he really enjoyed reading my articles--except the only problem, according to him, was that they weren't very helpful to men. How true, I thought, and so today the flirting examiner is going to offer up some tips for you men out there to help you navigate your way through a sea of singles here in Des Moines.

Aside from actually saying "go here, and do this,"( which my friend actually suggested I do,) I can tell you that as a woman, there are things that work, and things that don't. Granted, every person is different and will be interested in different things, but there are a couple of general rules of the road, that if followed, will generally result in a semblance of success.

The main thing to always, always do--is BE yourself. This advice has been given to the female readers, now I'm telling you to do the same thing. Maybe you don't think that "yourself" is impressive enough, but here's the truth: The person that you are IS impressive enough. Anyone who isn't impressed by all that you bring to the table is not someone you want to be with anyway--the person you want is someone who digs you exactly the way you are, flaws and all. Plus, if you act like something you aren't, you'll get found out anyway, and that never bodes well for any if the parties involved.

Second, never--and I mean never--use cheesy pick-up lines. They won't work. The only thing the pick-up line will work for is to get a good laugh out of a girl. If you are a stand-up comic, and practicing a new routine, then definitely go for the pick-up line. Otherwise, a simple "hi" will suffice. And also, if you are afraid to go talk to that "hot chick" at Drink because you think she's out of your league--she might just be waiting for you to come say hello. You really have nothing to lose by giving it a shot.

Finally, and this cannot be stressed enough--hygiene. Sure, this doesn't directly affect your flirting ability, but it will definitely cause an impact to the success of your flirting. Maybe the entire ensemble you are wearing says success, but the leftover pizza breath screams "FAIL." Subsequently, if the aforementioned ensemble is reeking of BO, you probably aren't getting a number. A little deodorant or cologne can go a long way. And on a sidenote--Axe and Tag probably aren't going to make women accost you as the commercials claim. Just saying.

Alright guys, I can lead you to water but I can't make you drink. Bear the advice in mind this weekend, and remember that it was the Des Moines Flirting Examiner that steered you in the right direction! Happy Flirting!