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December 10th, 2016
The Modern Tribulations of Doctor Faustus
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faust

faust

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Join Date: 08/06/2007 | Posts: 96

So it's finally here.

My summer challenge.

It's been 8 days since I moved to Minneapolis, and I've done jack-all in the way of game. It's kind of sad. At least I finally found a job where I'll be interacting with people every day, so that's helpful.

I keep telling myself "tomorrow I'll do it" but it doesn't happen.

No more excuses.

I took drastic life action by moving here for the summer, and I'm not going to let this opportunity go to waste.

10 sets a day.

Every day.

Starting tomorrow.

For real.
__________________
Philosophy have I digested,
The whole of Law and Medicine,
From each its secrets I have wrested,
Theology alas thrown in.
Poor fool, with all this sweated lore,
I stand no wiser than before.

In preparation for the summer of '09:

My Catalyst:  rsdnation.com/node/113370

My Summer of '08:   www.rsdnation.com/node/84377
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#1
faust

faust

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Join Date: 08/06/2007 | Posts: 96

14 days and still nothing.

Until now.

So I finally worked up the courage to do my first approach EVER. I've been battling a terrible case of approach anxiety. Approaching people is just so far outside of my reality that actually doing an approach doesn't even cross my mind. But I'm going to handle this shit this summer.

1 approach is still far away from 10, but at least I did it and learned that my world didn't end.

After spending the entire day at shopping center after shopping center, I did my first approach at a target.

Faust: Hey, I need a quick opinion. Blueberry or banana pancakes? I've been craving pancakes, but can't quite make up my mind.
HB: lol I would say blueberry. Or you could do both.
Faust: OMG I didn't even think of that! Thanks.
HB: lol no problem (throws out some ioi's)

I then eject. I had a hard time not bursting into laughter/tears from relief. It felt so awesome to actually do it.

Now that I learned that the world didn't end, I'll be pushing myself every day to approach as much as possible.
__________________
Philosophy have I digested,
The whole of Law and Medicine,
From each its secrets I have wrested,
Theology alas thrown in.
Poor fool, with all this sweated lore,
I stand no wiser than before.

In preparation for the summer of '09:

My Catalyst:  rsdnation.com/node/113370

My Summer of '08:   www.rsdnation.com/node/84377
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#2

Elan

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Join Date: 10/13/2007 | Posts: 566

It only gets easier from here on out. After the 4th or 5th in a day, you'll say anything to anyone from there....keep it up!
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#3
faust

faust

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Join Date: 08/06/2007 | Posts: 96

Got up to go to the gym at 9:30. After around 2 weeks of not working out, it feels good to exert myself physically again. Come back home, down some oatmeal, shower, pack a lunch and head out.

Today I was in the University of Minnesota campus area. 10 approaches. I chode around for about half an hour, and pass up around 6 chicks. Finally, I fully engage, and remember my approach yesterday. Get around 7 approaches in 1.5 hours.

I opened with my super stealthy ultra PUA sexy "pancakes" opener from yesterday.

Faust: Hey I need a quick opinion. Blueberry or banana pancakes?

For most of my approaches, girls would just pick one and keep walking. For the ones that paused for a bit to answer, I'd thank them and go for the high five.

It felt good to finally have the courage to actually open girls. Like, wow. But at the same time, it was a bit frustrating to think about how far I have to go. But like they say, don't sweat the process.

Approaching today helped solidify what I want out of this in my mind. I would like to be a generally charismatic guy, who can have fun, as well as open girls in any situation, chat them up, and make plans for later. In time.
__________________
Philosophy have I digested,
The whole of Law and Medicine,
From each its secrets I have wrested,
Theology alas thrown in.
Poor fool, with all this sweated lore,
I stand no wiser than before.

In preparation for the summer of '09:

My Catalyst:  rsdnation.com/node/113370

My Summer of '08:   www.rsdnation.com/node/84377
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#4
faust

faust

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Join Date: 08/06/2007 | Posts: 96

I gave myself the day off from the gym this morning. 3 days in a row warrants a rest. At 10:30 I'm up, down some oatmeal and am out the door.

I get on my trusty steed (bike I bought my second day in the cities) and bike 2 miles to downtown Minneapolis. I lock up my bike on Nicolette mall, and head into the downtown Target.

Around noon, downtown is filled with yuppies, and plenty of them. The yuppie chicks are especially enticing, with their formfitting skirt suits and bright blouses. And they all come to Target.

Opening is so much easier now. I don't even think, I just head for a girl and open her. Of course, I'm still relying on opinion openers and not really putting my personality on the line, but I'm taking small steps.

I get in 7 approaches today. In addition to four pancake openers, I also used one I thought up right in target twice. I call it the 'bedsheet' opener.

1.
Faust: Hey, I need a quick opinion.
HB: Ok...
Faust: Is it weird for a guy to have pink bedsheets?
HB: Ummmmmm.... Like a straight guy?
Faust: Yeah
HB: ....yeah that's weird.
Faust: Lame! I got some pink bedsheets the other day, and my friend made fun of me!
HB: ok (not having it)
Faust: So I punched him in the face! Now who's laughing
HB: great (walks off)

2.
Faust: Is it weird for a guy to have pink bedsheets?
HB: (Bursts into laughter) No not at all!!!
Faust: haha because I got some and my friend was making fun of me for it.
HB: (Still laughing hysterically) Like light pink or hot pink?
Faust: Light pink.
HB: Yeah that's fine. I like hot pink too.
Faust: Yeah same!
HB: (Laughs some more, ioi's galore)
Faust: Thanks! (walk off)

In addition to the pancakes and the bedsheets opener, I also asked a girl where a good place to eat downtown was, and had a 4 minute interaction.

All in all, it was a pretty good day. I'm over AA for the most part, except where there are a lot of people around. In such cases, I'm extremely self conscious.
__________________
Philosophy have I digested,
The whole of Law and Medicine,
From each its secrets I have wrested,
Theology alas thrown in.
Poor fool, with all this sweated lore,
I stand no wiser than before.

In preparation for the summer of '09:

My Catalyst:  rsdnation.com/node/113370

My Summer of '08:   www.rsdnation.com/node/84377
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#5
faust

faust

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Join Date: 08/06/2007 | Posts: 96

I meant to go to the gym this morning, but could not for the life of me drag myself out of bed. LAME. I got up around 10:30, had some food, and headed out. It was raining, so after getting some gas, I headed to the Rosedale shopping center.

DEAD. At 11 am, this place was filled with the senior citizens of doom. I ended up using the pancake opener once, but that was it. Target it is!

Again, dead. I stalked the aisles for a good 30 minutes, but no good sets. This was kind of getting me down. Also, I was a bit tired of using the pancake opener.

Last stop, Barnes and Nobles. Nothing, except for one very cute girl checking out books. And for the life of me, I had no idea what to approach with. I'm not comfortable approaching direct yet, and I had no situational or opinion opener that I thought would be appropriate. So I left. @!# %

Then I went to work. I work from 1:45 til 10 pm, so if I'm out of my house much later than 11 am, I have very little time to approach.

I've also been having the problem of not knowing where to take my approaches from here. I have no problem simply approaching now, but honestly, most girls don't attract me enough for me to approach with full intent. At the same time though, I would like to improve on my social skill set, and make new friends. I would appreciate any suggestions.
__________________
Philosophy have I digested,
The whole of Law and Medicine,
From each its secrets I have wrested,
Theology alas thrown in.
Poor fool, with all this sweated lore,
I stand no wiser than before.

In preparation for the summer of '09:

My Catalyst:  rsdnation.com/node/113370

My Summer of '08:   www.rsdnation.com/node/84377
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#6
faust

faust

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Join Date: 08/06/2007 | Posts: 96

Had the usual morning with the gym. Then hit the streets. For some reason, my heart REALLY wasn't into approaching. It's not that I was scared, I'm way past AA. I just wasn't in the mood. So I just had a relaxing afternoon by myself before work.

After work, I hit up Spin in downtown Minneapolis. I had a free cover card, valid before 10:30 pm, so I biked (yes biked, can you say BALLER) there as fast as I could.

Inside, I became part of the legendary chode crystal. It's so easy, because it's so low energy. So I just chilled for a bit, enjoyed the music. I started thinking about what I want to accomplish this summer. I know that my transformation was inevitable, so I started to relax, and loosen up.

By the time I was ready to approach though, the club had filled up, and was totally blaring. The entire club is basically a dance floor, so I could literally not hear anything anyone even 1 inch from me was saying. So I just danced by myself for a bit, really just having a good time. Unlike alot of people, I learned how to be self sufficient and entertaining by myself a long time ago, when I had no friends. Now that I'm new in the city, with few people I know, I'm digging up that old skill again.

After that I left. On the way to my bike, I did open one girl who was by herself with my bedsheets opener, so I could at least feel decent about my daily approach quota (10% still sucks.)

I'm not worried about clubbing in the future. Although I prefer day game, I've reached the equivalent point in night game, where I'm ready and willing to approach. SWEET!
__________________
Philosophy have I digested,
The whole of Law and Medicine,
From each its secrets I have wrested,
Theology alas thrown in.
Poor fool, with all this sweated lore,
I stand no wiser than before.

In preparation for the summer of '09:

My Catalyst:  rsdnation.com/node/113370

My Summer of '08:   www.rsdnation.com/node/84377
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#7
faust

faust

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Join Date: 08/06/2007 | Posts: 96

Had a pretty good day, but no game. Hit up the gym, then went to work.

I'd been doing door to door canvassing/fundraising for an environmental group, but they've been really pushy about making a large daily quota, so I decided that this would be my last day.

Afterwards, my friends from my hometown came, and we stayed at my friends girlfriends house, which was cool. My friend was dropping his gf off in the cities after she had been visiting. I had real food, and slept on a real bed for the first time in three weeks. We just hung out that night, hit the sauna and chilled. The next morning (Saturday), my friends gf's mom made bacon and eggs, which rocked. My friend bid his gf farewell, and we were off. My friends and I had some lunch, did some catching up, and then they headed back home.
__________________
Philosophy have I digested,
The whole of Law and Medicine,
From each its secrets I have wrested,
Theology alas thrown in.
Poor fool, with all this sweated lore,
I stand no wiser than before.

In preparation for the summer of '09:

My Catalyst:  rsdnation.com/node/113370

My Summer of '08:   www.rsdnation.com/node/84377
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#8
faust

faust

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Join Date: 08/06/2007 | Posts: 96

(Day 6)

After my friends left, I had a chill afternoon. A guy from the mr.e forums got in touch with me, and we decided to go out that night to a 18+ place. I was a little bit weary about meeting community guys, but he seemed alright enough.

10 o'clock rolls around, and Tuxracer pulls up in my driveway. We do the whole second (normal/non pua) introduction, and head out in is car. We really hit it off, and are having a good time just chatting. He's into the old school seduction stuff, which I'm cool with, and he shows me his routine stack. I told him that these days, I'm just trying to get some approaches in, and get used to the idea of talking to random people.

It takes us a while to find this place, but at 11:30, we roll in. It's relatively chill compared to some of the other Minneapolis clubs, but there's definitely stuff going on. We pay the cover and walk in, somewhat underwhelmed by the quality of people in the venue. Inside, we almost immediately become part of the chode crystal. Oh well. We just have a good time by ourseleves for a while. Finally, I get the nerve to start approaching.

I open with my bedsheets opener, which actually works really well. It sparks conversation, and I use the girls answer to qualify and to neg her. I got the answer of the century from the first girl.

Faust: (Bedsheets opener)
Girl: Definitely not!
Faust: What, that's lame.
Girl: The only thing pink that a man should own is a pussy.
Faust: I disagree, but well said! (High five and eject)

The rest of the night, we just chill, and keep an eye out for sets. I end up opening another set by myself, and then he and I open one together, asking whether my girlfriend kissing another girl was cheating or not.

The place starts to die down, so Tux and I roll to Denny's, and he drops me off after.

I think I'm starting to get a feel for night game.
__________________
Philosophy have I digested,
The whole of Law and Medicine,
From each its secrets I have wrested,
Theology alas thrown in.
Poor fool, with all this sweated lore,
I stand no wiser than before.

In preparation for the summer of '09:

My Catalyst:  rsdnation.com/node/113370

My Summer of '08:   www.rsdnation.com/node/84377
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#9
faust

faust

Member

Join Date: 08/06/2007 | Posts: 96

Unfortunately, I had another late Sunday. By the time I hit the gym and shower, it's 3. I make it to the Mall of America by 3:30, but by that time, it's dead. I do a quick pancake opinion opener, just to prove to myself that I can still open.

I ditch the MOA and head to the Target where exactly last week, I finally worked up the nerve to approach. I am always astounded at the attractive girls to be found at Target, even at the weirdest times. I choded around, never actually opening anything, but felt pretty good nonetheless.

Goals:
This next week, I will be trying to push interactions just a tiny bit further. I'm over AA, so now I can start having actual conversations rather than just getting the most basic opinion about pancakes a girl can have.
__________________
Philosophy have I digested,
The whole of Law and Medicine,
From each its secrets I have wrested,
Theology alas thrown in.
Poor fool, with all this sweated lore,
I stand no wiser than before.

In preparation for the summer of '09:

My Catalyst:  rsdnation.com/node/113370

My Summer of '08:   www.rsdnation.com/node/84377
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#10
faust

faust

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Join Date: 08/06/2007 | Posts: 96

So no approaches today, as I was caught up in changing jobs. I couldn't stand the environmental canvassing job, so I followed up on a construction canvassing job from craigslist. Drove out about 20 miles to the office to fill out some paperwork, then headed out with a salesman.

I got some leads, so I was pretty happy about that.
__________________
Philosophy have I digested,
The whole of Law and Medicine,
From each its secrets I have wrested,
Theology alas thrown in.
Poor fool, with all this sweated lore,
I stand no wiser than before.

In preparation for the summer of '09:

My Catalyst:  rsdnation.com/node/113370

My Summer of '08:   www.rsdnation.com/node/84377
Login or register to post.