“TRUE! – nervous – very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad? The disease had sharpened my senses – not destroyed – not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute. I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. I heard many things in hell. How, then, am I mad? Hearken! and observe how healthily – how calmly I can tell you the whole story.”
I am back in field after nearly a year long hiatus. Zeroed down on a mall in the vicinity as the venue. I even contacted a long time wing since it would be far too arduous to sarge solo. It was important to turn approaching into a motor function once again and for that we had to get rejection out of the way ASAP. So, we decided to do everything wrong and try to fuck up things by as much as possible without getting killed. This included approaching from behind, asking weirded out questions and approaching sets within 3 seconds or as soon we saw them. Both of us were approaching after nearly a year and were feeling nervous as well as apprehensive.
The first fifteen minutes were spent gawking awkwardly at women. However, I decided to just fuck it and approach a set.
Instance one: Two set walking around twelve to fifteen feet away from us.
I holler out to her, “excuse me” and call her over with one finger. My legs rooted firmly to the ground. She obliges.
Me: Hey, so we were going to this costume party and I wanted to know if you could think of any whacked out costume ideas. The theme is superheroes.
Girl 1 (fairly attractive girl who is visibly blushing, legs crossed, the old me would have scooped this one out of the water but I am too goddamn rusty - her friend remains at a distance, 12 feet away and wondering about what the hell was happening): I am not into superheroes. I don’t know anything about them.
(She’s smiling and I have this stony cynical expression on my face)
Me: How boring. You’re no fun.
Girl 1: I am sorry. (She seems genuinely sorry)
I exit the set.
Instance two: Mixed two set, apparently a couple.
I approach the guy with the same opener and ask him if he knows any Japanese superheroes that I could google.
Guy seems friendly at first and I completely ignore the girl (who is sultry, has curly bangs and is fairly attractive).
He rambles on about some nonsense and then the girl intervenes. Evidently, clamouring for attention.
I engage her and the guy acts out and says that they are getting late for the movie and would like to leave. I let them go.
So, we had fun, overall and I approached four to five sets. All from behind.
Did not get any proper rejections but we will push things more from the next time on. My wing did get one. I think I should have stayed in sets longer and will implement this during my next in field practice.
Feel free to critique, provide tips or creative ways to get rejected and innovative ideas.