Re: What to do with cling-ons?
Juggler had a technique he called Flopsy.
He was talking to some girls during the day and in the middle of a great convo with two of them, someone came by with a rabbit named Flopsy. The girls went nuts and forgot all the about him. Needless to say he lost them. I think lol.
Anyways it taught him something. That sometimes things will pull her attention away from you. The way to handle it? Join in. Then take her away.
What you could've done is simply sympathize with her just like geek was. Except change the subject once you had her attention back.
Say things like "Yea. I understand. That sucks." then say "that reminds me of the time when...." then use that to bring it back to a more positive subject and the attention back on you.
"All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth."