This is Walt, I have started my divorce process and tried to go out and socialize. Went to a contra dance and enjoyed myself, then had a nice conversation with a woman at a professional event. Everything indirect, but engaging and eye contact.
This morning I sent an IM to a friend/acquaintance that I have been attracted to for some time. I asked her to dinner and she told me she's not interested. On one level, I'm glad I tried and at least got some clarity, but man it really stings. Any advice, other than try again? My response was along the lines of "no hard feelings, thanks for the reply" but my ego is pretty banged.