Totally procrastinating today. I have actual money work to do and am instead noodling around here, so this’ll be a shorty.
According to People, newly single actor Jim Carrey has been using the following pickup line: “I want to run my fingers through your soul.”
I posted that on Facebook as an example of the kind of guy I’m not impressed by. I’ve never met the man, but I have met guys who say things like this, clearly so in love with their own cleverness and/or desperate to make a woman laugh (not to see her happy, mind you, but to get the rush of of validation and affirmation of their own adorableness they believe the laughter signifies) that the pickup line is not about the particular woman at all.
This kind of thing is one of my pet peeves–and I get more peevish about it with each passing year–because it makes of a lopsided one-way interaction, all about the performer and the performance, and not about the woman he supposedly wants to connect with.
One woman posted on FB, though, that she might have fallen for such a line 20 years ago, which got me thinking that I might have, too (depending, of course, on much I’d had to drink, how badly I needed male attention at that moment and/or if the comedian was well-groomed and not visibly insane.) Nowadays, that kind of a line (by itself) would be a bright red flag that the guy was a narcissist and would need a lot more unidirectional and exhausting ego upkeep from the woman who went in for it.
What do you think about this? I remember being vaguely charmed by, “Was your daddy a thief? Because he stole the stars from the sky and put them in your eyes.” It was years ago from a teenager with gold teeth, droopy jeans and a group of friends watching to see how he did. Had it been from an adult, however, not so much.
Any memorable lines you would have gone in for back in the day, as opposed to now?
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October 25, 2010 at 11:54 pm
This was a line not used on me, but on my friend. She was an ER nurse at Beth Israel and the cops brought this guy in to be checked over (physically) and then a full psych eval since he had jumped into, and then subsequently fished out of, the East River (apparently trying to kill himself). So, wrapped in nothing but a blanket provided by the NYPD before being brought into the ER at Beth Israel’s ER, the guy gets his pressure taken, temperature read etc. by my friend, and she asks him, so, Why’d you do it? Why’d ya jump? He says I was hot…never does answer her seriously, so, she’s finished, and alerts the cops they can come back to take him up to psych, and the guys says, Ummm, hey, Miss? You dropped something. So, my friend turns around and doesn’t see anything, and has a quizzical look, so he interjects, It was your eyelash when you winked at me. And then flashes her…. Lovely, right?
October 27, 2010 at 12:33 pm
Though I made many dating mistakes I wasn’t one for pick up lines. I have to admit, married for many years, that I might like to hear a pick up line, regardless of the cheese factor. What does that say about my ego? I of course still wouldn’t fall for it but a little flirtation would be ok. Never liked Jim Carrey.
October 28, 2010 at 9:05 am
I don’t remember any weird pick-up lines but a few times a guy would just walk up to me and say, “you’re pretty.” ??? I basically ignored them and walked away.
October 28, 2010 at 4:30 pm
That DId make me laugh! Firstly, I COULD actually imagine Jim Carrey saying that…there’s just something about the fella that i dont take seriously – maybe all of his film characters are ingrained into the man, I dont know….but yeah, could picture him, teeth and all, saying just that. My reply to that would have been ‘pass me the bucket pronto jimbo’ !!! EEeurgh! Bleeurghh!
I dont really recall any lines from when I was that bit younger…but I DO recall one my friend was unfortunate to get – ” you’re like a fine wine….you’ve gotten better with age”…….she wanted to kill the fella.