I'm sitting at happy hour with my coworkers with only half my mind. The other half is overwhelmed with where I am going next, a pickup event by the local Dallas lair. I sit up to excuse myself and confront two social situations at once. A female coworker asks me with intense curiosity of where I am going and why I can't take another male coworker home.
It's one of those "Oh shit" moments. Telling the truth will just open a can of worms, and lying is too easily sniffed out. In a split microsecond, I pull out a pickup technique, Agree and Amplify. I told her it's super top secret. Her face quickly brightens with curiosity, but I hold my frame with a smirk.
My mind wanders to all those years I spent reading, listening, and watching endless volumes of pickup and self help materials. It is a brutal reminder of my status as the ultimate keyboard jockey, but today is going to be different. I am going make this real.
I enter a hotel conference room full of guys in their 20s and early 30s. I sit in the far corner waiting in excitement. I hang on every word with amazement and to my surprise, I hear an announcement for a bootcamp this weekend at a discounted rate. I give myself no choice.