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October 21, 2004

flirting

I am a natural-born flirt. I am NOT ashamed of that fact, either. I'll flirt with young girls, old ladies, fat wimmen, skinny wimmen, good-looking wimmen and plain Janes. I flirt with ALL wimmen.

What's wrong with just saying something nice to someone you don't know? One of the things I hated about my few brief sojourns up north was the fact that people don't SPEAK to each other or LOOK at each other the way we do down South.

I'm not talking about being a leering, braying jackass. That shit will get you shot where I live, and a woman might do it, too.

I'm talking about just being nice and outgoing and being polite to people when you can. I don't see anything wrong with telling a woman I don't know that she looks good, or that I really like her hair or that she has a beautiful daughter. Most Southern wimmen appreciate such attention. I've never been slapped for doing such things, but I have been kissed a couple of times.

Southern wimmen know how to flirt, too. In fact... I think they wrote the book on that subject. They know how to dangle that golden fruit just beyond your reach and laugh quietly when you fall on your ass going for it. They are heartless and incorrigable and I love 'em all.

I want to start a National Flirting Day, where every man, woman and child in this country MUST go out and FLIRT with somebody. Say something nice, complement somebody's looks, kiss a stranger. Be bold. Flirt your ass off.

We'd be a better country if we adopted my idea.

Comments

Oh my my my..I'm with you on this! My husband gets onto me all the time..I can't help but flirt and I honestly don't care if he's between the age of 18 and 80! But..my husband ain't southern so he just don't get it! Too bad for him.....so anyway..How you doin' today sugah plum? *wink wink*

Posted by: sandy on October 21, 2004 11:55 AM

I've decided that you're either born a flirt or you're not.

You couldn't possibly infuse it in to some people; then, there are those as you and I that ya just can't beat it out of....

Posted by: Key on October 21, 2004 12:21 PM

I think you'll find if you flirt with someone from say New York, you're running the risk that "Mindy" could actually be "Mark." While I'm an equal opportunist, this just disturbs me.

Posted by: Dave Ryan on October 21, 2004 01:32 PM

Damned good idea! I love a good flirt, and I'm just a natural flirt most times myself.

National Flirting day sounds like a great idea!

Posted by: Mamamontezz on October 21, 2004 01:42 PM

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v56/Mamamontezz/flirtDay.jpg

Just in case you want to do that. teehee.

Posted by: Mamamontezz on October 21, 2004 02:46 PM

When I was living up in Yankeeland, I always thought that the way the flirting was done was all wrong. No sweet sugary sweet honest stuff, oh no. Just a "Nice Ass" or something equally as short and crass.

I love it here in the south. Just the way those country/southern guys/men will look at ya, hold the door, joke around, is flirting.

i get it all night at work. I sit there dealing poker to 10 older men (sometimes a young one or a lady or two) and I get called sweetie, honey and all of the other nicknames that southerners use. Offended? Hell no! It is great.

Posted by: Danielle on October 21, 2004 05:07 PM

i am a 55 yr old menopausal lady (transplanted from n.y. so watch the n.y. comments-lol) who loves to flirt- i embarrass my 27 and 24 yr old sons alllll the time by flirting w/ their friends-it IS harmless-been married 37 yrs to an sexy geezer-but--flirting?? oh hell- keeps the blood flowing!!!!but--true flirting is something different from saying something complimentery!! i always do that but true flirting is an artform!!!

Posted by: mikeymom on October 21, 2004 08:20 PM

Oooh...flirting. I accuse my Southern husband of it all the time! He flirts with check-out girls, waitresses, my girlfriends, even! When I call him on it, he always says, "Darlin', I'm just being polite."

There's a lot to be said about a Yankee woman being with a Southern man. My husband is the cat's meow and I think YOU are too, Rob. He taught me to not be alarmed when a Southern man is polite (and possibly flirting with me). I gotta admit, once I got over the fact that they are not all coming on to me (they are just "flirting"), I was able to actually enjoy the attention. You Southern men have the right of it.

Did I mention that I always wear red toenail polish, even in the winter? Oh, whoops, was that flirting?

Great post, Rob. Flirting is FUN.

Posted by: Tray on October 22, 2004 12:32 AM

Just ONE day a year?? I couldn't go a day without it -- makes life much more fun & interesting! I flirt shamelessly (&harmlessly) with all my patients from birth to well into their 90's -- takes their minds off the fact that I'm stickin' needles in their arms =]

Posted by: Marianne on October 22, 2004 04:25 AM

Flirting is often cruel. One shouldn't engage in it unless one's prepared to go the distance.

Southerner speaking, who in this case has more sense than the Acidman.

Posted by: Brett on October 22, 2004 11:02 AM

Nah, Brett. There's a huge difference between flirting and teasing. Teasing is cruel, but a flirt? A good flirt is just fun. You just have to be able to read people enough to know who and how far.

Posted by: Mamamontezz on October 22, 2004 03:31 PM

National Flirting Day? We already have one. It's called Friday night.

Posted by: Mr. Lion on October 22, 2004 10:25 PM

Often, Mama, there is no difference between the two. Fun for whom?

Posted by: Brett on October 22, 2004 11:31 PM
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