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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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That is a pleasant one, what did you reply?

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

I haven't replied yet. I did ask adriana out though and she replied with this:

"Sure, that sounds like fun! What were you thinking of doing?"

...and this is where it all breaks down.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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You call that breaking down?! That is a yes, go for it!

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What I meant was, I don't know where to take her. It is really cold outside and I don't want to torture her with a walk, either... especially as she lives a fair distance away (15 miles).

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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She will not mind, they are a lot tougher than they look.

Coffee shop, any of the places we talked about earlier would be okay. Just make a choice, she wants you to make one for her.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

Mentally, yes. Physically, she is pretty small, and that is saying something since I am a pretty short guy at 5'6.

Going to try a coffee shop, see what she says... that would definitely confirm her suspicions that it's a date, and from her response I think she'd gladly go with me. I've just never been in a coffee shop before so I have no idea how to get a coffee from there, so I think I will go there this weekend and see what it's like. That will make me less nervous; if I'm nervous I'll look weak in front of her, so maybe best to make the situation more familiar first.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I would go and have a look around to see what is what. Nervous is not considered weak, indecisive is weak, she will expect you to be nervous.

Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?

Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

Hmm, okay. The thing is, I do not know what the good coffee shops are. Should I just tell her something like this:

"I'm thinking a coffee shop will do -- I'll let you know whereabouts in a bit, what's your number?"

I don't want to come across as indecisive (not knowing where the bloody heck a coffee shop is), do you think I should send the above?

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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You might say how about a coffeeshop that is near you, then you can ask her to decide because it is her neighborhood. That solves the problem of the little thing travelling and you look gallant not weak. Her choice tells you alot about her too.

Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?

Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

Thanks, that's a good idea. I've just sent her the e-mail. It's 21:47 over here so she should still be awake.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Oh boy, I meant near her and wrote near you.

Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

It's okay, I knew what you meant. I said:

"How about a coffeeshop near you?"

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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That should work but if she says you choose then do not ask anymore, just choose someplace.

Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?

Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

If that's the case she might have to do some travelling, because I don't know the area where she lives. It's a fairly popular part of London but I just don't go there, it's known for football fans, and she is a big one apparently. I think she was at the Euro Cup when Greece won in 2004 (she is British-Greek).

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I think I remember her. The Greek girl that would come up to you once in a while?

If she picks her area then she will know where, you just have to get there.

Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?

Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

No, this is another Greek girl, whom I've only met once in person.

Do you remember the Saturday classes? I met Katie, Hannah and adriana there, and I've been communicating with them all via e-mail. The other Greek one is IY, C's best friend, but I've forgotten about her.

I'll decide the time and date at least; I don't want to come back late because it'll get considerably colder.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Wait till she sends a message back and then set it up. I am going to make a little soup so I will be gone for about 20 minutes.

Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?

Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

Okay, see you later. I'll be interested in her response, this is the first time I've asked a girl out by e-mail.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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That should not matter much. You got a good, positive reply before, looks good from here.

Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?

Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

I hope so. I was a little hesitant because eventually she stopped replying to my e-mails (until I sent her one almost two months later). It was probably because our e-mails were getting long. They're shorter now though. And saving every e-mail I have into folders makes it far easier to pretend that I remember what they were saying before.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Good idea, helps when they contradict themselves.

Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?

Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

Katie did that, I didn't comment on it though because it was nothing major. She went from saying that she hated train journeys because they made her feet smell, to saying she loved train journeys because there is so much to look at.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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They do change alot. Unusual for a girl to be so candid about her feet.

Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?

Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

She has weird tendencies. Her breath smelt kind of strong (not bad, just strong, if you know what I mean), and when she was eating a crusty roll she just ate it over her maths booklet and got crumbs all over it. She also said she likes imagining she is in a fairytale and telling stories to herself when she is on a long walk. She didn't smell or anything though.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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So, she is a boozer, a crumby person and she talks to herself. Why doesn't she live next door to me then?

Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?

Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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