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Tango: my life as a not-so-good leader

And you thought that YOU were the worst dancer in the world ?

Thursday, January 15, 2004

Getting tough

An old gentleman with whom I was chatting in a milonga, (It's nice to talk with this elder generation. There aren't that many people any more who call me "young man") telling him how difficult it was for me to deal with inviting unknown women.
He smiled and answered: "You simply have to get used to refusals. Once you can get a "no, thanks!" without blushing, getting angry or bitter, then it will become very easy for you to invite dozens of women. So, you have to select the lady who is the most likely to decline. It's easy. Find the best dancer, or the most beautiful, or the one with the nicest outfit. By the way, it's often the same and one person. Another option is to pick a woman who came with her husband, and is right now talking to him. The first refusals hurt, but after a while you just don't care. Once I invited five girls sitting on a row, and got five consecutive 'No'. I found it really funny, and just kept inviting."
"-That's great", I replied, beginning to scan the most skilled/gorgeous/married women around.
"but hey, wait a minute, what if she accepts?"
His smile broadened.
"- Don't worry, young man, I saw you on the floor, this can't happen!"


posted by Pablo  # 6:03 AM
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