Quote of the Day: Response Outside of Expected Range

 

How do I analyze :heart: ?

ERROR: Response :heart: is not in expected range. (source)

I am a geek. I have had crushes in the past, but nothing came of them. I fully expected to spend the rest of my life alone as I am not particularly attractive, so I did my best to make do. I have friends and co-workers and keep in touch with family.

Then someone on Ricochet introduced me to a nice gal who is as cute as a crate of plushies, and fun to talk with. I figured the only girls like that were in anime, not real life. I responded accordingly. Soon, I began to receive texts filled with :heart: emojis and generally becoming the recipient of emotions I had never dealt with before. It has taken some getting used to, and I can’t quite keep up some of the time. It almost feels like I must have hacked into someone else’s text message stream. Why would anyone act that excited about me?

So as I approach this Valentine’s Day, I still feel a bit awkward, but I am glad to do so.

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  1. Phil Turmel Coolidge
    Phil Turmel
    @PhilTurmel

    Aaaawwww! Ricochet match-making at it again.  Hope it works out for the two of you. (:

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  2. OmegaPaladin Moderator
    OmegaPaladin
    @OmegaPaladin

    I have not included the name of the lady in question, for similar reasons to why I go by an alias.  I would prefer to avoid having to lay forth ruthless and uncompromising vengeance upon some antifa goon or lunatic upset with me who has gone after my honeybunny.

    You may be able to meet her at the upcoming Chicago meetup, however.


    Join other Ricochet members by submitting a Quote of the Day post, the easiest way to start a fun conversation. There are only 2 days left on the February Signup Sheet. We even include tips for finding great quotes, so choose your favorite quote and sign up today!

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  3. Seawriter Contributor
    Seawriter
    @Seawriter

    OmegaPaladin: Why would anyone act that excited about me?

    Why doesn’t matter. What matters is doing your darndest keep it that way. Do it right and it will last 40 or more years.

     

     

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  4. Arahant Member
    Arahant
    @Arahant

    Good on ya, then.

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  5. PHCheese Inactive
    PHCheese
    @PHCheese

    As Mama used to say every pot got a lid. Congrats!

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  6. Full Size Tabby Member
    Full Size Tabby
    @FullSizeTabby

    Both of our children (one girl, one boy) are rather nerdy (the girl is a mathematician, and the boy is an engineer) and tend to miss romantic cues (as you say, romantic cues were outside their expected range of responses). Both of their now-spouses had to practically hit them over the head to get across that they had romantic interests. 

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  7. EODmom Coolidge
    EODmom
    @EODmom

    OmegaPaladin (View Comment):

    I have not included the name of the lady in question, for similar reasons to why I go by an alias. I would prefer to avoid having to lay forth ruthless and uncompromising vengeance upon some antifa goon or lunatic upset with me who has gone after my honeybunny.

    You may be able to meet her at the upcoming Chicago meetup, however.


    Join other Ricochet members by submitting a Quote of the Day post, the easiest way to start a fun conversation. There are only 2 days left on the February Signup Sheet. We even include tips for finding great quotes, so choose your favorite quote and sign up today!

    If February’s theme is advice giving, I’ll give some: don’t save for later any opportunity for the good, happy, joyful stuff. Just go crashing stumbling ahead into wonderfulness. Don’t wait for any “right” times. Err on the side of laughter and sweetness. I thought EODDad was worth a dinner date because (in the era of navy suits, white shirts, ties) he wore pastel yellow socks and all his suits fit even tho he is really tall and really slender, and like the rest of us was on a budget. And didn’t talk much. Like @seawriter says, it can last. Happy lucky you @omegapaladin

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  8. Bethany Mandel Editor
    Bethany Mandel
    @bethanymandel

    We should start a Ricochet dating service! 

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  9. Seawriter Contributor
    Seawriter
    @Seawriter

    Bethany Mandel (View Comment):

    We should start a Ricochet dating service!

    Just no.

    To paraphrase Julius Caesar: Love, a necessary end, will come when it will come.

    And generally from the least expected place.

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  10. SkipSul Inactive
    SkipSul
    @skipsul

    Seawriter (View Comment):

    Bethany Mandel (View Comment):

    We should start a Ricochet dating service!

    Just no.

    To paraphrase Julius Caesar: Love, a necessary end, will come when it will come.

    And generally from the least expected place.

    Agreed.  Though such stories rightfully do not appear as posts on Rico, there have been some astoundingly destructive Rico matchups whose failures have been hinted at through posts and comment threads.  The successes, of course, are worth highlighting, but a Rico dating service would bring similar attention to the failures as well – and there have been a few of the jilted who wanted exactly that, and to no good end.

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  11. Old Bathos Moderator
    Old Bathos
    @OldBathos

    Awkward can be good.  It signals sincerity and good intentions.  Intelligent chicks can dig that.  Just don’t drool or spill soup on your shirt.  Awkward is supposed to blossom into cute rather than spiral into pitiful. All the best, big guy!

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  12. GrannyDude Member
    GrannyDude
    @GrannyDude

    I remember, back in the day, going on dates with delightful young men who were taken with my fetching appearance (I was young, too, which helps a lot) only to discover, with a horror that would have been funny if it weren’t so…reject-ing…that I was an extremely verbal and opinionated steamroller. 

    Fortunately, there are a few men out there who can tolerate a steam roller. I’ve met two so far, and married them (consecutively) because I’m not stupid.

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  13. Miffed White Male Member
    Miffed White Male
    @MiffedWhiteMale

    SkipSul (View Comment):

    Seawriter (View Comment):

    Bethany Mandel (View Comment):

    We should start a Ricochet dating service!

    Just no.

    To paraphrase Julius Caesar: Love, a necessary end, will come when it will come.

    And generally from the least expected place.

    Agreed. Though such stories rightfully do not appear as posts on Rico, there have been some astoundingly destructive Rico matchups whose failures have been hinted at through posts and comment threads. The successes, of course, are worth highlighting, but a Rico dating service would bring similar attention to the failures as well – and there have been a few of the jilted who wanted exactly that, and to no good end.

    I haven’t heard about the bad ones.  I know of at least three weddings though.

     

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  14. SkipSul Inactive
    SkipSul
    @skipsul

    Miffed White Male (View Comment):

    SkipSul (View Comment):

    Seawriter (View Comment):

    Bethany Mandel (View Comment):

    We should start a Ricochet dating service!

    Just no.

    To paraphrase Julius Caesar: Love, a necessary end, will come when it will come.

    And generally from the least expected place.

    Agreed. Though such stories rightfully do not appear as posts on Rico, there have been some astoundingly destructive Rico matchups whose failures have been hinted at through posts and comment threads. The successes, of course, are worth highlighting, but a Rico dating service would bring similar attention to the failures as well – and there have been a few of the jilted who wanted exactly that, and to no good end.

    I haven’t heard about the bad ones. I know of at least three weddings though.

     

    Trust me, the moderators have.  

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  15. Unsk Member
    Unsk
    @Unsk

    Best Wishes Omega. Hope this new relationship works out.  Assuming you are on the older side as many of us are, when we were young the demographics definitely were not in favor of young men.  Now however, due to effects of feminism and other things, the demographics for older men have reversed so you may be much more attractive than you thought you once were. 

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  16. Scott R Member
    Scott R
    @ScottR

    You might be a geek but you’ve got a clever sense of humor. That’s worth 3 pts on the attractiveness scale, easy.  

    This post warms the heart. Good luck!

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  17. Katie Koppelman Inactive
    Katie Koppelman
    @KatieKoppelman

    Seawriter (View Comment):

    OmegaPaladin: Why would anyone act that excited about me?

    Why doesn’t matter. What matters is doing your darndest keep it that way. Do it right and it will last 40 or more years.

    Omega Paladin, based on the times I’ve met you at meetups, you’re a great guy and very interesting to talk to.  You deserve someone equally great to love you.  I’m happy for you.

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  18. Katie Koppelman Inactive
    Katie Koppelman
    @KatieKoppelman

    Bethany Mandel (View Comment):

    We should start a Ricochet dating service!

    There is the Ricochet Singles group.

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  19. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy Weivoda
    @RandyWeivoda

    OmegaPaladin: Why would anyone act that excited about me?

    As with many of life’s great questions, country music provides the answer.

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