When I was in college, if I was in love with somebody I knew slightly but I couldn’t come up with an excuse to, you know, actually speak to him, I would tell him he’d appeared in my dreams the night before (in a completely non-sexual way).
“I dreamed that there were a bunch of people floating around as circles,” I said to one guy once, “and I was a triangle, and then I saw another triangle floating around, and it turned out to be you.”
We ended up making out once, several months later, so obviously I was onto something.
I may, seriously, try that this weekend.
jaime: Good luck. Let me know how it goes. As soon as s/he take her/his tongue out of your mouth.
There is something about your verb usage here that implies a shift from a general to a specific situation, but since I can’t confidently name the tenses involved, I won’t mention it, so as to avoid appearing ill informed.
Instead, I’ll just wonder aloud whether the same approach would work in a craigslist ad.
TED, it’s a shift not of tense but of aspect (from habitual to perfective).
But I think that you should try it on craigslist and report back.
Aspect, eh? Well, now I’m really happy that I didn’t comment.
The craigslist readers appear not to have been moved by the triangles. They are Philistines, but I reckon we knew that already.
That was no dream; that was Flatland.
Update: I ended up not going with this and just drinking a little too much and, well, nothing really happened, but foundations may have been laid.
(And now I’m nervous that I’m using the wrong form of lay.)