Franca and I have a lot in common. We both moved to London in January 2010. Both in our mid-twenties. Both have biggish families. Both have two sisters. Both lost a parent to cancer. Both work in the media ish. Both like burritos.
I had suggested a few shows we could go to, but nothing interested either of us and in the end we agreed to go for a drink in the Nags Head on Upper St. beforehand. I wasn’t immediately attracted to Franca, but if there is one thing I have learned, is that every girl is worth spending time to get to know, if even during one date.
Franca is from Toronto, and lives in Islington. She read about the blog on the Metro recently, and remembered that she had actually met Eric from Chilango on a night out recently. Like many of the burrito dates Franca is not originally from London, and the same adventurous personality trait that led her to this city has compelled her to try me and my blog out.
Her first job was with Goldman Sachs, and it wasn’t really for her. She was a PA for 26 analysists and they ‘didn’t even say good morning’. Her back ground is in multi-media and graphic design so she wanted to pursue a career in that. When she was offered a job with the BBC she snapped at it.
The date was moving at a fast pace, in the sense that a quick pint was followed by a brisk walk in the cold up upper st. to Chilango, where we both ate our burrito in about in about 10 minutes! We exchanged question after question about burritos, family, london, work etc. We had another drink there, but unfortunately the date wasn’t changing from ‘getting to know each other’ phase to ‘getting to like each other’ phase. We both did try, and I did enjoy her company. But when it was time to call it a night, we did just that.
This blog post is about 5 days late, excuses range from internet outage at home, busy at work, and lost Wifi password at Starbucks. But really, I was deciding what was the best way to tell you about an upcoming 52 burrito date adventure: Next weekend I am going on a ‘Pick Up Artist (PUA) training bootcamp in London. It’s basically the art of seduction, all the tricks detailed in Neill Strauss’s bestseller The Game. I’ve agreed to go on the bootcamp with the intention of picking up a girl to take on a burrito date and write about it.
This came about when an old school friend, who is now living in Australia, contacted me about the blog. He congratulated me on it and thought the idea was great, but he figured that I might need some help in the actual seduction department. He knew a few people; even people in London who might be able to give me some tutorship. He then sent a very persuasive email to The Gambler who agreed that the case of the 52 burrito date guy was an interesting assignment and decided to take me on. This might change the course of 52 burrtio dates!?
I realize that taking part in this bootcamp as part of 52 burrito dates is controversial and not completely in tune with the honest, up front nature of the blog. Also, the girls request the dates so why do I need to become a pick up artist? Another thing is that I have never read The Game, preferring to take the ‘girls will like me for who I am approach’. So why am I doing it?
- There are people who are better than me at this that I can learn from
- 52 burrito dates is not for ever and I will be in situations in the future where these skills will come in handy
- I am not more confident talking with girls and going on dates, but I am still hopeless in nightclubs, bars and traditional pick-up places
- I am sure to learn some communication skills that I can use not just for dating
- 52 burrito dates hasn’t had any rules, and this is another case of going with the flow to see what happens
What do you think?