Tonight was the NDSU Block Party complete with cotton candy, popcorn, a huge dance party, and the bungee-cord-bouncy-house-game-thing (see picture–what on earth might that actually be called?)
Bryan, Kelsey and I took some students and went with the intention of striking up conversations with some new freshmen. And, it proved to be a fruitful evening. I met two ladies from 10 miles south of the Canadian Border (and, don’t worry, I told them all about how I’m a convict!). They are going to meet up with me tomorrow when a whole bunch of the student missionaries (and FOCUS missionaries) head to the NDSU street dance to do a bunch of swing dancing. Kelsey met a couple of girls who are going to join her Bible study. Bryan maid some friends and so did some of the students. Also, I met a girl who is going to be in the Bible study I’m “inheriting” from Cari–the missionary I’m replacing.
The evening was, as I said before, fruitful–for more reasons than meeting students. I learned how freshmen boys meet freshman girls. It. Was. The. Funniest. Thing. I’ve. Ever. Witnessed. (Literally.) Two stories:
Story One–“Just ask her what’s up!”
Setting the Scene: Street dance; not on the dance floor
Characters: Boy 1, Boy 2, Boy 3, Girls 1-3
Scene 1: Boys 1 & 2 walk over near the girls but are facing the opposite direction than the girls. Boy 1 says to Boy 2, “Just turn around and say, “Hey, what’s up?” Boy 2 shakes in his boots. No action for at least 2 minutes.
Intermission: The spectator (me…and company) thinks they have given up. So sad to see young love so close to happening, but alas we continue dancing the night away.
(5 minutes lapse)
Scene 2: The spectator turns around and, to her surprise, Boy 1 & 2 left only to find Boy 3. You’ve got to be kidding! The spectator misses exactly how it happens, but some Boy got the courage to turn around and say, “Hey, what’s up?” And, the rest is history. Young love wins again!
The best part? I snapped a pic:
If only I knew them so I could show them this at their wedding someday. (It’s the group with the guy in the bright shirt–Boy 3.)
Story Two–“Here’s my heart…just for you!”
Scene: Street dance; right next to the dance floor
Characters: Breakdancing Boy (BB), Wingman, Uninterested Freshman Girl (UFG)
Only Scene: BB approaches UFG with a little something hidden behind his back–and, of course, Wingman is next to BB. BB says to UFG, while presenting her with his secret gift, “Here’s my heart, I’m giving it to you.” The secret gift is a heart he made out of something…maybe it was a cotton candy stick, maybe it was pipe cleaners, perhaps construction paper…who knows!? But, can you believe it? He gives away his “heart” without even knowing the girls name!!!! Anyway, totally awkward freshmen conversation ensues for 10 minutes until UFG saunters off to be with her friends.
The Aftermath/Sequel: One might think BB was heartbroken–or as the case may be, heartless, since UFG has just frolicked away with his “heart”. But, don’t worry. He rebounds. It turns out Wingman is ever-faithful sticking right next to BB through the thick and the thin. BB–whose name is Breakdancing Boy, remember–proceeds to show off his moves to the crowd for the next hour. He was a pretty good dancer. In fact, if I may quote one of the students with us, “What he lacks in height, he makes up in dance moves.”
BB and UFG pose for a pic–actually they’re not posing this is live. And, you can’t see the heart that UFG is holding because, well, this is a creeper shot. They have no clue I’m taking it and you can’t just keep taking pictures of strangers–that’s weird. So, this is what we’re left with to remember Story 2.
If there are any freshmen boys out their reading this, it seems Story 1 might be the better method for introducing yourself to the girl of your dreams. Save the cheesy/slightly creeper pick up lines for…well, never!