It’s an established principle of dating that boosting your partner’s ego is good for the date. For example, a guy friend recently told me about his long-standing crush on a girl which began when he had to chivalrously carry her home because she was too drunk to walk. Really–his pride in his own heroism completely distracted him from her apparent drinking problem.
That’s why I was so taken aback when a guy began our speed date by saying, “Since we’re all here at the Losers Club…”
Ordinarily, I’m a big joiner, but that’s one invitation to membership I will have to decline.