July 2009, it’s the second day of boot camp. Two of the instructors take us around Borough Market for a few hours of day game instruction. I really want to ace day game because in my chode-mid that’s how I’m gonna find all the intelligent girls.

We are taught the basic approach, which goes thus:

  1. Let hot girl walk past you
  2. Chase her with a playful jog until you are alongside her and slightly ahead, so she catches you in her peripheral vision
  3. Jump right into her path, smiling
  4. As she stops say “Hi. I just saw you walk by and I knew I’d be kicking myself if I didn’t come over and talk to you. You’re gorgeous”
  5. Lean back, look a little inscrutable, and say “So. Who are you?”

Yeah, yeah, yeah. That shit won’t work we think. So the instructors gets us to point out a girl and he goes an number closes her in three minutes doing exactly that. We are believers!

I’m still choding out. I say to him “I find it difficult to open a moving target. It feels like they have their stuff to do and I’m just interupting, getting in their way”. His response has really stuck with me: “That’s tough to answer because it’s not even in my reality. I’m offering them the value, the opportunity to know me.”

He goes on to say that much of day game is about just creating the opportunity for the interaction. Some girls are gonna like you, but if you don’t open then you don’t close.

They push me into six sets over the next hour. I don’t close any, but only crash’n’burn one. There’s all kinds of errors, principally from my lack of confidence and clumsiness of the execution. I find myself interogating with questions so much that one girl asks if its an interview. The last two girls show me engagement rings (mental note: I also walk on the right hand side of the path so I can see the girl’s left hand before I approach).

The main thing is that by the end of the session I feel like I can do this. I can jump in front of moving targets and open. That’s massive. It’s the magic bullet I was looking for. My next 70 day game approaches are built upon this base.