I feel a little ashamed to admit this… I am really curious about how people react. Like probably unhealthfully so. I very rarely end up satisfying this curiosity because I have no way of knowing how people are actually reacting, or what the final outcome is. It is like in Patch Adams where he surprises the lady and then a while later she turns around and smiles. Would that have been interesting to do if there was no recognizable reaction? What if it had the same effect but they weren’t around to see it?
A long time ago in college, back when everyone was still using AIM a lot, I was in a computer lab. I noticed a girl near me on AIM and quickly noted her screen name. When I got home I IM’d her, said that I saw her in the lab and then asked if I could have her screen name so we could talk more. She responded with No. I never talked with her again, but I always have wondered what it was like from her side. Was I just another gross guy? Was it weird but in a charming way? Did it make her smile at all? Or the second the window closed did she forget about it and it had no more effect on her life?