Goddamn Newbie Scum posted:

Ugh, tell me about it. A year or so ago, I asked this girl out that I had hung out with a few times if she wanted to go out on an actual date, and added that it was totally fine if she said no, and that we would just never speak of it again. She said yes, but I suspect that she may have gotten yes and no confused. I don't blame her, it's easy to do. They sound so much alike!

Short answer, there really isn't any way to "tell" someone you like them without coming across as a weirdo, it really falls back that old writer's adage of "show, don't tell".
Dr. Stupid posted:
"...I agreed that what really matters is what you like, not what you are like... Books, records, films -- these things matter. Call me shallow but it's the fuckin' truth, and by this measure I was having one of the best dates of my life." - Rob in High Fidelity

We all have some small, sometimes insignificant things that we screen our potential partners with. Music, movies, books, eating habits - these things can make or break a relationship in the long run. Here are some of mine:

Books - If you don't know who Ignatius J. Reilly is, and you're not willing to learn, this probably won't work out.
Movies - Major bonus points for liking Hard Days Night and Coffee & Cigarettes . Major backlash for being to highbrow to laugh at Zoolander and Knocked Up.
Food - Picky eaters. Get the hell out of my kitchen.
Humor/nerdiness - Singing the subway route we need to take to the tune of the 70's Batman theme or Spiderpig in Swedish? <3 Some goon posted in a thread that he asked his girlfriend "What should we do tonight?" to which she responded "What we do every night - try to take over the world!". That a keeper right there.

Ok, now you go.
RenHoek posted:

Children: I don't want them. I don't hate them, but children that stay around longer then 3 hours get a ride on the trebuchet.

Religion: I don't mind if you believe in fairy tales, or even if you have a day set aside to convene with other gullible people. But don't expect me to believe in any of that, or tell me that I can't do certain things I do because it would be a 'sin'.

Pets: I live in an apartment. I have no room for horses, pterodactyls or other exotic creatures. I don't want hair everywhere, and I don't want the creature to be miserable because it has to live in a small house. Likewise I want my furniture intact and my computer fans non-clogged. Either have a pet that is happy in a small environment like a fish or get rid of it.

Smoking: No. I don't believe I have to expound on this.

Frigid: I'm maybe not the best kind of guy out there. I'm even willing to consider that I might be a bit of a pervert. However I think sex should be fun, so if you're the "lights out, missionary only" kinda girl, then no deal.

Change: I've tried it. I might be a son-of-a-bitch asshole, but that's because I really am a son-of-a-bitch asshole. I've tried changing my personality on request, but some things define who I am. Yes I'll leave the toilet seat down from now on, but no I won't stop being me.

TV: Please, PLEASE don't sit in front of the TV all day. I don't mind mindless drivel, hell I watch stupid cartoons, but have some standards. Watching soaps is ok, but not 5 different ones per day. Please no Big Brother or other shows that debase people in the quest for ratings.


Intelligent: I'm a computer guy. I go through books and news sites constantly, so I know a lot. I would like to be able to talk to you about such things.

Fun: I'm inherently lazy. But I'm willing to go do stuff with you regardless. Please be willing to do silly and fun things like theme parks and zoos, go out for walks when it rains and so on.
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