I Want to Ask a Girl to Prom. Help!

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Dear Willie D:

There's this girl at my high school who I really like, and I was thinking about asking her to my prom. I don't think she has a boyfriend; at least I have never seen her with a guy. We have three classes together so we speak to each other, but we never really talk.

She is one of the prettiest girls at my school, so I'm a little intimidated by her. Please, please, please tell me what to say to get her to be my prom date.

Prom King:

So you want to prom-pose, huh? It depends on how big or small you want to go. If you want to go small simply say, "Hey, you want to go to prom with me?" If you want to go big you could do a scavenger hunt where you leave a series of notes on her desk or taped to her locker that leads to you. To make sure she's the slightest bit interested and you don't waste your time, I would suggest you leave the first note on her desk with something she knows belongs to you -- like a book with your name written on the inside of the front cover.

That would force her to communicate with you, and allow you to gauge her interest. You could say something original, or use one of those fortune-cookie quotes like: "Elegant surroundings will soon be yours." If she plays along past the first note your chances will dramatically increase. About five notes should be enough. The fourth note could say something like: "Go to [insert your name] to retrieve your final message."

At that point you could present her with a note asking her to be your prom date, and a copy of a restaurant reservation confirmation for two, and/or flowers. Asking a girl you're not dating to prom is seldom an easy thing to do, even for the coolest guys at school. Just don't wait until the last minute because besides risking her to another guy's invite, if she says no you won't have time to pursue a second choice.


Dear Willie D:

I am a 24-year-old white girl from Omaha, Nebraska and I think I'm your biggest fan. Correction: I am your biggest fan. I have followed your career ever since my dad brought me to your concert with the Geto Boys at The Waiting Room last October. I have researched all of your music, and have read many interviews of yours. I love your passion and respect your viewpoints on life so much that I want to name my firstborn son after you. What do you think about that, Mr. Clean Up Man? By the way, I'm not a Stan.

Biggest Fan:

I didn't name my own son after me because I thought my name sounded old-fashioned. But lately I've been warming up to it and would consider it an honor for your son to carry my namesake -- as long as this is not a trick to collect child support from me.

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