So I went for a walk in nature today and tried some countryside approaches. First one was a woman sat on a bench. I noticed she had one of these sticks for hiking. I said, 'excuse me, where did you get that stick?' 'Amazon.' 'Right. Just I was thinking of buying one.' Yeah.' 'It could help with the steeper trails.' 'Right.' 'Do you know where you're walking today? I think I'll probably just go in a straight line.' 'Yeah you can get anywhere pretty easily.' 'Right. I've just moved here from abroad so I don't know this area so well. Do you ? 'Yeah, I live here so I've taken these trails many times.' 'Cool. By the way, what are these flowers called?' 'Bluebells.' 'It's weird they're called blue bells when they're purple.' 'I guess.' 'Well, have a good walk!' 'You too. See you!' I ultimately ended it myself because I didn't want to bother her and I didn't feel too much of a connection. Considering I opened with the stick I should have asked more questions about it. Later, I see a girl with a bulldog. I said, 'Excuse me, is that a bulldog?' Then she said yeah. I had the same kind of interaction I've had before with dog owners where I talked about the difficulties training my own dog. Eventually her grandmother arrived which cut things short. She was quite friendly and encouraged me to pet her dog. These little mini interactions are good just to keep the idea of approaching a stranger to be a normal thing in your mind. 64/100 Ultimately, I could have stretched these interactions out for more practice but I try to read the atmosphere and not force a chat. Even short chats that are failures in the eyes of people who think you need results every time are still helpful as building blocks for confidence. Each little chat where you try a new opener or line are helping you become someone who is comfortable talking to unknown people. It's tough for me psychologically to go against the voice in my head of, 'this isn't you! People like you don't do this' but you just have to ride that out. I would say I've gotten better but that comes back more strongly when people are in earshot and can hear everything I'm saying. One of the other reasons I go indirect is because my intentions are not purely sexual. If all I have is a little chat, I'm happy with that. My goal is basically to have a small conversation. If through the course of the chat it turns out there is some chemistry or she has some interest in me, then my desires and goals shift to get the number, then a date, then intimacy. This is what bothers me a bit about people saying, 'you need to go directly for what you want.' Well, what I want changes at different stages of the process. In the beginning stages, it really is all about the chat.