I've always been more of a shy, introverted, type of person who is open about what I am and what I do. But, when it comes to the opposite sex I always seem to choke. Literally. Like yesterday, on October 13th. I went with my Mom to the mall for her to get a ring appraised and some jewelry cleaned. I looked around in the small shop and walked across to the Sleep Number store. The sales lady who helped me was a short, but very attractive lady. We had idle chit chat, shared some friendly laughs, and I got some price quotes on some Sleep Number beds. I didn't want to ask her out because, well, she was selling beds and I'm sure she's been hit on all the time. I was raised to be a gentlemen and chivalrous towards women (thanks, Mom and Dad) and I didn't want to seem inappropriate. So, what can I do to start dating (quit laughing already you shmucks) and to build my confidence high enough to ask someone out? There is plenty of "fertile" territory at work to go through, but I'm not going to stop being a gentlemen. I do have confidence, and generally have high self confidence but when I go to try to utter those critical words they play through my mind but stop at the nose level before they reach my mouth. If I say something it is usually some asinine comment. Please, y'all, give ya other brother from another mother some help!