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Question #717 posted on 09/29/2003 midnight

Dear 100 Hour Board,
On several occasions I have asked girls out on dates, and the answer has always been "I'm already doing something with my roommate/friends," or, "I'm busy doing homework." Is there any way to tell whether they are being sincere, or just not brave enough to straight up turn me down? I'd hate to bother anyone that isn't interested in me, but I also don't want to give up if they are only busy that one time. How can I tell what a girl means?
- Lonely

A: Dear Lonely,
You have to read between the lines. If the girl is interested, but is busy, she'll say something like, "But I would love for you to ask me again sometime." or, "Can I take a raincheck?" Or, "Let's do something again sometime." Something to that extent. If you're not sure because she didn't say anything like that, you could go ahead and try again, and then if she really isn't interested she'll tell you, or be washing her hair.
- That One Girl