C-Nova’s 122™ is a collection of highly creative things you can do to impress a woman you are dating. The 122 honors the 122 women Giacomo Casanova mentions having slept with in his book “Story of My Life.”
This week, #47: Sidewalk Chalking
Sometimes the power of a gift isn’t in the gift itself but in the timing. Give her something expensive on her birthday and… blah. But give her something – almost anything – when she least expects it and it might as well be jewelry (or shoes, really, really expensive, uncomfortable shoes).
If you live in a city like New York, chalking the sidewalk is a perfect little gift that will put a smile on her face and guarantee you get a fawning email (or call). But there’s more to it than writing “Hi” on the pavement outside her door.
Prep: The best possible way to do a sidewalk chalking is to have it ready in the morning when she goes to work or class. This assumes she leaves the apartment (and in case she is a mistress you keep, you might want to skip this one). There are two ways to go about doing a proper sidewalk chalking.
The first version: Write or draw a single message outside her door that is large enough so that she cannot miss it. Make sure to personalize it; this means no “I Love You” or “I had a great time last night.” Instead try to reference something that only you and her would know like and inside joke.
The second version: If you know that she walks to the train or to work in the morning, this can be the most fun. Start outside her door and make a VERY specific personal reference that only she will get (see WARNING below). Also, in this first chalking, give her directions to walk one particular way. This will become a sort of scavenger hunt that you can draw out (HA!) as much as you’d like. We recommend less over more. A few things:
• Add a stop at a nearby coffee shop.
• Add a meta note by referencing what you were thinking while doing the chalking.
• Comment on her dress/shows/jeans (especially if you can make it detailed, i.e. you know what she wore that morning.
• Invite her on a date (time and date only, no place). I.e., “How about dinner? Thursday at 9:00?”
WARNING: We cannot stress this warning enough. Do not use her name or any personally identifying details. She might not want everyone to know the chalking was done for her. And no direct mentions of sex. Not. Cool. Dude.
Tip: Chalking the sidewalk will require that you somehow have time to work near her home without her knowing. This is tricky as some women react negatively to freaky shit like that. So if you’re going to do it at her place, make sure you’ve been together long enough that she won’t find such behavior stalkeriffic. Alternatively, if you’ve stayed over, get up extra early, like 6:00 am (give her some excuse about needing to be at work), and do the chalking then.
Tip: Watch out for rain.
Prep Time: Chalking could take anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour.
Level of difficulty (1-10): 2
Cost: Box of Crayola sidewalk chalk from Amazon is $6.
As always, do not under any circumstances use any of C-Nova’s 122™ with a woman you just started dating. She will (understandably) think you are insane and she will (understandably) run away. We recommend having dated somebody exclusively for at least three months before attempting any of these. And even then use The 122™ no more than once every six weeks.