Not too long ago, I was out with a few friends, having an impromptu guys’ night and enjoying a few drinks. We were having a good time sitting at the bar, keeping to ourselves, but after bumping elbows I ended up chatting with the woman seated on the stool to my right. She wasn’t quite my type, but she was engaging, leading things off right away with a smile and a joke.
Since I was with the guys and not really out looking to meet anyone, I was just talking to her without any ulterior motives or pretense of interest beyond friendliness. Inevitably the conversation petered out, I turned back to my buddies, and after a few more minutes we decided to jump ship for a different bar around the block.