I want to put "sorta". I've always been a lousy starter, the opposite of smooth. If I can survive the start with the whole introduction and everything, I usually do all right. I've kind of developed a rep among my female friends as like a shoulder to cry on -- they think I'm sensitive and understanding (hope I am). But when I was young and trying to pursue women, I was so horrible at introductions, and so awkward. I'm pretty sure it's only because some women (a minority) were patient and kind of looked past that awful introduction that I managed to those middle and late stages I was more comfortable about.
Yeah, I mean, they're just people. Say whatever. Shit, lie through your teeth, who cares? You just gotta fill that 2 hour gap between buying her a drink and ripping her clothes off with something interesting.