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    generate a relationship out of thin air

    Hi. What means that question (You can't get them to stop) in this conversation?

    -What's your name?
    - They call me Chip.
    - You can't get them to stop?
    - That was funny.
    - Listen, I understand the courage it takes
    to walk across a room...and try to generate a relationship
    out of thin air. This is no reflection on you.
    I'm just not interested.

    And what means try to generate a relationship out of thin air and this is no reflection on you?

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    Re: generate a relationship out of thin air

    I think that it refers to the ability to meet someone and start a conversation immediately to get to know someone. If something is no reflection on you, it isn't meant as a criticism and you haven't done anything wrong.

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    Re: generate a relationship out of thin air

    Quote Originally Posted by 8Julieth8 View Post
    Hi. What means that question (You can't get them to stop) in this conversation?

    -What's your name?
    - They call me Chip.
    - You can't get them to stop?
    - That was funny.
    The (lack of) context seems to suggest that Chip has walked up to this woman and attempted to befriend her. The woman isn't very impressed. However, she asks him his name.
    Instead of simple saying what his name is, he says "They call me Chip".
    Instead of the usual "Why do they call you Chip?" or "What's your real name?", the woman chooses to say the witty "Can't you get them to stop calling you that [ridiculous name]?" She is being sarcastic, because she doesn't really like him (as she soon makes clear by rejecting him).


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    Re: generate a relationship out of thin air

    OK, here's all text.

    - Hi.I noticed your glass was getting low... so I took the liberty of bringing you another apple martini.
    - Thank you.
    - And I couldn't help but notice you look a lot like my next girlfriend.
    - What's your name?
    - They call me Chip.
    -You can't get them to stop?
    - That was funny.
    - Listen, I understand the courage it takes to walk across a room... and try to generate a relationship out of thin air. So don't take the following personally.
    - You have fantastic eyes.
    - Thanks. Try to listen. This is no reflection on you. I'm just not interested. But thank you for the compliment of coming over.
    - You're welcome. So do you like Cuban food?
    - Chip, seriously, that was not code for, "I wish you'd try harder."
    - Are you always so shut-down and afraid that the right man might make you...
    - Feel like a natural woman?

    The underlined sentences I don't understand.

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    Re: generate a relationship out of thin air

    Quote Originally Posted by 8Julieth8 View Post
    OK, here's all text.
    The context is as Tdol and I assumed. Our explanations are above.


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    Re: generate a relationship out of thin air

    Thanks.

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