Last night I went to a few bars with a friend. I looked around the bar, no girls making eye contact with me. A girl me and my friend kind of knew from a while back came up to the bar between us to order. The three of us chatted briefly, turns out she went to school far away in an area I'm trying to go to. She got her drink, I thin said something to the effect of "nice talking to you" and went back to her friends. Should've asked for her number. At that point I just wanted to enjoy talking to her and felt like I didn't want to try and be "gamey". Damn sexual shame.
Later on I went up to two chicks at another bar. We talked briefly and my friend came along and made fun of (playfully) the brand of cigarettes the unattractive girl was smoking, which I believe might've ruined the interaction. It turned out the girl works in a Boston match making service and I asked if she had heard of "the dating specialist" (she hadn't :c). I described what nick did a little, mentioning she must know if pick up artists, and said he was into it and then decided "nah screw that stuff" and did his own thing. I said hopefully he's your competition. My friend said "yeah he has videos and what to do and everything". Which was inaccurate, sounded like he was describing a pickup artist. They walked away after my friend talked to them a bit more. Not to blame him. But you know, maybe it was him haha. I shouted "toodaloo" when they left. I don't think it was negative, made me feel better to have it end officially in my mind.
Now earlier today: I said "what's up" to a girl I recognized from the past at work" she made no eye contact and kept walking. As I left, a girl who I talked to in a work-related manner yesterday was staring at me. I kept eye contact, gave her the sup nod, she did not sup nod back or anything and I broke eye contact because it felt uncomfortable (not sexually anxious or anything, if a guy stared at me and didn't sup nod back I'd be uncomfortable too) to keep looking at her when she hadn't returned a friendly gesture.