The next day, Hall called the hospital and was relieved when she was patched through to her date’s hospital room. Hall connected with her date’s daughter and they began texting.
They arranged a time for her to come visit him in the hospital on April 10. “And he remembered everything about our conversation at the restaurant.
“The fun of flirting is that you are never sure what it means,” writes one modern author. Flirting is fun and playful, but it’s anything but meaningless. It is a way to say that I am not sexually available to another.
Learning when and where to appropriately signal sexual availability is at the heart of ancient concerns faced by the earliest church leaders (see the head-covering controversy in Corinth, according to Winter).
Hall says Bartholomew took charge and told her coworkers to call 911 as the two women continued CPR.
“I checked for a pulse again and he had a weak pulse,” Hall says.
Hall ran to his side and with the help of a server, Becca Bartholomew, they rolled him over.
“They boxed our food and we continued to talk for 45 more minutes, chatting about family and friends.” But suddenly her date coughed three times and lifted his finger as if to excuse himself.
“We weren’t eating so I knew he wasn’t choking,” Hall remembers.
I’m guessing here, but whenever it first started, flirting seems to be a primal phenomenon in human relationships and sexuality.
But with the rise of digital technology, flirting also becomes more blunt, more convenient, and often more misleading and confusing.