See, I'm really shy. I have no neighbors close enough to visit with regularly. I haven't worked a 'day job' in 2 1/2 years, and the most regular social interaction I usually get is at the supermarket*. And even then, I use U-Scan so I don't have to talk to checkers. It's not that I don't like people, in fact quite the opposite - I really like people! I have even been making a concentrated effort to ask for directions and not run away from conversations - maybe even start them.
It backfired! Unsuspecting victim at the geek store thought I was flirting with him and asked me out. Doh!
I think the combination of friendly and shy screams: 'I'm interested!' when it isn't supposed to. This is an awesome tactic while trying to sell geeks fantasy art - and has on two occasions garnered me love poetry from strangers, plus one limited-time stalker - but it doesn't help that whole 'trying not to be a hermit' angle I'm going for.
I do wear a ring, I do! Maybe it's not flashy enough.
I suggested to Jake that maybe I need to be more bitchy. He vetoed that plan.
*Aside from scheduled weekly gaming and TV events with people who are already used to my oddities.