This is going to be a very tame thread compared to most of the others here. I have a major problem initiating conversation with someone I like at a bar or wherever. I have met all of my girlfriends in the past through other people and I didn't have the burden of striking up the initial conversation with any of them. Once I get going, I'm confident in myself to maintain a good conversation and to make myself a likable person. I just don't understand what the very first thing I should say to an absolute stranger whom I know nothing about. What does everyone here do?