You might think this comic is sad
however, I'm telling you it's not. Sure, P might have been attracted to the other parrot, but would they be happy together? P encoded a great deal of their own personality in their ice breaker and got brushed off. Fortunately, P is smart and does not let this affect their own sense of self worth. Instead, they realised that the other parrot's personality is too different from their own to justify a healthy relationship. Hence, they used a very efficient way to determine that they should keep searching.
The search can continue on another day, though. Going home directly after was an entirely legitimate, non-emotional, completely rational decision. As was eating a whole vat of ice cream in front of the television.
P is in a bar, talking to a prettier parrot (PP).
P: Do you know what a semaphore telegraph is?
PP: Weird pickup line, but continue...
P starts explaining
It’s an early system of conveying information using towers with mechanical arms on top. It was invented in 1792. Only about a century before it was replaced by the electrical telegraph.
The concept is so simple, it might well have been invented in the middle ages, ancient Rome or, heck, even Egypt!
Yet, it wasn’t. People didn’t think it was a priority to increase the speed of communication, as they didn’t think they wanted to talk to each other.
Today, companies invest billions to scrape milliseconds off the communication delay. Once the ice was broken, they couldn’t get their messages to each other fast enough.
P: Soooo, ... can I get your number?
PP: You talk too much.