It is a truth universally acknowledged that a man wearing cute socks must be in search of a wife.
The other day, what should crop up of facebook but a link to a blog post the title of which went something like: "Why aren't men asking woman out any more?" I didn't read it, in my defence, I don't have to. The blog will contain some mediocre application of some Bible verses lifted out of context, a lot of complaining about men not being brave enough, modern culture ruining good old fashioned courtship and more than it's fair share of spurious nonsense coached in spiritual language. I may just have described my own blog there...
Either way, the blog post was hardly what I would call a definite answer on the subject. No, for such profundity, please read on. Men are, after all, simple creatures and it should be down right easy to model their thought processes.
A man will ask a woman out based on the following flowchart: