"I just wanted to let you know you are really, very,
incredibly gorgeous and I am... well... I would like to
know if you want to go out some time. For dinner or
something. I mean I am busy right now with friends,
we're going out to eat.... but maybe another time?"
There was a little stuttering and a few glances out the soda shop door in his friends direction. You could tell it was genuine by how nervous he was. (Although I did briefly wonder) I was seriously taken back, totally not expecting those words to come out of his mouth. That was about as precise and to that point any stranger has ever been with me. It took a lot of guts, which I immediately applauded him for, and then I introduced the husband. I felt bad for the guy, really I did, he was so sweet and so brave. It is surprising how few guys are willing to do that in public to a perfect stranger. Unless something/someone else is influencing their judgement.... take that however you like.
One thing I learned from this brave young man is to always speak your mind and let others know exactly how you feel, when you feel it. You will more often than not make someone's day. Life is sweet but short, so tell the girl at the grocery store how much you like her shoes, or the co-worker how pretty their handwriting is... or ask him out on a date, no need to wait for him to figure out how to do it. Show him.
I don't know about you, but I regret left unsaid silence more than wondering.