As an astronaut is to the space program, the terranaut is to living on the earth ... only snootier.
A pseudo-profession that any of us can claim to have.
It sounds real if you say it with a straight face.
You are at a bar and the girl you're trying to pick up asks, "So, what do you do?"
In the past you've used, "I'm a doctor (or pilot, NFL Quarterback or other professions you're NOT) to impress her to get into her boudoir.
They don't work on today's savvy single. Besides she may BE a doctor, or pilot, or other professions ... and actually KNOW an NFL Quarterback. Getting busted sucks.
Tell her, "I'm a terranaut working in the private sector, now. The work is exciting, but dangerous. In fact, the reason I'm in town is to escort my (friend, boss, replacement, government inspector, etc) back to the jobsite. I'm leaving tomorrow. For security reasons I can't say more about that.
But what about you? What do you do?"
This makes you sound (1) interested in her, (2) like you used to work for the government. (3) The job is a little dangerous and (4) very mysterious - things that attract women. Also, the bit about you leaving make the one-night-stand more acceptable.
Man - you're in like Flint, now!
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