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Dinner With Cupid

Blind date with a long commute

She lives in New Hampshire, he lives in Somerville. Can they agree to meet in the middle?

ERIC RITVO > 37

Entrepreneur and former attorney

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THE FIRST THING PEOPLE NOTICE IN HIS HOME >The paint colors, then the view from the deck

 WHEN HE’S HAPPIEST >Thanksgiving with my family

 HIS PERFECT SATURDAY >Apple picking, a Harley ride, dinner party with friends

 

 

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JEN DEPIPPO >33

Teacher

 THE FIRST THING PEOPLE NOTICE IN HER HOME >It’s nicely decorated and extremely organized and clean.

 WHEN SHE’S HAPPIEST >Having a great time with friends and family

 WHAT MAKES HER A CATCH? >I’m confident, levelheaded, and a “glass half full”-type person.

 

7:30 P.M. JOE FISH NORTH ANDOVER

 

FINDING THEIR WAY . . .

ERIC Everyone has had dates that range from “that’s my future spouse” to “please come stab me so it ends,” but you have to approach every experience [as if] it will turn out amazing.

JEN I never have any expectations going into a date, never mind a blind date. I just hoped for something enjoyable and nothing disastrous!

ERIC Jen was a couple minutes late – we both had to drive quite a distance. I proceeded to wait at the bar and did an appearance check in the bathroom. I came out to discover Jen had just arrived, and the hostess introduced us.

JEN I would have been early if I didn’t get lost! When Eric came out of the men’s room, I was pleasantly surprised. Eric was dressed nicely, good-looking, and around my height – and I had heels on.

ERIC Jen seemed completely at ease. Poised. Confident. Spunky. (Wonderful smile. Cute earrings. Soft, caring eyes.) It was immediately clear that she is a people person and the conversation would flow easily.

>CRUISIN’

ERIC The first topic was obvious: How did we wind up on a blind date in North Andover? I had driven an hour (Boston rush-hour traffic), and she had been in the car [from New Hampshire] for 30 minutes. JEN There was quite some time between ordering drinks and food, which was fine, because neither one of us was ever at a loss for words.

ERIC I lived in seacoast New Hampshire for 10 years, so we shared a common admiration for people-watching on Hampton Beach.

JEN Eric let me in on his new business adventure, [told me] he rides a Harley (very cautiously). The topic of conversation was wine for a bit, and much more.

ERIC We’ve both tried sky-diving and loved it. We’ve both vacationed in Jamaica. She is a first-grade teacher, and I come from a two-educator family.

>THE TRIP HOME

ERIC The longer we spoke, I found myself more attracted to her.

JEN I left thinking, “That was a great date.” He made me laugh.

ERIC After 2½ hours, it was time to go. We realized that our waiter had closed out every table but ours.

JEN There was no exchange of numbers or contact information. I’m not used to going on blind dates, and it never really dawned on me to ask for his number.

>POST-MORTEM

JEN B+

ERIC B+

>SECOND DATE?

JEN I would go out on another date with Eric if he was willing.

ERIC I don’t think [so]. Jen is certainly a catch. But you have to factor in the drive from Boston to New Hampshire. I did not get the sense either of us wants to sign up for that much car time.

GO ON A BLIND DATE. We’ll pick up the tab. To apply for Dinner With Cupid, fill out an application at boston.com/cupid.

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