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Dinner With Cupid

Blind date between history buffs

Will it be the same old story?

GEORGE MCGEE > 51

Accountant

HIS PERFECT SATURDAY Visit a historic site or go for an easy hike

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THE LAST THING HE READThe Partly Cloudy Patriot, by Sarah Vowell

INTERESTS Member of Historic New England

 

GARY BRIGGS > 51

Retail store owner and candle manufacturer

HIS PERFECT SATURDAY Getting up early, driving to Brimfield, shopping for antiques all day

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INTERESTS I am an avid tennis player and antiques dealer and collector--but don’t go for Victorian frills.

 

7 P.M., LUCKY’S LOUNGE, SOUTH BOSTON

 > THE GILDED AGE

GARY I had planned out my outfit ahead of time. I’m kind of known for my great collection of shirts, so I picked one of my favorites.

GEORGE I spent the day painting my kitchen, so stayed busy and my thoughts were diverted.

GARY I was calmly excited.

GEORGE I wondered, “Why on earth did I sign up for this?”

 > AGE OF INNOCENCE

GEORGE Gary was waiting. He was good-looking and age appropriate, so I knew it was him. I walked up and said hello.

GARY In two short seconds . . . not at all my physical type. I’m a big sports fan, play tennis, and keep in shape. He was probably 20 pounds overweight.

GEORGE He was dressed “casual-fun.” His shirt was kind of loud.

GARY He seemed a bit awkward. [There was] some nervous laughter.

GEORGE Gary was calm, relaxed, and talkative. That helped me to be relaxed.

 > THE DARK AGES

GARY Dinner was mediocre at best, but the service was great. The bartender was our waiter, and he was definitely on his game. (I wish he’d been my date!)

GEORGE Edamame and chorizo succotash was a great appetizer. I had the steak tips. Gary is a successful entrepreneur. We discussed his business and life since he relocated to Vermont.

GARY He’s unemployed but searching for a job now. I didn’t get a sense that he had a lot of hobbies or interests, or if he did, they didn’t come up. The conversation was very vanilla.

GEORGE I was comfortable from the start. The conversation flowed.

GARY I knew there was not going to be any romance, so that made it easier.

 > ICE AGE

GARY I don’t get to Boston that often, and I treasure the time I get to spend with my friends. So I was disappointed that I was going to spend a couple of hours with someone I had [little] interest in getting to know.

GEORGE Gary was likable from the start. I thought, “Gee, I like this fellow.”

GARY The date ended sort of abruptly. At one point after dessert he just sort of stood up and said, “Are you ready?” . . . I got the feeling he was looking for a hug or kiss, but I just didn’t feel it.

 > POST-MORTEM

GEORGE A-

GARY C-

 > SECOND DATE?

GEORGE I would like that. I’ll text him sometime soon.

GARY Definitely not.

 

Compiled Marian Daniells.

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