GEORGE MCGEE > 51
HIS PERFECT SATURDAY Visit a historic site or go for an easy hike
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
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.
> SECOND DATE?
GEORGE I would like that. I’ll text him sometime soon.
GARY Definitely not.
Compiled Marian Daniells.