GRANGER KENLY > 25
University assistant registrar
WHAT MAKES HIM A CATCH > I’m fun, polite, and chivalrous.
HIS PERFECT MATCH > She’d work at a job she’s passionate about.
ANNA THOMAS > 25
WHAT MAKES HER A CATCH > I work hard and enjoy what I do.
HER PERFECT MATCH > Would walk me home like a perfect gentleman
7 p.m. JOE’S AMERICAN BAR & GRILL, BACK BAY
> FAST PITCH
ANNA I didn’t do much to prepare for the date, just worked on getting my outfit together. I didn’t want to be too dressy or too casual.
GRANGER I was very calm leading up to the date, [but] once I headed into the restaurant, I started to get a little nervous. It felt like I was walking to the table in slow motion.
ANNA Granger was tall, handsome, nicely dressed, and had a warm smile.
GRANGER I thought she was very attractive and looked very nice. Not sure what my expectations were, but she exceeded them.
ANNA He seemed a little nervous at first, but as the date went on, we became more comfortable with each other.
GRANGER She seemed very calm and laid-back. I’m sure I looked like a mess walking in from the rain.
> BEER AND A HOT DOG
ANNA We talked about our jobs and school, where we are from, where we live — the usual icebreakers.
GRANGER We talked about how we ended up doing Dinner With Cupid, how my colleagues and her mother urged us to give this a shot.
ANNA I learned that he was from Chicago and what he does for a living. I also learned he went to the University of Rhode Island for undergrad, which is where my younger sister goes.
GRANGER We both enjoy traveling and taking road trips. We are excited for a Boston summer and look forward to soaking up the sun and relaxing.
ANNA He had mentioned wanting to join a softball league this summer, which is something I would also like to do.
> 7TH-INNING STRETCH
GRANGER She has a very welcoming disposition that allowed me to open up to her. The conversation flowed naturally.
ANNA I felt very comfortable with him. He was very friendly and warm.
GRANGER As I got to know her, I found her funny and charming. I think there might have been sparks. I found myself genuinely interested in finding out more about her.
ANNA [At the evening’s end], I told him that it was nice to meet him and that we should talk about the summer softball league soon. He agreed.
> SECOND DATE?
GRANGER i enjoyed getting to know her and would like to find out more.
ANNA Halfway during the date I recognized he is someone whom I would consider going out with again.