ADAM FREDERICK > 28
DREAM CELEBRITY MATCH Zooey Deschanel
WHAT PEOPLE NOTICE WHEN THEY WALK INTO HIS PLACE “Oh, hey, you cleaned.”
JESSICA PORTER > 25
Mental health counselor
WHO PLAYS YOU IN THE MOVIE OF YOUR LIFE? I’ve been told I look like Zooey Deschanel.
LAST THING SHE READ? I find OMGFacts on Twitter intriguing.
6:30 P.M. PETIT ROBERT BISTRO, NEEDHAM
> NEW GIRL
JESSICA I was driving over and started to get anxious, [so I changed] the radio to more relaxing songs to help calm my nerves.
ADAM I bought new dress shoes for the date.
JESSICA I was anxious and had a bunch of thoughts whirling through my head: What if he’s boring or smells bad or is a jerk?
ADAM There were not a lot of people in the restaurant at the time, and the bar was right near the door, so I overheard her give the reservation name and got up to introduce myself.
JESSICA I immediately noticed he was very tall. I was impressed he dressed up a bit. The last date I went on, the guy looked like he was 17 from his clothing.
ADAM She was very pretty, had on a nice dress, and had kind of a Zooey Deschanel look to her.
> 500DAYS OF SUMMER
JESSICA We realized pretty early on he knew my college roommate and graduated with her brother, which was a weird coincidence. Then we talked about school, our jobs, and pretty general topics.
ADAM Since it was a French restaurant, we both had trouble pronouncing what was on the menu, so I saw the word “steak” and ordered it; she did the same with salmon. The service was good, and everything tasted great.
JESSICA We realized next month we would be working down the street from each other, and [then] both of us seemed more relaxed.
ADAM We both chose career paths as something we always wanted to do, and we’re both hard workers. We also enjoy the simple things like a beer and nachos over French cuisine.
> FAILURE TO LAUNCH
ADAM I definitely felt more comfortable as the date went on. We were in a booth, and I noticed I kept inching a little closer when we were talking.
JESSICA We ended the night after dinner. I [was] leaving on vacation soon, so I wanted to get some rest and maybe start to pack.
ADAM We didn’t do anything after. We both had to be up early, and Needham isn’t exactly a hotbed for night life.
JESSICA We left the restaurant and my car was across the street while his was down the block, so we hugged and parted ways.
> POST MORTEM
> SECOND DATE?
ADAM I want to see her again.
JESSICA Yes, I would, to see if [there are] sparks.
— Compiled by Erica Thompson