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Dinner With Cupid

A blind date for early birds

Will these eager daters find time for romance?

MIKE PONTICELLI > 28

Operations manager/freight broker

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WHAT HE’D BRING TO A DESERT ISLAND iPhone, toothbrush, hoodie

WHAT MAKES HIM A CATCH I have an odd sense of humor.

JEN MARSH > 28

Health care improvement analyst

WHAT SHE’D BRING TO A DESERT ISLAND My iPhone, coffee, and toothbrush and toothpaste

WHAT MAKES HER A CATCH I am intelligent and fun with a really good heart.

7:30 P.M. ABBY LANE, BOSTON

> COUNTING THE MINUTES

MIKE Some guys in my office and I had some post-work beers and dialogued some inter-personal strategies.

JEN I went home after work to do a quick change and to fix my hair and makeup.

MIKE I was enthused. I mean, you’ve got to maintain a good attitude.

JEN I was nervous.

MIKE I know I was on time; I was hustling to get out of the freezing cold.

JEN We were both early.

MIKE I asked the host if anyone else had checked in.

JEN Mike was already there, so they pointed him out to me.

MIKE He pointed this girl in my direction after I picked a spot at the bar.

> ON THE CLOCK

JEN I thought he was pretty cute. I liked that he wore a blazer.

MIKE Immediately I thought, cute girl, great smile.

JEN He seemed mostly calm, but a little nervous.

MIKE She seemed relieved to be getting [the date] underway.

JEN The conversation flowed pretty naturally.

MIKE We talked about where we were from and what we did with our days.

JEN I discovered that we had a lot in common. I enjoyed his stories and hearing his background.

MIKE A lot of our conversation was about work, personal motivation, and professional goals. It was fun to talk to someone who has a competitive drive and stands for something.

JEN I think our approach to a lot of things is very similar. We both like having fun and working hard.

MIKE We both like bar trivia, New York City, coffee. She mentioned that she liked all seafood except for tuna. [The tuna tartare] was served and she had a bite anyway. I thought, She’s got a good attitude about this.

JEN I felt very comfortable. Since it was a first date, we kept it casual and got to know each other.

MIKE We shared this s’more dessert. It was magical.

JEN I think we had a good time.

MIKE It was a fun night.

> AFTER HOURS

JEN There was a hug, but I don’t kiss and tell.

MIKE Just a hug. She was in the driver’s seat when it came to that one.

> POST-MORTEM

JEN A/A-

MIKE A

> SECOND DATE?

JEN Yes, I am excited to get to know him better.

MIKE We had fun, and I think it would be cool to do something again on our own terms.  — Compiled by Katy Rushlau

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