Dinner With Cupid

Talking shop on the first date

They’re both in finance. Will it be worth it?

Dan Araya and Rhian Jones.

Dan Araya and Rhian Jones.


Staff accountant


WHAT MAKES HIM A GOOD CATCH? I’m passionate about health and fitness.

WHEN HE’S HAPPIEST When I’m spending uninterrupted time with my family

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Financial analyst

HER HOBBIES I played on the US field hockey team, so I am pretty athletic. 


WHEN SHE’S HAPPIEST When I’m with others



DAN I didn’t have a lot of time between work and date, so I just freshened up and changed.

RHIAN I was running late before the date, so I didn’t have much time to get ready.

DAN I was pretty early.

RHIAN I was about 15 minutes late because I stopped at the wrong [restaurant]. Turns out there’s also one in Chestnut Hill.

DAN I arrived and was seated immediately at a nice table by the window.

RHIAN He had a glass of wine and was sitting down. I apologized for being late.


DAN She is a pretty girl — elegant and well dressed.

RHIAN I thought he looked friendly. He had a very welcoming smile.

DAN We talked about a variety of subjects ranging from our past to our family.

RHIAN We talked about the extensive menu and our strategies for ordering, his job, family, sports. I learned that we had a lot in common. We enjoyed travel, we’re close with our families, and we work in finance.

DAN I thought she was a really interesting person.

RHIAN I liked that he was adventurous and willing to try new things. We were both laid-back and chatty.

DAN She was very pleasant to talk to and I feel like the conversation went smoothly the whole time.

RHIAN I felt comfortable right away and more comfortable as the evening progressed.

DAN To be honest, I didn’t really feel an attraction the whole time. The dinner went smoothly and we had fun, but there wasn’t any chemistry. I think both of us were feeling the same.

RHIAN We had an instant connection as friends. There didn’t seem to be any major sparks romantically.

DAN I wanted to leave toward the end, not because of her, but more because I was exhausted from work.

RHIAN I enjoyed the entire dinner.


DAN I think we were both tired by the end.

RHIAN We both discussed being early risers and early to bed.

DAN We just wrapped it up, thanked each other for a nice evening.

RHIAN It was friendly. We hugged goodbye.






DAN While I had a great time, we will not be hanging out again. We didn’t exchange contact information.

RHIAN I do not think we will. He seems like someone I could be great friends with.

 — Compiled by Katy Rushlau

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