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Dinner With Cupid

Taking a stab at the first date

Is a first date too soon to share a bite without asking?

Brian Fitzpatrick and Lauren Jones.

 

BRIAN FITZPATRICK > 32

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Graduate student

COMEDIAN WITH A LIKE SENSE OF HUMOR Larry David

HIS PERFECT MATE WOULD BE A Scarlett Johansson look-alike who works as a librarian in a small town

LAUREN JONES > 30

Advertising producer

COMEDIAN WITH A LIKE SENSE OF HUMOR [Jerry] Seinfeld . . . or Tina Fey

HER PERFECT MATE WOULD BE

A world traveler, perhaps a sailor, who . . . [helps] people/communities in need

7 P.M. WATERLINE, BOSTON

>MENUS UP

BRIAN I arrived and got us a table with a view. Then I spoke with the waiter, who is a huge fan of Dinner With Cupid.

LAUREN I looked around the lobby but didn’t see him, so I sat down and waited. A few minutes later, he came out of nowhere and asked if it was me.

BRIAN You never know what to expect on a blind date, but Lauren was impressive: tall, well dressed, and very pretty.

LAUREN He was average, I think — but I couldn’t really see past his loose clothing. He was wearing tennis shoes and baggy jeans.


> CROSSING FORKS

BRIAN We talked about how we found the place. We also talked about what we do for work, life in the city, and where we’re from.

LAUREN I discovered that he lives quite a distance outside of the city, and rides the commuter train in to grad school every day. He also lived in Ireland for four years while he was growing up — seems like he has a pretty cool history. We talked about our mutual liking for sushi, how he loves to cook, how he wants to meet someone famous.

BRIAN She’s got a great laugh and pretty eyes. I found out that she’s from Virginia and had moved all the way to Boston from Washington, D.C., which I found interesting. We had a far-ranging conversation, and it flowed pretty easily. I thought it was a good sign that we could talk about so many different things.

LAUREN I felt comfortable with him, but I could tell he was a little nervous — so that made me a little less comfortable. He also seemed rushed at the end of the night.

> AND THE GRAB!

BRIAN I’m a pretty easygoing guy, and she was a pretty easygoing gal. I felt more comfortable as the date went on — maybe a little too comfortable, because when her meal came I stole some veggies from her plate.

LAUREN He reached over and ate a potato off my plate before I even took a fork to it. I’m all about sharing food, but that may or may not have crossed the first-date comfort-zone line.

BRIAN I thought she was pretty attractive from the get-go, but after getting to know her a little better, I was definitely thinking: “Beauty and brains.”

LAUREN Doesn’t everyone seem more attractive with each drink?

> POST-MORTEM

BRIAN A

LAUREN B

> SECOND DATE?

BRIAN I had a good time — so, yes, I’d like to see her again.

LAUREN I’m not sure if our schedules will line up, but he did ask me out again. — Compiled by Peter Cocchia

GO ON A BLIND DATE. WE’LL PICK UP THE TAB.Fill out an application at boston.com/cupid.

Correction: Because of a reporting error, the wrong restaurant was listed in an earlier version of this story. The couple went to Waterline in Boston.

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