NICK CRUZ> 29
Customer service representative
WHAT HE’D BRING TO A DESERT ISLAND Music, my phone, and a girl to hang with
HIS INTERESTS I love music, meeting new people, and I enjoy traveling.
ARIELLE BREMBY > 23
Art school admission counselor
WHAT SHE’D BRING TO A DESERT ISLAND A library, a musical instrument, and art supplies
HER INTERESTS I studied painting and art history in Italy.
7:30 P.M. SIAM LOTUS, NORWOOD
> GETTING INSPIRED
NICK I pulled an outfit together, showered, shaved, and asked some co-workers for pointers.
ARIELLE I was in a rush, since I had to pick up a [car].
NICK I arrived early, took a look at the menu, and decided what I might eat.
ARIELLE I got a little turned around. I’d say I was about five minutes late.
NICK I was already sitting. The hostess brought her to the table.
ARIELLE The restaurant was empty. I knew he had to be the nervous one in blue.
NICK I thought she was pretty. She had a really nice smile and pretty eyes.
ARIELLE He’s tall. Cool glasses, too.
NICK I asked her how her commute was and where she was from.
ARIELLE He works at a motorcycle shop, went to school for business, and plays a lot of different instruments.
NICK She lives to paint. I found out what music she likes, her favorite television shows, and that she is a vegetarian.
ARIELLE We both got pad Thai, mine with tofu instead of shrimp.
NICK We both enjoy art in our own way; she loves to paint and I am a musician.
ARIELLE I didn’t feel like we had that much in common.
NICK As the date went on, the conversation became a lot easier.
ARIELLE He was really nervous, slurping back his beers in huge gulps, so that made me even more uncomfortable.
NICK I instantly found her attractive, but it was good to put a personality with a face.
ARIELLE I know he was trying to be a gentleman, but I was taken aback when he ordered for both of us.
NICK I think, all in all, it went really well.
ARIELLE I was pretty disappointed that he didn’t seem to have the same adventurous spirit.
NICK I think it’s going to take more than a 60-minute date to realize if there is a spark.
ARIELLE We both had a bit of a drive ahead, so we parted ways.
NICK We got the check.
ARIELLE He had his coat on and was ready to go. He seemed like he was in a hurry.
NICK She gave me a hug and we exchanged information.
ARIELLE He was ready to leave. I literally had to stop him to ask for a hug.
> SECOND DATE?
NICK I hope we end up on another date. I could see having a lot of fun with her.
ARIELLE Probably not. I’m looking to date someone I can be spontaneous with. — Compiled by Katy Rushlau
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