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Dinner With Cupid

Missing persons

Oops! These blind daters were seated at different tables. Will they ever get together?

GREGORY KECHES

24 / IT consultant

When he’s happiest: When I’m playing music

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What makes him a good catch: I have a good heart and I’m incredibly outgoing.

ALISON AMORELLO

24 / Freelance writer

When she’s happiest: When I’m relaxing or being creative

What makes her a good catch: I’m unlike anyone else.

8 P.M. LINCOLN TAVERN AND RESTAURANT, SOUTH BOSTON

LOST AND . . . 

GREGORY I wasn’t nervous.

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ALISON I was fairly calm and excited.

GREGORY The worst-case scenario would be a story to tell. I was early.

ALISON I arrived exactly on time.

GREGORY The waitress dropped me off at a table and got me a drink.

ALISON They told me our table wasn’t ready and asked me to wait at the bar.

GREGORY Time ticked away, and there was no sign of Alison.

ALISON By 8:20, I was sitting alone with no sign of my date.

GREGORY I was sure I had been stood up.

ALISON I informed a waitress that I had been stood up.

. . . FOUND

GREGORY I was beginning to pack up when the waitress rushed over. Alison had been [seated] at a different table.

ALISON The staff brought him over. Luckily, we were able to laugh about it.

GREGORY The first thing I noticed was her eyes.

ALISON He was handsome and well put together.

GREGORY She was absolutely the type of girl I’m attracted to.

ALISON He seemed a little nervous, mostly because he was worked up.

GREGORY She seemed happy that she wasn’t blown off.

ALISON We covered the basics, where we’re from, our jobs.

GREGORY I ordered a chicken Caesar salad.

ALISON I ordered bar steak and truffle fries.

GREGORY And we were given free dessert.

ALISON [The meal] was excellent.

GREGORY She was nothing short of a strong personality.

ALISON We talked about everything. We were both very honest.

GREGORY I was so surprised when she immediately opened up.

ALISON I realized we were sort of opposites personality-wise. I think we could learn from each other.

GREGORY We shared being a twentysomething looking for love.

MISPLACED?

ALISON I could just tell he was a very relaxed, kind man. I felt very comfortable [on a date with him].

GREGORY The girl’s zeal for life was apparent.

ALISON He has a great personality.

GREGORY Her radiant smile and off-the-cuff moments alone made me like her.

ALISON He walked me to my car, which I was impressed by.

GREGORY We hugged it out. We were past the handshake.

ALISON It was a great night full of laughs.

SECOND DATE?

ALISON I think we will stay friendly.

GREGORY I hope so.

THE BOTTOM LINE

ALISON A

GREGORY A-

— Compiled by Katy Rushlau

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