23 / Nursing Graduate Student
WHEN SHE’S HAPPIEST When I am laughing with friends
HER HOBBIES I am training for a half marathon and love going to the beach.
23 / Property Operations Assistant
WHEN HE’S HAPPIEST When I’m being active
HIS PERFECT DATE A day at the beach, then dinner on the water
7:30 P.M. STELLA, SOUTH END
SHAWN I had the entire day off, so I kept it low-key before the date.
BRIAN I had never been on a blind date, so I was excited for the new experience.
SHAWN I was not nervous. I love meeting new people.
BRIAN I was about five minutes early. I told the maitre d’ that I was there for a date with Shawn, and she brought me over.
THE STARTING LINE
SHAWN He was tall, attractive, and well dressed.
BRIAN She didn’t stand up when I came to the table, so I wasn’t sure how tall she was.
SHAWN He had a young, friendly face.
BRIAN She was well dressed.
SHAWN He only appeared nervous during the first minute or two.
BRIAN She seemed a little nervous at the get-go.
SHAWN I mentioned that I attend a graduate school that turned out to be in his hometown.
BRIAN We got to know each other a bit, like where we went to college and professions.
SHAWN He works in commercial real estate.
BRIAN She goes to nursing school where I grew up.
SHAWN One of his two brothers is the same age as mine.
BRIAN We didn’t really share any interests or hobbies.
SHAWN The atmosphere was perfect for a date.
BRIAN We are both young, career-oriented individuals.
SHAWN We both studied management and economics in college.
BRIAN She is an approachable person who is easy to get along with. [But] from the start, I could tell she wasn’t my type.
SHAWN I liked him as a person and had fun.
BRIAN She was good company, but I just don’t think there was a connection.
SHAWN I knew pretty quickly that it would not go beyond friendly.
BRIAN It was not a match beyond the friend level.
SHAWN We had plenty of good conversation and laughter but no romantic sparks.
BRIAN I enjoyed a good meal and drinks.
SHAWN I was having a fun time.
BRIAN The date ended after the meal.
SHAWN We went our separate ways, which seemed natural and appropriate.
BRIAN I didn’t want to send any mixed signals by asking her to continue.
SHAWN We hugged and I walked to my car.
BRIAN We exchanged digits. I thanked her for a pleasant evening.
SHAWN I don’t think so, because there was no romantic connection.
BRIAN She was not my type, both looks- and personality-wise.
THE BOTTOM LINE
— Compiled by Katy Rushlau
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