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Dinner With Cupid

Blind date up in the air

Will these skydivers fall for each other?

From left, Linda McGurin and John Norris.

From left, Linda McGurin and John Norris.

JOHN NORRIS

57 / RETIRED HUMAN SERVICES ADMINISTRATOR

WHAT HE’S READING

The Indifferent Stars Above, the story of the Donner Party. A bio of Teddy Roosevelt is next on my list.

WHO PLAYS HIM IN A MOVIE

Ray Romano

LINDA MCGURIN

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56 / APPAREL BUYER AND SHOP MANAGER

WHAT SHE’S READING

Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life

WHEN SHE’S HAPPIEST

When she is near the ocean or in an airplane

7 P.M. SCOSSO, PEABODY

> SUITING UP

LINDA I thought I would be nervous, but I was quite calm.

JOHN I was pretty relaxed, other than being concerned that I’d be late. I didn’t want her to be waiting. As it turned out, I was right on time, and Linda walked into the restaurant shortly after I did.

LINDA When I was arriving at the restaurant, as I entered, I saw a man seated alone in the waiting area.

JOHN Linda asked for the reservation. I overheard her and knew she was my date. I introduced myself and then proceeded to get seated.

> THE JUMP

JOHN I was pretty comfortable right from the start. It only got better as the date went on.

LINDA John stood up and we shook hands. He seemed a bit nervous at first meeting and when we first sat down at the table. I thought he was physically attractive. While having dinner and talking, I noticed he has a great smile. I also liked that he is very much a gentleman. He seemed to have a great deal of respect for women.

JOHN I thought she looked great. She was dressed nicely and seemed warm and fun right from the start. We started talking right away.

LINDA Hiking, biking, kayaking and cross-country skiing are some of his favorite things to do. He likes difficult and long hikes. I asked him if he had any scary encounters with animals while hiking and he told me about his meeting with a moose.

JOHN We both have had lots of jobs and interesting experiences raising children. We both have been sky-diving, enjoy the seashore and coastal communities.

LINDA We both have two daughters in their 20s. We both enjoy doing activities outdoors (although I prefer sleeping in a bed as opposed to camping and easy day hikes as opposed to 4,000-foot mountains).

JOHN I liked when she spoke about her daughters. I could feel how connected and loving she is toward them.

> BACK TO EARTH

JOHN As it turned out, the timing was a bit tight. I had reserved my little Zipcar to allow for a two-hour date. We talked and enjoyed each other and time slipped away a bit. Otherwise, I think we would have had some time after the meal. It was a bit rushed at the end.

LINDA We exchanged phone numbers, had a quick hug, and went our separate ways.

> SECOND DATE?

JOHN Maybe. It might be difficult, as we live far from each other. But circumstances change, so you never know.

LINDA I would go out on another date with John. He is a very nice guy and I had a good time on the date.

> POST-MORTEM

JOHN A-

LINDA A+

— Compiled by Vanessa Fernandes

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