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    Dinner With Cupid

    Call me maybe

    Will these daters connect, or lose the signal?

    From left, Kimberly Conlin and Chris O’Connor.
    From left, Kimberly Conlin and Chris O’Connor.

    KIMBERLY CONLIN

    24 / SOCIAL WORKER

    STRANDED ON A DESERT ISLAND, SHE COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT

    Music, my cellphone, my mom

    WHAT MAKES HER A CATCH?

    I have a good head on my shoulders and know what I want in life.

    CHRIS O’CONNOR

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    26 / IT MANAGER

    STRANDED ON A DESERT ISLAND, HE COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT

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    A knife, Twinkies, the cast of Lost

    WHAT MAKES HIM A CATCH?

    I’m a good guy who will treat a girl right.

    7:30 P.M. ERBALUCE, BOSTON

    > DIALING

    KIMBERLY Before the date I relaxed and listened to some music.

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    CHRIS I showered and ironed my clothes.

    KIMBERLY I took my time getting ready.

    CHRIS I was a little nervous but mostly excited.

    KIMBERLY I was excited to meet someone.

    CHRIS I arrived about 10 minutes early.

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    KIMBERLY I was about five minutes late.

    CHRIS The hostess and bartender were definitely getting a kick out of the situation.

    > RINGING 

    CHRIS She definitely seemed a little nervous.

    KIMBERLY Before ordering drinks we talked about [our usual drink] orders.

    CHRIS We talked about work and why we signed up for Dinner With Cupid.

    KIMBERLY We talked about where we were from.

    CHRIS We realized we basically work across the street from each other.

    KIMBERLY We both like horror films and similar television shows.

    CHRIS We discussed the usual topics: where we went to school, our families and interests.

    KIMBERLY We were able to talk about things and learn about each other’s interests a bit.

    CHRIS I think the only thing we agreed on was horror movies.

    KIMBERLY We didn’t really have much in common.

    CHRIS We had no idea why we were matched.

    KIMBERLY It seemed [like] more of a friend-type connection.

    CHRIS After learning we had nothing in common, that was it.

    KIMBERLY We kept up a conversation and he was interesting.

    CHRIS She went to a college that I’d never heard of, [isn’t] into sports, loves country music.

    KIMBERLY There was nothing that he said that seemed to be a deal breaker for me.

    CHRIS None of those are deal breakers, but they’re not ideal.

    KIMBERLY He seemed genuine and honest.

    CHRIS I knew pretty early on that she wasn’t my type.

    > HOLD, PLEASE

    CHRIS She offered to buy me a drink somewhere else.

    KIMBERLY I was interested to see what it would be like to go to a bar and talk more.

    CHRIS I was a little reluctant but figured “Why not?”

    KIMBERLY He was very polite. . . . We exchanged phone numbers.

    CHRIS I gave her a hug.

    > SECOND DATE?

    KIMBERLY I don’t think we’ll go on another date. It seemed like more of a friendship connection.

    CHRIS She texted me [after], suggesting we hang out again. I told her it was nice meeting her, but I just didn’t feel any sparks.

    > POST-MORTEM

    KIMBERLY B

    CHRIS B-

    — Compiled by Steph Hiltz

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