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Dinner With Cupid

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Have these two each just met someone to bring home to mom?

From left, James McCarrick and Nikki Smyrni.

JAMES MCCARRICK

25 / SALES ASSOCIATE

WHO WOULD PLAY HIM IN A MOVIE

Kellan Lutz

WHAT MAKES HIM A GOOD CATCH

“I’m smart, funny, and a lot of fun.”

NIKKI SMYRNI

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25 / EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

WHO WOULD PLAY HER IN A MOVIE

Zooey Deschanel

WHAT MAKES HER A GOOD CATCH

“[I’m] a very genuine person, caring, and a great listener.”

7:30 P.M. RED LANTERN, BOSTON

> HOME BASE

NIKKI I had a class before the date, so I came right from there. I wasn’t nervous. I was pretty excited to meet someone new.

JAMES I was ready to enjoy the date [but also] nervous to meet face to face.

NIKKI We were both 10 minutes early, which I appreciated, because I am usually embarrassingly early. He arrived right before me.

JAMES I noticed that my date was tall and curvy, which I like.

NIKKI I thought he was cute, not my usual type, but he was dressed nicely.

JAMES The introduction went smoothly.

NIKKI We walked around the restaurant to look at the architecture [before eating]. The decor really stood out to me; it is an absolutely beautiful place.

JAMES I’d rate the food and service world-class. My date did the ordering.

NIKKI I liked that he let me take control of the ordering. The food and drinks were excellent, and our waitress was lovely.

JAMES The restaurant was rather quiet, and we had found a table away from others to get really personal with each other.

> SOMEONE TO WRITE HOME ABOUT?

JAMES I found out my date comes from a large family. I found out about brothers and sisters who my date is quite fond of.

NIKKI I found out he is really close with his siblings.

JAMES Once we got to knowing that neither of us are only children, we began talking more about our role as a sibling and connections to particular brothers or sisters.

NIKKI I felt comfortable at the beginning of the date, though I got less comfortable as the date went on, as I had to keep repeating things I said.

JAMES I found myself rather attracted to my date from the start. I caught myself thinking I like this person as the conversation continued.

NIKKI I knew it wasn’t a great match for me near the middle of the date. He seemed really young and not really sure of himself.

> THE HOME STREtCH

NIKKI [After dinner,] we talked about getting drinks at the bar, but it was getting late and I needed to get up early for work.

JAMES I was reluctant to end the date; I wanted to get to know each other more.

NIKKI We exchanged numbers. He walked me up the street so I could grab a cab.

JAMES We didn’t kiss; it was terribly cold outside and dark on the street. I still consider it a missed opportunity.

> SECOND DATE?

NIKKI I don’t think so. He was a very nice guy, but I don’t think there was any chemistry.

JAMES No. I have already been told [our chemistry] is not right.

> POST-MORTEM

NIKKI B-

JAMES B+

 — Compiled by Eryn Carlson

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