29 / Theater Designer
WHAT PEOPLE NOTICE IN HIS HOME
My cat, Ginny, she’s super adorbs
WHAT MAKES HIM A CATCH
My wit and whiffle ball skills
26 / Communications Specialist
STRANDED ON A DESERT ISLAND, SHE COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT
A search-and-rescue team
After my allergy medicine
8 P.M. ZUMA TEX-MEX, BOSTON
> MEET THE CAST
JASON I left work on time. This allowed me to come home, get ready, and solicit some moral support from my cat.
LINDSAY I did what I normally do when I get home: go for a run and have a beer.
JASON I am a generally awkward person, so I was basically feeling awkward and trying hard to not appear it.
LINDSAY I was a couple of minutes late and he was already there. He gave off a kind and friendly vibe and he didn’t seem nervous.
JASON My first reaction was relief. I thought of all the ways it could have been terrible, but she was very pretty, casually dressed, and appeared confident.
> THE TABLE READ
LINDSAY We decided to go with the margaritas, which I’d heard were good.
JASON I was eager to get to know more about her. She was amazingly chill and jumped right into conversation.
LINDSAY We mostly talked about what we do, our families, growing up, etc. I learned a little about theater production, which was cool. He shared some funny family stories.
JASON I learned she came from a large, close family, which was different from my own experience, so I found myself drawn into learning about their adventures.
LINDSAY It was taco Tuesday. I got a little overexcited and ordered a few too many $1 tacos. They were very good.
JASON I decided on the jambalaya.
LINDSAY We bonded over the amateur things we did when we first moved to Boston after college. He was a pretty relaxed guy, so it was easy to feel comfortable.
JASON We both have careers at nonprofits and talked about how it’s great but possibly not where we will retire. There were some awkward pauses. I tried to fill the pauses, but she telegraphed that they were OK.
LINDSAY I wasn’t attracted to him from the beginning; it felt more like a casual dinner with an old friend.
JASON She was attractive, and her kindness really helped me feel less awkward — that made her attractive in a different way.
LINDSAY No sparks, just an easy flow of conversation.
JASON There was nothing passionately charged, just talk about our lives and important things for us.
> EXIT, STAGE LEFT
LINDSAY There was a point where it naturally seemed to come to an end. He offered to take me back to the T, which was very gentlemanly.
JASON We joked about the whole experience again and hugged goodnight.
LINDSAY We thanked each other for the nice time.
> SECOND DATE?
JASON I’d love to hang out again. Not sure we’d ever become romantic. Our connection seemed friendly. Our parting was hard to read.
LINDSAY I’d definitely hang out as friends.