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Dinner with Cupid

Blind date: Too hot to handle

Will bells go off or will this firefighter go down in flames?

Elizabeth Sumner (left) and Mike Espinosa.

Elizabeth Sumner (left) and Mike Espinosa.

MIKE ESPINOSA

31 / firefighter

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

My daughter, an acoustic guitar, and tweezers

WHAT MAKES HIM A GOOD CATCH

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Service to others is a pillar of my life.

ELIZABETH SUMNER

30 / medical practice administrator

WHEN SHE’S HAPPIEST

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Eating bacon, drinking beer and watching football

WHAT MAKES HER A GOOD CATCH

My compassion, sense of humor, and family values

8 P.M. MAGGIANO’S, BOSTON

> THE WARM-UP

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ELIZABETH I decided to stay late and finish work, since I didn’t want to commute back in [to Boston]. I went and had a glass of wine at a nearby restaurant.

MIKE Before the date I was kind of rushed. I had to work and then get my daughter from day care.

ELIZABETH I was a little nervous.

MIKE I got to the restaurant about 10 minutes before our date. Elizabeth was there right on time. I wasn’t too nervous — more optimistic to be meeting someone I didn’t know.

ELIZABETH He came over, introduced himself, and gave me a hug.

MIKE She had very pretty eyes and a beautiful smile. We were seated and started to get to know each other.

ELIZABETH He was dressed nicely, but I wasn’t attracted to him immediately.

MIKE We ordered drinks and an appetizer. Our waiter was attentive and courteous. I found out my date had been to the restaurant before.

> DAMPENED EFFECT

ELIZABETH I learned a lot about him, his background, what he does for a living, that he has a child.

MIKE We talked about our families, what we do for work, hobbies, and likes and dislikes.

ELIZABETH We work in similar fields involving the general public. Besides that, we didn’t have much in common.

MIKE She asked me if I was nervous before the date. I told her I was at first, then I adopted a “what have I got to lose?” attitude. Elizabeth was on the same level. I don’t think either of us went into it thinking we’d find the love of our lives.

ELIZABETH I was taken aback when he told me that he had a child and has only ever been in one relationship. I knew I wanted someone with more relationship experience.

MIKE She told me her co-workers filled out her application and kind of bamboozled her into doing it. At that point I started to wonder whether she was genuinely into this whole thing.

> FIZZLING OUT

ELIZABETH I had a great time with him, but I didn’t feel any chemistry between us.

MIKE We sat and chatted for another 15 to 20 minutes, then decided to pack it in for the night. We both had long rides home, and she had to work the next day.

ELIZABETH He walked me to the train (which I thought was very nice), gave me a hug, and asked for my number.

MIKE We exchanged hugs and numbers and went our separate ways.

> SECOND DATE?

ELIZABETH Probably not.

MIKE I think we’re looking for different things.

> POST-MORTEM

ELIZABETH B

MIKE B+

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