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    Dinner With Cupid

    Opposites, in fact

    Can an MBA candidate make a connection with a programming grad student, or will the line break up? 

    Nicole Kulig, left, and Mike Haendlern.
    Nicole Kulig, left, and Mike Haendlern.


    Bursar and MBA student

    WHEN SHE’S HAPPIEST When I am on the couch snuggling with my dog. 


    WHY SHE’S A CATCH I am very independent, hard-working, and motivated.

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    Computer science grad student

    WHEN HE’S HAPPIEST When I am cooking and have a movie going.

    WHY HE’S A CATCH I love animals, I am goofy, and I always want to see people happy. 

    7:30 P.M. ALBA, QUINCY 



    MIKE I didn’t really have much time that day to pace back and forth in my living room and freak myself out.

    NICOLE I’ve never been on a blind date, so I had no clue what to expect. I like meeting new people, so I was OK with that part. 

    MIKE I was a minute or two early. It still felt like an eternity. 

    NICOLE He was already there when I got to the restaurant. 

    MIKE She was in good shape, rather pretty, and had a charismatic smile. 


    NICOLE As much as I had no expectations, I wasn’t really expecting him. 


    NICOLE It was random conversation after random conversation. You name it, we talked about it. 

    MIKE [We] had difficulty remembering how we got to subject A from subject B. 

    NICOLE We ordered [from the] raw bar first. I suggested trying it. I then ordered clam chowder. 

    MIKE None of the food really stuck out. I was too much into the conversation. 

    NICOLE I was trying to figure out for the life of me how we were matched up. 

    MIKE Our sense of humor, the fact that we both have half a fake tooth, and we both love dogs — though she hates cats. Honestly, though, there wasn’t much more than that. 

    NICOLE I was pretty comfortable the whole time. There were no awkward silences, but we did get into some really weird conversations. 

    MIKE I got more comfortable as the date progressed, since I could tell that she was someone that I could be myself around. 

    NICOLE I was all set to go after dinner ended. 

    MIKE We wound up sticking around for what was probably another hour. Thank goodness it was a slow night at that restaurant.


    NICOLE He walked me to my car.

    MIKE I started walking away and then immediately turned around and confirmed with her that she had the right e-mail address for me.

    NICOLE I gave him a hug and said good night.  



    MIKE A+ 


    MIKE We’ll go on another date if she calls me. For now I’m just playing the waiting game. 

    NICOLE No. I’m definitely not his type, nor is he mine.  — Compiled by Katy Rushlau