24 / IT consultant
When he’s happiest: When I’m playing music
What makes him a good catch: I have a good heart and I’m incredibly outgoing.
24 / Freelance writer
When she’s happiest: When I’m relaxing or being creative
What makes her a good catch: I’m unlike anyone else.
LOST AND . . .
GREGORY I wasn’t nervous.
ALISON I was fairly calm and excited.
GREGORY The worst-case scenario would be a story to tell. I was early.
ALISON I arrived exactly on time.
GREGORY The waitress dropped me off at a table and got me a drink.
ALISON They told me our table wasn’t ready and asked me to wait at the bar.
GREGORY Time ticked away, and there was no sign of Alison.
ALISON By 8:20, I was sitting alone with no sign of my date.
GREGORY I was sure I had been stood up.
ALISON I informed a waitress that I had been stood up.
. . . FOUND
GREGORY I was beginning to pack up when the waitress rushed over. Alison had been [seated] at a different table.
ALISON The staff brought him over. Luckily, we were able to laugh about it.
GREGORY The first thing I noticed was her eyes.
ALISON He was handsome and well put together.
GREGORY She was absolutely the type of girl I’m attracted to.
ALISON He seemed a little nervous, mostly because he was worked up.
GREGORY She seemed happy that she wasn’t blown off.
ALISON We covered the basics, where we’re from, our jobs.
GREGORY I ordered a chicken Caesar salad.
ALISON I ordered bar steak and truffle fries.
GREGORY And we were given free dessert.
ALISON [The meal] was excellent.
GREGORY She was nothing short of a strong personality.
ALISON We talked about everything. We were both very honest.
GREGORY I was so surprised when she immediately opened up.
ALISON I realized we were sort of opposites personality-wise. I think we could learn from each other.
GREGORY We shared being a twentysomething looking for love.
ALISON I could just tell he was a very relaxed, kind man. I felt very comfortable [on a date with him].
GREGORY The girl’s zeal for life was apparent.
ALISON He has a great personality.
GREGORY Her radiant smile and off-the-cuff moments alone made me like her.
ALISON He walked me to my car, which I was impressed by.
GREGORY We hugged it out. We were past the handshake.
ALISON It was a great night full of laughs.
ALISON I think we will stay friendly.
GREGORY I hope so.
THE BOTTOM LINE
— Compiled by Katy Rushlau
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