Dinner With Cupid

Moving fast

Will these sporty daters find a reason for a rematch?

Shawn Hennessy (left) and Brian Dell’Erario.

Shawn Hennessy (left) and Brian Dell’Erario.


23 / Nursing Graduate Student

WHEN SHE’S HAPPIEST When I am laughing with friends


HER HOBBIES I am training for a half marathon and love going to the beach.


23 / Property Operations Assistant

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WHEN HE’S HAPPIEST When I’m being active

HIS PERFECT DATE A day at the beach, then dinner on the water




SHAWN I had the entire day off, so I kept it low-key before the date.

BRIAN I had never been on a blind date, so I was excited for the new experience.

SHAWN I was not nervous. I love meeting new people.

BRIAN I was about five minutes early. I told the maitre d’ that I was there for a date with Shawn, and she brought me over.


SHAWN He was tall, attractive, and well dressed.

BRIAN She didn’t stand up when I came to the table, so I wasn’t sure how tall she was.

SHAWN He had a young, friendly face.

BRIAN She was well dressed.

SHAWN He only appeared nervous during the first minute or two.

BRIAN She seemed a little nervous at the get-go.

SHAWN I mentioned that I attend a graduate school that turned out to be in his hometown.

BRIAN We got to know each other a bit, like where we went to college and professions.

SHAWN He works in commercial real estate.

BRIAN She goes to nursing school where I grew up.

SHAWN One of his two brothers is the same age as mine.

BRIAN We didn’t really share any interests or hobbies.

SHAWN The atmosphere was perfect for a date.

BRIAN We are both young, career-oriented individuals.

SHAWN We both studied management and economics in college.

BRIAN She is an approachable person who is easy to get along with. [But] from the start, I could tell she wasn’t my type.


SHAWN I liked him as a person and had fun.

BRIAN She was good company, but I just don’t think there was a connection.

SHAWN I knew pretty quickly that it would not go beyond friendly.

BRIAN It was not a match beyond the friend level.

SHAWN We had plenty of good conversation and laughter but no romantic sparks.

BRIAN I enjoyed a good meal and drinks.

SHAWN I was having a fun time.

BRIAN The date ended after the meal.

SHAWN We went our separate ways, which seemed natural and appropriate.

BRIAN I didn’t want to send any mixed signals by asking her to continue.

SHAWN We hugged and I walked to my car.

BRIAN We exchanged digits. I thanked her for a pleasant evening.


SHAWN I don’t think so, because there was no romantic connection.

BRIAN She was not my type, both looks- and personality-wise.




— Compiled by Katy Rushlau

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