30 / NURSE PRACTITIONER
WHAT MAKES HER A CATCH?
I am an accomplished registered nurse and I live life to the fullest.
SHE’S HAPPIEST WHEN
Looking forward to traveling somewhere I haven’t been before
37 / PSYCHOTHERAPIST
WHAT MAKES HIM A CATCH?
When it comes to my career, I am motivated and driven but personally couldn’t be more laid-back and relaxed.
HE’S HAPPIEST WHEN
Around friends and loved ones
7:30 P.M. RICCARDO’S RISTORANTE, NORTH END
> THE PREP
KAYLA I worked my regular day [and] was enthusiastic about the date.
DIRK I was in a wicked good state: Massachusetts, baby.
KAYLA I arrived on time; my date was waiting at the bar.
DIRK I was on GST (German standard time), a few minutes early.
KAYLA I looked forward to having an interesting conversation with someone new.
> VITAL SIGNS
DIRK The restaurant was not crowded. I noticed Kayla when she introduced herself to the maitre d’.
KAYLA He quickly stood up to greet me, and I gave him a hug.
DIRK I thought Kayla was very pretty.
KAYLA He surprised me at the beginning of our date with chocolates and an orchid.
DIRK She had a beautiful smile and warm eyes.
KAYLA He also threw in a National Enquirer, “in case I got bored,” he said. [It] made me laugh, but I also felt slightly awkward.
DIRK Kayla seemed calm and relaxed.
KAYLA Dirk dressed well for the date. He was tall, with a matching suit jacket.
DIRK We talked about our families, hobbies, jobs, the nightmares of online dating.
KAYLA I ordered a martini, he had water. I felt there could be a happy medium having one or two drinks with dinner. I’m looking for someone who may want to go wine-tasting or to a brewery. . . . I thought maybe he was worried that alcohol would impair his judgment of me.
DIRK We discovered we shared a lot in common. I thought Kayla was very comfortable to be around.
KAYLA The food was great and the service very good.
DIRK We both have a strong desire to give back through volunteer work.
KAYLA He loves his puppy; he showed me a picture of [her] in a lobster suit. She was cute.
DIRK She put up with my lack of wit, charm, and intelligence.
KAYLA He told me that his parents met on a blind date.
DIRK We had a long dinner and decided to have dessert at the restaurant.
KAYLA I was enjoying myself throughout our dinner date.
> BILL OF HEALTH
KAYLA I was hoping there would be some sparks; we have a lot in common. Unfortunately I didn’t feel any.
DIRK I helped Kayla catch a cab on Hanover Street.
KAYLA I gave him a quick hug because the cab was waiting.
> SECOND DATE?
KAYLA I think we could meet up again as friends.
DIRK Boston can be a tough place to meet people. The worst that could happen is you make a new friend.
— Compiled by Steph Hiltz
GO ON A BLIND DATE. WE’LL PICK UP THE TAB. Fill out an application at boston.com/cupid.