43 / ENGINEERING MANAGER AND YOGA TEACHER
STRANDED ON A DESERT ISLAND, HE COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT
A blanket, an iPhone, and a yoga mat
HIS PERFECT MATE
36 / MINISTER
HE’S HAPPIEST WHEN
I am with friends or when I am visiting a new place
COMEDIAN WHOSE HUMOR MIRRORS HIS OWN
7:30 P.M. RITUAL, WORCESTER
JUSTIN It was a snowy evening, so I made sure I had enough time to travel to the restaurant.
KAZ I listened to some classical music and checked the weather just to make sure that I wouldn’t be late.
JUSTIN I had never been on a blind date before. . . . I felt a little bit anxious.
KAZ It had been awhile since I went on a date, but I was moderately calm.
JUSTIN I arrived about 10 minutes ahead of time. [Kaz] was sitting at the bar already. He looked a little bit nervous but seemed excited to see me. I reached out and gave him a handshake to introduce myself, and we started the conversation.
> UP IN THE AIR
KAZ We had quite a lot in common: We were both born abroad and love to travel. . . . I found out he teaches yoga and ice-skates. He found out I am a minister. He did not run away screaming, so that was good.
JUSTIN I learned that he lived in Amsterdam [and] also lived in Poland, where he was born. . . . He was surprised I [had been] to lots of countries, including during a seven-week around-the-world trip on my own.
KAZ Justin doesn’t mind traveling in more rustic conditions — I do.
JUSTIN He shared a lot of stories from his church and [his first career] practicing law. I appreciated his openness.
KAZ Justin is very sociable and easy to talk with.
JUSTIN Unfortunately, I lost my interest in him as the dinner went on.
KAZ He is a great, very intelligent, and very nice guy, but I guess the physical or emotional spark was not there.
JUSTIN The whole date seemed to be a self-
promotion for [Kaz]. He did it in an articulate way, though — training from being a lawyer, I guess. I appreciate it if he was trying to impress me. I was trying to ask questions to keep the interaction going.
KAZ The conversation just flowed naturally.
JUSTIN I was still trying to engage and made the dinner as pleasant as possible.
> SMOOTH LANDING?
KAZ [After dinner], we both decided to go home.
JUSTIN I really just wanted to leave.
KAZ When we left the restaurant, it had stopped snowing. We shook hands and said we will be in touch.
JUSTIN I gave him a handshake.
KAZ I don’t think there were enough sparks for a kiss.
> SECOND DATE?
JUSTIN I just don’t think there is any chemistry between us.
KAZ I would like to stay in touch as friends — I reached out to him already. However, I don’t think there is enough for a second date.
— Compiled by Eryn Carlson
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