DINNER WITH CUPID
Will their history be too awkward to overcome, or is it a good sign of preexisting attraction?
Get the best of the Magazine’s award-winning stories and features right in your e-mail inbox every Sunday. Sign up here.
MICHAEL RICCI: 26 / data analyst
On a desert island, he’d bring: A climbing rope, power tools
What makes him a catch?: A critically acclaimed back massage
ELLEN MUEHLECK: 25 / project manager
On a desert island, she’d bring: A pillow, a Kindle
What makes her a catch?: She likes to be challenged
7 P.M. PIATTINI WINE CAFE, BOSTON
Michael I was rushed the day of the date. I woke up in Vermont and drove into Boston. I grabbed dress clothes without thinking. Hopefully she did not notice my shoes and belt did not match.
Ellen I went straight from work, so I didn’t have time to prepare. I was a bit anxious.
Michael I was afraid that if it didn’t go well, she would say mean stuff about me in the newspaper and then everyone who reads the Internet will laugh at me.
Ellen I arrived right at 7 and he was already at the table. We hugged hello.
Michael Ellen was elegant, wearing a silky top and a black jacket. She looked right at home in the wine bar.
Ellen He was well dressed and had a nice smile.
Michael Both of us are from Vermont. We also talked about work — Ellen is some kind of bad-ass mechanical engineer slash construction forewoman. When she said she was an engineer, I thought, this is a person I will like.
Ellen We talked about college and our jobs. We weren’t perfectly suited for one another, but that was OK.
Michael The two of us really care about food/booze. We had a real conversation about searing scallops and the characteristics of a perfect martini.
Ellen The food was great, it was tapas style so we shared everything.
Michael We ordered a cheese plate and wine to start. We then had scallops on sweet potatoes and martinis.
Ellen As the date went on and we shared more, I could relax a little.
BROUGHT TO MIND
Michael So, this is weird, but Ellen gave me her phone number while we were dancing at a bar six months ago. After we paid the check I brought it up. She said that was her phone number [in my phone contacts] and laughed.
Ellen He mentioned that we previously met at a bar months ago. I didn’t remember him, but it made me realize what a small world Boston actually is.
Michael I felt a little awkward, but the date only lasted like 10 more minutes.
Ellen I was ready to head home. We hugged and I told him to get home safe!
Michael Things are complicated. After Cupid, I started seeing another person and have already been on several dates, so I feel I should stay the course.
Ellen There was no talk of a second date.
Michael / Solid A
Ellen / B
COMPILED BY MELISSA SCHORR
So why does prenatal care ignore the topic altogether?Continue reading »
His accomplishments include fooling Penn and Teller . . . twice.Continue reading »
When I zip by someone who is infirm or elderly, I feel guilty.Continue reading »
Neighbors obviously enjoying legal, recreational pot? You can’t call the cops and complain, but you can try some other methods.Continue reading »
More than two-fifths of women say they’re bothered if men expect them to help pay. One single man asks, what’s going on here?Continue reading »
Start the season with chilled cucumber soups.Continue reading »
Trust levels are down, loneliness is up, but a fix could be simple: Say hello once in a while.Continue reading »
The truth is it can be dangerous, especially for young people.Continue reading »
Attention-grabbing colors and whimsical colors and textures bring a sense of fun to these fall ensembles, photographed at a New Hampshire fair.Continue reading »