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Blind date: ‘He reminded me of a golden retriever’

Will his sunny nature win him an enthusiastic thumbs up?

Charlotte Germain and Pete Prokesch.
Charlotte Germain and Pete Prokesch.

CHARLOTTE GERMAIN: 27 / English teacher

Her interests: A lover of stories: TV, films, books, theater, musicals

Her perfect date: Something outdoorsy — hiking, kayaking, walking around a beach town

PETE PROKESCH: 29 / recent grad school graduate

First thing people notice in his home: Books and reading material sprawled out across his living room

His ideal mate: She would have a people-centered occupation, like teaching



Charlotte I’ve been feeling jaded with online dating. I thought it would be fun to see what a matchmaker would pick for me.

Pete My mom suggested it.

Charlotte I had had an emotionally draining day at work. I ended up having a good cry, then got ready. Crying it out cathartically cleared my mind.


Pete I went for a run, did bicep curls, and bought a new pair of jeans. I was super nervous.

Charlotte I thought he was cute. He seemed very excited. All smiles and positive attitude. He reminded me of a golden retriever. It was endearing.

Pete We were about the same size. I normally get pumped when a girl is smaller than me.


Charlotte Pete recently finished grad school with a focus in environmental causes. I found this appealing as someone who was involved in environmental club in college. He enjoys reading and spending time outside, passions of mine as well. He majored in English, which made for good bonding. I loved hearing about his thesis on family dynamics in Steinbeck’s East of Eden. I’m a complete English nerd, so that spoke to me.

Pete I discovered we both have four kids in our families. We dove into sibling order, family-member personalities, and dynamics.

Charlotte Pete holds an appreciation for the Myers-Briggs personality tests. I enjoyed his self-analysis. It gave me insight into how he interacts with the world.


Pete We hit some interesting topics on personality types, the progression of hip-hop, and Myers-Briggs. We showed each other our Tinder profiles.

Charlotte I had an old-fashioned and a Manhattan. We split wings, and I got the brisket and pulled pork. The food was good; I’m a big fan of BBQ.

Pete I was pleased she likes spicy food. The corn bread was bomb.


Charlotte I had thoughts of “I don’t know if I see myself dating this man.” I observed his eyes consistently drawn to the Sox/Yankees game on the TV above my shoulder. I recognize it appeared to be an interesting/close game, but it disrupted his presence in the moment and that turned me off.

Pete My Cape Cod life of shellfish farming seemed like an anomaly to her.

Charlotte He didn’t have an answer for a favorite TV show, which blew my mind. He had watched the first season of The Wire and quit, which I find blasphemous. I realized I was yawning, it was time to head home.

Pete A romantic attraction never developed. It felt like conversation with a friend. We hugged and went our separate ways.


Charlotte My intuition is telling me there isn’t a future for us.

Pete I don’t think so.


Charlotte / B+

Pete / B

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