THE BLIND DATE CHALLENGE- Friendly persuasion: Being pushed into the Challenge
Matchmaker understands that taking the initiative to sign up for the Blind Date Challenge can be, well, challenging. That's why she is so appreciative of the friends of the challengers, the pushers and the shovers who provide their single friends with enough encouragement to step up to bat in the game of love.
After all, if their friends hadn't gotten the ball rolling, Matchmaker would never have even heard of Pat and Marc,* two 20-something BDC-ers.
"This girl's too cool to spend the winter by herself," wrote in Dave, an old friend of Pat's. "Also, she nominated me for The Bachelor last year, so in the spirit of full disclosure there's a little bit of a payback element here."
Whatever the reasons behind the requests, Matchmaker's heart was warmed by their friends' efforts to find Pat and Marc a match. But would Pat and Marc be grateful by the end of their evening out? Or would it be their turn to wreak revenge on their meddling pals?
*names have been changed. Friends can do just so much to overcome shyness.
Did you do anything out of the ordinary before the date, to plan for it?
Marc: Nothing out of the ordinary. Probably sprayed on a little more cologne than I normally do, but that's about it. Oh, all right, I can't hold it in anymore. I plucked two nose hairs.
Were you first or second to arrive?
Marc: Numero due.
What did you do while you were waiting?
Were you nervous?
Marc: I was a little anxious to find out what my blind date looked like, but no butterflies were in my stomach this time. I've been on quite a few dates in the past month, so it was all routine for me.
Marc: She looked and dressed nice. Her behavior was polite and energetic. She laughed a lot, which I suppose was a good thing– unless she was laughing at me and not with me.
Would you say this person was your type?
Marc: Although the date went well, I don't think she was what I was looking for.
What did you order?
How was the food?
Marc: I was impressed. Jaberwoke can cook a decent steak.
How was the service in the restaurant?
Marc: Service was pretty good. I checked out my waitress several times. Oops, did I just say that?
–Something tells Matchmaker that Marc's recent dating streak might soon hit a dry spell.
What did you talk about?
Marc: Conversation flow was very good, I thought.
Did you have a lot in common?
What did you find out that was interesting about this person?
Marc: She sang opera in her first years at college, but quickly decided to pursue a career that was more realistic and capable of achieving success.
Was there anything you really disliked?
Did your date do anything that impressed you?
Marc: There was nothing outstanding that pricked my ears. Maybe she just decided not to tell.
Was there "chemistry" between you?
Marc: There was more chemistry in our conversation than in anything else.
How did dinner end?
Walk each other to the car?
Pat: We thought we were parked in the same parking lot, but it turned out we weren't, so he walked me halfway there.
A hug? A kiss?
Would you see this person again?
Pat: I would totally see him again. It's sort of hard to say without knowing somebody better, but there's no question he would be a fun person to hang out with as friends.
Marc: I think I would, friends only though. She's a pretty cool girl.
On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate the date?
Marc: I give it an extremely high 6.