THE BLIND DATE CHALLENGE- Zzz rated: Date starts huggish, goes sluggish
Nikki and Doug*, however, were willing to take that risk, all for the sake of romance.
Nikki even admitted it.
"Some people think I have a rough exterior– tomboyish– but inside I'm a hopeless romantic," she says.
Though Doug wouldn't openly confess to being a softy, Matchmaker just had a hunch about him. And he did describe himself as a good listener who likes to cook.
Matchmaker prides herself on her instincts, but even she'll cross her fingers for a blind date on Valentine's Day weekend...
*names have been changed
Nikki and Doug chowed down at Northern Exposure on West Main.
Did you do anything out of the ordinary before the date, to plan for it?
Doug: I tried to take a nap; unfortunately, I couldn't fall asleep. I watched The Simpsons right before I left.
Were you first or second to arrive?
Doug: I thought I was going to be late because I hit every red light on my drive over. I got there with two minutes to spare, but ended up waiting five minutes for my date to arrive.
What did you do while waiting?
Were you nervous?
Doug: I was anxious to get the date started.
When did you calm down?
Doug: I gave her a hug when she walked in, but it seemed like that made her uncomfortable.
–Crossed signals within the first five seconds? Is that even possible?–MM
Would you say this person was your type?
Doug: No. She is someone I know I wouldn't stop to strike up a conversation.
Describe what your date was wearing.
Doug: Black pants and a pastel shirt, which was half-buttoned. There was a black shirt underneath.
At Northern Exposure
Nikki: I had a beer.
Doug: I stuck with water.
What did you have to eat?
Doug: Veal parmesan and pasta
Did you share meals?
Doug: She did offer a piece of her crab cakes. Now that I'm thinking about it, I never returned the favor.
How was the food?
How was the service in the restaurant?
What did you talk about?
Doug: The majority of the conversation was just a Q&A session. I was just trying to get a feel for her, find some common interests. She talked about her job, and then I did.
What did you find out that was interesting about this person?
Doug: She moved to this country when she was two. Her dad is an oceanographer. One job she had involved catching and measuring fish in the Atlantic Ocean.
Was there anything you really disliked?
Doug: We didn't have many common interests, and she didn't ask me many questions. I had to lead the conversation.
Did your date do anything that impressed you?
Doug: Nothing stands out.
Was there "chemistry" between you?
Doug: No chemistry. I could tell from the hug at the beginning of the date. She didn't give me a strong hug back. It was the same vibe when I ended the date with a goodbye hug.
Did anything particularly interesting happen?
–Zzzz... Oh sorry, Doug, were you saying something?–MM
How did dinner end?
Doug: She finished off her beer, and the check came. I asked her if she wanted to call it a night. I think we were both tired.
A hug? A kiss?
Would you see this person again?
Doug: If she calls, we could hang out as friends.
On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate the date?
Doug: 6. I would've ranked it higher if there was a second date to follow.