THE BLIND DATE CHALLENGE- Stick it: Sometimes you're the windshield...

The background

Matchmaker is always plotting new ways to spice up the Challenge. Perhaps this week, a little role reversal, just to keep her readers on their toes...

Dan,* 27, is on the prowl for a woman who shares his "quirky" sense of humor, and who's "not intimidated by my off-beat personality." He informed the Hook that he was looking for someone who shares his Christian family values. (True to his word, when Matchmaker called to make the date, Dan was at home in Richmond, paying a visit to Mom and Dad.)

Judy* is a career-driven 23-year old and recent graduate of UVA. She currently works at a doctor's office but plans to enter medical school in the future.

So does romance stand a chance between a family man and a working woman? Matchmaker would like to think so...

*names have been changed

The date

Judy and Dad dined at Sticks in the Preston Plaza Shopping Center.

Did you do anything out of the ordinary before the date, to plan for it?

Judy: No.

Dan: I was sporting a big beard, so I shaved it down to a nice clean goatee.

Were you first or second to arrive?

Dan: I was the first, about five minutes early.

Were you nervous?

Judy: Not really.

Dan: Yes.

When did you calm down?

Dan: I calmed down after about 15 minutes of chatting.

First impression:

Judy: He was waiting for me right outside the restaurant. I thought it might be him, but from where I was standing he looked about 40, so I kept walking. As I passed by, I realized it must have been him, so I turned around and went back. He was, in fact, my date, and he didn't look 40 after all.

Dan: I thought that she was one of the most beautiful girls I had ever seen, maybe a little too beautiful to be seen with the likes of me.

Would you say this person was your type?

Judy: No.

Dan: Physically, whose type wouldn't she be? But I'm not sure if she was my type in other respects.

Describe what your date was wearing.

Judy: A short-sleeve button-up red plaid shirt

Dan: She had on a black and pink thing that was really quite attractive.

How did you like their style?

Dan: I thought she was pretty hip.


Did you order drinks?

Dan: Nothing harder then limeade.

What did you have to eat?

Judy: We had hummus with flat bread and pita chips for an appetizer. For dinner we both got salads, mine with shrimp. He had some other meat, too. I had some cookies for dessert, and he had a brownie.

Did you share meals?

Judy: Just the hummus

How was the food?

Judy: It was great. I've had their hummus before, and I really like it. The cilantro-lime dressing I had on my salad was awesome.

Dan: Man, they have some really good food there.

How was the service in the restaurant?

Judy: Really generous. They told us as soon as we got there that they were going to give us everything for free, appetizers, desserts, drinks, etc. even though they were only supposed to cover the entrees and appetizer. They even gave us a large container of hummus to take home.

Dan: The manager of the restaurant brought us our food. If you've eaten there, you know that you're supposed to pick it up at the counter, but he was nice enough to actually wait on us.

What did you talk about?

Judy: Kind of typical stuff, our families, friends, jobs, goals, etc.

Dan: We talked about family a lot, our aspirations, where we hope we're going in our lives. Pretty deep stuff, really.

Did you have a lot in common?

Judy: We both play guitar, so we talked about that for a while.

Dan: We both have strong ties to our families and our faith. It was nice to meet someone like-minded on that level.

What did you find out that was interesting about this person?

Judy: He wants to run a camp or a retreat center.

Dan: She's teaching herself guitar. Being a guitarist myself, it was nice to meet a woman who takes it seriously.

Was there anything you really disliked?

Dan: I don't think she's open enough to different types of music. She's sort of stuck in the '80s, not that that's a totally bad thing! Let it be known that I, too, have a love for '80s pop music.

Did your date do anything that impressed you?

Judy: He survived his car exploding with him inside!

Dan: She didn't run away screaming when she saw me– that and her job. She works as an assistant for an ophthalmologist, pretty important.

Was there "chemistry" between you? Interesting body language?

Judy: No.

Dan: If you call me repeatedly kicking her because the table was too small for my large frame interesting body language, then yes.

How did dinner end?

Dan: She said, "I think they're closing." I said, "Maybe we should leave."

A hug? A kiss?

Dan: A hug

What was the VERY end like?

Dan: I put my foot in my mouth asking for her number, but she was nice enough to give it to me anyway.

Did you have fun?

Judy: Yeah, sure

Dan: I had a blast. I got to have a free dinner with a gorgeous girl; it couldn't have been better.

Would you see this person again?

Judy: Probably not. He was nice, but we didn't really hit it off.

Dan: I would love to, but probably just on a social level.

Overall experience?

Judy: I had a drink the second I got home.


It was good (to be read in a booming, God-like voice).

On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate the date?

Judy: 6

Dan: Survey says 8.


1 comment

"Judy and Dad dined at..."

If I can catch it, so can your copy editor.