THE BLIND DATE CHALLENGE- Stick it: Sometimes you're the windshield...
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
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?
Dan: I was sporting a big beard, so I shaved it down to a nice clean goatee.
Were you first or second to arrive?
Were you nervous?
When did you calm down?
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?
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.
Dan: She had on a black and pink thing that was really quite attractive.
How did you like their style?
Dan: Nothing harder then limeade.
What did you have to eat?
Did you share meals?
How was the food?
Dan: Man, they have some really good food there.
How was the service in the restaurant?
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?
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?
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?
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?
Did your date do anything that impressed you?
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?
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?
A hug? A kiss?
What was the VERY end like?
Did you have fun?
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?
Dan: I would love to, but probably just on a social level.
Dan:It was good (to be read in a booming, God-like voice).
On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate the date?
Dan: Survey says 8.