Blind Date Challenge

Apple polishing: No seeds of love for NYC'ers
Published on Feb 10th, 2005
0 comments Take a deep whiff. Can you smell it? It's love in the air! With Valentine's Day just around the corner, love is on many people's minds. This week's challengers were no exception. Dan, a 28-year-old...
Revealed: What happened <I>after</I> the date?
Published on Jan 20th, 2005
0 comments   Dozens of local singles have taken the Blind Date Challenge, and their stories are always amusing. Sometimes they bicker; sometimes they're bored, and sometimes sparks fly. But the story's not...
Graphic details: Artsy types hit the town
Published on Jan 6th, 2005
0 comments   The background If anyone can have an easy time dating in insular Charlottesville, it should be 20-somethings. With nearly 20,000 students, most unmarried, UVA is a hotbed of smart young...
Yes, you can! Love may be around the corner...
Published on Dec 2nd, 2004
0 comments Hey, you! Yeah, you know who you are. You're one of those single folks out there who reads the Blind Date Challenge but just couldn't possibly enter yourself. Well, Matchmaker has three words for you...
Small town: Second time's the charm
Published on Nov 18th, 2004
0 comments The Background  Has anyone else noticed that Charlottesville's a small town? Forget six degrees of separation– try two, or sometimes even one. Matchmaker learned that lesson again several...
Minority report: Hokies in Hoo'ville
Published on Nov 4th, 2004
0 comments   The background   In recent weeks, Matchmaker has set people up for a variety of reasons: They were both liberal. They were both conservative. They were both extra tall. They both spent...
Cue violins: Bridges of Albemarle County?
Published on Oct 21st, 2004
0 comments The Background  This week, readers may want to hire violinists to play while the story of Jacques and Amelie (not their real names) unfolds, as the potential for heartbreak is high. We begin...
Fleshed out: Adventures in veggie dating
Published on Oct 7th, 2004
0 comments The Background  The single world can be a real meat market, but not for this week's challengers. Toby, a 27-year-old self-described environmental activist, is a vegan who loves gardening and...
Computer blues: First Wendy, then Lisa
Published on Sep 23rd, 2004
0 comments The Background  Remember John? He's the 34-year-old software engineer Matchmaker sent out back in May. A softball fanatic from New Jersey, he also loves basketball, golf, hiking, biking and,...
All dressaged up: With places to go
Published on Sep 9th, 2004
0 comments The Background  When 24-year-old med student Jason wrote in, he described himself as fit and intelligent. As proof, he included a photo of himself– buff, tan, and beachside with some...
Heart transplants: Newcomers look for love
Published on Aug 26th, 2004
0 comments The background  It's hard to be the new kid, and this week's blind daters– new-to-town grad students Faith and Scott– know that all too well. "So here's me," wrote 22-year-old Scott...
Never too late: Watch out, or love may find you...
Published on Aug 12th, 2004
0 comments Whee! Matchmaker has been doing a little dance ever since getting the responses from this week's challengers. Why, you ask? A few weeks ago a woman called about her friend– a 77-year-old...
Under 30: BDC returns to its roots
Published on Jul 22nd, 2004
0 comments The Background  Glancing over the Blind Date Challenges of the past several months, one thing is clear: Matchmaker has had a near obsession with couples well past 40. Their children, their exes...
Make new friends: Can silver turn to gold?
Published on Jul 8th, 2004
0 comments The Background  Blind Date Challenge readers may remember a certain 50-year-old fellow named Tony who went on two consecutive blind dates a month or so ago. After the first date with a woman...
Different 'cultures': Mix n' match dating
Published on Jun 24th, 2004
0 comments The Background  Sometimes making a match is obvious. Say two people are into ancient Mayan ruins. Or maybe they own four Lhasa Apsos. Love is in the air, right? But other times, matchmaking is...
Good sports: athletic types hit the town
Published on Jun 10th, 2004
0 comments The Background  Brooklyn born and raised– with the accent to prove it– 33-year-old software engineer John said he was ready to find a good woman. "I'm looking for a fun, intelligent...
Curiouser and... Cal Tony, take two
Published on May 27th, 2004
0 comments The Background  What's the best way to stir up a frenzy in single women over 40? Apparently, it's announcing the arrival in town of an eminently eligible single man, age 50. That's just what...
Horsin' around: Equestrian meets contractor
Published on May 13th, 2004
0 comments The Background  Over-50 dating may be tough, but it also comes with its own set of benefits. Children tend to be a bit older, obviating the need for a budget-busting babysitter. And singles...
THE BLIND DATE CHALLENGE- BDC redux: Where are they now?
Published on Apr 29th, 2004
0 comments It's always fun to read about blind dates– the good, the bad, and the ugly. But did you ever wonder what happens after the date? Does anyone actually go out a second time, or are they just...
Dose of love? Writing your own future
Published on Apr 1st, 2004
0 comments The Background  Twenty-five-year-old med student Erin applied for the Challenge way back in the fall, but getting a date scheduled seemed darn near impossible: Just as Matchmaker made her a...
Deja phew! Blind date not so blind
Published on Mar 18th, 2004
0 comments The Background  A while back, Matchmaker put out a call for men over 35. Tall men, short men, rich men, and poor men replied. Among them was a man Matchmaker will call Keith because that's what...
Love lesson: Teachers hit the town
Published on Mar 4th, 2004
0 comments The Background   There's no end to the lengths Matchmaker will go to make a match. Melinda, a 35-year-old special-ed teacher and single mother, had been waiting patiently for her Blind...
Man or myth? Do single guys over 45 exist?
Published on Feb 5th, 2004
0 comments The Background  Have you heard the one about the guy who goes out with a hot girl, blacks out, and wakes up in a bathtub of ice water minus a kidney? Urban legends are everywhere, and...
Parent trap: Single parents need fun too
Published on Jan 22nd, 2004
0 comments The Background  Med students, law students, psych students, undergrads. Another student date, and the Matchmaker feared that the gray hairs might stage an uprising. So, how about some...
Match made, Hook-er style
Published on Jan 8th, 2004
0 comments The Background  When Matt, a 27-year-old lawyer who's new to the area, wrote in, he wasn't quite sure he was ready to take the Blind Date plunge. Matt professed a love of water sports,...
Gravitational pull: Do the math!
Published on Dec 25th, 2003
0 comments The Background  Ahh, love. If only it could be quantified as simply as gravity's acceleration (which, of course, we all remember from physics is 9.8m/s2). Unfortunately, attraction is a bit...
Picture-perfect? Belly dancing around the issues
Published on Dec 15th, 2003 (All day)
0 comments The Background For anyone who questions the power of personal ads, Belinda's story may prove inspirational. Thirteen years ago she met a man through the personals of a local weekly, and he soon...
Love on ice: Blind Date melts hearts
Published on Dec 4th, 2003
0 comments The Background  A few weeks back, the doors to the Matchmaker's office swung open and in swept Kate, a Meg Ryan lookalike and fourth-year UVA student. "So, I want to do the Blind Date Challenge...
Claymation: Will sparks blaze or eyes glaze?
Published on Nov 20th, 2003
0 comments The Background  Jeremy's a 26-year-old studying to get his teacher's certification. Live music, road trips, and eating out top his list of favorite activities, and his expectations of another...
Love on the brain: Couple probe each other's minds
Published on Nov 6th, 2003
0 comments The background  Andrea's a 27-year-old neuroscience grad student. Dennis is a 29-year-old Canada-born teen counselor. Both are outdoorsy, and expressed an interest in conversation, spontaneity...