Eric: I got to the restaurant a few minutes early. They showed me to the table. As soon as Jennifer got there, we both had the same idea.
Jennifer: The restaurant is in a basement. It was one of those 80 degree nights that are rare in the spring in D.C. after a long winter. So the first topic was whether it was against the rules to go somewhere else first and come back.
Eric: It was the first really beautiful night of the year. There was no way we were gonna sit inside at that hour, on that night.
Jennifer: We left the designated restaurant and went outside in search of an outdoor venue to have a drink. We wound up at Vapiano at the outdoor seating area. He offered to put the wine on his tab.
Eric: She was very tall, which is great for me, because I’m not very short myself. She’s very worldly. And I did get the impression that she was someone I’d like to get to know.
Jennifer: I’ve dated different people. One thing I’ve learned is to not at first sight make a judgment about whether I like someone or not. It was more finally realizing who [Eric] was and being open to how the evening went and what he was like. I was curious. It felt like this discovery process of, like, “What did the Post think we had in common?” and then over the course of the evening discovering those things.
Eric: Our conversation went all over the map -- what we do professionally, where else we’ve lived. I’ve spent a lot of time in Europe in the past; she’s spent a lot of time in Africa, first in the Peace Corps and with what she does now, international development work.
Jennifer: [He] travels frequently to Brazil and I’ve been to Brazil. He’s really adept at language; he speaks German and Portuguese fluently, so fluently that he translates patents. I was impressed that he took the risk to start his own business, and that he knew all these languages, but that he was also humble about it.
Eric: She’s something of a polyglot [too,] so that was a really nice thing about her. That’s [something that’s] really important to me. Except for not having food in our stomachs we were a little reluctant to leave because it was still really nice outside.
Jennifer: An hour later we went back to the restaurant. I hadn’t realized they close relatively early. I was really conscious of keeping the staff there beyond hours and feeling guilty that we’d gone not according to the rules. So the last half of the evening was a little rushed.
Eric: I didn’t get a good handle on what her sense of humor was. [But] we were out on a Monday night and both had stuff to do the next day. I’d put it down to that more than anything else.