These eager daters both arrived early to Arlington Rooftop Bar and Grill. Did they make good use of their head start?
Eleena: My back was to the door, and I turned around, and he was gorgeous! I was not expecting that. He has really cute dimples.
Daniel: She was very pretty. I said, “Hi, Eleena,” and she corrected me on the pronunciation.
Eleena: We shook hands, and we ordered drinks.
Daniel: She had some off-the-cuff questions that [she] and her friends had come up with. Her first question was how old was I and what do I do for a living. This typical D.C. conversation.
Eleena: You know how sometimes you have to pull things from the back of your mind just to talk about anything? There was none of that.
Daniel: We started talking about what we put on our applications. I was too embarrassed to actually write down the last novel I read so I wrote down one I read before: a werewolf novel. The book I actually read was a “Star Wars” book.
Eleena: He felt embarrassed. But geek is the new cool. I wanted to level the playing field.
Daniel: She said, and this was under her breath and with an immense amount of shame, “I love ‘Twilight.’ ” We started teasing each other. We both are geeks about “Star Wars” and sci-fi in general.
Eleena: He does not like Louis C.K. Louis C.K. is my favorite comedian.
Daniel: The biggest difference between us as far as interests go is I either want to be swimming, riding or biking almost all the time.
Eleena: He is super fit. I love activity; I am into weight lifting. I like biking. I like hiking and nature — but not running.
Daniel: I don’t need someone to run the Marine Corps marathon with me. But someone who will do fun runs and will enjoy them.
Eleena: At one point I asked him his biggest flaw.
Daniel: I looked at her dead in the eye, and I said, “A debilitating fear of commitment.”
Eleena: If that’s not a red flag, I don’t know what is! We both laughed about it.
Daniel: When she said she was from Lebanon, I made an assumption and asked her if she was Catholic.
Eleena: He impressed me by guessing correctly. Normally people would assume I am Muslim.
Daniel: Her mother lives in Riyadh. I spent a little time in Riyadh.
Eleena: I asked him, “Why are you still single?” It was probably not a good thing to ask, but again, I am upfront.
Daniel: I truly despise that question. It’s, like, the most polite way to look at somebody and go, “So, what’s wrong with you?” I told her the date could only be a 3.5 after that. Which isn’t true but was still fun to do.
Eleena: We recovered from it.
Daniel: We got after-dinner drinks and closed out the night.
Eleena: He yawned, and I was getting tired. I said: “Hey, it’s clear that we’re at least going to be friends. Let’s exchange numbers and call it a night.” We walked out together.
Daniel: We had an Uber race to see which Uber would get there faster. She won. We hugged and said good-bye.
Eleena: I would say probably 4. Nothing is perfect. It’s hard to get a full score.
Daniel: A 4.25. A 3 is a good date. A 4 — that’s a fantastic date.
Eleena and Daniel went out once after their date, but there weren’t plans for another get-together. Oh, well.
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