Steve: I didn’t communicate my interest well. I was a little nervous.
My mind is going in, like, six different directions as I’m communicating tax law. She said, “You’re not selling me.” I said, “I’m not selling me right now.”
Molly: We talked about sports a fair amount. He said he was a big Nationals fan and a big Redskins fan.
Steve: She is not really a sports fan except for hockey. We are both Caps fans.
Molly: I told him I am big hippie liberal, super-leftist, pacifist; but when I go to hockey game, I want to see a fight. I am rooting for someone to take the helmet off and go to it.
Steve: We didn’t really talk about movies or music. Thinking back, it’s kind of funny, considering pop culture is relatively important.
Molly: I do remember at one point, he said that he loves Adam Sandler movies. That was the first time in the conversation a little bit of warning bell went off in the back of my head. Just because that is really not my taste at all. I like subtle, quirky, punny rather than really over-the-top or gross-out humor.
Steve: She definitely talked more than I did. At one point she laughed, “I feel like I’m talking your ear off.”
Molly: He was like, “No, it’s great, I’ve enjoyed listening to what you’re talking about.” He handled that gracefully instead of making me feel bad for being a blabbermouth.
Steve: I felt a little bit of red flag when I asked her how old she was. She told me 26 and asked how old I was. I’m 24. The same age as her younger brother. Something just told me it was probably something she was not happy about.
Molly: I was kind of surprised. Since I’ve been in D.C., I’ve dated more younger guys than I ever have before. But I’m not sure it’s a trend I particularly like and want to continue.
Molly:He was a little hard to read. I definitely thought that our body language was positive. It was not like he was reaching across the table and touching my hand, but it’s a first date, so it’s hard to tell. I think we went until 10:45 or 11. At that point I said, “I’m really sorry to do this, but I’m going to be a Debbie Downer and go home and crash.”
Steve: There was definitely some flirting going on. There was definitely some chemistry.
Steve: We were outside from the place, and I said, “This is fun. Can I get your number?”
Molly: I said, “Of course,” and gave him my number. We hugged again, and we went our own separate ways.
Steve: [I would rate the date] a 4 or 4.5 [out of 5]. I’ll be perfectly honest, I would have been happy to go somewhere else [after the restaurant]. For the next date ... probably meet for a drink or meet for dinner somewhere.
Molly: I would say a 3.5. He and I had a good time, but I don’t think there was explosive chemistry or anything like that. I think he’ll definitely get in touch with me and ask to hang out again. My policy on this stuff is to be really straightforward. I would tell him I had a good time and I’m glad we hung out and I’d be down to hang out again if he wanted to go to dinner or get drinks,but that it was not as much of a romantic situation for me.
UPDATE: They’ve traded texts, but a second date isn’t on the table. “I don’t think there was really a strong enough connection on either side,” Steve says.
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