But even when we pick a pair so perfectly in tune that we half suspect they filled out their questionnaires while sitting next to one another, dating chemistry is not guaranteed.
The trouble is, we know our applicants only as they present themselves to us on paper (so to speak). What if what they really want isn’t what they think they want or what we know they don’t think they want?
So we’ve decided that, every now and then, we will hand over the keys to the daters themselves — at least in part.
Here, meet Claire, and Mystery Bachelors No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3. We gave Claire excerpts from the questionnaires of three guys who we thought might fill the bill, and let her make the final selection. In the interest of both privacy and emphasizing the written descriptions, we held back names and photos.
About Claire ...
Last book read ...
“Cordelia” by Winston Graham. I read an inordinate amount of literature (grad student in the subject).
Brag a little ...
I cook. I work out. I’m smart but also thoughtful. I like to talk, but more than that, I really value listening to people. That could be part of why I have dated so many different guys/types: I want to know what they love, what they dream, what motivates them, their quirks and secrets. I’m interested. Period. I make a big deal of little things, like an intentionally cleaned car or a good bottle of wine. Noticing when people are kind and considerate is one of the elementary, great things you can achieve in life.
Your type ...
I like spontaneous guys. My favorites have been the adventuresome ones. I’m a pretty analytical, grounded, cerebral girl, so I value having someone in my life who makes me go out of my little brain-shell. I took up motorcycling one summer and surfing another ... all because of who I chose to date. That’s a big deal to me.
I want someone who is determined and energetic — a sort of devil-may-care.
A streak of weirdness is an [incredible] asset when it comes to daily conversations or boring bars.
Bachelor No. 1: 25, media researcher
Smoke? Details: On occasion.
Drink? Yes Details: Socially.
Work out? Yes.
Attend religious services? No.
Own a car? Yes.
Eat meat? Yes.
Have pets? No. If so, what kind? Love dogs, though.
Have kids? How many? None.
If you could have any superpower, which one would you want? Why?
Time travel — the possibilities are endless.
You took a three-hour tour with some friends, and now you’re stranded on this island. Which three foods do you wish you’d remembered to pack?
Beer, Bubba burgers and buns.
Which three DVDs?
Despite the fact that we didn’t pack a television or a DVD player.... “Fight Club,” “Wedding Crashers,” “Cool Hand Luke.”