Priska:We’re both from the Silver Spring area, so we went into that conversation. I think I’m pretty good with not being awkward. I had a lot of questions in my back pocket in the beginning, but it definitely wasn’t forced, and as the evening went on, there was not awkward silence.
Kerry: You get to that point where it’s not necessarily awkward or anything, but you run out of interview questions, so you’re trying to think of something to say. So it did get to that point, but it was fine. We ordered entrees about an hour or so down the line.
Priska: We talked about music, which was pretty good. We had some artists that we both liked, and I told him about my music stuff.I write songs and play the guitar. He seemed interested in that. There was a lot of laughing, smiling. I wasn’t going to be particularly flirtatious, but it wasn’t forced, and it wasn’t robotic.
Kerry: I’m not really good at flirting. [But] I’m attracted to someone who is very down-to-earth and cultured, and that is what I was getting out of the conversation. She just kind of does what she wants — she goes to open mikes, and she sings at a place once a month — and that’s what I like, because I’m trying to find that in myself. That’s where I found myself attracted to her.
Priska: My type is just someone who you feel you can talk to, who has an interesting career path and is interested in what they do. I don’t go out a lot, so I guess someone who likes to be social but is not a complete party-animal person, which it seems he’s not.
Kerry:She wanted to take some more pictures, so we did. I wasn’t as into having fun with it as she was, but it was fun. The conversation wrapped up. I think [it was] a little after 10.
Priska: We didn’t really particularly feel like doing anything else. Not because of, “Oh, I need to get away from you,” but because it just seemed complete. He gave me a ride to my neighborhood.
Kerry: We exchanged numbers. I was like, “I could call you.” I’m pretty nonchalant about that whole thing.
Priska: I have a very weird, temperamental phone: There are some people who I cannot receive text messages from. So we had to conduct this experiment, and he failed the test. My phone rejected him. He said that’s fine because he’s not into texting anyway, and he would give me a call. There was no hug. We were in a car, so it was kind of weirder than the Metro exit, but we said good night.
Kerry: I would say, based on where I am now in my life and career-wise and just moving into D.C., I’d probably [rate the date] a 3.75 [out of 5]. I kind of felt like she would be someone that I’d be interested in if I was, like, 28 or 29. She’s kind of in the scene that I want to be in someday, but I’m just not there yet.
Priska: I feel like [the date was] a 4.2. I don’t know about this in terms of what he thought, which is where you always are after you go on a date, but I thought that he was a nice guy and I had a nice time.
UPDATE: Kerry and Priska had traded e-mails about Priska’s “Ode to Condiments,” an original song she posted on YouTube. “He liked it,” she promises. (If you’re passionate about ketchup and maple syrup, you might, too.) But despite the musical bonding, a second date hadn’t been lined up by press time.
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