7:30 p.m., The Portofino, Arlington
John: This is going to sound like a cop-out, but I didn’t really have an immediate first impression. I [didn’t] want to make a judgment right away. She’s very attractive, very appealing.
Megan: I could totally tell he was my type, because I really like athletic-looking people. So my first impression was like, Oh, this is a good start.
John: We found out pretty soon that we had some interesting things in common. She’s run several marathons. I’ve run
a few. We enjoy stand-up comedy.
We both have a dog that we love.
Megan: I was like, “I have lots of pictures; let me show you.” Not to be that girl, but I really love my dog and it really seemed like it was the same for him.
John: We each got our own appetizer and our own entree. No wine. I think she would have had wine with dinner, but when I told her I try to avoid drinking and driving at all, she opted not to drink.
Megan: [It’s] kind of funny, because I’ve really only been out with guys who like to drink, and I was pleasantly surprised that he didn’t want to. I really liked that.
John:There was a lot of laughing. I think we spent a lot of time talking about her teaching, about the school that she works at. I could see that she has passion for her job and that she really cared for her students.
Megan: He was really easy to talk to, and we had very similar opinions about things. I definitely think politically he’s more conservative than I am. But we were respectful of how each of us felt.
John: [Megan] was very friendly and nice. I know I’m going to get in trouble for saying this, but my experience dating is there are a lot of attractive women, but there are not that many that are nice. So it was nice to meet someone who is [both].
Megan: I thought there was [flirting].
I guess I tried to flirt! I hope he was, too. At one point I spilled something on my shirt, and I was so upset, like, “Great, I look like a total idiot.” But he was like, “That’s okay; you still look really nice.”
John: I kind of know when women aren’t interested because they’re very distant. This was sort of the opposite, where there was no distance.
Megan:Nothing seemed that forced to me. He walked me to my car, which I thought was a really gentlemanly thing to do. I think in this day and age there is a lack of chivalry, and I still really like when guys hold doors and walk me to my car.
John: I gave her a hug and got her phone number. I told her my philosophy about needing a second date to really know if there’s a connection, and she agreed.
Rate the date
Megan: I’d [rate the date] a 4 [out
of 5]. I’d definitely go out again.
John: I give the date a 4. She’s certainly worth pursuing a second date, if only to see if there’s actual chemistry when we’re not under the microscope of Date Lab.
Carolyn Hax: I KNEW it. Okay, I didn’t except on paper, but I had a hunch. Coolness.